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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 13 26
2 Watford 13 25
3 Middlesbrough 13 23
4 Wolverhampton Wanderers 13 23
5 Norwich City 13 22
6 Nottingham Forest 13 22
7 Charlton Athletic 13 22
8 Bournemouth 13 21
9 Ipswich Town 13 20
10 Cardiff City 13 19
11 Blackburn Rovers 13 19
12 Brentford 13 19
13 Sheffield Wednesday 13 18
14 Rotherham United 13 16
15 Leeds United 13 16
16 Huddersfield Town 13 16
17 Reading 13 15
18 Millwall 13 14
19 Wigan Athletic 13 12
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 13 12
21 Birmingham City 13 11
22 Fulham 13 11
23 Bolton Wanderers 13 8
24 Blackpool 13 6