The Sky Blues defeated Cardiff City at the Cardiff City Stadium to earn their first away victory of the year.
The first-half goal by Viktor Gyokeres, who scored after being the first to react to Jamie Allen’s rebounded shot, separated the two teams.
During the second half, Gyokeres and Waghorn both had opportunities to increase Coventry’s lead, but Mark Robins’ team held on to secure a commanding three points.
After some effort from the Swede to force the ball past Cardiff goalkeeper Ryan Allsop, the Sky Blues’ Viktor Gyokeres had the game’s first opportunity. His early attempt, however, did not pay off when his strike soared over the crossbar.
The home team was the next to try their luck as Callum O’Dowda’s toe narrowly missed a dangerous cross from Niels Nkoukou in the penalty area.
In the 22nd minute, Mark Robins decided to make a change at the back, bringing on Michael Rose to take the place of Callum Doyle. Jamie Allen’s header gave City another chance a little while later, but the midfielder’s effort was comfortably stopped.
Just before halftime of City’s first game, Gyokeres atoned for his previous error by being in the right place at the right time to score Jamie Allen’s saved shot. Allsop did well to stop Allen from scoring, but he was helpless to stop City’s leading scorer from doing so with the goal open.
When Matty Godden’s header from a corner fell to Ben Sheaf’s foot in the area, Coventry might have made it two before halftime. The midfielder attempted to take a shot, but was unsuccessful.
After the break, Callum Robinson went around Ben Wilson and into the net, giving Cardiff hope that they had drawn even. However, the goal was disallowed as a consequence of a chat between Bobby Madley and one of his linesmen. Gyokeres struck the side netting during a counterattack by Robins’ team in response.
Coventry had more opportunities during the second half as Martyn Waghorn and Gyokeres, who were both brought off the bench, tried their luck. While Waghorn’s charge on the goalie nearly gave Gyokeres an open goal, Gyokeres’ attempt to find the near corner skimmed wide.
Cardiff had opportunities to tie the score and Madley waved away two late penalty claims, but Coventry held on.
Coventry next play Sheffield United on Wednesday 19th October. As confirmed in our ” WHAT HAPPENED TO WASPS RUGBY ” article, the game is going ahead despite the current circumstances of the Wasps, who share the groups facilities entering administration.