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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 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 46 55
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 46 26