Coventry City Back With A Win

Coventry City 2-1 Charlton Athletic

City: Burge, Willis., Sterling, Hyam, Mason (Brown 72), Kelly, Bayliss, Shipley (Clarke-Harris 64), Thomas (Davies 95), Hiwula, Chaplin. Subs: Addai., Grimmer, Allassani, Westbrooke. 

Charlton Athletic: Steer, Solly, Dijksteel, Bauer, Pearce (c), Bielik (Lapslie 86), Reeves (Marshall 56), Pratley, Fosu, Taylor, Ajose (Grant 46). Subs: Phillips, Stevenson, Sarpong-Wiredu, Hackett-Fairchild. 

Att 13,013 

Goals: Jordy Hiwula 41, Darren Pratley 57, Tom Bayliss 89 

Coventry City stopped their run of defeats with a festive 2-1 win. 

Boxing Day and Charlton Athletic were the visitors to the Ricoh Arena.

After the poor showing at Shrewsbury, Mark Robins changed the team and Brandon Mason was amongst those who came back in on a damp afternoon.

City were positive early on winning two corners and having Chaplin turn an effort just wide of the goal at the South Stand end.

Charlton, who on their last visit to the Ricoh Arena had relegated City to League Two, were content to pass the ball round, looking to play in Lyle Taylor.

Today,the Sky Blues showed some determination and Hyam headed wide from a corner won by Sterling before Taylor won an 18th minute corner that Bielik headed over.

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The lively Luke Thomas then drove into the side netting and in the 25th minute, Hiwula went down inside the area. The referee said it was inside the D and produced a free kick which Steer brilliantly pushed over for a corner.

The City players were battling for and winning balls and the support responded with some good noise.

In the 39th minute. Burge produced a brilliant save diving to his left to deny Taylor.

Two minutes later, City attacked again and in came Jordy Hiwula to head high into the net from a Chaplin cross and give City a deserved lead to take into the break.

Charlton made a change at the start of the second half which saw Burge make a save with his feet on the line from a 50th minute free kick.

A free kick to City followed before the visitors who had gone into the game fourth in the table, brought on former Sky Blue Mark Marshall.

He had been on the pitch for a matter of seconds, taking a free kick, which was headed on and when the ball came over,  Darren Pratley headed home. 

Burge saved again from Grant for City who replaced Jordan Shipley with Jonson Clarke-Harris in a bid to get a second goal. 

Thomas drove wide then a lovely bit of skill from Bayliss set up Clarke-Harris whose short was blocked for a 70th minute corner. 

Marshall then won a corner, as Brandon Mason limped off to be replaced by Junior Brown. 

City kept plugging away and working hard, something that riled Lyle Taylor was only booked for hacking down Thomas with six minutes left.

Tom Bayliss fired wide but in the 89th minute, he made no mistake when the ball came to him inside the area and the midfielder sent a low shot into the net.

There was a collision in the five minutes of stoppage time between Thomas and Lapslie which saw the stretcher on and a lengthy spell of treatment with Thomas carried off with concussion.

The whistle finally went and City had the win and a double over Charlton Athletic .