FOOTBALL - Sky Blues score four at Blackpool as unbeaten run continues - The Coventry Observer

FOOTBALL - Sky Blues score four at Blackpool as unbeaten run continues

Coventry Editorial 20th Mar, 2023 Updated: 22nd Mar, 2023   0

COVENTRY City extended their unbeaten run to nine matches with an emphatic 4-1 victory away at relegation-threatened Blackpool.

Ben Sheaf scored the opener on his first start since early February before a Curtis Nelson own goal and further strikes from Kyle McFadzean and Matty Godden sealed the points at Bloomfield Road.

The result means Coventry sit eighth in the Sky Bet Championship table, three points outside of the play-off places.

Mick McCarthy’s side almost took the lead when Fankaty Dabo failed to intercept a cross-field pass as CJ Hamilton’s effort hit the outside of the post from 12-yards out.

However, City took the lead on 20 minutes when Sheaf fired an effort into the top right corner from the edge of the penalty area from Viktor Gyokeres’s cutback.

The Tangerines were awarded a penalty on 35 minutes after McFadzean fouled Morgan Rogers in the box as Jerry Yates dispatched the resulting spot kick into the left corner of the goal.

And the home side spurned a golden chance to take the lead soon after when Rogers rolled the ball across the face of goal to Yates who inexplicably kicked the ground instead of the ball and the chance went begging.

Coventry made Blackpool pay for that missed chance as Gustavo Hamer’s dangerous corner from the left was turned into his own net by Nelson from close range in first-half injury time.

And Hamer was also the provider of City’s third goal on 50 minutes as his floated free-kick was cleared into the path of McFadzean who lashed a fine half volley into the left corner to leave the keeper with no chance.

The Sky Blues completed the scoring on 73 minutes when Hamer picked out Godden in the box and the striker kept his cool to finish at Chris Maxwell’s near post.

Coventry are next in action at home to Stoke City on Saturday, April 1 with kick-off at 3pm at the Coventry Building Society Arena.

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