Football: Delight for Dale as Their Heroes Dump Coventry; Rochdale 2 Coventry 0

The People (London, England), January 26, 2003 | Go to article overview

Football: Delight for Dale as Their Heroes Dump Coventry; Rochdale 2 Coventry 0


Byline: John ARNFIELD

PLUCKY little Dale caused the upset of the day as they cut Gary McAllister's Sky Blues down to size and reach the fifth round for only the second time in their history.

Coventry, sitting in a play-off place for the Premiership and unbeaten in their ten previous league and Cup games, were dumped out by the team 17th in the Third Division with goals from Paul Connor and Gareth Griffiths settling the tie.

Coventry, unforgettably put out by little Sutton United in 1989, have now lost all four games they have played at Spotland where yesterday 9,156 fans brought in record receipts of over pounds 100,000.

All this was a million miles away from 1987 and Coventry's scintillating 3-2 win over Spurs to lift the FA Cup.

Rochdale started full of self-belief and battling spirit and deservedly took the lead just after the half-hour.

The breakthrough came when Coventry captain Mo Konjic made one of his typical upfield sorties.

Unfortunately he lost the ball and was caught out of position by a superb defence-splitting pass from David Flitcroft, brother of Blackburn's more famous midfielder Garry.

The ball left leading scorer Connor in the clear and he curled the ball to the left of City's Danish keeper Morten Hyldgaard for his 11th goal of the season. …

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