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City remain on the up

Coventry City
2 - 0
Brighton & Hove Albion

Ricoh Arena

4th February 2006, 15:00

Attendance: 20,541

Referee:

Coventry City rode their luck at times during the first-half of this game at the Ricoh Arena but were fairly comfortable once Dennis Wise had given them the lead given Brighton's lack of punch up front.

Seagulls boss Mark McGhee has made no secret of the need to bring a new striker to the Withdean Stadium and that was clear for all to see as the visitors failed to make the most of some good early play, much of it down the right-hand side where the tricky Sebastien Carole gave Marcus Hall a difficult time.

City were unable to play at the kind of tempo that had worried Middlesbrough in their previous home game with Gary McSheffrey coming off injured after half-an-hour and Dele Adebola well shackled by Brighton centre-halves with Paul McShane in particular looking every inch an on-loan Manchester United player.

Virtually out of nothing though, Dennis Wise again showed a superb sense of timing, not least with his run from midfield which allowed him to ghost behind the Brighton back line and guide a header into the net.

City were more dominant after the break with Hall and Andrew Whing getting forward well.

It was Whing who set up Wise's second goal with a good break down the right and a shot that the keeper could only parry.

The result means City are now nearer to the play-offs than the relegation zone and into the top-half of the table.

Talk of a top six finish has been bandied about and the fact that that is still a possibility at this stage of the season, together with still being in the FA Cup is a more than decent achievement by Micky Adams and his staff and players.

Star Player

Andy Whing impressed on his return to the side while Dennis Wise again showed his quality with both goals.

Adrian Heath (City assistant manager)

'We have to maintain the form that we're in and then who knows?

'Next week we go to Watford. If we can keep the run going then maybe we can look at that sixth spot because we have to aim as high as we can.

'I feel a bit sorry for Brighton because I don't feel they had the rub of the green.'

Mark McGhee (Brighton boss)

'We know we're not a bad footballing team but we're short of strikers.

'We're improvising not so much with Jake Robinson but Gary Hart is having to play as a centre-forward. We're short of an end product because of it.

'We will have to persevere with what we have. It may or may not be enough.'


Writer:CCFC
Date:Monday February 6 2006
Time: 7:46PM

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