5th Jul, 2022

FOOTBALL - Sky Blues held by Derby at CBS Arena

COVENTRY City’s perfect home record came to an end after they were held to a 1-1 draw against Derby County at the CBS Arena last weekend.


The returning Matty Godden put the Sky Blues ahead from the penalty spot on 20 minutes only for Graeme Shinnie to equalise for the Rams with 12 minutes left to play.


City were made to rue their missed opportunities with Shinnie’s effort proving to be the visitors only shot on target over the course of the 90 minutes.


The result means Coventry remain fourth in the Sky Bet Championship table and hold a three-point cushion over the teams currently outside of the play-off places.


The CBS Arena was rocking with over 23,000 fans inside the ground hoping to see Coventry win a seventh straight league game in their home city.


And they were on course to do just that when Ben Sheaf slipped Godden in down the right-hand side of the penalty area before he was tripped by Lee Buchanan in the box.


Godden picked himself up and hammered the resulting spot kick down the middle of the goal – having also scored a penalty in his last Sky Blues appearance against Fulham.


City looked to add to their lead when Gus Hamer robbed Ravel Morrison of possession deep inside the Derby half only for Rams keeper Kelle Roos to somehow tip Godden’s low effort behind.


Derby came close to equalising when Phil Jagielka’s long ball over the top was brought down by Colin Kazim-Richards who fired against the right-hand post before City cleared to safety.


The Rams found their leveller when Dom Hyam’s misplaced pass led to a Derby attack which ended with Nathan Byrne’s deflected cross falling to Shinnie who shot beyond Simon Moore from 12-yards out.


Coventry could not find a winner in the remaining 12 minutes but remain unbeaten in the league at the CBS Arena this season after seven matches.


The Sky Blues are next in action away at Hull City on Saturday, October 30 with kick-off at the MKM Stadium at 3pm.


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