J Willis (49),J Shipley (54),J Grimmer (68)
K Edwards (89)
Coventry vs Exeter
Sky Bet League Two
3:00pm Monday 28th May
Coventry: Burge (7), Grimmer (8), Willis (8), Hyam (7), Stokes (7), Bayliss (7), Doyle (7), Kelly (7), Shipley (7), McNulty (8), Biamou (5)
And....here's the skipper:
“The club has had so many downs during the years and this is
just the start of building for this club, for getting the fans back and having
the right people on the field who want to be here and the fans can feel it, we
just need to keep building with the players and fans and keep that bubbling.”
ARE COV ON THE WAY BACK?
“Yeah definitely. Last year, we had the Checkatrade, that
was one positive, and now with this, it’s massive. Hopefully next season, we
can push on again and give the fans something to cheer about again.”
WILLIS: I DON'T SCORE MANY
They key moment of the match came via Jordan Willis' right boot - he talks about what it means to win promotion.
“It means everything. Especially with the season we had last
year, getting relegated and to come back and do it first time – I’m buzzing.
“I’ve not scored many goals, they all came last season but
it is definitely up there.”
“It has been a long hard season. I’m absolutely delighted
for everyone involved with the club, that’s why we signed the players we did
and this justifies that.
“The supporters have been magnificent with this club and
this is 100 per cent for them. [Are Cov on their way back?] Let's hope so. We
need to go again now and not rest on our laurels.”
Coventry manager Mark Robins can’t hide his delight at
“This was really, really important for the club from where
it’s been. We’ve been playing at a level where no one expected us to be
playing, the supporters and the pressure that comes with that has been immense.
The players have bene absolutely magnificent.”
SIMEON GHOLAM AT WEMBLEY
What a performance from Coventry in that second half. What a celebration for the 35,000 or so Coventry fans sitting to my right who have had so much misery to contend with over recent years.
Commiserations to Exeter, though, who just couldn't cope with the Sky Blues for the first 25 minutes of that second half. What now for Paul Tisdale and Co? We'll have to wait and see.
Coventry are back in Sky Bet League One!
COVENTRY 3-1 EXETER
FT: COVENTRY WIN PROMOTION TO SKY BET LEAGUE ONE!
They end 51 years of hurt. Their last promotion was under
Jimmy Hill in 1966/67 when they were promoted to old Division One.
Meanwhile, Exeter have now suffered back-to-back final
defeats – tough to take for them, but they could have no complaints here.
Coventry produced the quality when it mattered through Willis, Shipley and
Stay tuned for reaction.
90+4: Stockley wins another flick. Jay tries to read it but Burge is out quickly to smother.
CHANCE! Another long ball into the box drops to Stockley, who makes half a yard. He's only 10 yards out but his low effort zooms past the post. Sums up Exeter's day.
90+2: A long ball into Stockley flicks off his head and out for a goal-kick. Time is running out.
GOAL! COVENTRY 3-1 EXETER (Edwards, 89)
Probably no more than a consolation - but boy, what a goal.
Edwards has looked lively since coming on and he takes his chance here. After driving down the left, he cuts inside and whips one straight into the top corner. Surely it can't spark a comeback?
FIVE MINUTES ADDED ON!
COVENTRY 3-0 EXETER
88: SHOT! Exeter are out of their feet - Clarke-Harris cuts inside and it opens up for him. He curls one which sails hopelessly wide. But Coventry won't care - they are nearly there.
What a second half from Coventry...
84: SUB! McNulty is replaced by Ponticelli.
83: POST! Jay wriggles into space about 22 yards out. There's not much on, so he curls an effort towards the far corner. Burge gets across but the ball hits the outside of the post and out for a goal kick. Unlucky.
WATCH: GRIMMER MAKES IT THREE
Here's how Jack Grimmer added a third for Coventry to put this game to bed...
79: The "OLE's" are now being sung from the Coventry end, whose team are bossing the ball.
CHANCE! Bayliss jinks into the box but his low effort is palmed clear by Pym. The corner comes to nothing.
76: SAVE! Edwards beats his man down the left and sets up Harley from 22 yards. His effort is heading for the bottom corner but Burge gets across to turn it around the post.
74: SUB! Edwards replaces Boateng.
COVENTRY 3-0 EXETER
73: CHANCE! Exeter still having a go. Harley drifts in a ball from the left which finds James flying in. His header looks set to beat Burge but loops two yards wide of the far post.
WATCH: COVENTRY DOUBLE THEIR LEAD
They're three goals ahead now but here's how Coventry doubled their lead...
What a second-half performance from Coventry. They've absolutely blown Exeter away in the 25 minutes since the break and this game is pretty much done and dusted.
Chants of "We are going up" ring around to my right.
GOAL! COVENTRY 3-0 EXETER (Grimmer, 69)
THE SKY BLUES ARE GOING UP - SURELY!
It's another absolute pearler - from an unlikely source. The right-back drives forward and joins the attack. He cuts back on his left-foot from 25 yards and curls a beautifully placed effort into the far corner. That's just his second league goal of the season - his first since August. Madness.
COVENTRY 2-0 EXETER
68: James finds space down the right and wastes no time in getting it into the mixer. Burge comes and makes a solid take.
66: Nothing to trouble Burge in the Coventry goal. A direct ball to Stockley is headed down for Jay but it dribbles through to the goalkeeper.
62: SUB! Jay and James are on. Moxey and Woodman depart. Young legs needed for Exeter.
Worth noting: the team scoring first in eight of last nine League Two finals has won promotion.
WATCH: COVENTRY TAKE THE LEAD
Here's how Jordan Willis put Coventry ahead in emphatic fashion. Well worth a watch.
59: SAVE! After a spell of Exeter pressure - Coventry break. McNulty races down the middle again and moves it to Shipley. Full of beans, he strikes one from 25 yards and it cuts across the turf towards the bottom corner. Pym gets down to flick it around the post.
56: PENALTY APPEAL...NOT GIVEN! Exeter need to react. A long ball gets pumped into Stockley, who tumbles under a challenge from Willis. It looked quite theatrical - and the referee wasn't buying it.
Where has this come from? So little cutting edge in the first half but now Coventry have a two-goal lead and one big foot back in Sky Bet League One.
It's going to take something special from Exeter to get back into this now.
GOAL! COVENTRY 2-0 EXETER (Shipley, 54)
TWO GOALS IN SIX MINUTES!
This Coventry blitz has stunned Exeter. McNulty races at the centre-halves, who back off. Shipley gives him an option to his left and he strikes a first-time effort from 18 yards. Sweeney gets a block on the ball but it loops over his own goalkeeper and into the top corner.
Two goals, both from graduates of the Coventry academy. Great stuff.
COVENTRY 1-0 EXETER
51: SUB! Biamou is replaced by Clarke-Harris. Must have been injury-related.
Big questions for the experienced Tisdale to answer now.
What an astonishing hit from Jordan Willis. In terms of quality that was a complete contrast to everything we had served up in the first half.
That's the way to score in a play-off final at Wembley, and the 35,000 Sky Blues fans to my right have gone absolutely wild. Exeter, what have you got now?
GOAL! COVENTRY 1-0 EXETER (Willis, 49)
WHAT A PLACE TO SCORE YOUR FIRST LEAGUE GOAL OF THE SEASON!
The Coventry-born centre-half receives the ball on the turn about 22 yards out. From there, he shows the composure of striker to curl a wonderful effort into the top corner. Pym, not a chance! The Coventry end has gone bonkers.
COVENTRY 0-0 EXETER
48: SAVE! Great work by Bayliss down the line. He twists and turns his marker before laying a ball to McNulty about 15 yards out. The angle is tight but he smacks one which Pym punches clear.
46: We are back! As are the players. Who will become a hero? It's set up for a moment of magic. Exeter kick-off....!
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Tense, to say the least. We've had two crackers at Wembley this weekend so far but this has been a far more edgy affair.
Coventry had been better but both teams have been playing it relatively safe and there hasn't been an awful lot of action in behind either defence. Still, it should open up in the second half.
HT: All square - and it's got the feel of extra-time this one. Both teams are struggling to find any tempo in this heat. Coventry have edged it with McNulty wasting a couple of half-chances. Defences on top. See you in 15.
45+1: CHANCE! Coventry go route one. Biamou wins a strong header and it drops nicely on the half-volley to McNulty about 20 yards out. He can't get his technique right though - and the ball sails over the crossbar.
45: Doyle spots McNulty over the top, who nearly gets through but for a wonderful challenge by yes, you guessed it, Storey. Superb half by the Exeter man.
Three minutes added on here.
43: Bayliss charges forward down the right and has his front men calling for it. But the final ball is hooked clear by Storey - yet again defences ruling attackers.
40: Some fans already leaving for their half-time pie here. Very stop-start on the pitch - not helped by the roasting temperature. Harley tries to work an opening down the right but it's more good defending from Willis and Hyam.
37: The game has lost it's zip. Both teams lacking in quality in the final third. Biamou is down for Coventry after running into Storey, who has been a rock thus far. He'll be OK.
34: SHOT! Biamou does brilliant to hold up the play. He waits for Shipley to his left, who tip-toes towards goal. Exeter stand off and eventually he gets to shoot from 20 yards. Pym stands strong and holds on.
31: SHOT! More pressure from Exeter. Boateng's cross is cleared out to Harley, who doesn't need an invitation to strike one. It's well struck...but straight at Burge. Easy save.
Nervy game so far here with far less action than we had in the first half an hour of the last two finals this weekend. Coventry have just about edged it in terms of chances made, but neither side looks willing to open up too much.
29: Stokes is back on after having stitches to his left eyebrow.
CHANCE! Exeter swing a corner into the back post. Storey goes up with Biamou and wins the header. It loops straight into Burge's arms. Better from the Reds.
27: Still no Stokes on the pitch for Coventry. It's affected them as Exeter have got up the pitch and are pressing on. Willis has had to make two strong clearances.
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