FOOTBALL - Coventry City's play-off hopes take a blow after Cardiff defeat - The Coventry Observer

FOOTBALL - Coventry City's play-off hopes take a blow after Cardiff defeat

Coventry Editorial 16th Feb, 2022 Updated: 16th Feb, 2022   0

COVENTRY CITY’s play-off hopes took a blow after the Sky Blues conceded two second-half goals to lose 2-0 against Cardiff City.

Joel Bagan and Mark Harris struck late on to inflict a disappointing defeat on City whose best chance fell to Viktor Gyokeres.

The result means Coventry sit 12th in the Sky Bet Championship table, five points outside of the play-off places.

Cardiff had the first chance of the game when Max Watters headed straight at City goalkeeper Simon Moore from Bagan’s cross with the Sky Blues doing well to prevent the ball from crossing the line.

The Sky Blues then felt they should have had a penalty when Alex Smithies appeared to trip Callum O’Hare in the box when competing for a loose ball only for the referee to remain unmoved.

City keeper Moore then made an important stop to deny Watters, bravely saving the striker’s powerful effort with his face after the ball was played in-behind the Coventry defence.

The home side should have taken the lead in the second half when some slack Sky Blues defending allowed Cody Drameh to run clear down the right before cutting the ball back for Jordan Hugill who shot straight at Moore from 12-yards out.

And Cardiff eventually made the breakthrough on 72 minutes when Bagan curled a low effort into the bottom right corner from the left-hand side of the penalty area after cutting inside of Ben Sheaf.

Mark Robins’ side missed a golden chance to equalise when O’Hare’s cross was met by the diving head of Gyokeres eight yards from goal only for Alex Smithies to make a vital stop low down to his right.

And the Blurbirds sealed the win on 87 minutes when substitute Harris finished clinically past Moore from Hugill’s pass.

Coventry are next in action at home to Barnsley on Saturday, February 19 with kick-off at 3pm at the Coventry Building Society Arena.

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