Rams Slip To Sky Blues Defeat
Attendance: 14, 219
A controversial penalty decision made the difference at the Ricoh Arena and changed the match as Coventry City went on to claim a 2-0 victory over Derby County. Chris Foy pointed to the spot just before the hour mark after he adjudged Jason Shackell to have fouled Richard Keogh in the area and Lukas Jutkiewicz sent Frank Fielding the wrong way from the spot to open the scoring. The first half was an even affair with The Rams having the better of the chances and Jamie Ward had a glorious chance to open the scoring but couldn`t get his shot away in time as Joe Murphy came out to meet him. Carl Baker then slammed home a volley from inside the area after Jason Shackell`s header fell to him and Coventry eased through the closing stages to claim their first victory of the season.
Lee Croft came in for the injured James Bailey in the only change to the side after the international break and Russell Anderson returned to the bench after regaining his fitness after a groin strain. Coventry started off brightly but they didn`t create anything with their early possession and the first chance of the game fell to The Rams when Kevin Kilbane headed over from a good position from a Ben Davies corner from the right.
The game tightened up after that with both sides looking solid at the back and Jamie Ward and Craig Bryson both failed to find the target from the edge of the area as Derby had the best of the few efforts there were. Ward then had a glorious opportunity when his pace took him onto a through ball but Joe Murphy came out to the edge of the area and the Northern Ireland international couldn`t get his shot away before it was blocked. Frank Fielding had a quiet half at the other end only being called on to claim the ball easily from a number of crosses and looping headers.
Chris Dunn came on in place of Murphy at halftime as the home side made a change in the goalkeeping department and he was called into action early on when John Brayford hit a firm effort from the edge of the area that he did well to turn behind for a corner. Kilbane was well placed to clear off the line at the other end from Carl Baker after Jutkiewicz had robbed Bryson of possession inside the area. Jutkiewicz shot wide of the mark when well placed and Fielding then tipped another effort from Baker over the top as the home side got back on top.
It took a controversial decision to break the deadlock just before the hour when referee Chris Foy adjudged Jason Shackell to have fouled Richard Keogh in the area. It was hard to see where he thought the foul had occurred but Jutkiewicz sent Fielding the wrong way from the spot to give his side the lead. Derby stepped up their efforts to try and get themselves back into the game but Coventry stood firm at the back and Theo Robinson came on in place of Lee Croft but couldn`t quite find an end product after a couple of promising runs. The home side secured all three points with just over ten minutes to go when Shackell`s header from a long throw fell to Baker who slammed home a volley from inside the area. Derby couldn`t find a way back into the game again as Coventry saw out the closing stages to claim the points.
Coventry City: Murphy (Dunn 46), Keogh, Hussey, Clingan, Bell, Baker, Jutkiewicz, McDonald (O'Donovan 76), Craine, Christie, Bigirmana.
Subs: McSheffrey, Cameron, Thomas.
Derby County: Fielding, Brayford, Shackell, O'Brien, Kilbane, Hendrick, B Davies, Croft (Robinson 68), Bryson, S Davies (Maguire 80), Ward.
Subs: Legzdins, Anderson, Roberts.