Adebola enjoys Coventry return
Dele Adebola enjoyed his return to Coventry as he scored one and created another for Bristol City.
Last Updated: 23/08/08 5:59pm
Dele Adebola enjoyed his return to Coventry as he scored one and created another to extend Bristol City's unbeaten start.
The Sky Blues were knocked off the summit of the Championship by their heavy home defeat, with Adebola grabbing a controversial opener.
He then set up Michael McIndoe to make it 2-0 after the interval before Steve Brooker stepped off the bench to score a third in injury time.
The opening goal game after Adebola clashed with Coventry goalkeeper Keiren Westwood as the pair challenged for McIndoe's left-wing cross.
The coming-together on the penalty spot left Westwood motionless on the ground, and as Coventry players appealed for referee Phil Dowd to award a free-kick in their favour, Adebola manoeuvred himself from his position on the floor to poke the ball over the line.
The restart was held up by several minutes as Westwood, visibly shaken, tried to regain his composure. However, he had to be replaced by Andy Marshall.
Adebola's goal in the 17th minute was against the run of play after Coventry had enjoyed the better of the opening exchanges.
Point to prove
Sky Blues striker Michael Mifsud perhaps had a point to prove against the club that almost signed him last month.
Mifsud's protracted £1.5million move to Bristol City collapsed after Robins boss Gary Johnson pulled the plug on the deal, questioning if Mifsud had the 'right personality' to play for the Ashton Gate club.
But the Malta international looked lively and dangerous playing on the right-hand side of midfield.
Coventry thought they should have been awarded a penalty in the 36th minute when Liam Fontaine appeared to pull Clinton Morrison's shirt and send the striker crashing to the ground as he advanced towards goal.
Sky Blues manager Chris Coleman was so incensed by Dowd's decision not to point to the spot that he was sent from the touchline for his protests.
Morrison missed two glorious chances to equalise in injury-time at the end of the first half.
A defensive mistake allowed him through on goal but with just Adriano Basso to beat he lifted the bouncing ball over the Brazilian and wide.
Another chance fell the Republic of Ireland international's way soon after, but Basso produced an instinctive one-handed save from point-blank range to keep out his header.
Coventry were made to pay when McIndoe struck nine minutes after the restart.
Adebola played the ball into the winger's path on the left-hand side of the penalty area and McIndoe found the far corner with a splendid shot that went in off the post.
The hosts could have halved their deficit immediately when Basso rushed from his goal to make a clearance and presented the ball to Leon McKenzie on the left-hand touchline.
But McKenzie, a half-time substitute for Freddy Eastwood, sent his effort over the unguarded net from midway inside the Bristol City half.
It was Marshall's turn to have an aberration in the 63rd minute. His heavy touch from a routine back-pass was pounced upon by Nicky Maynard, but Elliott Ward came to Marshall's rescue by heading the Bristol City striker's shot off the line.
The Robins could have sealed the game with six minutes remaining when substitute Ivan Sproule raced clear, but Marshall saved with his legs when one-on-one.
Immediately afterwards at the other end, Basso produced a superb save to tip Morrison's header from inside the six-yard box on to the post.
Bristol City did score a third goal when Brooker, a 76th-minute replacement for Adebola, controlled Sproule's mishit shot and turned to fire a low shot past the helpless Marshall from 10 yards out.