FOOTBALL - More late drama for Sky Blues in Blackburn draw - The Coventry Observer

15th Aug, 2022

FOOTBALL - More late drama for Sky Blues in Blackburn draw

VIKTOR GYOKERES scored in the ninth minute of injury-time to rescue a point for Coventry City as they drew 2-2 with Blackburn Rovers to all but end their play-off hopes.

Gyokeres headed in at the death after Harry Pickering’s bizarre own goal had opened the scoring with Bradley Dack and Scott Wharton striking for Rovers in the second period at the Coventry Building Society Arena.

The goal marked City’s 10th in stoppage time this season as Mark Robins’ side gained their 12th point of the campaign after 90 minutes.

And the result means Coventry sit 11th in the Sky Bet Championship table, six points outside of the play-off places, with midweek opponents Nottingham Forest able to stretch that gap to 11 points should they win their games in hand.

The Sky Blues took the lead in calamitous fashion on eight minutes when Pickering tackled Callum O’Hare on the edge of the penalty area only for the defender’s touch to find the bottom left corner of his own net with keeper Thomas Kaminski wrong-footed.

City almost doubled their lead when Gus Hamer intercepted a pass before curling an effort against the right-hand post from 20-yards out with Kaminski beaten at full stretch.

Blackburn rode their luck however and drew level on 46 minutes when Dack headed home John Buckley’s driven cross from six-yards out.

Rovers nearly completed the turnaround soon after when Ben Brereton Diaz hit the outside of the post after the ball found its way to the Chile international although the flag had gone up for offside earlier in the move.

And Tony Mowbray’s side took the lead on 82 minutes when Wharton headed past Sky Blues keeper Simon Moore after he was left unmarked at a corner from the right.

However, the Sky Blues left it late once again as Gyokeres stooped to head in Fankaty Dabo’s cross from the right at the back post from close range, nine minutes into time added on, to snatch a deserved point for the home side.

Coventry are next in action away at Nottingham Forest on Wednesday, April 6 with kick-off at 7.45pm at the City Ground.

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