Adebola shoots City to victory
By Chris Stanton
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Dele Adebola's goal ten minutes from time gave Coventry a 3-2 victory over Southend.
Dele Adebola's goal ten minutes from time gave Coventry a 3-2 victory over struggling Southend at Roots Hall.
The hosts started brightly and Mark Gower should have given The Shrimpers the lead inside ten minutes, but he placed his shot too close to Coventry goalkeeper Andy Marshall.
Micky Adams's side seemed content initially to play on the counter, and that strategy appeared to have come unravelled on the half hour.
Luke Guttridge was adjudged to have been impeded inside the area, allowing Freddy Eastwood to squeeze a penalty past Marshall and claim his seventh goal of the season.
The visitors were level by the interval, however, as Stephen Hughes's shot took a wicked deflection off Adam Barratt to wrongfoot Darryl Flahavan for the captain's first goal of the season.
Coventry gained a firm grip of proceedings two minutes after the interval, as referee Darren Drysdale pointed to the spot for the second time in the evening.
Livewire City striker Leon McKenzie was brought down inside the area, and Colin Cameron stepped up to dispatch the spot-kick.
Southend's forays were bearing little fruit until the impressive Eastwood hauled his side level in the 73rd minute. The striker sprinted clear of the visiting defence and finished with superb composure.
A draw would probably have been a fair result, but the visitors had their eye on all three points, and Adebola claimed the winner after Michael Doyle's deflected shot fell kindly into the striker's path.
The win catapults the visitors in to The Championship's top ten, but Southend remain in the bottom three.