On This Day: Tony Cottee keeps West Ham's title challenge alive with Coventry winner


Five days after thrashing Newcastle United 8-1, West Ham United kept their unlikely challenge for the First Division title alive with a 1-0 win over Coventry City at the Boleyn Ground.

John Lyall's Hammers were forced to work hard for their victory by the visiting Sky Blues, but deservedly secured all three points when Tony Cottee reacted quickest to slam the ball home after a goalmouth scramble just past the hour-mark.

With England manager Bobby Robson watching from the stands, the Irons overcame a resolute Coventry, who were themselves desperate for points to avoid relegation.

West Ham would go on to finish third, a record high, while Coventry escaped the drop by a single point in 17th.


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