20th Sep, 2018

McNulty brace guides Sky Blues back into playoff frame

FOOTBALL: A BRACE from Marc McNulty coupled with Max Biamou’s screamer helped the Sky Blues record a 3-1 victory over promotion hopefuls Swindon Town.

The three points launched Mark Robins’ men back into the playoff picture on 47 points from 28 games.

Above them are third placed Accrington Stanley (49), Wycombe Wanderers (49) and fifth placed Exeter City (48).

Below are seventh placed Mansfield Town (47), Lincoln City (45), Newport County (45) and Swindon Town (44) who have a game in hand.

The result proved a fitting tribute to the late Cyrille Regis, who passed away last week aged 59 following a heart attack.

Fans at the Ricoh Arena stodd on nine minutes to remember the legendary Coventry forward, who made 238 appearances while helping the club lift the FA Cup in 1987.

Robins’ men took the lead on 25 minutes when Maxime Biamou, who prior to Saturday’s game was yet to find the back of the net, struck his first goal from range.

Five minutes later, Marc McNulty doubled Coventry’s lead from the spot after the striker was pulled down in the area.

Swindon pulled a goal back prior to the break when Ellis Iandolo did well down to left to break free to the byline before playing a low call across the area for Banks to force home.

A goulmouth scramble at the start of the second half was eventually cleared by Coventry after Lee Burge was forced to make a pair of reaction saves.

Coventry put the result beyond the Robins with ten minutes to go when McNulty struck his second goal past Reice Charles-Cook.

The Sky Blues are next in action on Saturday, January 27, against Milton Keynes in the fourth round of the FA Cup.

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