Ben Stevenson scores before being sent off as the Sky Blues are defeated at the Ricoh...
Ten-man Coventry suffered defeat against Milton Keynes Dons after a Ben Stevenson dismissal just after the hour mark.
Ed Upson scored twice, either side of a Stevenson wondergoal, but it was the dismissal of the midfielder that seemingly changed the game.
In tight opening to the game, it was the visitors who had the first sight at goal. Upson lifted a ball over the City backline towards Kieran Agard, the striker seemed to get in behind, but under pressure from Jordan Willis he couldn’t direct his header goalwards.
The Sky Blues began to find their feet and could have taken the lead through Stevenson. Kyel Reid drove at the Dons defence, beating his man before firing the ball across the box. It fell to Jodi Jones and when he laid it off to the midfielder, Stevenson whipped an effort just past the post.
City were beginning to take control of the game, with Gael Bigirimana the latest to go close for the home side. A cross into the box fell towards the midfielder, and on the half volley he smashed a striker just over the bar.
The home side continued to come forward and created another chance after persistent play from Stevenson. He pressed the Dons defence into giving the ball away to Marcus Tudgay. The striker found Jones, but under pressure from the defender he could only scuff an effort wide.
Despite the City pressure, it was the visitors who took the lead. A ball delivered into the City box was headed fantastically into the far corner by Ed Upson, leaving Burge with little chance.
However, the lead didn’t last long as Stevenson scored his second wonder goal of the season to level the scores. Dons ‘keeper Martin mis-kicked his clearance and was duly punished, as the midfielder hit it first time into the top corner from all of 30 yards.
The visitors should have arguably restored their advantage at the beginning of the second half. From a City corner, the Dons countered and a ball over the top seen Daniel Powell clean through. Under pressure from Lewis Page, the forward’s effort clipped off the top of the bar and went out of play.
In what was turning out to be a quiet second half, starved of any real chances since that Powell miss, the Dons’ nearly went ahead from a set piece. A short corner was played into the box, but Joe Walsh could only divert his header over the bar.
The game soon burst into life as Stevenson was shown a straight red card for a challenge on Dean Lewington, and the away side made use of their numerical advantage.
A scramble inside the City box squirmed towards Upson, who calmly took a touch before finding the bottom corner to give the Dons the lead for the second time.
Attendance: 9,640 (772)
Yellow: Jones, Di. Kelly-Evans, Maycock, Aneke.
Coventry City: Burge (GK), Di. Kelly-Evans, Willis (C), Turnbull, Page, Stevenson, Bigirimana, Rose (Maycock 56'), Reid, Jones (Lameiras 78'), Tudgay (McBean 76').
Subs: Charles-Cook (GK), Harries, Gadzhev, Agyei.
Milton Keynes Dons: Martin (GK), Baldock, Lewington (C), Walsh, Upson, Carruthers (Reeves 76') , Potter, Bowditch, Agard (Aneke 85'), Powell (Colclough 68'), Downing.
Subs: Nicholls (GK), G.B Williams, G.C Williams, Hendry.