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Historically, how do Coventry City recover from conceding five goals?

Ryan Lowe lobs Joe Murphy from 35 yards to complete his hat-trick for Tranmere. (Image: tranmererovers.co.uk)

Ryan Lowe lobs Joe Murphy from 35 yards to complete his hat-trick for Tranmere. (Image: tranmererovers.co.uk)

Yesterday afternoon, Tranmere Rovers travelled to Sixfields with most of their fans hoping to take a point back to Merseyside. At 15:50, though Rovers had ended Coventry City’s long unbeaten run. Emphatically.

A hat-trick from Ryan Lowe, which was the second in consecutive games following Nahki Well’s matchball winning performance for Bradford last weekend, alongside goals from James Wallace & Jake Kirby saw Rovers run out 1-5 winners, despite finishing the game with 10 men, following Ash Taylor’s dismissal for a high boot on Franck Moussa.

Coinsidentally, before Wells’ hat-trick last weekend, no opposition player had scored one past City since Vincent Pericard for Plymouth Argyle seven years ago.

In total, it was only the sixth time since relegation from The Premier League in 2001, that City had conceded five goals in one game (in all competitions.)

It was also the first time the Sky Blues had conceded five goals in a game since they traveled to Premier League side Arsenal in the Third Round of the League Cup in September 2012, where they suffered a 6-1 loss after goals from Olivier Giroud, Theo Walcott (2), Andrey Arshavin, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Ignasi Miquel.

In the following game, City traveled to Boundry Park to face Oldham where an 89th minute Cody McDonald goal sealed the three points and a 0-1 win for City.

The last time City conceded five goals at home was in February 2008, when the Sky Blues hosted West Bromwich Albion in The FA Cup 5th Round. The Baggies ran out 0-5 winners that day, with goals from Chris Brunt, Roman Bednar (2), Ishmael Miller and Zoltan Gera. Michael Doyle saw red for the Sky Blues that afternoon at The Ricoh Arena.

City were back at The Ricoh Arena in their next game, as they ran out 2-0 winners over local rivals Leicester City. An Elliott Ward penalty, followed up by a Leon Best goal saw off The Foxes.

West Bromwich Albion are also the team responsible for inflicting the last occassion Coventry conceded five in the league, this time at The Hawthorns. Jason Koumas, who started for Tranmere yesterday, was amongst the goals that day, striking between Diomansy Kamara (2), Kevin Phillips and Paul Robinson goals.

In the next game, City traveled to Luton looking to make amends. In the end, City left empty handed as the hosts ran out 3-1 winners on a cold December afternoon in front of 8,229 at Kenilworth Road. They have also conceded five to Watford and Sheffield Wednesday.

Overall, on the five previous occasions the Sky Blues have conceded five goals prior to yesterday, they have gone on to win two, lose two and draw one of the next games.

In conclusion, when Rotherham United travel to Sixfields on Tuesday night, Steven Pressley and the entire Sky Blue Army will be looking for a positive reaction, and make it three wins from six after conceding five and continue to push up the League One table and build some momentum ahead of the huge trip to MK Dons next Saturday.

Full history since relegation from The Premier League of Coventry City conceding five goals in one game, and the next game’s result:

 

DATE

OPPOSITION

HOME/AWAY

COMPETITION

SCORELINE

W/D/L

23/11/13 Tranmere Rovers

H

League One

1-5

L

26/11/13 Rotherham United

H

League One

?-?

?

26/09/12 Arsenal

A

League Cup

6-1

L

29/09/12 Oldham Athletic

A

League One

0-1

W

16/02/08 West Bromwich Albion

H

FA Cup

0-5

L

23/02/08 Leicester City

H

Championship

2-0

W

16/12/06 West Bromwich Albion

A

Championship

5-0

L

23/12/06 Luton Town

A

Championship

3-1

L

05/03/03 Sheffield Wednesday

A

Division One

5-1

L

08/03/03 Wimbledon

A

Division One

2-2

D

26/08/02 Watford

A

Division One

5-2

L

31/08/02 Nottingham Forest

H

Division One

0-1

L

Results following a game where Coventry City have conceded five, since relegation from The Premier League in 2001.Tranmere’s 1-5 victory at Sixfields yesterday was actually the second time that Rovers have beaten Coventry by that scoreline; the first being a First Round Worthington Cup tie in 1999.

On that day the tie was played at Prenton Park, the home of Tranmere with a David Kelly hat-trick and Scott Taylor brace seeing off a Gary McAllister goal, resulting in the League Division One side Rovers knocking out then Premier League side City.

This game has not been included in the above stats however, as City were still in the Premier League at the time.

 

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