Coventry move through
By Patrick Goss
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
City had squanded a two-goal lead in the first meeting of these two sides, but a goal in the first half from Lee Fowler and one each for Dean Holdsworth and Jay Bothroyd were enough for a passage through this tie.
A fascinating match that saw both sides play some nice football at times, was a good example of a quality FA Cup tie.
The opening period had seen Coventry take the lead after 20 minutes when a brilliant Jay Bothroyd through-ball was taken by Fowler.
The young Welshman, against his home-town club, took the ball on and finished with aplomb to the delight of the vociferous crowd.
Cardiff could have levelled but for a goal-line headed clearance from Muhamed Konjic from Robert Earnshaw that ricocheted onto the bar.
But an early goal in the second half gave Coventry another two-goal lead - and this time they had no intention of surrendering their advantage.
Dean Holdsworth picked up the ball with a lot of work to do and simply stroked the ball into the top corner - leaving goalkeeper Neil Alexander clawing at thin air.
Bothroyd added a third with a heavily deflected goal in the final minutes to give the scoreline an unjustifiably emphatic feel.
Cardiff bow out but can feel proud of their showing in a match that could very easily have been very different.