Match Report | Coventry City 1-2 Cardiff City | Cardiff

by 24britishtvApril 1, 2024, 6:40 p.m. 20
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The hosts, who are enjoying an impressive showing in the Championship and the Emirates FA Cup this campaign, will have surprised few with how they began this game, keeping the ball well, and showing danger signs following long passages of play but also on the counter when soaking up pressure.

The first goal came 22 minutes into the match. The Bluebirds had just seen their first attempt, a Nat Phillips header, saved, and the home side went up the other end and punished this missed chance in clinical fashion. Forward Ellis Simms, signed from Everton last summer, scored his 17th goal of the season in all competitions, adding the finishing touch to a Milan van Ewijk cross.

Erol Bulut's Bluebirds took the initiative despite falling behind and went on the attack. Karlan Grant's effort from 25-yards drifted just wide while Yakou Méïté saw a deflected shot fall fortunately for Sky Blues 'keeper Brad Collins.

The away side did find a leveller 29 minutes in though, but it came from a Coventry City man. Penalty box pinball ensued following Joe Ralls' corner kick. It looked as if Josh Bowler would be on hand to tap in at close range, reaching Perry Ng's flick on, but defender Liam Kitching reached it first and attempted clearing but only ended up lashing the ball into his own net.

The first half closed out end-to-end with both teams looking to gain an advantage.

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