World News – GB – Coventry City 3-2 reading: Sky Blues inflict first league loss on Royals


Coventry City became the first team to beat Reading in the Sky Bet Championship at St Andrew’s on Friday night as they burned out 3-2 winners
Goals from Gustavo Hamer, Matt Godden and Sam McCallum inflicted the Royals’ first league loss this season

Lucas Joao scored his ninth goal of the season, before George Puscas got a second – although both goals were consolation goals for the visitors

First half:
There was an early chance for the league leaders when Sone Aluko grabbed a bad ball from the Coventry penalty area by Fankaty Dabo, however, the Royals forward failed to take advantage of it.

Coventry’s first chance to score came in the seventh minute, Jordan Shipley tracked down Hamer, who manages to feed Godden, who had just left a fraction earlier and the flag was raised for offside

The visitors then had another chance to take the lead, Michael Olise received a superb assist from Omar Richards and the squared winger for Alfa Semedo whose effort was off target and over the bar

The reading closed shortly after, Aluko rushed down the left flank and cut inside before launching a docile effort into the arms of Marko Marosi

Godden then missed a big scoring opportunity, when he reached a cross from Ryan Giles but couldn’t keep his head down, before Hamer saw his effort blocked by Liam Moore

Dabo attempted to return the ball to Marosi, however, his pass hit Michael Rose and allowed Joao behind the defense and Marosi had to get out of his line to prevent the visitors from taking the lead

Seconds later Coventry took the lead, Giles played Shipley on the left who found Godden in the zone The striker then caught Hamer who unleashed an effort of around 20 yards and he found the lower corner beyond Rafael to give the advantage to the hosts

Coventry almost got a second in the 29th minute, when Dabo’s effort from 25 yards saw Aluko clear the danger, on the other end in the 36th minute Olise threw a free kick into an area crowded, however, Marosi comes and claims the Cross

Reading believed they were back in the game when the ball appeared to hit Shipley’s hands from Richards cross, however, the Coventry man had his hands behind him when the cross entered so it wasn’t not a kick the referee’s point of view

Second half:
The first chances in the second half came from the visitors when Josh Laurent attempted a long-range effort which Marosi claimed with ease

Semedo then came to signing and was under pressure from the Coventry defense but his cross was left by Leo Ostigard for Marosi who claimed well

Godden got Coventry’s first chance after the break after intercepting a cross pass from Olise, but his effort was still increasing and flying over the bar

Tomas Estevens then found space on the right and his cross was pushed by Joao but Coventry managed to clear without any Reading player waiting to bet with Joao’s movie

A brilliant defense from Rose deprived Joao of a chance to come home after Aluko’s cross, however, minutes later Reading was at the same level

Laurent’s pass with the outside of his shoe played to Joao who came to the center moved the ball to his left foot and pulled a hard, low effort into the bottom corner to equalize

Coventry almost regained the lead when Maxime Biamou’s effort came back from the bar and Reading scrambled the ball behind for a corner, from which the Sky Blues regained the lead

Dabo’s effort came through a crowded penalty area, Rafael could only get the ball out and Godden was on hand to sweep the house up close

Aluko then took a free kick at goal from the edge of the box which saw Marosi repel the ball, before another free kick from Aluko was cleared by the hosts

Coventry then added a third for the hosts, McCallum got the ball back on the right wing, he cut inside and shot home past Rafael, who really should have done better for do 3-1 in Coventry

In the timeout, Reading pulled one out after Joao knocked down Puscas who was right a few yards away

Tactics on Robins as Coventry scores huge victory
Coventry City manager Mark Robins managed to get his tactics right as his troops took a massive victory over Reading, who still leads the Sky Bet Championship standings
The overall defensive display on Robins’ side was superb and Coventry City came out of the last three with a win and moved up to 18th place, heading into the other weekend games, however, Coventry’s performance levels will have thrilled the manager Robins tonight

Coventry City: Marosi, Ostigard, Rose, Hyam, Dabo (McCallum 82), Hamer (O’Hare 73), Sheaf, Giles, Shipley (Allen 87), Biamou, Godden (Capt) Alternates (not used): McFadzean, Kelly, Wilson, Walker

Reading: Barbosa, Esteves, Morrison, Moore (Capt) (McIntyre 80), Richards, Laurent, Rinomhota, Olise (Puscas 80), Semedo, Joao, AlukoSubstituts (not used): Gibson, Southwood, Tetek, Bristow, Watson

Reading FC, Coventry City FC, EFL Championship, Veljko Paunović

World News – GB – Coventry City 3-2 Reading: Sky Blues inflicts first league defeat on Royals



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