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Ricoh Arena (ATT 16,978) 28th September 2005 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: P Joslin

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Sky Blues halt Watford

By Andrew Scurr.   Last Updated: 28/09/05 5:39pm

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Coventry earned their second win of the season thanks to a 3-1 victory over high-flying Watford at the Ricoh Arena.

Early goals from Dele Adebola and Willo Flood put the home side in command, however the second half saw Watford come back into the game with a goal from Ashley Young, before a late breakaway goal from Gary McSheffrey ended their hopes of a comeback.

Coventry made the perfect start to the game, opening the scoring inside two minutes through Adebola, although goalkeeper Stephen Bywater must take some of the blame, spilling Stephen Hughes' cross to allow Adebola to stab home from close range.

The Sky Blues doubled their lead on 20 minutes when on-loan midfielder Flood scored his first for the club, curling in a shot past Ben Foster from the edge of the area.

Just before half-time, Coventry should have put the result beyond doubt, however Richard Duffy's header was inches too high, rattling off the crossbar from Hughes' corner.

Young pulled a goal back early in the second half, turning and firing in a first-time shot from 22 yards which rifled into the roof of the net.

Coventry should have been reduced to 10 men mid-way through the second half when Robert Page's over-the-top challenge resulted in a 22-man brawl, however the referee deemed the challenge only a yellow card offence, also issuing cards to 3 other players involved in the brawl.

With Watford pushing for the equaliser, Coventry made the most of the gaps left in defence to wrap the game up with just four minutes remaining.

Bywater's long punt up field was flicked on by substitute Andy Morrell for McSheffrey who slotted home past Foster to put the result beyond doubt.

The game was a tale of two halves as Coventry controlled the first before Watford took over in the second, however it was the Sky Blues who prevailed, taking all three points and moving them up four places whilst Watford missed the chance to go third.

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Sky Bet Championship

Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bournemouth 27 51
2 Derby County 27 51
3 Middlesbrough 27 50
4 Ipswich Town 27 50
5 Brentford 27 49
6 Watford 27 47
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 27 44
8 Norwich City 27 43
9 Sheffield Wednesday 27 38
10 Blackburn Rovers 27 36
11 Birmingham City 27 36
12 Nottingham Forest 27 34
13 Cardiff City 27 34
14 Fulham 27 34
15 Huddersfield Town 27 34
16 Bolton Wanderers 27 33
17 Charlton Athletic 27 32
18 Reading 27 31
19 Brighton and Hove Albion 27 29
20 Leeds United 27 29
21 Rotherham United 27 29
22 Millwall 27 24
23 Wigan Athletic 27 21
24 Blackpool 27 17

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