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REPORT: Sky Blues 2-2 Watford

Sky Blues fight back to share the points...

10 April 2023

The Sky Blues came from two goals behind to earn a 2-2 draw against Watford at the Coventry Building Society Arena

Goals at either side of the first half saw the Sky Blues behind at the break, despite a period of fight back in between the Watford strikes.

A rejuvinated City side burst out the traps after the restart and blitzed the Hornets to get two goals back and earn a point from behind.

Matty Godden had the first chance of the game but Hornets’ skipper Joao Pedro’s strike was more clinical down the other end to give his side an early lead.

A neat Sky Blues attack saw the ball land a the feet of Gustavo Hamer, who fired goal-bound to force a save from his namesake, Ben Hamer, as the Mark Robins' side looked to respond.

Josh Wilson-Esbrand drove down the left flank, moments later, and found Josh Eccles who opened up and tested his luck from distance, but his effort flew high of the mark.

Wilson-Esbrand ventured forward twice more before the half and came close on both occasions, but, again for City, wide of the target.

Despite the Sky Blues’ spell on top since going behind, it was the visitors that grabbed the game’s next goal when Imran Louza let fire into the bottom corner for two.

HALF-TIME: Sky Blues 0-2 Watford

The Sky Blues came close to pulling a goal back before the hour mark when Eccles’ pin-point pass found Ben Sheaf, who fired wide with a weak-footed effort.

City got their reward soon after as Godden’s crafty finish puzzled the Watford keeper and found its way into the back of the net.

A second in quick succession nearly followed for the Sky Blues as Hamer stole the ball up high, but his strike was cleared away from danger. A sign of City’s urgency, nonetheless.

Wilson-Esbrand’s wicked delivery from a short corner found an unmarked Sheaf in the box who looked certain ton score, but his header agonisingly sailed over the bar.

From agony to elation, however, as Sheaf arrived at the back post, this time from Callum Doyle’s cross, and swept home for the equaliser.

The Sky Blues searched for a winner and came close to stealing the game with chances to Sheaf and Godden.

In the end, the scores remained level as the two sides shared the points.

FULL-TIME: Sky Blues  2-2 Watford


Scorers: Joao Pedro (6’), Imran Louza (45’), Matty Godden (58’), Ben Sheaf (73’)

Yellow cards: Kyle McFadzean (13’), Hamza Choudhury (35’), Josh Eccles (45’), Luke McNally (45’), Ryan Andrews (55’), Ryan Porteou, Imran Louza (63’), Wesley Hoedt (88')

Attendance: 21,112 (1,996 away)


Sky Blues XI: Ben Wilson (GK); Brooke Norton-Cuffy, Luke McNally, Kyle McFadzean (C), Callum Doyle, Josh Wilson-Esbrand; Gustavo Hamer, Ben Sheaf, Josh Eccles; Matty Godden, Viktor Gyökeres.

Unused subs: Cian Tyler (GK); Jonathan Panzo, Fankaty Dabo, Jake Bidwell, Ryan Howley, Sean Maguire, Tyler Walker.


Watford XI: Ben Hamer (GK); Hamza Choudhury, Imran Louza, Joao Pedro (C), Hassane Kamara, Ryan Porteous, Ismaila Sarr, Leandro Bacuna, Britt Assombalonga (Henrique Araujo 12’) , Wesley Hoedt, Ryan Andrews (Craig Cathcart 72’).

Unused subs: Myles Roberts (GK), Ken Sema, Ismael Kone, Craig Cathcart, Yasser Asprilla, Christian Kabasele.

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