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Ricoh Arena (ATT 23,000) 29th August 2005 - Kick off 20:00 Ref: M Thorpe

Coventry Coventry City vs Southampton So'ton

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Sky Blues held by Saints

By Peter ORourke.   Last Updated: 29/08/05 9:52pm

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Southampton came from a goal down to secure a 1-1 draw with Coventry at their new Ricoh Arena.

Ricardo Fuller's first goal for Southampton cancelled out James Scowcroft's early opener for Coventry to earn Harry Redknapp's men a share of the spoils. 

Coventry began brightly and they broke the deadlock after just six minutes with a superbly worked goal from Scowcroft.

Scowcroft began the move by spreading the ball out to Marcus Hall wide on the left and he got into the box to meet Hall's cross with a powerful shot past Antti Niemi.

Southampton were gifted an equaliser six minutes later when Fuller capitalised on Robert Page's weak back pass and he kept his cool before curling the ball past Stephen Bywater from an acute angle.

Fuller had another chance on 22 minutes when the ball fell nicely to him on the edge of the box, but he fired his shot straight at Bywater.

Coventry almost handed Southampton a second goal when Brett Ormerod stole the ball from Richard Duffy right on the byline and he flashed his shot from a difficult angle right across the face of goal.

Coventry substitute Stern John had the final chance of the half when he ran to the edge of the area and fired a shot straight at Niemi.

The home side came out for the second half in determined fashion and Scowcroft wasted a good opportunity when he headed Willo Flood's deflected cross over the top.

Southampton were inches away from grabbing the lead just before the hour mark when Coventry failed to deal with a long throw-in and Ormerod saw his header come back off the crossbar and Page was on hand to prevent Fuller getting on the rebound.

David Prutton went close to grabbing a winner for Southampton two minutes from time with a powerful run and shot from the edge of the area which flew just wide of the far post.

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2 Middlesbrough 27 50
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4 Brentford 27 49
5 Derby County 26 48
6 Watford 27 47
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 27 44
8 Norwich City 27 43
9 Sheffield Wednesday 26 37
10 Blackburn Rovers 26 36
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12 Nottingham Forest 27 34
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16 Bolton Wanderers 26 33
17 Charlton Athletic 27 32
18 Reading 26 30
19 Brighton and Hove Albion 27 29
20 Leeds United 27 29
21 Rotherham United 26 26
22 Millwall 26 23
23 Wigan Athletic 27 21
24 Blackpool 27 17

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