Millwall 3 - 2 Coventry City

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Millwall 3 - 2 Coventry City

Postby dutchman » Sat Aug 13, 2022 5:24 pm

Two goal lead given up and man sent off

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Coventry City gave up a two goal lead and had a man sent off at Millwall where they slipped to a disappointing 3-2 defeat in a thoroughly entertaining game at The Den.

The Sky Blues came flying out of the blocks, getting at their opponents from the first minute and getting themselves ahead in the third when Kyle McFadzean scored with a close range finish from a flicked on header from Matty Godden from a Gus Hamer corner.

Godden then had the ball in the back of the net again two minutes later but his was ruled out for off-side as the Sky Blues terrorised the Lions from the off. But there was no flag in the 28th minute when Jake Bidwell sent in an early cross to the box where the striker stretched to connect with the delivery and wrong-footed the keeper by sending it back across him and inside the side netting to make it 2-0.

City then shot themselves in the foot to concede in the 36th minute when goalkeeper Simon Moore raced out to punch a floated in free-kick, only for centre-back Jake Cooper to get his head on the ball first and send it into an unguarded net to reduce the deficit for the home side.

Millwall then pulled level early in the second half when a Tyler Burey shot thumped the far post and fell kindly to George Honeyman who was first to react to fire home the rebound past the committed Moore to make it 2-2 with 53 minutes on the clock.

The visitors then pressed the self destruct button again when Hamer was shown a second yellow card and sent off in the 67th minute for taking out Burey in his own half as the Millwall player attempted to spark a counter attack, leaving Coventry down to ten men and handing the Lions the upper hand.

And the home side got the winner with five minutes to go when substitute George Saville nipped onto a loose ball in the box and squeezed a shot between McFadzean and Panzo to beat Moore at his far post.

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Re: Millwall 3 - 2 Coventry City

Postby dutchman » Sat Aug 13, 2022 6:37 pm

Millwall come from behind to beat Coventry

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Millwall came from 2-0 down to win a five-goal thriller at The Den - and continue Coventry City's winless start to the new Championship campaign.

City led after just two minutes through Kyle McFadzean, and then doubled their lead on 28 minutes thanks to Matt Godden.

But Jake Cooper got one back for Gary Rowett's Lions nine minutes before the break and George Honeyman levelled seven minutes after the restart.

The Sky Blues then had to play a man short for the final half hour after Gustavo Hamer's red card reduced the visitors to 10 men - and Millwall capitalised when George Saville hit an 85th-minute winner.

Coventry, who drew at Sunderland on the opening day of the season, have had their season badly disrupted since.

Having had last week's opening game called off because of the dubious state of their pitch after too much Commonwealth Games rugby on it, they then switched their midweek Carabao Cup tie to Burton Albion - and lost heavily.

But they made a dream start when McFadzean got on the end of a Hamer corner, flicked on by Godden.

Jake Bidwell then went down the left to set up the second with a deep cross, which Godden got on the end of to steer it back across the face and into the far corner.

But Millwall got one back on 36 minutes from defender Cooper, his first goal since March, after an error from City keeper Simon Moore.

The home side were then level on 53 minutes when first-half sub Tyler Burey's shot was turned on to the post and Honeyman levelled, finding the bottom right corner from close range.

Hamer was then angrily red-carded after being late with a challenge on Burey on 67 minutes, to earn his second yellow.

And Saville completed the turnaround when he curled beyond Moore's reach.

Coventry City boss Mark Robins told BBC CWR:

"We made a good start, got a good goal, had the impetus and then got a second goal which was really well-worked.

"Then we go and shoot ourselves in the foot. Their first goal was a soft one, which turned the crowd back on and put us on the back foot.

"And we have to deal with it better mentally than we did. Then came the red card at 2-2 and, in this heat, it kills you.

[On the Coventry Building Society Arena surface] "The pitch needs sorting out. People need to get round a table quickly and just get it sorted. There's a lot of procrastinating going on."

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