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REPORT: Luton Town 1-1 Sky Blues

City and Luton Town share the points.

24 February 2019

Coventry City shared the points with League One leaders Luton Town at Kenilworth Road after Matty Pearson’s goal was cancelled out by Coventry substitute Jordan Shipley.

Pearson headed home just over a quarter of an hour in for the Hatters despite Burge getting a hand to it. Coventry immediately put on the pressure and it could’ve paid off soon after, Bakayoko challenged the keeper after a sloppy back pass and was taken down, however it wasn’t deemed a foul.

The Sky Blues’ pressure finally paid off on the 35-minute mark after a well worked run by Hiwula saw him pull back for Shipley to slot home to make it 1-1.

The opening chance fell to the hosts four minutes in, Andrew Shinnie found space out wide and pulled the ball smartly back for James Collins, but he fired over Lee Burge’s goal. Shinnie created a good chance a couple of minutes later outside the area, however he too blazed over Burge’s net.

Luton kept applying the pressure early on, Shinnie again made space deep into the Sky Blues half, but his effort skidded wide past the far post.

The hosts’ pressure paid off for them in the 16th minute, James Justin’s corner was met by Matty Pearson who headed home to make it 1-0.

As Coventry looked to restore parity, Jordy Hiwula was on the end of a challenge by James Shea, the linesman flagged for a penalty, however referee Ross Joyce overturned it and play resumed at 1-0 with a goal kick.

Amadou Bakayoko went off injured on the 30-minute mark and was replaced by Shipley, after just 5 minutes of being on Jordy Hiwula made space in the area and pulled the ball back for Shipley to calmly place the ball past Shea to make it 1-1.

Luke Thomas had a great chance to send Coventry into the break leading, the winger cut in from the right and found open space on the edge of the area, but could only steer his shot over the bar to send the sides into the break at 1-1.

HT: 1-1.

The Hatters started off well in the second half forcing a couple of early chances, Sonny Bradley came closest to giving the hosts the lead again, but a goal-line clearance by Sky Blues captain Liam Kelly ensured the scored stayed level.

The league leaders continued to press a resilient Coventry defence and Shinnie had another chance for Luton, but well-organised defending saw the chance deflected away for a corner.

With both sides looking to take advantage, the hosts came close as Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu had a great chance inside the area, but dragged his across Burge’s goal.

Mark Robins introduced experienced David Meyler and also Charlie Wakefield in a bid to solidify the midfield and force quick counter attacks. With just over five minutes remaining Dujon Sterling crossed in towards the back post, Dom Hyam rose highest and headed inches wide.

Lee Burge kept the game 1-1 in stoppage time with an excellent save, a free kick on the edge of the area fell kindly to Alan McCormack just yards out, after stabbing towards goal Burge got down well and ensured the game remained level.

FT: 1-1.

Goals: Matty Pearson ’16, Jordan Shipley ’35.

Yellows: Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu ’29, Tom Bayliss ’43, Luke Thomas 59’, Jordan Shipley ’90.

Sky Blues XI: Lee Burge (GK), Dujon Sterling, Jordan Willis, Dom Hyam, Brandon Mason, Liam Kelly (C), Tom Bayliss, Bright Enobakhare (Wakefield '84), Luke Thomas (Meyler '76), Jordy Hiwula, Amadou Bakayoko (Shipley ’30).

Unused subs: Corey Addai (GK), Jack Grimmer, Tom Davies, David Bremang.

Luton Town XI: James Shea (GK), James Justin, Alan McCormack, Sonny Bradley, Matty Pearson, Jack Stacey, Danny Hylton (LuaLua ’77), Andrew Shinnie, Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu, James Collins, George Moncur (Lee ’65).

Unused subs: Harry Isted, Dan Potts, Jason Cummings, George Thorne, Alan Sheehan.

Attendance: 9,810 (819 away)


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