Bluebirds clip Coventry's wings
By Mark Kendall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The Welsh outfit were ultimately good value for their win after a shaky opening, and ended a run of five away games without victory.
The hosts started brightly and were rewarded for their endeavour on ten minutes when Michael Doyle fired a sweet left-foot volley into the top corner from the edge of the box.
The goal rocked Cardiff and they were lucky not to fall further behind when Patrick Suffo saw a left-foot volley hit the inside of a post and bounce to safety.
However, the visitors found a way back into the game on 20 minutes, and unsurprisingly it was Robert Earnshaw - a threat to the Coventry backline throughout - who created the leveller.
The Welsh international hit-man burst on to a Gareth Whalley through ball and after his shot bounced back out off keeper Scott Shearer, the onrushing Whalley was on hand to bundle home.
The momentum of the game changed completely following the equaliser, and The Bluebirds moved ahead on the half hour mark when Gavin Gordon rose well to head home powerfully from Whalley's free kick.
Cardiff then gave themselves breathing space with a third seven minutes before the break, Earnshaw deservedly getting his name on the scoresheet when he converted confidently from the penalty spot after Steve Staunton was adjudged to have tripped Richard Langley in the box.
Coventry battled hard to reduce the arrears after the break, but a combination of misfortune and good defending kept them at bay, and indeed it was Earnshaw who came closest to another goal when he shot against a post after rounding the keeper.
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Coventry 1-3 Cardiff
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