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Ricoh Arena (ATT 9,668) 16th January 2013 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: G Ward

Coventry Coventry City vs Tranmere Rovers Tranmere

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Tranmere slip up at Coventry

Last Updated: 16/01/13 11:14pm

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Leon Clarke: Grabbed the only goal of the game at The Ricoh

Leon Clarke: Grabbed the only goal of the game at The Ricoh

Coventry condemned table-topping Tranmere to only their fifth defeat of the season as Leon Clarke's goal secured a 1-0 win for City.

The Sky Blues were in complete control in the first half and the only disappointment for manager Mark Robins was the fact they only had one goal to show for their dominance.

Gary McSheffrey shot wide after a strong run in the fifth minute before full-back Cyrus Christie forced Owain Fon Williams into a smart stop shortly afterwards after cutting in from the right.

The home side took the lead in the 19th minute when Carl Baker floated a corner to the back post which Richard Wood headed straight into the path of a grateful Clarke and he volleyed home from close range.

Clarke should have doubled City's lead nine minutes before the break but he headed straight at Fon Williams from Baker's cross.

Tranmere could only improve in the second half - and they did - but it was still Coventry who were on top and McSheffrey went close on three occasions.

The closest Ronnie Moore's team came to an equaliser was a goalmouth scramble in the 71st minute which began with an Ash Taylor header being saved, but the home side eventually cleared.

Joe Murphy made a fine save in the dying minutes to deny Zoumana Bakayogo.

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Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bristol City 17 36
2 Swindon Town 17 32
3 Preston North End 17 31
4 Notts County 16 29
5 Sheffield United 16 29
6 Milton Keynes Dons 14 27
7 Peterborough United 17 27
8 Rochdale 16 26
9 Oldham Athletic 17 26
10 Fleetwood Town 17 25
11 Barnsley 16 22
12 Port Vale 17 22
13 Bradford City 17 22
14 Chesterfield 17 21
15 Crawley Town 17 20
16 Walsall 17 19
17 Doncaster Rovers 15 18
18 Colchester United 17 17
19 Gillingham 17 17
20 Coventry City 17 17
21 Leyton Orient 17 16
22 Scunthorpe United 16 15
23 Crewe Alexandra 17 15
24 Yeovil Town 17 14