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REPORT: Sky Blues 1-1 Blackpool

Points are shared at the Coventry Building Society Arena...

8 February 2022

The points were shared at the Coventry Building Society Arena, as City and Blackpool played out a score draw.

Gary Madine had given the visitors the lead midway through the first half, but that was ruled out by Viktor Gyokeres as he found the back of the net just before half-time.

City pushed for a winner in the second 45, but ultimately the Blackpool backline stayed resolute and Mark Robins side had to settle for a point.

The Sky Blues started the game on the front foot and applied the pressure within the opening minute of the game, with a string of balls into the box being cleared, before the ball eventually fell to Gustavo Hamer, but his shot from distance came off Viktor Gyokeres and behind for a goal kick.

At the other end, it was Kenny Dougall who had the Tangerines first chance, but the midfielder’s effort whistled past the post.

A frantic opening five minutes saw City again look to stretch the Blackpool back line and another ball into the box fell to Hamer around 25-yards out, but his shot skimmed off the top of the bar.

Hamer and Dougall were enjoying the games chances and it was Dougall who had another shot, this time inside of the area, but he couldn’t get past Ben Sheaf and his shot was well wide.

Ian Maatsen would come closer to opening the scoring in the game, as he looked for a trademark strike from the edge of the area, but he couldn’t find the target.

Simon Moore was called into action for the first time on the evening as he had to be alert to make sure Josh Bowler’s run on goal didn’t end up with the Blackpool striker finding the back of the net, as his shot was tame.

Neil Critchley’s side did however take the lead and it came on the counter-attack and the move was eventually finished off by former Coventry man, Gary Madine.

The Sky Blues thought they should have had a penalty just after the half hour mark, when Jordan Shipley’s shot clearly came off the arm of Dujon Sterling, but Andre Marriner waved it away.

City thought they had found an equaliser and Gyokeres thought he had a 12th goal of the season, but he was flagged by the linesman for offside.

But the Swede would get his goal and it came from a superb punt forward from Simon Moore who picked out the run of Gyokeres and beat Sterling and cut inside and slotted the ball past Grimshaw to bring us level just before the break.

And, City could have been in front, firstly Jordan Shipley’s ball into the box was met by Callum O’Hare, who’s shot went behind for a corner, which ended with Ian Maatsen picking out Michael Rose, but his header was saved by Grimshaw.

HALF-TIME: Sky Blues 1-1 Blackpool

It was City who started the second half the brighter of the two sides and they had the halves opening chances, firstly when Hamer had a free-kick from range saved by Grimshaw.

Moments later, Viktor Gyokeres saw his shot deflected behind for a corner, which Todd Kane would take and pick out Rose in the area, but his header was held onto again by Grimshaw.

Madine would have Blackpool’s first opportunity of the half, when he brought the ball down well and forced Moore into a good save low down to his left.

The former City man was involved in his sides next chance, as he was on the end of Dujon Sterling’s ball into the box, but he couldn’t steer his effort on target.

Gyokeres, who caused the Blackpool back four problems all night, continued to torment their backline and this time his shot from the right-hand-side was deflected, when it looked to be heading for goal.

Martyn Waghorn was introduced into the game just after the hour mark and he had a chance to find a winner from the edge of the area, but his free-kick was wide of goal.

City would have one more chance to win it, when Hamer lined-up a shot from distance, but his effort went behind for a corner.

From the resulting corner, City were camped in the Blackpol half and it would be Hamer again, this time playing a one-two with O’Hare but ultimately his final effort went over the bar.

FULL-TIME: Sky Blues 1-1 Blackpool


Attendance: 15,752 (814 away supporters)

Referee: Andre Marriner         

Yellows: Ben Sheaf, Dom Hyam, Jake Clarke-Salter, Gustavo Hamer; Reece James

Goalscorers: Gary Madine 25’, Viktor Gyokeres 42’


Sky Blues Xl: Simon Moore (GK), Todd Kane (65’ Bidwell), Michael Rose, Dom Hyam (C), Jake Clarke-Salter, Ian Maatsen, Jordan Shipley (65’ Waghorn), Ben Sheaf, Gustavo Hamer, Callum O'Hare, Viktor Gyokeres.

Unused Subs: Ben Wilson (GK), Kyle McFadzean, Jamie Allen, Jodi Jones, Fabio Tavares.


Blackpool Xl: Daniel Grimshaw (GK), Dujon Sterling, Richard Keogh (64’ Thorniley), Marvin Ekpiteta, Reece James (70’ Connolly), Kenny Dougall, Ethan Robosn, Josh Bowler, Owen Dale, Jerry Yates, Gary Madine.

Unused Subs: Stuart Moore (GK), Kevin Stewart, Shayne Lavery, Charlie Kirk, Jake Beesley.

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