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ON THIS DAY: Stuart Pearce converts a spot kick to keep City's top flight dream alive

17 May 2016

On this day in the Sky Blue history books, Stuart Pearce kept City hopes of Division One survival alive with a penalty kick against Stoke...

Friday 17th May 1985: The Sky Blues needed to win their three remaining league fixtures to stay within the top flight. 

Stuart Pearce's 66th-minute penalty handed lifeline number one against a Stoke team who lost 31 out of their 42 league games that season.

Referee, Neil Midgley awarded Stoke an 84th minute penalty on that day, and up stepped future City striker Ian Painter, who incidentally smashed his spot-kick against the crossbar as the game finished 1-0 to City. 

Coventry went on to secure their survival with a 1-0 win over Luton Town and a 4-1 win over Everton.

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