Three Goal City Breeze Past Walsall

Coventry City 3-0  Walsall 

City:Stockdale, Sterling, Hyam, Mason, Willis, Kelly, Bayliss (Meyler 83), Thomas (Wakefield 90), Enobakhare (Chaplin 76), Hiwula,Bakayoko. Subs: Addai, Grimmer, Davies, Shipley. 

Walsall:Roberts, Edwards, Devlin, Ismail, Jervis, Kinsella, Fitzwater. Scarr, Oteh (Taylor 57), Laird, Cook. Subs: Dunn, Leahy, Guthrie, Norman, Gordon, Osbourne.

 

 

Att 10,646 (821 Walsall)

Goals: Amadou Bakayoko 29. Jordy Hiwula 36, 73 Bright Enobakhare 73 pen

Coventry City made Walsall look a poor side with a 3-0 win at the Ricoh Arena. 

The Sky Blues penultimate home Saturday game of the season, brought Walsall, who had beaten City twice already this season to the Ricoh Arena. 

Mark Robins kept the same team that had beaten Rochdale for this game where there had been protests beforehand and City supporters not allowed in for the heinous crime of possessing an iced coffee latte.

Walsall backed by around 600 fans, although 821 were announced , made five changes to their team and had to defend as Luke Thomas won City their first corner of the game in the seventh minute which Amadou Bakayoko playing against his former club, headed wide. 

There were plenty of Sisu Out chants as Stockdale handled the ball well and showed his experience that City supporters had enjoyed during the win at Rochdale. 

There were hoots of derision from the City support as a 20th minute free kick was given and then wasted before a Liam Kelly strike which Roberts got down to save for a corner. That was cleared and just before the half hour mark, a cracking cross came from Dujon Sterling fand Amadou Bakayoko got in to head past Roberts and raise the noise level amongst the City support.

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The referee who clearly thought he should be centre of attention booked Enobakhare but City attacked again and Jordy Hiwula got down the left from his own half, then ran before slotting the ball into the far corner to see the Sky Blues two goals up after 36 minutes and Bakayoko giving it large to the Walsall fans. 

There were more chants calling Sisu to go, something which may have been provoked by comments from the Wasps CEO Nick Eastwood in the week about how surprised he was that about the lack of protests.

Luke Thomas was coming in for some rough treatment from Laird but worked for a City side which had Sterling attack down the right and force Roberts to push away before the half ended.

Attacking the North Stand for the second half. City continued to look bright against a poor Saddlers side who were nearly three down when Roberts, easily Walsall's man of the match, pulled off a stunning 51st minute save to deny Bayliss.

Bakayoko fired over the bar from a Hiwula cross in the 58th minute and Roberts saved from Hiwula after good work from Bakayoko.

Mason volleyed not far away and Thomas had a shot saved in front of City supporters from as far away as Ireland, whilst Walsall resorted to hit and hope football, which prompted calls from the away fans for changes at their club.

In the 72nd minute, Bright Enobakhare got into the penalty area and was brought down. He got up and just beat Roberts with the resulting spot kick for City's third goal. 

Enobakhare then went off to a standing ovation and was replaced for the final fourteen minutes by birthday boy Conor Chaplin.

When the Walsall fans started celebrating a tame shot being easily gathered by Stockdale who did not see much of the ball all afternoon, you knew how bad the Saddlers were.

Roberts saved from Chaplin with nine left before Meyler came on Tom Bayliss who had done a good job like the rest of his team mates.

Meyler on loan from Reading, was lively as City went looking for a fourth goal, which a number of City supporters had predicted.

Brandon Mason went down with an injury. City had Charlie Wakefield lined up to replace Luke Thomas but opted to wait for a few minutes and he came on in stoppage time as City recorded a good victory.

 

 

 

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