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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 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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