FOOTBALL - Coventry City suffer disappointing defeat at lowly Rotherham - The Coventry Observer

FOOTBALL - Coventry City suffer disappointing defeat at lowly Rotherham

Coventry Editorial 26th Oct, 2023 Updated: 26th Oct, 2023   0

COVENTRY City suffered a disappointing 2-0 defeat at Rotherham United as the Sky Blues lost back-to-back league games for the first time this season.

Second-half goals from Lee Peltier and Oliver Rathbone condemned Mark Robins’ side to defeat at the New York Stadium.

And the result means Coventry sit 20th in the Championship table, five points outside of the play-off places.

The Sky Blues created the game’s first chance as Ellis Simms fired straight at Rotherham goalkeeper Viktor Johansson from 12-yards out from Kyle McFadzean’s cutback.

At the other end, Millers forward Fred Onyedinma somehow headed wide from six-yards out.

However, the home side broke the deadlock on 51 minutes when veteran defender Peltier headed in Cafu’s corner from the left at the near post.




City were denied an equaliser soon after as Johansson made a superb save low down to his right to keep out Simms’ header from close range before the striker fired a follow-up effort into the side netting.

The Millers almost doubled their lead when the ball broke kindly to Rathbone only for Ben Wilson to superbly tip the midfielder’s low shot around the post for a corner.


And the home went close again as Jordan Hugill headed against the post after great work from Dexter Lembikisa down the right.

Wilson then made an excellent fingertip save to deny Rathbone a goal from distance and keep the Sky Blues in the contest.

The visitors came within inches of drawing level late on as Tatsuhiro Sakamoto’s near-post header into the ground bounced inches wide from Jay Dasilva’s cross.

However, Rotherham sealed the points three minutes into injury time as Rathbone lashed a first time effort past Wilson via the aid of a deflection from Georgie Kelly’s knockdown.

Coventry are next in action at home to West Bromwich Albion on Monday, October 30 with kick-off at 8pm at the Coventry Building Society Arena.

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