Callum O’Hare scored his first targets since April 2022 as Coventry comfortably beat Birmingham 2-0 on the Coventry Constructing Society Enviornment on Friday night time.
On his second begin of the season, the 25-year-old – who was sidelined for 10 months till October by a severe knee harm – rifled in his first after half an hour and shuffled throughout the field to smash in a second so as to add the gloss with 13 minutes of the 90 to play.
The outcome marked Birmingham’s eighth straight league defeat on the highway and in addition Wayne Rooney’s sixth defeat in 9 video games since changing John Eustace as Blues boss simply shy of two months in the past.
They drop to sixteenth in consequence, whereas Coventry climb to 14th, two factors off the highest half and 5 factors exterior the play-off locations forward of the rest of the weekend’s motion.
Rooney’s document since taking on at Birmingham
- Middlesbrough 1-0 Birmingham – October 21
- Birmingham 0-2 Hull – October 25
- Southampton 3-1 Birmingham – October 28
- Birmingham 2-2 Ipswich – November 4
- Sunderland 3-1 Birmingham – November 11
- Birmingham 2-1 Sheffield Wednesday – November 25
- Blackburn 4-2 Birmingham – November 29
- Birmingham 0-0 Rotherham – December 2
- Coventry 2-0 Birmingham – December 8
O’Hare’s double earns Sky Blues deserved victory
It took some time for the sport to heat up on a cold night time in CV6. Coventry dominated the ball early on, however struggled for pictures, whereas Birmingham managed efforts on the right track by means of Krystian Bielik and Juninho Bacuna, each of which had been straight at Brad Collins.
O’Hare was quickly proper on the coronary heart of every little thing the Sky Blues created going ahead. His cute alternate of passes with Ben Sheaf noticed the latter power a robust block from Marc Roberts, earlier than his highly effective connection on Milan van Ewijk’s cross stung John Ruddy’s palms.
On the half-hour, he scored his long-awaited first aim when he obtained the ball from the spectacular Tatsuhiro Sakamoto after a fast turnover and powered a shot by means of a crowd and past Ruddy. The reduction and jubilation he felt in that second was made abundantly clear by the celebration that adopted.
Lower than 10 minutes later, Coventry appealed for a penalty after a free ball appeared to strike the arm of Koji Miyoshi as he leaned in to try to regulate the ball along with his chest. Referee Sam Allison was not , nonetheless.
Birmingham thought that they had an identical case early on within the second half when Siriki Dembele went down within the field, but he was the truth is proven a yellow card for simulation after happening dramatically when Bobby Thomas made a run throughout his path, regardless of no contact being made.
Ruddy was known as into motion to make three comparatively routine saves from Haji Wright, earlier than he tipped over a swirling free-kick hit by Van Ewijk from deep. As Coventry struggled to transform the quite a few possibilities they created, it appeared as if the door was open for a Birmingham equaliser, however there was by no means sufficient conviction within the closing third.
And so Coventry finally made positive of the win after 77 minutes, when O’Hare seized management of the ball after a pair of team-mates struggled to attach with Van Ewijk’s cross, made a number of steps to his proper unchallenged and leathered into the roof of the web.
Participant of the match – Callum O’Hare
Coventry’s Mark Robins:
“I am completely delighted for him [O’Hare]. I assumed he was actually good, a number of the soccer we performed with him being the conduit was actually intelligent and everyone desires to become involved. There was some actually good soccer and the targets that he scored had been incredible. If he retains that calm head there isn’t any cause to place any type of strain on him, he is aware of what he is doing. He is had a while out to replicate and have a look at how he goes about issues however his character and his persona, he is simply an effervescent character that lifts everyone each day.
“I am delighted with the win and the efficiency, it is a derby recreation and typically issues go for you, typically they do not, you are by no means going to get all of it your individual means however I feel we received nearly all of it our means and that was due to the efficiency of the gamers. The lads have accomplished rather well, we had extra possibilities to transform. A few of the soccer was good and the 2 targets we received had been excellent. Once we needed to defend we defended rather well, Brad (Collins) has made a few good saves, we defended the corners and I am delighted with the three factors.”
Birmingham’s Wayne Rooney:
“I assumed we began the sport fairly brilliant however the decision-making wasn’t one of the best. It was one thing we have been engaged on, enjoying within the opposition’s half and attempting to create higher possibilities. That must be higher from us. The primary aim is a poor aim from our viewpoint. I felt like we had been nonetheless within the recreation, we had been attempting to get an equaliser and so they get the second aim from our nook. We’re getting punished after we make errors and finally we have to minimize
that out, however all through the 90 minutes Coventry deserved to win, they had been the higher staff.
“We let ourselves down with the targets we conceded and that is my accountability, it is my job to get the gamers performing higher and selecting up extra factors than we have now accomplished, we’re working extraordinarily exhausting to attempt to do this. We’re in a tough place, we all know we’re, with the run of outcomes, the factors we’re shedding and the large factor is the targets we’re conceding are very poor targets, so we have now to determine it out, be sure that we do not give simple targets away which we appear to be doing on the minute.”
Each groups are again in motion at 7.45pm on Wednesday December 13, dwell on Sky Sports activities Soccer Crimson Button.
Coventry host Southampton on the Coventry Constructing Society Enviornment, whereas Birmingham journey to South Wales to tackle Cardiff.