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REPORT: Sky Blues 2-2 Blackburn Rovers

Late point salvaged for the Sky Blues...

2 April 2022

Viktor Gyökeres' late heroics secured the Sky Blues a point against Blackburn Rovers at the Coventry Building Society Arena.

A Harry Pickering own-goal gave City an early lead, in what was a solid first-half showing from Mark Robins’ side.

Bradley Dack levelled the tie immediately after the break and Rovers took the lead through Scott Wharton's header.

In the dying embers of the game, the Sky Blues earned themselves a point through Viktor Gyökeres' diving header.

The Sky Blues came racing out the blocks, but were left puzzled when Matty Godden was hauled down by Rovers’ last man, only for the referee, Peter Bankes, to adjudge the situation- no foul.

Godden continued to pester the Rovers backline, picking up the ball deep and sliding through the on-rushing Callum O’Hare, whose drive towards goal was bundled home by Harry Pickering to give the Sky Blues the lead. 

The City skipper nearly doubled the advantage moments later, leaping high to latch onto Gustavo Hamer’s floated cross, sending the ball inches wide of Thomas Kaminski’s net.

Quick instincts from Jake Bidwell, to throw the ball back into play, presented the Sky Blues with their next chance as the play fell to Hamer whose whipped effort left Kaminski scrambling as the ball bounced back off the post. 

Barring a few half chances for the visitors, channelled through Sam Gallagher, City defended resolutely, preserving their lead and clean sheet into the half.

HALF-TIME: Sky Blues 1-0 Blackburn Rovers

Rovers signalled their intent to get back into the game with a high-calibre double change of Bradley Dack and Ben Brereton Diaz.

Dack made an instant impact, swooping low to head home, virtually seconds after the restart.

Tony Mowbray’s side marched forward, looking to capitalise on their dominant spell, this time with the second part of their substitute tandem, Brereton Diaz, firing just wide.

A game of two halves, Rovers went ahead in the latter stages of the game with Scott Wharton heading home Joe Rothwell's corner.

Nearing one hundered minutes on the clock, in late Sky Blues fashion, Gyökeres restled off his man and headed past Kaminski to salvage a late City turn-around.

FULL-TIME: Sky Blues 2-2 Blackburn Rovers

 

Scorers: Harry Pickering (OG, 9’), Bradley Dack (46’), Scott Wharton (80’), Viktor Gyökeres (90+9')

Yellow cards: Jan Paul ven Hecke, Sam Gallagher (49’), Ben Brereton Diaz (64’), John Buckley (67’), Ian Maatsen (76’), Scott Wharton (78’), Viktor Gyökeres (78’)

Attendance: 19,939 (1989 away)

 

Starting Xl: Simon Moore (GK), Fankaty Dabo, Dom Hyam, Michael Rose, Jake Bidwell (Fabio Tavares 89'), Ian Maatsen, Jamie Allen, Gustavo Hamer, Callum O'Hare, Matty Godden (C), Viktor Gyökeres.

Unused Subs: Ben Wilson (GK), Todd Kane, Jordan Shipley, Ben Sheaf, Ryan Howley, Martyn Waghorn.

 

Blackburn Rovers XI: Thomas Kaminski (GK), Joe Rankin-Costello (Bradley Dack 46’), Ryan Nyambe, Jan Paul van Hecke, Scott Wharton, Harry Pickering, Lewis Travis (C), John Buckley (Ryan Hedges 80’), Joe Rothwell, Sam Gallagher, Ryan Giles (Ben Brereton Diaz 46’).

Unused Subs: Ainsley Pears (GK), Bradley Johnson, Tyres Dolan, James Brown.


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