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Memorable Match: Coventry City 1-2 Norwich City

17 February 2021

With Norwich City travelling to St Andrew’s for tonight’s Sky Bet Championship game against Coventry, we’re taking a look back on an exciting end in 2010.

Grant Holt’s brace was the difference to secure the win for the Canaries in this Championship clash just over ten years ago!

Coventry City 1-2 Norwich City
December 18, 2010
Ricoh Arena
Championship

What was on the line?

Their first season back in the Championship following promotion from League One, Norwich were enjoying a good start on their return to the second-tier, picking up 32 points going into this game against the Sky Blues.

Despite just being promoted back into the Championship, talks of a push for Premier League promotion were on the lips of those who followed the Canaries’ fortunes following such a positive start to the season.

Similar could be said for Coventry, who were in their tenth-consecutive season of Championship football. Making good progress in their campaign, the Sky Blues were sitting pretty in fifth-place going into this fixture, looking for a play-off spot to finally see promotion.

How the game unfolded

Despite a lack of goals, the first half was an eventful one by way of the officials’ decisions. Coventry felt they had a penalty at hand early on when Michael Nelson appeared to trip Marlon King inside the box, but the referee waved off all appeals.

The hosts had no complaints later in the first half when midfielder Aron Gunnarsson was shown the red card for his two-footed challenge on Henri Lansbury, leaving the Sky Blues with ten men for the next 55 minutes.

City legend Holt soon capitalised on the man-for-man advantage in the 65th minute, getting a firm nod on a cross at the far post to find the opener and seeing Coventry concede for the first time in five games.

King soon got his goal, despite the referee’s denial of his earlier penalty appeal, levelling the scores nine minutes later, tucking one past John Ruddy.

However, an unmarked Holt soon found his brace in the 87th minute, turning and shooting inside a congested 18-yard box after a City corner.

90th minute substitute Freddy Eastwood almost made his impact in the final minutes, firing a shot off the woodwork inside stoppage time.

Surviving the forward’s near-leveller, City held on to the final whistle to take all three points from the Ricoh Arena back to Carrow Road.

City XI: Ruddy, Ward, Nelson, Martin, Fox, Lanisbury, Lappin, Smith (Askou, 90), Holt, Jackson (Hoolahan, 67) (McNamee, 81), Martin
Subs not used: Rudd, Habergham, Tudur-Jones, Johnson

What happened next?

The end of the season marked back-to-back promotions for City, who finished second in the Championship to secure automatic promotion to the top-flight.

A difficult second half of the season saw Coventry’s form take a dip, finishing 18th after early play-off hopes.


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