Date: 1st January 2006 at 5:06pm
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A patched-up Coventry City side turned in their worst performance for some time in the opening 45 minutes at Preston yesterday, conceding three goals and the three points to an impressive home side.

The 1-1 draw with Crewe a few days earlier seemed to have taken its toll on City, who badly missed skipper Robert Page.

Preston took the lead through Adam Nowland and doubled their advantage with a Graham Alexander penalty after Andrew Whing had brought down the dangerous Patrick Agyemang.

The killer blow came on the stroke of half-time when Chris Sedgwick made it 3-0.

City improved after the break as Preston eased off, substitute Stern John notching a goal and impressing up front.

Coventry City boss Micky Adams had no complaints after the game, admitting that Preston were much the better side.

Most reports agreed with that assessment. The BBC said that ‘Preston maintained their play-off challenge with a deserved victory over a poor Coventry at Deepdale.’

John’s display though did draw praise, with the Sunday Mirror commenting that ‘John had already gone close before grabbing Coventry’s only goal – a super solo effort in which he demonstrated brilliant control before slamming home from close range.’

City prepare to take on Wolves tomorrow with a big crowd expected at the Ricoh Arena. Michael Doyle is set to return from suspension and Richard Duffy may also play but Don Hutchison is suspended.