SHEFFIELD UNITED 2-0 COVENTRY CITY
City: Burge (GK), Willis (C), (Stevenson 46), Clarke, Turnbull, Stokes, Bigirimana, Foley, Haynes (Thomas 78), Jones, Lameiras, Tudgay. Subs: Charles-Cook (GK), Di. Kelly-Evans, Rawson, .Beavon, Folivi.
Sheffield United. Moore, Fleck, O’Connoll, Basham, Wright (Leon Clarke 46), Courts, Hanson, Freeman, Duffy (Carruthers 51), Sharp, (O’Shea 78) Lafferty, Subs: Long, Done, Wilson, Chapman.
HT SUFC 0-0 CCFC FT SUFC 2-0 CCFC ATT 24,334
Goals Leon Clarke 69, John Fleck 75
Coventry City gave it a good go but went down to a 2-0 defeat in their final midweek game away to Sheffield United.
With the City support still coming down after the massive high that was the EFL Trophy Final win at Wembley which will stay with all the 43 269 of us who were there for the rest of our lives, it was off to Sheffield United for the first of what Mark Robins described as ‘six cup finals’.
City travelled to Bramall Lane to take on a Blades side which needed to win and Fleetwood to lose at Oxford in order to win the League One title.
The bookies had written off City’s chances by offering odds of 11/1 and this along with the game being made all ticket and then not, plus Sheffield not being the easiest to get back from after a night match, meant that only 230 tickets were sold beforehand.
There was plenty of traffic which meant a mad dash but shortly after getting into the ground to join three hundred from Leiden in the Netherlands, Kent, Hampshire and the Midlands in the away end, the game was put back to an 8pm kick , which was not a surprise with the amount outside queueing to get in.
City, not surprisingly changed their line up with Kevin Foley coming in at right midfield against a Blades side which included John but had Leon Clarke on the bench.
City’s first shot of the game came in the eighth minute thanks to a neat run and shot from Gael Bigirimana, my man of the match, whose effort was not too far wide of the Kop goal.
United looked nervous whilst City played with the same lack of fear as they did at . They did allow the home sides two shots in the opening 17 minutes but Burge saved the first and watched the other go wide of his right hand post.