FOOTBALL - Kitching rescues point with final kick as Coventry City held at Plymouth - The Coventry Observer

FOOTBALL - Kitching rescues point with final kick as Coventry City held at Plymouth

Coventry Editorial 15th Feb, 2024 Updated: 15th Feb, 2024   0

MARK Robins felt has side lacked both energy and quality after twice coming from behind to rescue a point in a 2-2 draw at Plymouth Argyle.

Liam Kitching scored a dramatic 96th-minute equaliser to cancel out Mickel Miller’s goal after Ellis Simms had initially drawn the Sky Blues level at Home Park following Morgan Whittaker’s opener.

And while Robins was left frustrated by a sloppy second-half display the Sky Blues boss admitted it could prove to be a crucial point come the end of the season as City moved back into the top-six.

Robins said: “It was disappointing. we were in control in the first half and we kept them really quiet. However, during the second half we did not compete as well as we needed to and we became sloppy.

“We don’t want excuses. We know we weren’t good enough. In an attacking sense, we created a lot of chances.

“Their first goal was poor and we should do better to stop Morgan Whittaker. I just don’t think we had the energy and quality.

“We gave them a leg up for their goals. We have to be better and we have to come back from this performance and do better on Saturday.

“It’s going to be a long journey back. We need to get that out of our legs and go to Stoke City and turn this into a positive result if we can do.

“It could prove a vital point at the end of the season.”

The visitors spurned a glorious chance to break the deadlock in the first half as Matty Godden somehow headed Jake Bidwell’s cross from the left wide from four-yards out.

Plymouth took the lead on 54 minutes when the league’s joint top scorer Whittaker produced a fine first time finish past Bradley Collins from Adam Randell’s cut back.

Coventry restored parity on 65 minutes as Simms used his chest to finish at the second attempt from close range from Victor Torp’s stunning ball in-behind the Argyle defence.

However, the home side reclaimed the lead three minutes later when Miller’s cross from the left deflected into the goal off of Bobby Thomas.

City rescued a point with the last kick of the game as Kitching turned home Torp’s free-kick at the near post to score his first goal for the club.

The result moves the Sky Blues back into the play-off places with City sixth in the table ahead of Norwich City, Hull City and Preston North End on goal difference.

Coventry are next in action away at Stoke City on Saturday, February 17 with kick-off at 3pm at the bet365 Stadium.

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