The stats made it look like the Hornets made the most of the running: 51 per cent of the ball, seven shots to the visitors' five and winning the corner count six-nil but they never ever had things all their own way and managed to engineer just the one shot on target in the first 45 minutes – and that came right at the end of the half when Tom Cleverley forced a flying near-post save from Marko Maroši after hitting one with the element of surprise from a short corner.
There were a couple of low crosses across the face from Sarr, a neat reverse pass from the restored James Garner and a trademark cross-field pass from Étienne Capoue, this time to Ken Sema with his left foot, but the attacking fluency was not quite there.
Coventry were at it again at the very start of the second half, forcing a smart tip over from the airborne Foster with a rising drive on the angle from Callum O'Hare. Something was needed to spark the Hornets into life, a bit of inspiration, and it was Capoue, that multi-talented midfield operator, who provided it. He unfurled another of those cross-field passes, again with his weaker left foot. It was played with such weight and precision that Sema was able to take it in his stride, push it past his man with his first touch and punch it across the face of goal. And there was Gray, the arch poacher, to bundle it home.