FOOTBALL - Coventry City secure top-half finish with final day draw against Stoke - The Coventry Observer

8th Aug, 2022

FOOTBALL - Coventry City secure top-half finish with final day draw against Stoke

COVENTRY City recorded their highest league finish since the 2005/06 season after a 1-1 draw against Stoke City on the final day of the Championship season.

The Sky Blues took the lead through Viktor Gyokeres’ 18th goal of the season only to be pegged back by Sam Clucas shortly before half time at the bet365 Stadium.

And the point was enough to secure an impressive 12th place finish in the Championship table, their highest in the league for 16 seasons.

Coventry opened the scoring on 14 minutes when Gyokeres finished past Stoke goalkeeper Josef Bursik at his near post from eight-yards out  from Jamie Allen’s through ball.

And Gyokeres should have doubled his tally for the game when he beat the offside trap before racing clean through on goal only to shoot wide of the post.

The chances continued to come Coventry’s way when Callum O’Hare’s curling shot from the edge of the penalty area was pushed behind by Bursik.

And City tested the young goalkeeper again soon after as Jordan Shipley’s drilled effort was well kept out by the England under-21 international with Gyokeres unable to force the rebound home.

The visitors were made to pay for those missed chances on 43 minutes when Clucas swept home from 12-yards out into the bottom right corner from Josh Tymon’s cut back.

Coventry should have clinched the points in the second period when Gyokeres was left free in the box with the Swede just unable to make a telling contact on Ian Maatsen’s cross with Bursik stranded.

And City were denied a winner when Maatsen’s header was superbly blocked on the line by James Chester with Bursik beaten from Matty Godden’s cross.

Mark Robins’ side can look back on an impressive season with great pride having challenged for the play-off places for much of the campaign.

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