UK time is: 20:31:29
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Coventry City 2 - Sunderland 1

Ricoh Arena

6 August 2006, 13:30

Attendance: 22,366

City on their way

A hard-fought opening day victory for the Sky Blues came after Daryl Murphy had given Sunderland the lead early in the second-half, sliding the ball home after an earlier shot had appeared to strike a home defender's hand.

The Black Cats had a decent early chance after Marcus Hall was caught napping from a throw-in but City came back well, with Stern John going close before forcing a smart save from Ben Alnwick just before half-time.

After Murphy's goal, City threw on Don Hutchison for the ineffective Dele Adebola and the veteran Scot made a difference with his ability to hold up the ball.

John curled in a superb equaliser, a 'world-class' finish according to Sunderland manager Niall Quinn who was less than pleased by his side switching off from a free-kick seven minutes later, leading to McSheffrey firing in by the aid of a deflection.

Most reports of the game had City down as deserved winners, the Daily Mirror saying: 'The size of the challenge in front of Quinn was hammered home when Stern John and Gary McSheffrey earned the Sky Blues a victory they undoubtedly deserved.'

The Sun commented: ' The Wearsiders were perhaps unlucky to leave the Midlands empty-handed as they did enough to earn at least a point.'

The Newcastle Journal report claimed: 'A Coventry team lacking in class came from behind to inflict a defeat that left Quinn, his players and more than 2,500 travelling supporters deflated.'

Star Player

Elliott Ward was very impressive at the back but Michael Doyle just pips him for the Vital Coventry vote.

Micky Adams on Gary McSheffrey's future

'Gary was brilliant today, a real threat who was full of running forward and back, put in some great crosses and scored a good goal as well.

'I've read that Birmingham are going to come back in for him but hopefully they will understand we don't want to sell.

'Every player has a price, but where will I find someone to replace Gary?'

Sunderland manager Niall Quinn

'Stern John's goal was world class and you can do very little about something like that.

'From the free-kick for their second we were caught napping. That's a glitch we had last season and has cost us dear again. It's something we can work on.

'But I do not want that to take away from our performance which was full of enthusiasm and for the most part, I think we outplayed Coventry.'




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!

The Journalist

Writer: CCFC Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday August 7 2006

Time: 9:18AM

 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

League Results (view all)

Latest Results
Coventry 2 - 1 MK Dons
Sheff Utd 2 - 2 Coventry
Coventry 0 - 1 Scunthorpe
Preston 1 - 0 Coventry
Coventry 2 - 2 Rochdale
Yeovil 0 - 0 Coventry

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
18. Crewe 33 11 6 16 -23 39
19. Notts County 31 10 7 14 -7 37
20. Leyton Orient 32 9 8 15 -5 35
21. Coventry 32 8 11 13 -11 35
22. Colchester 33 9 7 17 -16 34
23. Crawley 33 8 10 15 -22 34
24. Yeovil 32 7 8 17 -22 29

Breaking League News

DRFC Dickov looking forward to the challenge
Doncaster : 02/03/2015 20:05:00
Preview: MK Dons vs Chesterfield
MK Dons : 02/03/2015 19:41:00
DRFC Preston v Doncaster Team News
Doncaster : 02/03/2015 19:35:00
DRFC Can Rovers beat the Lilywhites?
Doncaster : 02/03/2015 19:01:00
DRFC Preston v Doncaster - Match Officials
Doncaster : 02/03/2015 19:00:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Which City Loanee Has Impressed Most?
Suggested By:  Editor
Jamie Jones 6%
Matthew Pennington 34%
Sanmi Odelusi 3%
Luke Williams 7%
Dominic Samuel 50%