Saturday, 01 December 2001
Nationwide League Division 1
Ref: Phil Prosser
Lee Hughes, Lee Mills, David Thompson
3 (2) - (1) 1
You would have to be a fool to play a midfielder in central defence. Everyone knows that. If you are blessed with a dynamic individual - a Republic of Ireland international at that - who can best influence a game from its centre, you might as well hand over the three points before kick-off as take to the field with him in defence. Just ask Alex Ferguson.
But sometimes it works. For the second time in a week, Roland Nilsson played Lee Carsley at centre-back, and for the second time in a week Coventry won comfortably. "He's got a long career as a defender ahead of him," Nilsson said. It was just one of those things in a game which was, if such a thing is possible, predictably surprising.
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