Morrell sinks Hammers
By Simon Fudge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Andy Morrell was Coventry's hero with a late strike in a 2-1 victory over West Ham United.
Andy Morrell was Coventry City's hero on Bank Holiday Monday after his late strike gave Peter Reid's side a 2-1 victory over West Ham United.
The match was overshadowed by Coventry's announcement that young defender Calum Davenport would be joining Premiership side Tottenham Hotspur in a £3 million deal.
The 21-year-old was handed the captain's armband in his last match for The Sky Blues, as he faced the difficult task for marking former England striker Teddy Sheringham.
It was the veteran hit-man who forced an early save from Sky Blues goalkeeper Scott Shearer before Nigel Reo-Coker forced another decent save from the Coventry custodian, as West Ham looked the brighter side in the early exchanges.
Michael Doyle and Richard Shaw were unable to fully test West Ham goalkeeper Stephen Bywater with first half chances, before two goals in the final three minutes of the opening period livened affairs.
Sheringham gave Alan Pardew's side the lead after turning home Reo-Coker's cross from the left, before Doyle assured both sides would be level at the break with a well-hit free kick strike on the edge of West Ham's area - after Morrell was fouled by Rufus Brevett.
The open contest continued to see chances at both ends after the break, but Sky Blues boss Reid saw his side was starting to struggle and he tried to change matters by introducing substitutes Graham Barrett and Patrick Suffo on the hour mark.
With 14 minutes remaining, Coventry made the decisive breakthrough as Stephen Hughes's cross from the right found Morrell and his volleyed strike flew into the top left-hand corner of West Ham's goal to make it 2-1.
The visitors' evening was made worse at the final whistle, as Steve Lomas was sent off for using foul and abusive language.