Highfield Road Stadium, England

Referee: G Poll | Attendance: 11997

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Coventry City

  • Lee Fowler 21'
  • Dean Holdsworth 57'
  • Jay Bothroyd 89'

3 - 0


Coventry City advances in FA Cup

First Division Coventry City booked its place in the fourth round of the FA Cup Wednesday with a 3-0 win over Cardiff in a hard-fought replay at Highfield Road.

Highly-rated midfielder Lee Fowler kept a cool head to give Coventry the lead

in the 20th minute following a fantastic throughball by Jay Bothroyd.

Veteran striker Dean Holdsworth doubled the club's advantage in the second half

with a spectacular long-range goal, and Bothroyd scored a late third with a

deflected effort.

The visitors, who forced a replay when they overturned a two-goal deficit to

clinch a 2-2 draw on January 4, threatened in the fourth minute when

the diminutive Robert Earnshaw unleashed a fierce shot which Richard Shaw was

able to block.

But after a frenetic start the hosts started to get a foothold in the game.

Bothroyd blasted over the crossbar in the 10th minute, and he poked the ball

narrowly wide following a dangerous inswinging corner by player-boss Gary

McAllister three minutes later.

Cardiff, currently fourth in Division Two, went close again when a Scott Young

header was saved by Morten Hyldgaard.

But it was Coventry who opened the scoring with a well-worked goal in the 20th


Bothroyd delivered a defense-splitting pass which McAllister would have been

proud of, and Fowler coolly converted from just inside the penalty area.

Cardiff's inventive midfielder Graham Kavanagh picked out Jason Bowen in the

28th minute but his header went wide.

The Bluebirds continued to push forward and they would have equalized in the

33rd minute had it not been for City defender Muhamed Konjic.

Bowen's effort was deflected into the path of Earnshaw and the Welshman's

close-range volley was somehow flicked onto the crossbar via the Bosnian's


Earnshaw created another opening a few minutes later but his 18-yard shot

missed the target.

The second half also started at a fast pace with both teams attempting to

control the congested midfield.

But the Sky Blues were able to increase their lead in the 57th minute courtesy

of a superb long-range effort from Holdsworth.

He cut inside from the left and unleashed a 25-yard effort which curled at the

last moment and went in off a post.

That goal would probably have killed off a lot of teams, but Cardiff simply

rolled its sleeves up and got on with the game.

And the team was unlucky not to pull a goal back in the 62nd minute when Peter

Thorne's powerful header from a throw-in came back off the crossbar.

Manager Lennie Lawrence decided to throw on former Rotherham striker

Leo Fortune-West and Andy Campbell in the 75th minute minute.

However, they were unable to make an impact and Bothroyd's deflected goal in

the 89th minute clinched victory for the hosts.

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Scoring Summary

  • Coventry City
  • Cardiff City

Match Stats

  • Coventry City
  • Cardiff City
0(0) Shots (on goal) 0(0)
0 Fouls 0
0 Corner kicks 0
0 Offsides 0
0% Time of Possession 0%
2 Yellow Cards 2
0 Red Cards 0
0 Saves 0


  • Coventry City
  • Cardiff City
Yellow Cards
Willie Boland (23')
Andy Legg (26')