MATTY Godden’s early header helped Coventry City on their way to a 1-0 win away at Hull City to maintain the Sky Blues promotion push at the MKM Stadium.
Godden scored his third league goal in as many matches when he superbly diverted Ian Maatsen’s cross into the net after just nine minutes.
And that effort proved decisive as Coventry held on to remain fourth in the Sky Bet Championship table – just five points away from the automatic promotion places.
The Sky Blues took the lead on nine minutes when Godden stooped low to head past Hull goalkeeper Matt Ingram into the bottom right corner from Maatsen’s cross from the left.
City then spurned a glorious chance to double their lead when Callum O’Hare sent Godden through one-on-one only for the striker’s effort to be tipped behind the post by Ingram.
Mark Robins’ side continued to dominate the chances when Viktor Gyokeres cut in from the left and saw a powerful effort well-saved and then gathered by Hull keeper Ingram.
Hull eventually threatened the Sky Blues goal when a long throw from the left was flicked on at the near post and headed just wide by Mallik Wilks with City keeper Simon Moore scrambling across his goal.
The Tigers came closest to an equaliser when Callum Elder’s cross from the right touchline was headed into the ground by Wilks and acrobatically tipped over the bar by Moore.
But despite some more Hull pressure in the closing stages that saw Elder curl a free-kick wide – the Sky Blues held on to take all three points and claim a precious away win.
Coventry return to action on Tuesday night when they host Swansea City at the Coventry Building Society Arena with kick-off at 7:45pm.