Coventry City 1-2 West Bromwich Albion: Baggies up to third after victory over Sky Blues
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West Bromwich Albion moved to within six points off the top of the EFL Championship with a 2-1 victory over Coventry City at the CBS Arena.

Karlan Grant gave the Baggies a first-half lead before an own goal by Kyle McFadzean doubled the visitors advantage.

McFadzean would pull one back at the right end, but it wasn't enough as the Sky Blues are now winless in their last four matches.

Story of the match

West Brom made a confident start, trying to keep the ball in the Coventry half of the field.

On 20 minutes, the Baggies were in front as Callum Robinson sent in a perfectly timed through ball to Grant, who beat Simon Moore for his ninth goal of the season.

Grant then turned provider as he sent a ball into the box, but neither Darnell Furlong or Grady Diangana could finish. Moore then saved from Furlong to keep it at 1-0.

With ten minutes left in the first half, Coventry nearly equalized as Todd Kane was picked out on the left side of the penalty area, his cross hitting the boot of Kyle Bartley, the ball harmlessly bouncing away.

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Two minutes from the interval, the visitors doubled their lead. Furlong's delivery across the six-yard box bounced off of a number of bodies, McFadzean's being the last before rolling in.

The Sky Blues applied more pressure in the second half, Ben Sheaf firing wide from 30 yards and Johnstone saved from Matty Godden.

Just after the hour mark, Kane met Fankaty Dabo's center from the left, but he volleyed wide. At the other end, Moore comfortably saved from Grant.

Sheaf blazed over from 20 yards out and Furlong got in front of Dabo's goal-bound effort. McFadzean did head past Johnstone to cut the lead in half, but that proved to be nothing more than a consolation. 

Man of the match: Taylor Gardner-Hickman

Making just his third start at senior level, he was impressive in an unfamiliar role. He had great attention to detail, bundles of energy and had an eye for passing.