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Coventry City (0) 0 - 1 (0) Ipswich Town

FA Carling Premiership 2000-01

Monday, November 20, 2000

Referee: D Elleray

Manager: Unknown

Highfield Road

Attendance: 19,322

Manager: George Burley

Match Number: 2872


 Fabian Wilnis 





















Match Report

Late Wilnis strike clinches all three-points

The Dutch duo of Martijn Reuser and Fabian Wilnis combine in the final minute at Highfield Road to secure yet another away win.

With the game heading for a goalless draw, in a generally poor game, Wilnis stole unmarked into the Coventry penalty area to head home a perfectly flighted right wing cross from Reuser.

First Half: Coventry started as the more livelier of the two sides.

In the first minute Bellamy broke down the left wing but the ball went out for a goal kick before he could cross, Roussel just failed to make contact with a probing Thompson cross, and Mark Venus put in a well timed tackle to prevent Morocan Hadji from shooting.

Ten minutes had gone before Town's first real attack.

Coventry conceded a free kick some five yards from the edge of their penalty area, but the resulting free kick from Mark Venus was blocked by the defensive wall, and a few minutes later an in-swinging Mark Venus corner was headed just over by James Scowcroft.

Richard Wright first real action of the game came on 15 minutes when he punched clear a Coventry free-kick and then got his fingertips to a cross to prevent Roussel from heading at goal.

Kirkland, the Coventry 'keeper, was then called into action. First to save well from a 20-yard Marcus Stewart strike and minutes later to save again from a Marcus Stewart effort that was heading for the left-hand corner of his goal.

In the final fifteen minutes of the first period, Thompson shot well hide and wide on two occasions, and James Scowcroft was just beaten to the ball by Kirkland who punched clear from a Jamie Clapham cross.

Second Half: A similar start to the second half with Coventry again looking the most likely to score but headers from Roussel and Breen were comfortably saved by Richard Wright.

On 55 minutes a Jim Magilton effort from just outside the area was struck straight at the Coventry 'keeper.

Richard Wright got his hands to, but could not hold, a long range shot from Telfer. The Town defence were able to clear the resulting loose ball.

After 68 minutes Martijn Reuser was introduced in place of Jermaine Wright, and a minute later Titus Bramble came on in place of the injured John McCreal , who minutes earlier had collided with a post after clearing a loose ball with Bellamy in pursuit.

Fabian Wilnis was then booked for a late tackle on Coventry's Chippo, the first Town player to be booked in a league for almost two months, although Titus Bramble was fortunate not to have been booked minutes earlier for a clumsy challenge.

With twenty minutes left the deadlock was almost broken by Thompson, but his 35-yard free kick was pushed onto the corner of the woodwork by Richard Wright and out for a corner. And with just ten minutes left a header from Thompson looped just over the bar and onto the top of the goal netting.

Then came Fabian Wilnis's last gasp winner.

Martijn Reuser collected the ball on the right wing and struck a perfect cross for Fabian Wilnis to head powerfully home from 6 yards.

Not one the most impressive of Town's performances this season but another three-points nonetheless.

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