Sky Blues Down Rams
Attendance: 13, 169
Ben Turner headed home the winner ten minutes from time as Derby County fell to their second league defeat in a row as they were beaten 2-1 by Coventry City at the Ricoh Arena. The Rams again played some neat football and found more of a purpose to their game after the break with Dean Moxey finishing a sweeping move from close range to level the scores after a first-half Jutkiewicz penalty had given the home side the lead. Derby dominated the possession without creating clear cut chances and it was slightly against the run of play that Turner gave Coventry the lead for a second time from Lee Carsley`s deep cross with eighty minutes gone. Moxey thought he`d scored his second of the afternoon from close range virtually straight away but Westwood denied him with a fine save to hand his side the three points.
Nigel Clough made two changes to the starting line-up from the defeat to Cardiff City last weekend with LukeVarney and Tomasz Cywka the men to miss out with Conor Doyle handed his first start and Dean Moxey also brought into the starting line-up. The Rams only named six substitutes with Cywka wearing a mask to protect his broken cheekbone and Chris Porter was also named despite a hip injury. Moxey appeared to playing furthest forward in an unfamiliar role and the opening exchanges were scrappy as Derby couldn`t find their passing game early on.
The Rams came close just after the twenty minute mark with a neat move down the left freeing Paul Green but his cross into the area was cleared by Nathan Cameron just in front of the onrushing James Bailey. Green was involved again moments later as Keiren Westwood`s poor clearance fell at his feet and his effort from 40 yards beat the keeper only for Ben Turner to get back to head to safety from under his own bar.
At the other end Gareth Roberts was forced to clear a Lee Carsley effort off the line after the ball fell to him from a corner and the home side took the lead moments later. A ball to the edge of the box found Gary McSheffrey and Dean Leacock tripped him with a clumsy challenge with the referee given no choice but to award a penalty. Lukas Jutkiewicz stepped up to fire home a firm effort to Bywater`s left to give the home side the lead. The Rams continued to play some neat football but weren`t threatening Westwood in the home goal and couldn`t create another opportunity before the break.
Derby upped the tempo at the start of the second period with their passing becoming a lot crisper and faster and they were back level with seven minutes gone. Robbie Savage swept the ball to John Brayford on the far side and his run and low cross into the area was swept home right-footed by Dean Moxey from ten yards to score his first goal in a Derby shirt. The Rams continued to dominate the possession and another fine move released Paul Green from the left edge of the area but he was flagged offside before he could get a shot on goal. Moxey was close to getting his second goal of the afternoon when a neat cross from Brayford found him in space in the area but he couldn`t direct his effort on target.
With the game there for the taking Tomasz Cywka came on in place of Conor Doyle with just under twenty minutes to go but it was Coventry who were next to threaten when Clive Platt glanced a header goalwards but Bywater turned his effort away at full length to his right. Coventry retook the lead with ten minutes to go when a corner was not cleared to safety and Carsley hooked in a cross from the fight, Shaun Barker seemed to misjudge the flight of the ball allowing Tuner to run in behind him and thump a header low into the corner.
Dean Moxey nearly found an immediate equaliser after another neat move down the right saw him get his foot to a low cross across the six yard area but his effort was superbly tipped over the bar by Westwood as it looked to be bouncing into the roof of the net. Chris Porter came on for the closing stages in place of Robbie Savage but despite same let pressure The Rams couldn`t find a second equaliser and fell to their second league defeat in a row.
Coventry City: Westwood, Keogh, Craine, Cameron, Turner, Carsley, Doyle, McSheffrey, Bell (Clarke 76), Eastwood (Gunnarsson 81), Jutkiewicz (Platt 38)
Subs: Quirke, Clingan, Baker, Wood
Derby County: Bywater, Brayford, Roberts, Leacock, Barker, Savage (Porter 87), Bailey, Doyle (Cywka 72), Green, Moxey, Commons
Subs: Deeney, Buxton, Pringle, Martin