Nimley scores one goal and had a hand in two in Coventry
Andy Thorn: The Coventry manager believes on-loan striker
Alex Nimely has a big future ahead of him... .Andy Thorn was
full of praise for new recruit Alex Nimely after the striker
inspired Coventry to a much-needed 3-1 win over
Rock-bottom Coventry were indebted to their loanee from Man
City - who scored one goal and had a hand in two - though
Boro boss Tony Mowbray was left counting the cost of two red
The visitors played the majority of the contest with 10 men,
before being reduced to nine in injury-time, but Thorn
preferred to focus on his star Nimely after the final
Thorn said: "People hadn't heard of Alex Nimely before
today. Well they have heard of him now! He's a real talent
this boy and I am so pleased that we could get him under the
"There is still more to come from him but he gave us a
different dimension and Clive Platt did really well for us.
Gary McSheffrey was buzzing too.
"I am desperate to do well for our supporters and I was
pleased for them that we could score three and they can see
with these additions where we are trying to go."
Middlesbrough had the best chances in the first half an hour
but when Nimely and Platt combined to set up McSheffrey in
the 36th minute, he gave Coventry the lead.
In the 57th minute, Nimely headed back over a group of
players from 12 yards and it looped over the line with Rhys
Williams trying desperately to clear.
Then Nimely and David Bell carved a chance for Platt in the
61st minute but he did not connect with the ball and it ran
through to Matthew Bates, who turned into his own net.
Kevin Thomson saw red after he picked up a second booking in
10 minutes just before half-time and all the momentum was
with the home side in the second half.
Boro's Scott McDonald reduced the deficit in the 66th minute
before Julio Arca received his marching orders in injury
time after a late tackle on Sammy Clingan.
It was a third straight defeat for the Teessiders as Mowbray
left out Lukas Jutkiewicz, who signed from Coventry last
week, after reaching a gentleman's agreement with Thorn.
The Boro boss said: "You live and die by those decisions.
Jutkiewicz is with us for four and a half years not one
week. I had a conversation with Andy 10 days ago when the
deal was done."
He added: "It was hard to judge what the referee was going
to do today. He let some really heavy stuff go for 15
minutes then all of a sudden he decided to give those two
"We gave the ball away in some bad areas to be honest but
let's give them credit, rather than me being critical of my
"They are fighting for their lives and have come away with a
result today albeit against 10 men for most of the match."