FOOTBALL - Coventry City fight back three times to earn Watford draw - The Coventry Observer

FOOTBALL - Coventry City fight back three times to earn Watford draw

Coventry Editorial 4th Sep, 2023 Updated: 4th Sep, 2023   0

MATTY Godden’s late goal earned Coventry City a point in a thrilling 3-3 draw with Watford as the Sky Blues came from behind on three separate occasions.

Godden’s 87th minute strike came after Milan van Ewijk’s stunning free-kick and a comical own goal from Wesley Hoedt had initially twice drawn the Sky Blues level at the Coventry Building Society Arena.

Hornets striker Mileta Rajovic struck twice for the visitors either side of Matheus Martins’ goal at the start of the second period.

And the visitors had the first chance of the game when Tom Ince’s deflected shot went narrowly wide of the post after Imran Louza intercepted Ben Wilson’s poor pass out from the back.

The Sky Blues were then given a golden chance to take the lead on 20 minutes when Jay Dasilva’s cross hit the arm of Ryan Porteous in the box and the referee pointed to the spot.

However, Watford goalkeeper Daniel Bachmann made a fine save to his right to keep out Godden’s powerful penalty before Kasey Palmer blazed the rebound over the bar.

City came forward again soon after when Palmer picked out Wright in the left channel before the striker turned his marker inside out and saw a goalbound shot blocked behind.

However, Watford took the lead on 35 minutes when Rajovic turned home Ince’s dangerous cross from the right from close range.

The Sky Blues equalised in style just six minutes later when van Ewijk curled a sensational free-kick into the bottom left corner from 25-yards out.

However, Watford regained the lead on 52 minutes when Martins drove into the box and curled the ball into the right corner of the goal out of Ben Wilson’s reach.

And the visitors almost scored a third goal with only the fingertips of Wilson keeping out Louza’s free-kick from 25-yards out.

The home side drew level in bizarre fashion on 64 minutes when Hoedt’s attempted backpass deceived Bachmann and went straight into the goal.

However, Watford took the lead for a third time on 79 minutes when a short backpass allowed Bayo to nip in and square for Rajovic who scored his second of the game.

There was still time for one final twist on 87 minutes when Wright broke free down the right and cut the ball back to Godden who fired a first time effort into the left corner of the goal.

Watford almost snatched the points deep into injury time only for Wilson to make a fine save and tip Yaser Asprilla’s shot over the crossbar.

Coventry are next in action away at Hull City on Friday, September 15 with kick-off at 7.45pm at the MKM Stadium.

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