<i>Coventry City 1 Burnley 0</i>

There was a time when Mickey Adams did not have much of a good word to utter about his club's new home.

The Sky Blues were forced to play an extra away match at the start of the season when the builder's contract overran and, somewhat strangely, Adams even talked on the eve of the season about being dismissed if his side lost the first three games. Six months on and the talk is slightly different.

This win made it 11 games unbeaten at the Ricoh, the best home run the club has enjoyed for 23 years. It was not the prettiest of games - to put it mildly - but aesthetics do not gain points and this was always a victory that would have to be ground out especially after Coventry's recent wobbles.

Dele Adebola and Stern John were the architects of the victory, with the former hooking home a cross from the latter early in the second half.

Both are players who have had their troubles since moving to Coventry City and have had spells away from the club on loan but appear to have put those travails behind them.

Adebola, whose muscular presence has caused problems for every defence in the division this season, is convinced that his partner is set for greater things after a spell at Derby County turned sour.

He said: "I have been out on loan at Bradford and Burnley and was offered something long-term at Valley Parade. That meant dropping down a division and made me realise what I was giving up so it spurred me on.

"Stern was on loan at Derby but has come back here and really made the most of his chance. He has got the World Cup coming up and he can cause real problems for any team. He is a natural goalscorer and he will do something when he gets out to Germany.

"We have attracted some new faces and the surroundings are great. There is a different atmosphere here and that has helped a lot - now we just need to do the same away from home.

"We come here for every game full of confidence. The fans are really behind us and we seem to work that much harder and play with a quicker tempo.

"Apart from when we played Wolves at home and it was all hands on deck, we have looked very comfortable against most teams.

"Whenever I speak to visiting play-ers they are impressed and I know, from when I have been to other nice stadiums, it can be a bit daunting. At the moment this looks like a Premiership club."

It may look like a Premiership club but it was hardly a top quality performance. Adams made five changes after defeat at Plymouth and, with Burnley equally determined to stop a recent slump, entertainment was not the priority.

The game really game alive after the interval when Coventry, no doubt with Adams' words ringing in their ears, upped their tempo.

John began to use his undoubted skills to more profitable effect and he set up Adebola's 54th-minute goal with a cross which was flicked on by Dennis Wise.

He continued to wreak havoc for the depleted Burneley defence and in one run beat three players before delivering a ball which fizzed across the face of goal without finding the all-important boot.

James Scowrcoft also saw one close-range effort saved by Brian Jensen and then managed to hit a post from five yards in another manic scramble.

Once Coventry failed to add to their advantage the inevitable self-preservation instinct kicked in and they began to defend ever more deeply. They survived although an injury-time effort by Frank Sinclair had them worried. Once again everyone was left hailing the Ricoh effect.

How times can change. ..SUPL: