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Sep 5, 2014 at 8pm UK at Ricoh Arena
CoventryCoventry City
Nouble (10')
FT(HT: 1-0)

Result: Winning return to Ricoh Arena for Coventry City

An early goal from Frank Nouble gives Coventry City a 1-0 win over Gillingham on their first match back at the Ricoh Arena.

Coventry City have made a winning return to the Ricoh Arena, beating Gillingham 1-0 in their first match at their home stadium in over a year.

 Frank Nouble of Coventry City celebrates scoring the first goal during the Sky Bet League One match between Coventry City and Gillingham at Ricoh Arena on September 5, 2014© Getty Images

Kickoff had to be delayed by 15 minutes because of the number of fans that turned up to see the match, with the official attendance topping 27,000.

The home side made a perfect start on their return to the stadium, as new signing Frank Nouble burst into the box before squeezing the ball under the keeper to break the deadlock inside 10 minutes.

Marcus Tudgay and Conor Thomas both created opportunities to double the advantage for the Sky Blues, but Tudgay headed wide before Thomas saw his effort saved.

Tempers flared shortly before the break as Jordan Clarke and Joe Martin were involved in a skirmish, earning both a booking.

Gillingham made a bright start to the second half as they looked to get back on level terms, with Kortney Hause attempting to head in from a Jake Hessenthaler corner, but his finish was a fraction high.

Ryan Allsop continued to come under pressure in the Coventry goal, but the keeper did enough to deny John Egan from another corner.

Luke Norris came off the bench late on and created a couple of chances, but was unable to test Allsop again.

Jim O'Brien almost put the result beyond doubt inside the final 10 minutes with a volleyed effort from the edge of the box, but his shot was watched all the way.

The result lifts Coventry up to eighth in the League One table, while Gillingham sit 14th.

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