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Biamou inspires Coventry to victory

Published on: 05 December 2020

Maxime Biamou has scored two goals in his previous three appearances for Coventry

Maxime Biamou starred in his first Coventry City start for more than a month as he led a dominant Sky Blues side to a deserved victory over Rotherham United.

The French striker's sixth-minute opener set Coventry on their way before he helped tee up Tyler Walker for his side's second goal soon after.

The Millers, who were second to the Sky Blues in League One last season, had not lost an away game to Coventry in more than 18 years, but they almost fell further behind when Biamou hit the post with an overhead kick after half-an hour.

Victory was sealed when Leo Ostigard saw his back-post header from a free-kick go in off the leg of a defender before Dan Barlaser scored a late penalty for the Millers after Kyle Vassell was fouled by goalkeeper Ben Wilson

The win keeps Coventry in 19th place in the Championship, four points clear of Rotherham, who are one place below them and only outside the relegation spots on goal difference.

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Biamou had not made Mark Robins' starting line-up since the 3-2 loss at Watford on 7 November but he made his mark early as Walker flicked a long ball on with his chest into the French striker's path and he slid the ball under the onrushing Jamal Blackman.

A free-kick from just inside the Millers' half saw Biamou help set up the second as he won the ball on the edge of the area and fed it to Callum O'Hare, whose low shot hit the post with Walker on hand to steer the ball into the empty net from a difficult angle.

Liam Kelly's cross with the outside of his right foot saw Biamou inches away from another goal as he hit the woodwork with an acrobatic effort while Blackman did well one-on-one to keep out Walker.

Rotherham's day got worse when Joe Mattock was take off on a stretcher off in the final moments of the first half, and they found chances to break down a strong Coventry defence at a premium in the second period.

Biamou almost set up Walker for a third goal with 35 minutes to go, but the son of former England defender Des only got the edge of his boot on his low cross from the right and his effort went wide of the far post.

Ostigard did add a third goal to wrap up the home side's fourth league win of the season, with Barlaser getting the visitors on the scoresheet with five minutes remaining.

    Line-upsMatch StatsLive Text

Line-upsCoventry

    13Wilson2Østigard5McFadzean15Hyam23Dabo38Hamer6Kelly21McCallum19WalkerSubstituted forBakayokoat 78'minutes9Biamou11O'Hare

Substitutes

    8Allen10Jobello14Sheaf16Pask18Giles20Bakayoko22Camp26Shipley46Rowe

Rotherham

    27Blackman20Ihiekwe6WoodSubstituted forOlosundeat 45'minutesBooked at 52mins21MacDonaldBooked at 71mins8Wiles19Harding16LindsaySubstituted forVassellat 66'minutes25Crooks3MattockBooked at 16minsSubstituted forBarlaserat 45'minutes10LadapoSubstituted forHirstat 54'minutes24SmithSubstituted forJozefzoonat 80'minutes

Substitutes

    1Johansson2Jones5Thompson7Vassell9Hirst18Clarke22Olosunde26Barlaser28Jozefzoon

Referee:David WebbMatch StatsHome TeamCoventryAway TeamRotherhamPossessionHome43%Away57%ShotsHome10Away10Shots on TargetHome7Away1CornersHome5Away6FoulsHome14Away17Live TextPost update

Match ends, Coventry City 3, Rotherham United 1.

90'+6'Full Time

Second Half ends, Coventry City 3, Rotherham United 1.

90'+5'Post update

Matthew Olosunde (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90'+5'Post update

Foul by Amadou Bakayoko (Coventry City).

90'+4'Post update

Attempt missed. Matt Crooks (Rotherham United) header from very close range misses to the right. Assisted by Matthew Olosunde with a cross.

90'+3'Post update

Foul by Kyle Vassell (Rotherham United).

90'+3'Post update

Kyle McFadzean (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90'+2'Post update

Matthew Olosunde (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90'+2'Post update

Foul by Amadou Bakayoko (Coventry City).

90'+1'Post update

Foul by George Hirst (Rotherham United).

90'+1'Post update

Callum O'Hare (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

87'Post update

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Kyle McFadzean.

86'Post update

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Gustavo Hamer.

85'Post update

Goal! Coventry City 3, Rotherham United 1. Daniel Barlaser (Rotherham United) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the high centre of the goal.

84'Post update

Penalty Rotherham United. Kyle Vassell draws a foul in the penalty area.

84'Post update

Penalty conceded by Ben Wilson (Coventry City) after a foul in the penalty area.

83'Post update

Matthew Olosunde (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

83'Post update

Foul by Amadou Bakayoko (Coventry City).

83'Post update

Offside, Coventry City. Callum O'Hare tries a through ball, but Maxime Biamou is caught offside.

80'Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Florian Jozefzoon replaces Michael Smith.

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Source: bbc.com

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