25th Jun, 2022

FOOTBALL - Coventry City 1-1 Blackpool

VIKTOR GYOKERES scored his 11th goal of the season to help Coventry City come back from a goal down and earn a share of the spoils against Blackpool.

The Sweden international equalised on 42 minutes at the Coventry Building Society Arena after Gary Madine had put Blackpool ahead on 24 minutes with a goal at the back post.

And the result means City sit 12th in the Sky Bet Championship table, four points outside of the play-off places.

The Sky Blues came racing out of the blocks and had the first chance of the game after just two minutes when Gus Hamer’s initial volley was turned narrowly over the bar by Viktor Gyokeres.

Blackpool responded with a chance of their own shortly after when Kenny Dougall fired a low effort just past Simon Moore’s left-hand post.

And the early entertainment continued at the CBS Arena when the ball sat up nicely for Hamer to strike 25-yards from goal as the Brazilian’s effort went inches over the top.

City came forward again soon after as some lovely one-touch football ended with Hamer playing in Ian Maatsen down the left-hand side of the penalty area only for the wing-back to drag his effort wide of the target.

Coventry did eventually have the ball in the back of the net on 16 minutes only for Callum O’Hare’s effort to be correctly ruled out for offside.

However, despite a strong start from the hosts, it was Blackpool who took the lead when former Sky Blues loanee Madine finished into an empty net after City failed to deal with Owen Dale’s ball across the box from the left.

City felt they should have had a penalty just past the half hour mark when Jordan Shipley’s shot hit the arm of Ekpiteta inside the box only for referee Andre Marriner to wave away the Sky Blues’ appeals.

And the Sky Blues had the ball in the net again on 38 minutes when Gyokeres finished from close range only for the offside flag to come to Blackpool’s rescue for a second time.

Coventry were not to be denied a third time when Gyokeres found the net after he outmuscled Ekpiteta having latched onto Simon Moore’s long kick upfield.

And the home side should have gone into the break with the lead when Maatsen’s lofted ball into the box was met by the unmarked Michael Rose in the box only for the defender to head straight at Grimshaw from eight-yards out.

Mark Robins’ side continued to search for a goal after the break when Hamer’s free-kick from 30-yards out was well-saved by Grimshaw before the Tangerines goalkeeper denied Rose’s header from Todd Kane’s corner from the right.

Blackpool remained at threat at the other end and Moore had to be alert to keep out Madine’s effort before bundling the loose ball behind for a corner.

The Tangerines came close again later in the half when substitute Jordan Thorniley almost scored with his first touch only to be denied by an excellent fingertip save by Moore who turned the ball over the bar.

City substitute Martyn Waghorn then curled a free-kick wide of the goal from 20-yards out in the final 10 minutes as City pushed for a winner.

Hamer’s corner from the left was punched clear from underneath his own bar by Grimshaw at the death before the midfielder blazed over from 10-yards out with the final chance of the match.

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