Jones off as Reds crash

England's Rob Jones was sent off for the first time in his career as Liverpool crashed to a defeat against unbeaten Coventry at Highfield Road.

Phil Babb scored Coventry's winner in the 21st minute with his first goal for the club but it was completely overshadowed by Jones' dismissal. His red card was for a second bookable offence and came two days after his inclusion in England's squad for the crucial World Cup qualifier against Poland at Wembley. Both cautions came within three minutes of each other as Liverpool's frustrations at trailing to impressive Coventry began to boil over.

In the 67th minute Jones felled City's exciting winger Peter Ndlovu and then minutes later sent Roy Wegerle sprawling in almost the same spot. Tonypandy referee Keith Burge had no hesitation in brandishing a second yellow card and then the red one to leave Liverpool fighting a lost cause with 20 minutes left. The rashness and irresponsibility of Jones' tackle puts a question mark over his place in the England side to face Poland on a night when cool heads and discipline will be essential.

Liverpool, who began the night second in the table, were certainly red-blooded throughout with Ronnie Whelan and Neil Ruddock also booked for fouls with goalscorer Babb booked for fouling Nigel Clough and Willie Boland cautioned for time wasting as the Sky Blues protected their advantage.

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