Sky falls in on Coventry

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A FIFTH defeat in six games plunged Ron Atkinson's Coventry City back into the relegation equation with a very dull thud. To make matters worse, the 2-0 reverse came against moribund Ipswich Town, long since relegated, who were giving a first outing to a 17-year-old former England schoolboy goalkeeper, Richard Wright.

The Suffolk side had scored only two goals and won one point in their previous 10 matches and played like it as the Sky Blues' striker Dion Dublin forced two good saves from Wright. Then Coventry had a setback. A move between Alex Mathie and Paul Mason opened up their defence to leave Ian Marshall with a simple tap-in.

Much worse was to follow when centre-back Steven Pressley headed Mason's cross into his own net. Atkinson kept the team locked in the dressing room and declined to attend the post-match Press conference. Was this a first?

Relegated Leicester City ended in optimistic mood after coming back to gain a 1-1 draw against Chelsea at Filbert Street. "Although we are dropping back into the Endsleigh League we must not tolerate any lowering in our standards and ideals," their manager Mark McGhee said from the ramparts. "We've had a glimpse of what it's like in the big league. Now we must return there as quickly as possible."

With all the Endsleigh League relegation issues settled in midweek, yesterday's most meaningful action centred on jostling for pole position in the play- off places. In the Second, Brentford will play Huddersfield and have home advantage in the second leg as will Crewe, who meet Bristol Rovers.

In the Third, Walsall took the second automatic promotion place when Chesterfield could only draw with Colchester. So Chesterfield play off against Mansfield and in-form Bury meet Preston.