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Posted Sat 30 Jan 10 at 17:01 PM

Full Time Report From Ricoh Arena

Coventry City whether it be Highfield Road or the Ricoh Arena has never exactly been a happy hunting ground for the Seasiders, in fact you have to go back as far as 1937 to find Pool's last win and after Brett Ormerod was shown a controversial red card on 53 minutes the 1077 travelling Pool supporters might have thought it would be another defeat at the hands of the Sky Blues, however, Pool more than deserved their share of the spoils.

Ian Holloway was forced to make one change to his starting line up following a hamstring injury to Neal Eardley in training on Thursday and Holloway's men almost found themselves one down in the opening stages when the hosts unlocked the Pool back four to find Michael McIndoe who was denied by a fine save from Paul Rachubka. Less than a minute later Pool forced a corner which was taken with ease by Coventry 'keeper Keiren Westwood.

In what was a scrappy opening half David Vaughan tired his luck on the quarter hour whilst at the other end five minutes later Aron Gunnarsson fired wide from long range.

Charlie Adam tried a trademark long distance strike on 28 minutes but the Scottish international failed to hit the target and the ball drifted well wide a minute later a fantastic long sweeping ball from Charlie Adam found Keith Southern 18 yards from goal but as the combative midfielder was about to pull the trigger Southern was challenged and the ball spun out for a goal kick.

A long ball over the top of Alex Baptiste on 32 minutes found Leon Best who cut in on goal, Rachubka raced off his line to narrow the angle and fortunately for Pool the former Southampton man could only fire his finish into the travelling Tangerine Army behind Rachubka's goal.

David Vaughan was forced to turn behind for a corner on 35 minutes but the quickly taken set play failed to trouble the Pool back four and Rachubka was able to restart play with a goal kick.

Barry Bannan came close to opening his account for the Seasiders on 37 minutes following a great move involving Charlie Adam, David Vaughan and Stephen Crainey but the on loan Villa man couldn't keep his sweetly struck effort down and the ball flew over the bar with Westwood beaten.B

Brett Ormerod's persistence dispossessed Craine on 39 minutes, Ormerod burst forward but could only fire straight at the keeper.

A great last ditch challenge from Rob Edwards on Leon Best earned Coventry a corner on 40 minutes but once again the set play failed to test The Seasiders defence.

A swift counter attack from Charlie Adam found Barry Bannan and Gary Taylor-Fletcher with a two on two situation, Bannan did well to thread a great ball to the supporting Brett Ormerod but Pool were denied an opener by the feet of Westwood.

Half Time Coventry 0 Blackpool 0

The second half was just three minutes old when Gary Taylor-Fletcher was denied an opener by a fantastic save from Westwood, Pool had worked an opening down the left and Taylor-Fletcher unleashed a fantastic strike with the outside of his boot but was denied by Westwood who tipped round for a corner, the resulting corner caused the Sky Blues defence all kinds of problems and the hosts were content to clear behind for another corner, this time Barry Bannan found Charlie Adam unmarked but the Pool skipper headed wide.

Minutes later Pool were awarded a free kick on the edge of the area after Gary Taylor-Fletcher was upended, Charlie Adam stepped up to take the resulting free kick but saw his effortblocked by the wall, the ball fell to Barry Bannan who saw his first time effort rebound off the bar with Westwood beaten, Coventry scrambled the ball behind for a corner then the game was turned on its head, as the players jostled for the resulting corner Gunnarsson went to ground and Brett Ormerod was shown a straight red card for the first time in his career presumably for violent conduct.

Charlie Adam picked up his ninth booking of the campaign for a late challenge on Stephen Wright.

Despite being a man down Pool looked the more likely to open the deadlock, Charlie Adam's inswinging corner on the hours caused Coventry problems and the hosts were grateful to see David Vaughan's teasing cross seconds later cleared by Cranie.

The deadlock was broken in spectacular fashion when BARRY BANNAN thundered home a fantastic finish after Coventry had failed to clear a long punt forward from the Seasiders, Bannan raced over towards the Pool dug out before doing attempting a dance routine that resembled Rick Gervais in the hit comedy The Office.

Coventry, who at this time were being roundly jeered by their supporters threw on Clinton Morrison but it was Pool who continued to threaten, Coventry looked troubled by a number of Pool corners.

With the natives even more restless than Tony Blair at the Chilcott inquiry, Chris Coleman made his final change of the afternoon when he replaced Leon Best with Freddy "I score everytime I play against Blackpool" Eastwood.

Pool made their first change of the afternoon on 81 minutes when Barry Bannan made way for Ben Burgess.

A minute later Coventry hauled themselves back on level terms and to say it was fortunate is an understatement a low cross from the left rebounded off the back of Alex Baptiste and looped over Paul Rachubka who acrobatically without success tried to flick the ball away.

Pool were not content with taking a point and Gary Taylor-Fletcher almost won it for Pool when he fired wide from 18 yards after a swift counter attack.

Pool made their second change of the afternoon when three minutes from time Charlie Adam gave way for Ishmel Demontagnac.

The sight of seven minutes of added time seemed to wake the Coventry supporters and they urged their team to snatch a dramatic winner.

Ishmel Demontagnac tried his luck from long range but it was the Coventry supporters who were jeering when the referee brought an end to proceedings.

Pool line up: Rachubka, Baptiste, Edwards, Evatt, Crainey, Southern, Vaughan, Adam (Demontagnac 87), Ormerod, Taylor-Fletcher, Bannan (Burgess 81) Subs Not Used: Gilks, Martin, Euell, Nardiello, Butler.

Attendance: 16,019 (1,077 Away)

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