Coventry City 2-1 Leeds United

By Steve Carpenter 15/02 Updated: 21/02 15:47

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THE GREAT escape is very much on for the Sky Blues after they recorded three much-needed points against Leeds United in their fight for Championship survival.

Two penalties from Gary McSheffrey, including one deep into stoppage-time, cancelled out Ross McCormack's first half strike to lift Andy Thorn's side off the foot of the Championship table.

The result pushes the Sky Blues up to 22nd in the table and their position could get better should Portsmouth be deducted 10 points for entering administration.

"We can't rely on anything like that," said Thorn. "It brings another club on the same points as us but there's still 45 points to play for this season.

"We don't look as things off the pitch, we go with what we do on the pitch.

"We’ve had it tough over the last few months but we’ve stuck in there.

"We were cast adrift at the bottom and people had written us off, but that made us really strong as a group, we just need to pick up our away form!

"We proved what we can do because that was a tremendous team effort – a real man’s performance from all of my players.

"We’ve got 15 games left and from now on I just want to be looking upwards."

McCormack fired just wide and Aidan White flashed an effort just over the bar as the visitors set the tempo early on in front of an impressive away following of just over 3,000.

Loan signings and Oliver Norwood and Alex Nimley were looking lively and it was the latter who played a big part in the Sky

Blues’ opening goal of the game in the 20th minute.

The 20-year-old took the ball round three Leeds players before his dazzling run on goal was brought to an abrupt end by Danny Pugh inside the area and McSheffrey coolly converted the resultant penalty.

However the lead only last nine minutes as McCormack to advantage of some abysmal Sky Blues defending and slotted the ball past Joe Murphy from just inside the area.

Both sides looked in desperate need of a win with the Sky Blues fighting for their lives at the bottom and Leeds pushing for a play-off place, but the match somewhat fizzled out in the second half.

One highlight was a superb combination move involving Nimley, Clive Platt and McSheffrey but Carl Baker was unable to add the finishing touch, lifting his effort over the bar.

The Sky Blues have dropped eight points this season from conceding goals in injury-time but this time around the tables were turned.

Nimley produced another stunning solo run before being tripped by substitute Andy O'Brien and McSheffrey kept his cool late on to slot home his fifth league goal of the season deep into injury time.

Thorn's side will be looking to record their first away victory of the season when they visit relegation rivals Nottingham Forest this Saturday (February 18).

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