Tuesday 18 February 2014
Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.
Ron Atkinson led Coventry City to victory in his first match in charge of the club as they defeated West Ham United at Highfield Road.
The win, following a 2-0 success at Crystal Palace under former manager Phil Neal the previous week, moved the Sky Blues four places up the 22-team table to 13th but left the Hammers still in the bottom four.
Before beating Palace, Coventry City's previous victory was at West Ham United at the end of November - a run of 11 winless matches - and their last home success was on 19 November against Norwich City.
Atkinson arrived at Highfield Road promising to keep the club in the Barclays Premier League.
He immediately paid £300,000 to sign Aston Villa midfielder Kevin Richardson, who was put straight into the team to face the Hammers.
The crowd of 17,556 was more than 4,000 up on the attendance for their previous home match against Chelsea. And they were on their feet celebrating when Zimbabwe international Peter Ndlovu gave Coventry the lead in the first half with his third top flight goal of the season.
Midfielder Mike Marsh doubled the lead and made the match safe after the break.
Atkinson fulfilled his pledge by steering the Sky Blues to safety in 16th at the end of a unique season, in which four sides were relegated from the Barclays Premier League before it changed to a 20-team competition.
West Ham also featured on their fixture list for the following campaign after their 14th-place finish.