King makes Palace pay at Ricoh

Coventry were 2-1 winners in a nervy affair against Crystal Palace to end their run of 11 Championship games without a victory.

Last Updated: 12/02/11 at 17:24

King: Crucial strike

King: Crucial strike

More of the games that matter

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for Sky Sports customers

Richard Wood got the final touch ahead of Eagles defender Paddy McCarthy to divert a backward header past a hesitant Julian Speroni from six yards to put the hosts in the driving seat in the 34th minute.

Yet they were not firmly in control until 11 minutes from time when Marlon King converted his fifth league goal of the season.

Steffen Iversen's injury-time strike made for a frantic final few minutes but it was not to be after a finely-balanced encounter at a sunny Ricoh Arena.

Anthony Gardner headed a great chance wide for the visitors moments before Wood's opener, Wilfried Zaha was denied a solid penalty appeal while Clive Platt was repeatedly denied by Speroni at the other end.

Ultimately it was Coventry's killer instinct which proved the difference and, despite being backed by around 2,500 travelling fans, struggling Palace failed to improve on an away record which is the worst in the second tier.

City boss Aidy Boothroyd remained without the likes of skipper Lee Carsley, Sammy Clingan and Ben Turner but did welcome back influential striker King and promising centre-back Nathan Cameron to his XI.

Palace counterpart Dougie Freedman made just one change to the side who registered his first victory as Eagles boss against Middlesbrough last weekend, Owen Garvan coming in for Alex Marrow.

Sky Blues midfielder Carl Baker scored a sublime volley to help the midlands club to a 2-1 triumph over the Eagles in the FA Cup third round only last month and he was first to try his luck from 20 yards after six minutes.

Amid a lively opening quarter, Keiren Westwood was called upon to get Cameron out of jail with a solid block after he was caught in possession by Jermaine Easter in the centre circle.

With the clash having become somewhat scrappy, the clearest chance of the opening half hour went Palace's way.

Garvan's inswinging corner was missed by everyone in a light blue shirt but Gardner, at the far post, could only head into the ground and wide.

And the visitors were made to pay five minutes later.

Martin Cranie's speculative long ball forward was met by central defender Wood, who remained in the attacking third from a previous attack, and he appeared to get the final touch with a backward header from six yards.

The breakthrough owed a lot to Speroni's hesitation but he kept his side in it at the start of the second half to palm away Platt's header.

David Wright cleared Richard Keogh's attempt off the line as the hosts made a bright start to proceedings.

Palace forward Zaha saw a reasonable penalty appeal rejected having seen his shirt tugged in the area.

Platt saw two headers kept out by Speroni before King put Coventry two goals to the good as he converted Aron Gunnarsson's cross from close range.

But the home side were made to endure a frantic final five minutes after Iversen gave Palace hope from six yards.

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

More Match Results

Tuesday, 30 September 2014
19:45
Brighton 1-1 Cardiff Report
Derby 2-0 Bournemth Report
M'boro 1-1 Blackpool  
Millwall 1-3 Birmingham Report
Norwich 0-1 Charlton Report
Rotherham 2-0 Blackburn Report
Sheff Wed 1-1 Ipswich Report
Watford 2-1 Brentford Report
Wigan 0-0 N Forest Report
Sunday, 28 September 2014
13:15
Reading 3-3 Wolves Report

Sky Bet Championship

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Norwich 10 11 20
2 N Forest 10 10 20
3 Watford 10 8 20
4 Derby 10 9 19
5 Ipswich 10 6 18
6 Wolves 9 5 18
7 Charlton 10 4 18
8 M'boro 10 6 17
9 Sheff Wed 10 3 16
10 Reading 9 0 14
11 Blackburn 10 -2 14
12 Brentford 10 -3 14
13 Cardiff 10 0 13
14 Leeds 9 -2 13
15 Bournemth 10 1 12
16 Millwall 10 -3 11
17 Rotherham 10 -4 11
18 Brighton 10 -2 10
19 Birmingham 10 -6 10
20 Wigan 10 -2 9
21 Huddersfld 9 -10 8
22 Bolton 9 -8 5
23 Fulham 9 -12 4
24 Blackpool 10 -9 3

Updated Tue, 30 Sep 2014

Footer 365

PSG stun Barca, Bayern stay 100%

PSG edged to an entertaining 3-2 Champions League win over Barcelona, while Bayern Munich beat CSKA Moscow and BATE stunned Athletic Bilbao.

Champions League: Manchester City held to home draw by Roma

Manchester City endured yet another night of Champions League frustration as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Roma.

Champions League: Nemanja Matic earns three points for Chelsea against Sporting Lisbon in Group G

Nemanja Matic's header earned Chelsea three away points against Sporting Lisbon in UEFA Champions League Group G.

Mail Box

#Usingfootballersnamesineverydaylife

We have the last of these as well as mails on Liverpool, Wayne Rooney, QPR, Arsenal's injuries and more. It's a mailbox that's Alonso rather than Rafael, if you will...

How Much In 'Pounds Raheem Sterling'?

A whole lot of you use footballers' names in everyday life. And you hate yourselves for it. As you should. We also have mails on Newcastle, Rooney and more...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property