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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 Norwich City 10 20
2 Nottingham Forest 10 20
3 Watford 10 20
4 Derby County 10 19
5 Ipswich Town 10 18
6 Charlton Athletic 10 18
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 10 18
8 Middlesbrough 10 17
9 Sheffield Wednesday 10 16
10 Reading 10 15
11 Blackburn Rovers 10 14
12 Leeds United 10 14
13 Brentford 10 14
14 Cardiff City 10 13
15 Bournemouth 10 12
16 Millwall 10 11
17 Rotherham United 10 11
18 Huddersfield Town 10 11
19 Brighton and Hove Albion 10 10
20 Birmingham City 10 10
21 Wigan Athletic 10 9
22 Fulham 10 7
23 Bolton Wanderers 10 5
24 Blackpool 10 3

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