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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 46 90
2 Watford 46 89
3 Norwich City 46 86
4 Middlesbrough 46 85
5 Brentford 46 78
6 Ipswich Town 46 78
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 46 78
8 Derby County 46 77
9 Blackburn Rovers 46 67
10 Birmingham City 46 63
11 Cardiff City 46 62
12 Charlton Athletic 46 60
13 Sheffield Wednesday 46 60
14 Nottingham Forest 46 59
15 Leeds United 46 56
16 Huddersfield Town 45 54
17 Fulham 46 52
18 Bolton Wanderers 46 51
19 Reading 46 50
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 46 47
21 Rotherham United 46 46
22 Millwall 46 41
23 Wigan Athletic 46 39
24 Blackpool 45 25

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