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Hillsborough (ATT 16,119) 22nd November 2008 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: K Friend

Sheff Wed Sheffield Wednesday vs Coventry City Coventry

Morrison seals Coventry win

Striker grabs all three points for Sky Blues

Last Updated: 22/11/08 6:25pm

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Morrison: headed home the only goal

Morrison: headed home the only goal

A Clinton Morrison header clinched a 1-0 win for Coventry over Sheffield Wednesday, condemning the Owls to only their second league defeat of the season at Hillsborough.

Wednesday enjoyed the better of the possession for long periods of the game, but were left to rue their missed opportunities when Morrison guided his 58th minute header past a helpless Lee Grant.

The defeat moves Coventry one point ahead of Wednesday into 15th place and leaves the Owls needing a win at Blackpool to avoid falling further toward the relegation places.

Early Exchanges

Despite this, the afternoon started brightly for the home side who were denied a flying start only by the woodwork.

Leon Clarke swung a foot at a loose ball in the Coventry penalty area and Beuzelin's last-ditch block forced the ball to spin over goalkeeper Keiren Westwood and rebound off the crossbar in the first minute.

Coventry wasted their own golden chance four minutes later when Michael Doyle dallied in the area following Clinton Morrison's cross.

Clarke then headed McAllister's cross narrowly high and wide, Westwood tipped McMahon's bouncing ball into the area over his crossbar and Morrison deflected McMahon's curling cross for a corner.

Westwood did well to punch away another dangerous ball in from McMahon, this time a corner in the 33rd minute.

Coventry began the second half with more intent and Wednesday goalkeeper Lee Grant reacted sharply to punch Robbie Simpson's cross clear.

Wednesday's penalty appeals when the ball hit Daniel Fox's hand in the area came to nothing before the home side spurned a golden chance.

Tudgay played in Johnson on the left-hand edge of the penalty area and the Owls winger surged powerfully through on goal only to shoot wide.

Breakthrough

The game at last had livened up and when McAllister rifled the ball beyond Westwood from inside the area, the Owls thought they had broken the deadlock, but referee Kevin Friend spotted his assistant's flag raised for offside.

Moments later Coventry stole into the lead. Fox fired in a fine first-time cross and Morrison headed the ball past a static Grant into the top corner in the 58th minute.

Jeffers went close to hauling Wednesday level with a curling free-kick following Ward's lunge on James O'Connor, but Westwood reacted in brilliant fashion to fingertip the ball away for a corner.

Tudgay blasted the ball over at the far post when a little more luck and composure could have rescued a point, but Coventry held firm.

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