Coventry City v Manchester City 1980/81

coventry away 1980 to 81 prog


League Division 1

10th January 1980

attendance 18,248

Coventry Hunt(51)

ref Brian Daniels

City Corrigan, Ranson, McDonald, Reid, Power, Caton, Boyer, Gow, MacKenzie, Hutchison, Reeves – sub Buckley(unused)

Coventry Sealey, Coop, Roberts, Blair, Dyson, Gillespie, Thomas, Daly, Thompson, Ferguson, Hunt – sub Bodak(77)

Last Saturday we continued our progress in the League with a point at Coventry, and l’m still puzzled over the disallowed goal for Phil Boyer near the end of the game which would have given us victory. l’ll never be convinced that Phil was offside as he popped it in. l know l wouldn’t have put up half the protest had somebody told me that the goal which Steve Mackenzie cracked home for the equaliser was not going to count. There was more justification in saying Phil was in an offside position in that instance than the one which he was penalised for.
Had a neutral observer walked into the Coventry ground in the first half l’m sure he would have said that we were the home team. We ran Coventry ragged throughout that period, though l must not mislead you into thinking that we were cutting them to ribbons. We had
control of the situation, but we weren’t explosive in‘bur attacking ideas.
The half-time break often does funny things to teams and though we resumed the game with all the best intentions it was Coventry who took up the cudgels and gave us things to think about. For a little period, in which Steve Hunt put them ahead, we were coming off second best. Once we equalised I would have backed our Blues to get a winner, we seemed certainties to clinch it. But twice when we got the ball into the net they were disallowed.
There was needle in the match and l wasn’t too pleased with the kick which Phil Boyer suffered, highlighted on your t.v’s on the
Saturday night. I can only think that the Coventry defence recalled how they had been run into the ground by the Blues attack when they were visitors to Maine Road on November 22nd, a home win that could. have approached double figures, so much were we in
command, and were determined to let Kevin Reeves and Phil know they meant real business. What happened in that incident when Phil was kicked while on the floor was not to anyone’s taste.

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