Early goal for Godden gives league leaders the points
Town matched the league leaders for the 90 minutes but went down to a third successive 1-0 defeat at Portman Road.
Matt Godden’s smart finish on the quarter hour proved decisive but Blues always looked to take the game to the opposition, Jon Nolan twice going close to producing an equaliser.
Freddie Sears was also denied in the second-half but a Town side missing three frontline strikers just couldn’t find that elusive goal as Coventry stretched their unbeaten run to 14 league games.
Will Keane missed out with a groin injury, Sears making his first League start at Portman Road in a year after recovering from a ruptured cruciate ligament, Teddy Bishop also in from the start while Will Norris was handed the ‘keeper’s shirt.
Nolan went down inside the box under a challenge from Liam Kelly but referee Trevor Kettle waved away the penalty appeals as Blues started the game brightly, Sears getting down the right but his cross was cleared by Kyle McFadzean.
Liam Walsh worked his way into the Town danger area but Luke Chambers was in the right place to stop the threat but on 16 minutes the visitors were ahead, Walsh slipping Godden through and he found the far corner.
Godden headed goalwards from a free-kick but Norris saved comfortably, Gwion Edwards responding for Blues with a cross that drifted past the far post, Nolan then got on the end of Alan Judge’s ball over the top but couldn’t beat Marko Marosi with a header.
Sears tested Marosi with a right footer from 18 yards as Town searched for an equaliser, the ever willing Nolan firing over after getting on the end of Cole Skuse’s ball over the top as Blues continued to match the league leaders - all bar that goal.
McFadzean hacked clear inside the first minute of the second-half as Town started on the front foot, Skuse almost finding Sears with a clever pass but at the other end Godden fired over from a great position following Fankaty Dabo’s excellent cross.
Marosi was off his line to deny Bishop getting on the end of Judge’s pass, at the other end Edwards did well to head away as Godden threatened at the far post, the City striker then seeing a shot blocked by Chambers.
Josh Earl replaced the injured Garbutt, Chambers almost on the end of Andre Dozzell’s cross, Jordan Shipley then on for Allen and Tyreece Simpson replacing Sears as both sides changed it up.
Armando Dobra replaced Bishop for the closing stages in Town’s final change, goalscorer Godden making way for Amadou Bakayoko, the Coventry substitute immediately in the action, trying to release Callum O’Hare but Chambers covered the danger.
Town maintained the pressure on the Coventry goal with Norris joining the attack in added on time but that goal just wouldn’t come.
Town: Norris, Edwards, Woolfenden, Chambers, Garbutt (Earl 63), Nolan, Skuse, Dozzell, Bishop (Dobra 73), Judge, Sears (Simpson 68) Subs: Holy, Wilson, Morris, Huws. Booked: Norris, Sears, Dozzell.
Coventry: Marosi, Rose, McFadzean, Kelly, Allen (Shipley 68), Hyam, O’Hare (Westbrooke 84), Walsh, Dabo, Godden (Bakayoko 79), McCallum. Subs: Wilson, Biamou, Pask, Giles. Booked: Walsh, McFadzean, McCallum.
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