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Coventry City (2) 2 - 1 (1) Ipswich Town

Coca-Cola Championship 2009-10

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Referee: Russell Booth

Manager: Chris Coleman

Ricoh Arena 12:45

Attendance: 16,279

Manager: Roy Keane

Match Number: 3309


 Clinton Morrison (10)
 Clinton Morrison (24)
 Jon Walters (24)


Leon BestFredy Eastwood (61)
David BellJordon Clarke (63)
Michael McIndoeElliott Ward (82)





Kieran Westwood

Stephen Wright

Patrick VanAanholt

Ben Turner

Sammy Clingan

David Bell

Isaac Osbourne

Aron Gunnarsson

Michael McIndoe

Leon Best

Clinton Morrison



Dimi Konstantopoulos

Elliott Ward

Jermaine Grandison

Jordon Clarke

Ashley Cain

Fredy Eastwood

Sean Jeffers

Match Report

Coventry City 2 Ipswich Town 1

Roy Keane had talked of taking his Ipswich team out of their comfort zone. He even sent them on a training camp with the Paratroop Regiment in pre-season to chivvy the process along, yet all he really needed to do was subject his men to an afternoon at the Ricoh Arena against Coventry.

It only took 25 minutes for his side to go two goals down, and although they reduced the deficit to one, watching a first half-hour riddled with defensive errors and iffy technique would have been more painful for Keane than anything the Paras could have thrown at them.

Keane is 38 years-old on Monday; an opening-day defeat is not the present he would have wished for.

He admitted on the radio that as well as giving his wife and children a tough time if a side of his are defeated, he also loses his appetite. Birthday cake will not be on the menu then.

He was able to joke when asked if his kids would be running for cover, but could not hide the disappointment from his voice.

"If it comes to the day when I am dead relaxed after a defeat and I go home and put my feet up and start whistling, it would be a sad day," he said. "It's part of my make-up.

"When you give the opposition a helping hand it is frustrating," Keane added, describing the way his defence watched, rather than reacted, when Coventry goalkeeper Keiren Westwood found Clinton Morrison on the edge of the area after nine minutes.

What possessed Richard Wright, Westwood's opposite number, to advance to the edge of area is anyone's guess. Morrison, his back to goal, swivelled, sending a looping ball high over Wright and into the top corner. It was an wonderful finish, but the direct result of sloppy defending, and Keane ominously emerged from the dugout.

Where Ipswich went wrong for Coventry's second goal, scored when Morrison sent a diving header into the corner, was less blatant for most, but not Keane. "If you are a defender and the striker's head is that low, you take his head off," was his analysis.

As if sensing the wrath which was no doubt about to descend upon them at half-time, Ipswich forced themselves to take a breath. Jon Stead dissected the back four with a diagonal pass, and Jon Walters, running directly through the middle, needed only one touch to take them into the break with at least something to smile about.

A rollicking will have ensued regardless, and a rendition of a couple of Queen classics by the cast of the musical We Will Rock You was probably the only reason that the rest of the stadium were not able to enjoy it as well. Ipswich returned with vigour, but another goal never came.

"They are strong," a compassionate Coventry manager Chris Coleman said. "They won't come much better than that this year." So Keane won't kick the cat? someone asked. "Oh, he will, because he doesn't like losing."

For a man who, by his own admission, takes defeat rather badly, Keane faces a miserable Monday. His will not be a happy birthday.

Sandy Macaskill (

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