2nd Jul, 2022

FOOTBALL - Gyokeres strikes late to hand Coventry City victory at Bristol City

VIKTOR GYOKERES scored an 89th minute winner to move Coventry City to within touching distance of the play-offs with a 2-1 win against Bristol City.

The Swede struck late on after Ian Maatsen netted a fine opener on 25 minutes only for Chris Martin to equaliser with a head on 62 minutes.

And the result means the Sky Blues are now up to eighth in the Sky Bet Championship table, just two points outside of the play-off places.

The home side created the first chance of the game when Alex Scott delivered a free-kick to the back post which was headed over by Andreas Weimann at full stretch.

However, the Sky Blues scored a sensational opening goal when Gus Hamer clipped a delightful pass in behind the Bristol defence for Maatsen who finished expertly into the right corner.

And City almost doubled their lead in the second period when Callum O’Hare burst into the box and superbly beat two defenders before seeing his tame shot saved by Daniel Bentley.

The Robins equalised from a well-worked corner routine that was played short before being crossed to Weimann who headed across goal for Martin to nod home unmarked from five-yards out.

Mark Robins’ side almost retook the lead when a lovely one-touch move ended with Maatsen seeing a powerful right-footed shot pushed away by Bentley.

Sky Blues goalkeeper Simon Moore made a crucial save at the other end when he was off his line quickly to smother Martin’s shot after he played through by Antonie Semenyo’s pass.

Coventry snatched the points late on when Hamer slipped in Gyokeres who kept his cool to beat the onrushing Bentley and send the travelling City fans into delirium.

The Sky Blues are next in action at home to Preston North End on Saturday, February 26 with kick-off at 3pm at the Coventry Building Society Arena.

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