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Hillsborough (ATT 22,732) 1st October 2005 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: L Mason

Sheff Wed Sheffield Wednesday vs Coventry City Coventry

Brunt sees off Sky Blues

By Tom Adams.   Last Updated: 01/10/05 2:50pm

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Sheffield Wednesday moved off the bottom of The Championship thanks to a fine display from Chris Brunt in their 3-2 win over Coventry City.

The Owls have struggled with life in England's second tier since their play-off victory last season, although they claimed all three points in a dramatic encounter with the struggling Sky Blues.

Wednesday took the lead three times at Hillsborough and Micky Adams' men were unable to peg them back on the third occasion, as Brunt converted from the penalty spot to seal the victory.

The home side took an early lead when Graham Coughlan headed in after 17 minutes, as he timed his run to perfection to meet Brunt's corner.

On-loan Manchester United man Chris Eagles then saw his free kick well saved by Steven Bywater before Coventry drew level, as Gary McSheffrey converted from the penalty spot after being brought down by David Lucas.

The Hillborough faithful were raging at McSheffrey after viewing his fall with suspicion, although their smiles were restored when Brunt netted with a fantastic 30-yard volley that eluded Bywater.

After the break, Wednesday continued to attack as Lee Peacock hit the post, before Coventry again hit back when Andy Morrell headed in from Richard Duffy's cross.

However, they were to be trumped yet again on 79 minutes, as Brunt capped off a fine individual display by keeping his nerve to score from the spot after Andrew Whing had brought down Peacock.



Sky Bet Championship

Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Derby County 14 26
2 Watford 14 26
3 Wolverhampton Wanderers 14 26
4 Bournemouth 14 24
5 Middlesbrough 14 24
6 Norwich City 14 23
7 Nottingham Forest 14 22
8 Blackburn Rovers 14 22
9 Charlton Athletic 14 22
10 Ipswich Town 14 21
11 Cardiff City 14 19
12 Sheffield Wednesday 14 19
13 Brentford 14 19
14 Reading 14 18
15 Millwall 14 17
16 Rotherham United 14 17
17 Huddersfield Town 14 17
18 Leeds United 14 16
19 Wigan Athletic 14 15
20 Fulham 14 14
21 Brighton and Hove Albion 14 13
22 Bolton Wanderers 14 11
23 Birmingham City 14 11
24 Blackpool 14 6