25th Jun, 2022

FOOTBALL - Coventry City end home campaign with defeat against Huddersfield

COVENTRY City ended their home campaign with a 2-1 defeat against promotion hopefuls Huddersfield Town as the Sky Blues’ play-off hopes finally came to an end.

Viktor Gyokeres halved the deficit in the final minute after Harry Toffolo’s goal and Tino Anjorin’s penalty put the Terriers into a two-goal lead at the Coventry Building Society Arena.

The result means City sit 11th in the Sky Bet Championship table with one fixture left to play.

Coventry started on the front foot and should have taken the lead when Callum O’Hare’s flick found Viktor Gyokeres who laid the ball off to Martyn Waghorn only for the striker’s effort from 12-yards out to be saved behind by Town keeper Lee Nicholls.

Huddersfield then went close at the other end after Kyle McFadzean misjudged a high ball which allowed Jordan Rhodes to run through on goal with Ben Wilson turning the striker’s effort behind with his foot.

And Town took the lead on 45 minutes when Toffolo cut in from the left before curling a fine effort into the top right corner from 25-yards out to leave Wilson with no chance.

Carlos Corberan’s men should have doubled their lead when Duane Holmes square ball was touched behind by Rhodes from six-yards out with the goal at his mercy.

The Sky Blues almost drew level when a Gyokeres cleverly rolled his man before finding Waghorn who in turn teed up O’Hare with the midfielder’s low shot parried by Nicholls who gathered at the second attempt.

City tested Nicholls again soon after when Gus Hamer let fly from 35-yards out with the Huddersfield stopper equal to the midfielder’s powerful swerving effort from distance.

The Terriers were then awarded a penalty when Wilson fouled Lewis O’Brien after he was beaten to a loose ball in the box having made a reflex save to prevent Michael Rose from putting through his own net seconds earlier.

And Anjorin coolly converted the resulting spot kick on 79 minutes, finding the bottom left corner despite Wilson diving the right way.

Mark Robins’ side reduced the deficit in the 90th minute when Gyokeres found the corner from 12-yards out from O’Hare cutback from the right but it proved too little too late.

Coventry finish their Championship campaign away at Stoke City on Saturday, May 7 with kick-off at 12.30pm at the bet365 Stadium.

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