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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 20 42
2 Swindon Town 20 41
3 Milton Keynes Dons 19 38
4 Preston North End 20 38
5 Sheffield United 20 32
6 Rochdale 20 30
7 Notts County 19 30
8 Oldham Athletic 20 30
9 Peterborough United 20 30
10 Bradford City 20 29
11 Fleetwood Town 20 26
12 Walsall 20 26
13 Chesterfield 20 25
14 Coventry City 20 24
15 Barnsley 20 23
16 Port Vale 20 23
17 Doncaster Rovers 19 23
18 Gillingham 20 22
19 Scunthorpe United 19 22
20 Crawley Town 20 22
21 Yeovil Town 20 20
22 Leyton Orient 20 19
23 Colchester United 20 17
24 Crewe Alexandra 20 16