Victory at last for Adams

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Coventry fought back from a goal down to beat Reading 2-1 and secure their first victory under new manager Micky Adams.

Adams had suffered four straight defeats since taking charge of the Sky Blues and looked to be heading for a fifth loss when Les Ferdinand gave the Royals a half time lead.

But second half goals from Gary McSheffrey and Stern John lifted Coventry four points clear of the relegation zone and extended Reading's run without a win to eight league games.

Veteran striker Ferdinand, 38, scored his first goal for Steve Coppell's side after just eight minutes when he headed in firmly from Nicky Shorey's cross.

Dave Kitson, returning to the Reading starting line-up after a two-month injury absence, forced a smart save from debutant keeper Ian Bennett as the home side looked to extend their lead.

Adie Williams almost scored against his old club with a header from McSheffrey's corner as Coventry came into the game towards half time before the lively McSheffrey missed the target three times from long range.

The 22-year-old was finally rewarded with the equaliser in the 63rd minute when he cut inside from the right and beat Marcus Hahnemann with a low shot.

Coventry then snatched all three points when Trevor Benjamin teed up John who volleyed past Hahnemann from the edge of the area.