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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 Bournemouth 39 73
2 Watford 39 72
3 Middlesbrough 39 72
4 Norwich City 39 70
5 Derby County 39 67
6 Ipswich Town 39 67
7 Brentford 39 66
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 39 65
9 Nottingham Forest 39 57
10 Blackburn Rovers 39 54
11 Charlton Athletic 39 54
12 Sheffield Wednesday 39 53
13 Leeds United 39 52
14 Cardiff City 39 51
15 Birmingham City 38 47
16 Brighton and Hove Albion 39 45
17 Bolton Wanderers 39 45
18 Huddersfield Town 39 44
19 Reading 38 44
20 Fulham 39 43
21 Rotherham United 39 40
22 Wigan Athletic 39 35
23 Millwall 39 33
24 Blackpool 39 23

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