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Coventry City
2 - 0
Wolverhampton Wanderers

Ricoh Arena

2nd January 2006

Attendance: 26,851

Referee:

The Sky Blues were good value for this win, in front of the biggest attendance yet at the Ricoh Arena, most of whom would have gone home happy and hopefully, prepared to come again to cheer on Micky Adams' side.

Although Wolves dominated the possession stats, they were clearly rocked by a powerful start from the home side and also lacked any kind of cutting edge up front, relying on the excellent Kenny Miller to try and find a way through all on his own.

City rode their luck at times and both goals had a touch of good fortune about them but they fully deserved it for sticking to their game plan and remaining fully committed for the whole 90 minutes.

Micky Adams admitted afterwards that he was forced to go with some of his fringe players, but was rewarded handsomely as Ady Williams and Stern John both impressed.

Williams was solid alongside Richard Shaw at the back and John performed well in a slightly more deep-lying role before he was put up front on his own as City protected their lead in the second-half.

Wolves boss Glenn Hoddle said afterwards: 'I thought it was traditional to give out your presents on Christmas Day, not New Year Bank Holiday.

'It was two own goals which cost us the game and they were both conceded from set-pieces, which is something I thought we'd ironed out.

'It doesn't matter how well you play, if you give away goals like that you make it impossible for yourself.'

Not too many of the home fans will be worrying about Wolves' problems. City deserved a bit of luck after two excellent displays against Leeds and Crewe yielded just one point.

A play-off place still looks a long way away but there is no doubt that Adams has his side moving in the right direction, and with signs of life from the sides at the bottom, this was a big win.

Star Player

Every single player put in a good shift, but Richard Shaw was superb and certainly got the manager's vote.

Adams said after the game: 'Richard Shaw and Ady Williams were magnificent.

'Richard Shaw is 37 years old and he's played three-and-a-half games in eight days, and that tells you volumes about the man.'


Writer:CCFC
Date:Tuesday January 3 2006
Time: 11:04AM

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