Coventry 1-0W Bromine

Coventry 1-0W Bromine

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Viktor Gyokeres’ added-time penalty ended West Brom’s five-game winning streak as the Baggies lost 1-0 at Coventry.

The run, which included four clean sheets, had taken Carlos Coberan’s team from the foot of the championship to within reach of the top half.

But in what was to result in a scoreless draw despite numerous chances at both ends, Gyokeres spun and spun into the box and was brought down by Erik Pieters.

Coventry’s top scorer swept up to improve and sent Alex Palmer the wrong way in what secured the Sky Blues’ first win since the international break.

Earlier, Jonathan Panzo almost scored the winner after opening the scoring in Saturday’s thrilling 3-3 draw with Swansea, which saw Sky Blues lose a three-goal advantage.

The defender on loan rose the highest following a Gustavo Hamer corner, but his header hit the top of the bar and went behind.

At the other end, Darnell Furlong saw his close-range header saved well by Ben Wilson from a deep John Swift free-kick.

Former Salford forward Brandon Thomas-Asante was the only change in either starting lineup before kick-off, replacing Daryl Dike in the Albion XI.

Callum O’Hare had the first chance of the evening within six minutes after Gyokeres was persistent down the left, but the former Aston Villa midfielder deflected his shot from inside the box.

Gyokeres also tried his luck to score the first goal in the first half and shot wide after Hamer was sent off.

Some excellent defensive work from Callum Doyle prevented Albion from putting their nose forward and initially prevented Thomas-Asante’s cross from reaching Jed Wallace. The Manchester City loanee was then quick on his feet to clear Tom Rogic’s attempt after Jake Bidwell’s missed interception from the line.

Hamer’s great ball unleashed Gyokeres down the right, but his shot went straight to Baggie’s goalkeeper Palmer.

From the resulting corner, Wallace pushed his way towards Wilson’s goal and should have done better with his tame effort comfortable for the Sky Blues keeper.

Matt Phillips also had his sights set on the first goal of the game after Connor Townsend’s cross found its way to the winger on the other side of the box, but he could only match his efforts.

But Gyokeres was to have the last word, converting his penalty to score an 11th Championship goal of the season and give Coventry their first home win over Albion since 2003.

What the managers say…

Coventry’s Mark Robins: “I had no doubt he would bury that and luckily he did and we carried away three brilliant points. If you look at what happened I think (West Brom’s Dara) O’Shea started to take the penalty for which he got a yellow card, they’re trying to slow things down, whether it’s right or not is wrong I don’t know, your manager will have to clarify that.

“Ultimately they try to win a football game as best they can and it took a little bit of time so he has a bit of time to think but one thing I know about Vik is that he’ll just be calm like he was.”

West Brom’s Carlos Corberan: “It was a very tough game. We suffered a lot in the first 30 minutes, they were better than us in attack, they were better than us in defense, we couldn’t stop them and in our stutter attack we couldn’t control them.

“In the last 15 minutes of the first half we started to control the positional attack, we started attacking more, we started attacking better and the team started to control the game a bit more. In the second half we we didn’t like it, I don’t remember any big moves in defense in the second half, but it’s true that we didn’t have enough chances in attack to throw the game off balance.”

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