25th Jun, 2022

FOOTBALL - Coventry City thump Sheffield United thanks to O'Hare brace

CALLUM O’HARE’s first career brace helped Coventry City on their way to a convincing 4-1 win against play-off rivals Sheffield United.

O’Hare scored twice in the space of seven second-half minutes to turn the game in City’s favour for his first goals since November.

That came in-between strikes from Viktor Gyokeres and Matty Godden after Sander Berge had given the Blades the lead at the Coventry Building Society Arena.

And the result means Coventry sit 10th in the Sky Bet Championship table, three points behind United who occupy the final play-off spot.

However, despite the final scoreline, the Sky Blues made an inauspicious start when Berge headed in the opener on 16 minutes from Conor Hourihane’s cross after he was left unmarked at the back post.

Mark Robins’ side were soon level when Gyokeres coolly slotted past Blades goalkeeper Wes Foderingham on 20 minutes after United failed to deal with Michael Rose’s long pass up field.

And that goal sparked City into life as Gyokeres cut inside his man on the left-hand edge of the penalty area and saw a curling shot pushed tipped behind by Foderingham.

The Sky Blues should have gone into the break with the lead when O’Hare and Jamie Allen combined superbly to set up Gus Hamer for a one-on-one only for the midfielder to shoot straight at a relieved Foderingham.

However, City would eventually complete the turnaround when O’Hare poked home a scrappy goal on 52 minutes after Gyokeres’ initial effort was saved onto the post by Foderingham only for O’Hare to react quickest to the loose ball as United tried to scramble it clear.

Firmly in the ascendancy, City were denied a third goal by the woodwork when Rose’s header came back off the left-hand post from Hamer’s corner.

And O’Hare soon extended Coventry’s lead on 59 minutes when he found the bottom right corner with a clever finish through the legs of a Sheffield United defender after Gyokeres had jinked his way into the box.

The game was wrapped up on 68 minutes when Godden smashed home into an unguarded net after Ian Maatsen produced a superb turn on the edge of the penalty area before playing in O’Hare who in-turn selflessly squared for Godden to complete the scoring.

And victory for City ensures they remain firmly in the play-off picture having suffered back-to-back defeats prior to Saturday’s success.

Coventry are next in action against Hull City on Wednesday, March 16 with kick-off at 7.45pm at the CBS Arena.

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