FOOTBALL - Sky Blues remain in bottom three after Blackpool defeat - The Coventry Observer

FOOTBALL - Sky Blues remain in bottom three after Blackpool defeat

Coventry Editorial 31st Oct, 2022   0

COVENTRY City surrendered a half-time lead as the Sky Blues were beaten 2-1 at home by Blackpool to remain in the relegation zone.

Kasey Palmer’s first Coventry goal put City ahead at the break only for Gary Madine and Jerry Yates to strike in the second period at the Coventry Building Society Arena.

The result means Coventry remain 22nd in the Sky Bet Championship table and are in the relegation zone on goals scored behind Middlesbrough.

Blackpool should have taken the lead when Kyle McFadzean allowed a cross to run through to Madine at the back post only for the former Coventry man to somehow shoot over from close range.

The home side went close to an opener when Todd Kane’s low ball from the right was turned onto the post by Jamie Allen after good work from Gustavo Hamer.

And the Tangerines then hit the post at other end when Madine controlled a cross-field pass before he cut inside and fired a low effort against the upright.

The deadlock was finally broken on 40 minutes when Callum O’Hare’s beautiful fist-time flick found Palmer who nutmegged his marker before coolly finding the bottom left corner from 10-yards out.

However, Blackpool drew level on 53 minutes when Madine looped a near post header across Ben Wilson and into the bottom right corner after the striker had initially intercepted Callum Doyle’s poor back pass.

Mark Robins’ side almost reclaimed the lead when Kane’s cross from the right was volleyed inches wide of the post by Allen.

And Kane then went close himself when he let fly from 25-yards out before O’Hare flashed a shot wide from just inside the penalty area.

However, Blackpool snatched the points on 80 minutes when Yates headed in at the back post from CJ Hamilton’s cross from the left.

Coventry are next in action at home to Blackburn Rovers on Tuesday, November 1 with kick-off at 7.45pm at the CBS Arena.

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