February 26, 2013
Sky Blues leave Cherries on the slide
Bournemouth collapsed to their third successive league defeat as Coventry scored in each half to win 2-0 at the Goldsands Stadium.
Eddie Howe's side wasted plenty of early openings with Matt Tubbs and Lewis Grabban the main culprits and were made to pay when Coventry took the lead just before the break.
Leon Clarke ran on to a long pass out of defence, held off defender Steve Cook and then lashed home his 20th goal of the season from 10 yards.
Clarke was denied another in the 53rd minute by an excellent save from Bournemouth goalkeeper Shwan Jalal before Howe sent on all three substitutes.
Ryan Fraser, Josh McQuoid and Grabban all went close to equalising before Covnetry struck again in the 84th minute.
Grabban was guilty of handling a free-kick and from the subsequent penalty Coventry captain Carl Baker converted easily.
Bournemouth's defeat saw them spiral down to seventh place in the table after they had recently gone top, while Coventry's success kept them in touch with the leading pack.
|AFC Bournemouth||Coventry City|
|1 Shwan Jalal||1 Joe Murphy|
|3 Steve Cook||3 Carl Dickinson|
|2 Simon Francis||5 Nathan Cameron|
|5 Daniel Seaborne||35 Aaron Martin|
|12 Wes Fogden||21 Cyrus Christie|
|17 Josh McQuoid||12 Steven Jennings|
|8 Harry Arter||8 Carl Baker|
|30 Matt Ritchie||32 Franck Moussa|
|32 Eunan O'Kane||38 James Bailey|
|18 Matthew Tubbs||11 Gary McSheffrey|
|22 Lewis Grabban||15 Leon Clarke|
|21 Ryan Allsopp||Chris Dunn 13|
|26 Richard Hughes||William Edjenguele 25|
|16 Shaun MacDonald||Jordon Clarke 2|
|6 Joe Partington||David Bell 7|
|20 Ryan Fraser||John Fleck 10|
|33 Steve Fletcher||Conor Thomas 4|
|40 Brett Pitman||Cody McDonald 9|
|Brett Pitman for Matthew Tubbs (72)||David Bell for Gary McSheffrey (75)|
|Ryan Fraser for Wes Fogden (72)||William Edjenguele for Franck Moussa (87)|
|Steve Fletcher for Josh McQuoid (80)||Cody McDonald for Leon Clarke (90)|
|Harry Arter (45)||James Bailey (30)|
|Matt Ritchie (63)||Gary McSheffrey (59)|
|William Edjenguele (90)|
|Cody McDonald (90)|
|· Squads: AFC Bournemouth | Coventry City|