FOOTBALL - Late Wright goal earns Coventry City narrow win against Blackburn - The Coventry Observer

FOOTBALL - Late Wright goal earns Coventry City narrow win against Blackburn

Coventry Editorial 5th Oct, 2023 Updated: 5th Oct, 2023   0

SUBSTITUTE Haji Wright scored a late goal as Coventry City battled to a 1-0 win against Blackburn Rovers to earn a first home victory since August.

Wright’s second goal of the season settled a close game with the Sky Blues hitting the woodwork on three separate occasions at the Coventry Building Society Arena.

And the result means Coventry sit 13th in the Championship table, just two points outside of the play-off places.

The home side made a bright start as Luis Binks saw a low drive tipped away by Rovers goalkeeper Leopold Wahlstedt before Jay Dasilva shot inches wide from the edge of the penalty area moments later.

However, the Sky Blues suffered a blow just before the half-hour mark with captain Liam Kelly forced off with a suspected hamstring injury as Yasin Ayari took his place in the City midfield.

Rovers went closest to an opener in the first half when Bournemouth loanee James Hill rattled the crossbar with a venomous effort from distance with Sky Blues goalkeeper Ben Wilson rooted to the spot.

However, City almost took the lead at the start of the second period when Godden struck the crossbar from Ayari’s square ball across the box.

And Blackburn had the ball in the net on 50 minutes as Andrew Moran forced the ball home from close range, appearing to kick the ball out of Wilson’s hands from a couple of yards out.

Following a lengthy discussion with his assistant, referee Jeremy Simpson opted to rule out the goal and award City a free-kick.

The Sky Blues hit the crossbar for a second time as Bobby Thomas flicked a boot at Josh Eccles’ corner from the right with the ball bouncing to safety off the woodwork.

And the visitors then spurned a golden chance to break the deadlock when Sondre Tronstad played a ball in behind the Coventry defence only for substitute Arnor Sigurdsson to shoot straight at Wilson when one-on-one.

However, City snatched the points with five minutes left to play when Wright headed into the left corner of the goal after Ayari’s shot came back off the crossbar.

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