FOOTBALL - Kitching scores two own goals as Coventry City slip to Cardiff defeat - The Coventry Observer

FOOTBALL - Kitching scores two own goals as Coventry City slip to Cardiff defeat

Coventry Editorial 2nd Apr, 2024 Updated: 2nd Apr, 2024   0

LIAM Kitching scored two own goals as Coventry City slipped to a 2-1 home defeat against Cardiff City to lose ground on their play-off rivals.

Kitching put through his own net either side of the break Ellis Simms opened the scoring at the Coventry Building Society Arena.

That came after the Sky Blues won 3-1 away at Huddersfield Town on Good Friday thanks to a first-half brace from Simms and a late strike from Haji Wright at the John Smith’s Stadium.

The results mean Coventry sit seventh in the Championship table, four points behind Norwich City, who occupy the final play-off place, with a game in-hand.

Against Cardiff, City almost broke the deadlock when Ben Sheaf cut in from the right and curled a shot inches over the crossbar from 20-yards out.

And the home side took the lead on 22 minutes when Simms turned home Milan van Ewijk’s low cross from the right from seven-yards out.

However, Cardiff equalised seven minutes later as Kitching stabbed the ball into the roof of his own net as he attempted to tackle Josh Bowler inside the six-yard box.

The visitors spurned a golden chance to complete the turnaround after the break as Karlan Grant raced through on goal only to shoot wide when one-on-one with Bradley Collins.

At the other end, van Ewijk and Simms exchanged passes only for the former to send a half-volley just past the post.

However, the unfortunate Kitching scored a second own goal on 67 minutes when Bowler’s cross from the right flicked in off the defender’s head.

Coventry are next in action at home to Leeds United on Saturday, April 6 with kick-off at 3pm at the Coventry Building Society Arena.

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