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02 September 2023 Venue The Coventry Building Society Arena Attendance

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REPORT: Coventry City 3-3 Watford

The points are shared at the CBS Arena...

2 September 2023

The Sky Blues came from behind to share the points with Watford at the Coventry Building Society Arena.

City fell behind to a Mileta Rajovic goal, but were level before the break through Milan van Ewijk's sensational first goal for the Club.

Watford were back in front twice in the second half, firstly through Matheus Martina and then Rajovic again, but the Sky Blues levelled twice through a Wesley Hoedt own goal and Matty Godden's fourth of the season.

The games first opening fell to the visitors after a high press paid off and the ball broke for Tom Ince inside of the area, but his strike was deflected behind.

City grew into the game and were finding joy down the left-hand side and that would be where they would find their opening.

Jay Dasilva charged forward and skipped past his man, looked to pick out a man in the box, but his cross came off the arm of Ryan Porteous and referee David Webb pointed to the spot.

Matty Godden stepped-up to take the penalty, but he was denied by a fine stop from Daniel Bachmann and then Kasey Palmer fired over on the follow-up.

Haji Wright was brought into the starting eleven and he was causing the Hornets defence all kinds of problems, this time latching onto a Palmer through ball, twisting and turning, before seeing his shot blocked.

The games first goal would come ten minutes before the break. A move down the right saw Ince look for Mileta Rajovic in the area and he diverted the ball past Ben Wilson.

City looked for an immediate response, pushing forward with Milan van Ewijk and he picked out the on-running Palmer, but Bachmann saved his long-range strike.

However, the Sky Blues would find a leveller before half-time and it would come from van Ewijk who struck an incredible free-kick from over 25-yards out to beat Bachmann and find the bottom corner.

HALF-TIME: Sky Blues 1-1 Watford

After the restart, Watford retook the lead through Matheus Martins who charged forward from the halfway line and bent the ball past Wilson from inside of the area.

Wilson was called into action on the hour-mark to keep the score at 2-1, getting down low to his left to deny Imran Louza’s free-kick.

Moments later City would equalise through bizarre circumstances as Wesley Hoedt looked to pass back to his ‘keeper and Bachmann wasn’t there, and the ball rolled into the back of the net.

Another unfortunate back pass this time released Haji Wright and after being intercepted, the ball fell to Matty Godden, but his shot deflected behind.

The visitors were back in front ten minutes from time when a back pass from Bobby Thomas was short and Watford were able to tap home through Rajovic.

As they had done before, the Sky Blues were searching for an equaliser, this time it was Palmer who’s strike was saved by Bachmann.

They did find that equalsier and it was Godden who latched onto Wright’s pull back to drill the ball past Bachman and level the game up at 3-3 and earn City a point against the Hornets.

 

FULL-TIME: Sky Blues 3-3 Watford

Yellows: Josh Eccles, Ryan Porteous, Francsico Sierralta, Kyle McFadzean, Ben Sheaf

Goals: Mileta Rajovic x2, Milan van Ewijk, Matheus Martins, Wesley Hoedt OG, Matty Godden

Attendance: 24,539 (1,982)

Sky Blues Xl: Ben Wilson (GK); Bobby Thomas, Kyle McFadzean (C), Joel Latibeaudiere; Milan van Ewijk (70’ Sakamoto), Josh Eccles (70’ Ayari), Ben Sheaf, Jay Dasilva (50’ Bidwell); Kasey Palmer (87’ Simms); Matty Godden, Haji Wright.

Subs: Brad Collins (GK), Luis Binks, Jake Bidwell, Tatsuhiro Sakamoto, Marco Rus, Liam Kelly, Yasin Ayari, Justin Obikwu, Ellis Simms.

 

Watford Xl: Daniel Bachmann (GK) (C), Wesley Hoedt, Ryan Porteous, Ken Sema, Ryan Andrews (56’ Ngakia), Francisco Sierralta (74’ Pollock), Imran Louza, Tom Dele-Bashiru (56’ Chakvetadze), Tom Ince (56’ Asprilla), Mileta Rajovic, Matheus Martins (74’ Bayo).

Subs: Ben Hamer (GK), Jeremy Ngakia, Jake Livermore, Imsael Koné, Mattie Pollock, Giorgi Chakvetadze, Yaser Asprilla, Vakoun Bayo, Edo Kayembe.

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