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Ricoh Arena (ATT 12,130) 23rd February 2005 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: R Beeby

Coventry Coventry City vs Wigan Athletic Wigan

Latics go top with win

Last Updated: 23/02/05 10:00pm

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Wigan returned to the summit of The Championship with a gritty 2-1 win at struggling Coventry.

Goals from Gary Teale and Nathan Ellington sandwiched a penalty from Gary McSheffrey to lift The Latics back above Ipswich.

The Sky Blues are battling for their lives at the foot of the table and remain dangerously placed just above the relegation spots.

Teale showed tremendous awareness to open the scoring on eight minutes, as he slammed home after a long ball bounced off Jason Roberts and into his path.

Coventry were not overawed and clawed themselves level on 22 minutes when McSheffrey slotted home from the spot after winning himself a penalty.

Jimmy Bullard, Lee McCulloch, Gareth Whalley and Ellington wasted chances to restore Wigan's lead before the break, while at the other end Trevor Benjamin hit a post and John Filan made a fantastic double save to thwart Michael Doyle and McSheffrey.

Coventry continued to create and waste openings after the break and they were made to pay for their profligacy when Ellington smashed home a superb volley 20 minutes from time to catapult Wigan to the top of the pile.

Matches

Table

Sky Bet Championship

Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Derby County 33 65
2 Middlesbrough 33 63
3 Ipswich Town 33 60
4 Bournemouth 33 59
5 Norwich City 33 59
6 Watford 33 59
7 Brentford 33 58
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 33 54
9 Nottingham Forest 33 47
10 Blackburn Rovers 33 44
11 Sheffield Wednesday 33 43
12 Huddersfield Town 33 42
13 Cardiff City 33 41
14 Leeds United 33 41
15 Reading 33 40
16 Charlton Athletic 33 39
17 Birmingham City 33 39
18 Brighton and Hove Albion 33 37
19 Bolton Wanderers 33 37
20 Fulham 33 36
21 Rotherham United 33 34
22 Millwall 33 31
23 Wigan Athletic 33 25
24 Blackpool 33 22

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