FA Cup Third Round: Bristol Rovers 2 - 2 Coventry City

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FA Cup Third Round: Bristol Rovers 2 - 2 Coventry City

Postby dutchman » Sun Jan 05, 2020 6:36 pm

Post-match reaction as Sky Blues are forced into FA Cup replay

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Coventry City face an FA Cup third round replay after twice coming from behind to draw 2-2 at League One rivals Bristol Rovers.

A catalogue of defensive errors saw the Gas take the lead from former Sky Blues striker Jonson Clarke-Harris from the penalty spot and then concede from a set-piece a minute after Liam Walsh had pulled them level just after the half hour mark.

But City got themselves back on level terms for a second time early in the second half when a Walsh centre was directed into his own net by Craig to set up a return tie at St Andrew’s as Mark Robins’s men ensured they stayed in hat for the fourth round draw.

City started brilliantly with Zain Westbrooke forcing the keeper to tip over the bar from an impressive passage of play straight from the kick-off but the side’s play out from the back policy back-fired minutes later in the fifth when Kyle McFadzean conceded a penalty, allowing former City front man Clarke-Harris to give the Gas the lead.

Mark Robins’s men played some decent football and looked composed going forward, pulling themselves level from a long range hit from Liam Walsh that took a deflection past keeper Jordi Van Stappershoef just past the half hour mark.

But Coventry found themselves trailing barely a minute later when more poor defending allowed centre-back Tony Craig to head home from a free-kick into the area.

The half descended into an ugly affair with fouls and yellow cards racking up as both sets of players began to lose their discipline but Coventry made a bright start to the second half when they re-asserted their authority in terms of possession and attacking play.

That almost paid dividends when Jordan Shipley squared the ball to Matty Godden who was denied by another good save from the keeper before Walsh was instrumental in getting City back on level terms a second time when he hit a cross-cum-shot from the byline and Rovers’ centre-half and skipper Tony Craig stuck out his leg and directed it into his own net with 52 minutes on the clock.

Rovers thumped the post as both sides went for the win, Robins throwing on the lively Callum O’Hare and Jamie Allen in a bid to turn things in City’s favour before Godden was denied by the keeper for a second time in stoppage time.

Attendance: 7,000 (1,802 away)

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