Barnsley’s six consecutive away wins ended at Coventry.



Valérien Ismaël manager of Barnsley gives his team instructions
Valérien Ismaël manager of Barnsley gives his team instructions

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Barnsley failed to capitalise on Reading dropping points after falling to defeat to a lively Coventry side who ran Ismael’s side off the park. The first chance of the game dropped to Coventry who converted. A quick throwing in the eighth minute was flicked into the path of the centre back Hyam who struck the ball well past a helpless Brad Collins.


Dominic Hyam #15 of Coventry City celebrates his goal to make it 1-0
Dominic Hyam #15 of Coventry City celebrates his goal to make it 1-0

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Dominic Hyam #15 of Coventry City gives Mark Robins the thumbs up after scoring the opening goal
Dominic Hyam #15 of Coventry City gives Mark Robins the thumbs up after scoring the opening goal

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The Sky blues didn’t drop their pressure as they kept pinning Barnsley back into their own half. A Matty James corner caused confusion in the Tykes penalty box but the ball was smothered by Collins.



Michał Helik #30 of Barnsley and Maxime Biamou #9 of Coventry City dual for the ball
Michał Helik #30 of Barnsley and Maxime Biamou #9 of Coventry City dual for the ball

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Ismael looked to change his tactics to combat the Coventry long ball by getting his side to keep the ball on the floor and play through the lines. A move which started from a pass out from Collins made its way up the pitch with some excellent football. Eventually, the ball fell to Woodrow who delivered his cross to Romal Palmer who couldn’t gain enough power on his header. Much better from the subdued Barnsley.



The next chance came from an Alex Mowatt free kick, the captain curled in the ball to Helik who made a run to the near post but couldn’t get any direction on his shot.

McCallum was looking to be Coventry’s main play maker. He hurled another long throw in to the box and it was met by the goal scorer Hyam. Luckily, his effort grazed the crossbar.



Last action of the first half fell to Woodrow, Dike intelligently chested it to Chaplin who played the ball into the path of Woodrow whose shot went agonisingly wide.


Half time Coventry 1-0 Barnsley. An incredibly tedious half saw Coventry go into the break one goal to the good.




Mark Robins manager of Coventry City during the game
Mark Robins manager of Coventry City during the game

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The first chance of the second half took a while to come. Mads Andersen attacked Mowatt’s free kick but couldn’t generate any power behind the ball and the goalkeeper claimed the ball with ease. Some excellent defending from Helik. Walker raced in but was thwarted by a huge sliding tackle from the Pole.




Leo Østigård #2 of Coventry City clears the ball under pressure from Carlton Morris #14 of Barnsley
Leo Østigård #2 of Coventry City clears the ball under pressure from Carlton Morris #14 of Barnsley

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Freiser was next to chance his luck on goal. Superb footwork from Styles gave his the space to play in the Austrian but his fierce shot was well saved by the Goalkeeper.


Dominik Frieser #28 of Barnsley shoots on goal
Dominik Frieser #28 of Barnsley shoots on goal

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Daryl Dike #10 of Barnsley shoots on goal, just misses, out for a goal kick
Daryl Dike #10 of Barnsley shoots on goal, just misses, out for a goal kick

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Game over. A Coventry long ball found an unmarked Godden who beat Andersen and curled his shot passed once again a helpless Brad Collins. A deserved reward for Coventry’s efforts this afternoon.



Matthew Godden #24 of Coventry City celebrates his goal to make it 2-0
Matthew Godden #24 of Coventry City celebrates his goal to make it 2-0

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Game over, Matthew Godden #24 of Coventry City celebrates his goal to make it 2-0

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Full time Coventry 2-0 Barnsley. Barnsley’s 98 year drought away at Coventry continues. A fully deserved victory for Coventry who defended sublimely against the Tykes as they appear to have survived the relegation battle.

Collins, Brittain, Sibbick, Helik, Andersen, Styles, Mowatt, Palmer(Halme), Woodrow(Freiser), Dike, Chaplin(Morris).0


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