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Match Report : 29/12/2013

29 December 2013

Coventry City came from behind to pick up a point at home to Oldham Athletic in an entertaining 1-1 draw at Sixfields.

The Sky Blues enjoyed the better share of chances in a fast-paced and entertaining first half but it was a former Sky Blue in Jonson Clarke-Harris who glanced a header home for the Latics with virtually the last action of the first half.

Carl Baker though grabbed a point in fine fashion with a 72nd minute equaliser in the form of an overhead kick from Cyrus Christie's cross.

City boss Steven Pressley made just one change to the side that beat Peterborough 4-2 on Boxing Day, bringing in Chris Dagnall to replace the rested Franck Moussa.

The Sky Blues nearly got the game off to a dream start with the game five minutes old when a lovely bit of play sent Cyrus Christie down the right to take on Jonathan Grounds before his shot took a slight deflection off the full-back and hit the side netting, inches outside the near post.

City went close again from the resulting corner when Blair Adams' delivery was only cleared as far as Carl Baker whose shot from the edge of the area flashed across the goalmouth and rolled just wide of the far post.

Callum Wilson went just as close after 11 minutes when he outpaced Matteo Lanzoni to latch onto a ball down the flank from Baker at the byline, cut back inside and whip another shot across the box.

City required a bit of world class keeping from Joe Murphy on 14 minutes though when Genseric Kasunga glanced a header from Korey Smith's cross, Murphy doing excellently to beat the ball away with an outstretched palm.

The dangerous deliveries were coming more consistently for City, and none more so that Baker's after 17 minutes which saw both Wilson and Leon Clarke inches from making a connection which would have undoubtedly delivered an opener.

James Tarkowski went close on 22 minutes though when City failed to clear a throw and the midfielder unleashed a shot from the edge of the area that rose over the bar.

The Sky Blues then looked as if they were going to go ahead with 13 minutes of the half to go when a delicate chip over the back four from Leon Clarke found Callum Wilson who outsprinted Kusunga only to be brought down by Oldham 'keeper Mark Oxley who rushed off his line to bring Wilson down as he tried to round him, City fans voicing their disappointment when referee Dean Whitestone only saw fit to book Oxley for the challenge.

With half approaching a close, good link up play between Clarke, Wilson and Chris Dagnall then saw the latter almost get on the scoresheet with a measured through ball from Wilson finding him although good backtracking from Lanzoni stopped him from getting hhis effort on target as it deflected wide.

The opener came with virtually the last kick of the half though and it came against the run of play when a late outswinging corner picked out Clarke-Harris to nod the visitors in front.

For all its intensity and endeavour after the break the opening 15 minutes of the second did not create any chances of note bar a 20 yards effort from Blair Adams which Oxley dealt with comfortably.

It was clear though that Oldham's second half plan was to soak up the pressure as City dominated possession but struggled to break down the visitors in a tightly compacted final third.

The Sky Blues finally got the goal their efforts deserved on 72 minutes though and it came in spectacular fashion.

Christie pumped in an early ball which found Baker whose overhead kick went beyond the reach of Oxley and nestled into the net.

The goal clearly gave City more impetus to drive forward as they kept the momentum in search of a winner.

They came close to one with 11 minutes to go when a lovely passage of one-touch play between Moussa, Clarke and Wilson allowed Clarke to get to the byline and try to poke a finish into the tightest of angles although Oxley did well to make himself big and cover any gaps at his near post.

Oxley was required again with two minutes to go when Baker got around Grounds and fired at goal from 15 yards, the Oldham shotstopper parrying the ball away from danger.

The Latics were always dangerous on the counter attack though as the game entered three minutes of stoppage time, proven when Michael Petrasso broke away and forced a low save out of Murphy to turn the ball around his post.

It was the last action of note of the game though as City settled for a point in the final game of the 2013 half of their League One campaign.

Attendance: 3,347 (524 away) 


Coventry City: Murphy, Christie, Adams, Webster, Seaborne, Baker (c), Fleck (Daniels 67), Thomas, Dagnall (Moussa 67), L Clarke, Wilson
Subs: Burge (GK), Phillips, Willis, Garner, Haynes

Oldham Athletic: Oxley, Brown, Grounds, Kusunga, Tarkowski, Smith (c), Rooney, Clarke-Harris, Winchester (Millar 80), Lanzoni (Mellor 45), Petrasso
Subs: Rachubka (GK), Shmeltz, Byrne, Rodgers, Plummer

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