Coventry City 2 Sheffield Wednesday 0
CLINTON Morrison set Coventry on their way to a first home win in eight attempts as they overcame Coca-Cola Championship rivals Sheffield Wednesday at the Ricoh Arena this afternoon.
Morrison, who has now netted eight goals in the league this season, converted Guillaume Beuzelin's centre as Coventry demonstrated their desire to record a victory after three defeats and four draws at home.
Despite a sound display from Wednesday goalkeeper Lee Grant, Coventry wrapped up the win with a late goal from Robbie Simpson.
After drawing a blank at Swansea on Boxing Day, Coventry manager Chris Coleman bolstered his forward line with Leon Best and Leon McKenzie coming in alongside Morrison.
Best, who had a loan spell with the Owls during the 2005/06 campaign, impressed enough in a 13-minute cameo against the Swans to earn his first start in over a month while McKenzie made the starting XI having only recently recovered from a torn thigh muscle.
For Sheffield Wednesday Sean McAllister was recalled while Steve Watson and Wade Small retained their places after the 1-1 draw with Blackpool.
Marcus Tudgay had the first sight of goal after two minutes, but the Sheffield Wednesday forward fired wide from 12 yards out.
Coventry then took the lead in the 11th minute through Morrison.
Midfielder Beuzelin found room on the left and fed the ball in to the 29-year-old striker who calmly finished from six yards out.
Tudgay attempted to hit back immediately but failed to hit the target from 20 yards and McAllister was denied by a fantastic save from Coventry
goalkeeper Kieren Westwood.
Aron Gunnarsson could have extended Coventry's advantage but his header from close range was too weak to trouble Grant.
Tudgay continued to be Wednesday's greatest goal threat.
But as Sheffield Wednesday's radar got closer to the target Coventry's resistance got more formidable.
First Michael Doyle made a crucial block from Tudgay and then Westwood saved from Small midway through the second half.
Just a minute later Wednesday's Grant replicated Westwood's efforts in goal as he parried Doyle's left-footed shot.
The two goalkeepers continued to maintain the scoreline and Grant parried wide as Michael Mifsud let fly from 20 yards.
Gunnarsson once again had the opportunity to calm Coventry's increasing nerves but again his heading ability left much to be desired.
Although both sides were creating chances they were struggling to find a way past the respective defences and Grant again proved his worth for the visitors by saving from Best's right-footed effort to keep his team in the hunt.
But any aspirations for a point were shattered when Best had his revenge in the 82nd minute when he set up Simpson to fire home from 12 yards out.