FOOTBALL - Coventry City 4-1 Fulham - The Coventry Observer

8th Aug, 2022

FOOTBALL - Coventry City 4-1 Fulham

VIKTOR Gyokeres continued his rich vein of scoring form after netting a second-half brace to help the Sky Blues secure a memorable win against high-flying Fulham.

The Swede moved onto nine goals in 11 games after equalising on 47 minutes with a simple finish from Callum O’Hare’s square pass.

He then completed the scoring when he slid home from close range on 70 minutes from Matty Godden’s perfect cross from the right.

That came after Godden had won and converted a penalty on 51 minutes to complete a stunning four-minute turnaround after being fouled by Antonee Robinson.

Teenage wing-back Ian Maatsen secured the points with his first Coventry goal on 61 minutes drilling the ball past Fulham keeper Paulo Gazzaniga.

Fulham had taken the lead on 18 minutes when Kyle McFadzean put through his own goal after a tussle with Aleksandar Mitrovic in the box.

However, the day would belong to the Sky Blues who have won all six of their league games at the Coventry Building Society Arena since returning to their home city.

City made four changes from their hefty defeat to Luton Town in midweek with Fankaty Dabo, Liam Kelly, Ben Sheaf and Godden all coming into the side.

Fulham created the first opening of the game after just three minutes when Robinson’s cross from the left was headed over by Harry Wilson.

The visitors then took the lead when Neeskens Kebano’s corner from the left went in off the head of Sky Blues defender McFadzean after he was the wrong side of Mitrovic.

The Cottagers almost doubled their lead five minutes before the break when Mitrovic found Bobby Decordova-Reid in space who let fly from 20-yards out and was denied by an excellent save by Simon Moore diving high to his right.

Coventry then carved out a good chance of their own when some great interplay ended with O’Hare playing Maatsen in down the left only for the wing-back’s effort to be superbly blocked by Denis Odoi.

The Sky Blues were out early for the second-half and they made a lightning start, drawing level on just two minutes after the restart – capitalising on a calamitous defensive mix-up.

Josh Onomah and Tim Ream ran into each other before O’Hare took up possession and squared to Gyokeres who rolled home his eighth goal of the season.

City had their tails up and were awarded a penalty four minutes later when Robinson took out Godden in the box and referee Gavin Ward pointed to the spot.

The striker picked himself up to send Gazzaniga the wrong way, coolly rolling the ball to the keepers’ left.

Maatsen added City’s third goal in the space of 14 minutes when he blasted an effort into the right corner of the goal after the visitors failed to deal with Dabo’s inviting ball from the opposite flank.

The Sky Blues completed a superb win when Gyokeres grabbed his second of the afternoon with his effort trickling past a helpless Gazzaniga in the Fulham goal.

The Swedish striker came agonisingly close to completing his hat-trick only to be denied by an excellent stop by Gazzaniga who somehow managed to tip the ball behind.

Victory for the Sky Blues means they will move level on points with the teams at the top of the Championship before West Brom and Bournemouth play this afternoon.

Success against the Cottagers was also the perfect way for the Sky Blues to mark their annual Jimmy Hill Day – a legend of both clubs.

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