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REPORT: Coventry City 1-1 Norwich City

7 October 2023

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REPORT: Coventry City 1-1 Norwich City

7 October 2023

A Ben Gibson own goal earned the Sky Blues a point against Norwich City at the Coventry Building Society Arena.

City fell behind just before half-time when Jonathan Rowe struck for the visitors.

However, late on in the game, Milan van Ewijk’s ball into the box was headed into his own net by Gibson, to earn City a point.

Norwich had the best of the opening few minutes of the game, but they failed to test Ben Wilson, firing over from range with Jonathan Rowe and Gabriel Sara.

Adam Idah was the first to force Wilson into a stop, breaking through and cutting back onto his right, but his strike was straight at Ben, who saved comfortably.

City grew into the game and were looking to find a breakthrough, but they were unable to find an effort on target, with Yasin Ayari firing over from range with 20 minutes on the clock.

Kyle McFadzean ventured forward for a free-kick, and he found himself in space on the edge of the area, unleashing a strike, which Gunn was able to save low down to his left.

A corner taken quickly by Josh Eccles almost created City’s best chance of the game, but a low driven ball across the six-yard box was intercepted by the hands of Angus Gunn.

The visitors were the ones to make the breakthrough five minutes before half-time, when Jonathan Rowe poked home from inside of the area.

HALF-TIME: Sky Blues 0-1 Norwich City

The Sky Blues came out the traps in the second half, pushing for a leveller and they may have had it if it weren’t for Rowe who threw his body in the way of an Ayari strike, after some good work by Tatsuhiro Sakamoto down the right.

City continued to push, enjoying the better of possession during the opening 25 minutes, with shots from distance being blocked.

At the other end, Bobby Thomas made an important block, throwing his body in the way of a Liam Gibbs strike, to prevent the midfielder getting a sight at goal.

Mark Robins made a host of changes with 20 minutes left on the clock and it was one of those men, Matty Godden, who headed the ball down for Josh Eccles and he took a touch before firing the ball towards goal, only to be denied by a Gunn save.

City were on top and Simms had a few shots for range which were blocked, but it was Eccles again with another powerful strike from distance, which needed the finger tips of Gunn to turn it over the bar.

The midfielder was finding himself in the key positions, this time a ball over the top came to Josh, and he cut back, but dragged his shot wide.

The Sky Blues would finally get the equaliser they had been searching for and it came from an unlikely source, as Ben Gibson headed home Milan van Ewijk’s cross into his own net to make it 1-1 with a minute left on the clock.

Milan almost won it for the Sky Blues in injury time, as he battled his way through the Canaries defence, getting his shot away, but it was blocked on it’s way through to goal.

FULL-TIME: Sky Blues 1-1 Norwich City


Attendance: 26,548 (2,885)

Goals: Jonathan Rowe, Ben Gibson OG

Yellows: Jonathan Rowe, Yasin Ayari


Sky Blues Xl: Ben Wilson (GK); Bobby Thomas, Kyle McFadzean (C), Liam Kitching (72’ Latibeaudiere); Tatsuhiro Sakamoto, Jamie Allen (76’ Binks), Josh Eccles, Jay Dasilva (72’ van Ewijk); Yasin Ayari; Ellis Simms, Haji Wright (72’ Godden).

Subs: Brad Collins (GK), Luis Binks, Jake Bidwell, Evan Eghosa, Joel Latibeaudiere, Milan van Ewijk, Matty Godden, Bradley Stretton, Justin Obikwu.

Norwich City Xl: Angus Gunn (GK), Jack Stacey, Ben Gibson, Shane Duffy, Sam McCallum (63’ Giannoulis); Kenny McLean, Liam Gibbs (87’ Batth), Przemysław Płacheta (63’ Springett), Jonathan Rowe (76’ Fassnacht); Gabriel Sara, Adam Idah (76’ Ui-jo).

Subs: George Long (GK), Christian Fassnacht, Danny Batth, Onel Hernández, Adam Forshaw, Dimitris Giannoulis, Hwang Ui-jo, Kellen Fisher, Tony Springett.


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