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Coventry City 2 - 2 Rotherham United

Postby dutchman » Wed Oct 26, 2022 1:10 am

Late penalty earns Coventry draw with Millers

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Viktor Gyokeres' late penalty was not enough to haul Coventry out of the bottom three as they were held by Rotherham.

Left-back Cohen Bramall netted his first Millers goal to put the visitors ahead just before half-time.

Coventry, who controlled much of the game, levelled through Gustavo Hamer - only for Conor Washington to restore Rotherham's lead.

But Gyokeres netted a 90th-minute spot-kick to earn the Sky Blues a point.

The draw keeps Coventry in 22nd place - on goals scored - but with two games in hand on he teams immediately above them, while Rotherham climb a place to 11th.

The visitors, who made five changes to their starting line-up, began brightly with a couple of half-chances for Georgie Kelly, but soon found themselves on the back foot.

Despite the departure of striker Martyn Waghorn, who limped off after just seven minutes, the Sky Blues dominated possession as Viktor Johansson denied Callum Doyle and Jamie Allen.

Lee Peltier's last-ditch challenge then foiled Gyokeres after the striker had beaten Johansson to a through ball, while Kyle McFadzean almost put his side in front, nodding Michael Rose's header across the box fractionally wide.

But it was Rotherham who broke the deadlock two minutes before half-time as Daniel Barlaser's well-timed pass released Bramall on the counter-attack and the full-back burst through to drill his finish beyond the helpless Ben Wilson.

Although Ben Wiles went close to extending the Millers' lead soon after the restart, Coventry continued to apply pressure and Allen and Hamer both came close to bringing them level.

However, they were unable to unlock the stubborn Rotherham defence until the 76th minute, when Kasey Palmer fed the impressive Hamer, whose low shot struck the base of the post on its way in.

Coventry were soon back to square one as Washington darted between two defenders and, although Wilson parried his initial attempt, the Northern Ireland international pounced on the rebound to make it 2-1.

But the hosts gained a late share of the points when Callum O'Hare was bundled over in the box and Gyokeres stepped up to slot away his fifth goal of the campaign.

Coventry manager Mark Robins told BBC CWR:

"We didn't start off brightly enough but that's a consequence of injuries and lots of games in a short period of time.

"We scored a brilliantly worked goal and from there I thought there was only one winner but we got ourselves in a bit of a mess.

"We were scratching our heads thinking how's that happened but in the end we're relieved not to have tasted defeat and it keeps the points ticking."

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Re: Coventry City 2 - 2 Rotherham United

Postby dutchman » Wed Oct 26, 2022 1:12 am

Hamer stands out while Gyokeres and Allen impress

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The player ratings are in after Coventry City's 2-2 draw with Rotherham United at the CBS Arena this evening.

Mark Robins made three changes to the side that beat Stoke City 2-0 on Saturday, with Martyn Waghorn, Callum Doyle and Ben Sheaf coming in to replace the injured Matt Godden, Jonathan Panzo and Kasey Palmer.

The Sky Blues were aiming for four wins on the bounce in the second division for the first time since 2002 after putting together impressive victories against Sheffield United, Stoke and Cardiff City.

It was a fast-paced start with both teams threatening in front of goal in the opening moments. Gustavo Hamer's keen eye for a pass was dialled-in from the early stages as the midfielder found Jamie Allen in the box, who failed to test the goalkeeper as he wriggled round the penalty area.

The attack came at a cost however, with Waghorn going down off the ball before being swiftly replaced by Robins due to the injury. Rotherham continued to mount pressure on the hosts as Gyokeres struggled to hold the ball up against the physical Millers backline, as Robins quickly called upon Palmer to ready himself for an early introduction.

As the first half progressed, so did Coventry's attacking play with Gyokeres being played through on goal just after the 20 minute mark, only to be brought down after a collision with Viktor Johansson. His claim for a penalty was quickly waved away by referee Andy Davies.

The best chance of the opening half for City fell to captain McFadzean, who looked as if he had an easy header at the back post following a well-worked Hamer set piece. He would see his effort sail over the bar with Rotherham bodies left behind him as he trundled back up the pitch.

Coventry looked the most likely to open the scoring in the first 45 minutes, until Palmer gave the ball away with a loose pass in the Rotherham half which triggered a swift counterattack, ending in Cohen Bramall lashing his effort past Ben Wilson to give Matt Taylor's side the lead just before the break. It was a frustrating end to what was a promising half.

Robins uncharacteristically opted to take a seat in the dugout for the opening moments after the break, until his side sparked into life with a quick counterattack spearheaded by the neat link-up play of Allen and Gyokeres. He returned to the touchline to bark his orders as the game passed the hour mark.

Allen remained influential in the game as Coventry pushed for an equaliser. Although as time went on, the calls from the home crowd for Callum O'Hare began to grow. Robins eventually obliged, with the playmaker making his second appearance since returning from injury with 20 minutes to go.

They were changes that had an instant impact after Hamer slotted his effort home just seconds after the triple change to bring Panzo, O'Hare and Kane on. Sadly, it was short lived for the Sky Blues with Conor Washington restoring the lead for Rotherham minutes later, as he tapped his effort home into an open goal.

The game looked to be all but over until O'Hare drove into the box and was brought down by the Rotherham defender, with Gyokeres stepping up and making no mistake in front of goal. Coventry weren't done there, as they went on and pushed for a winner.

Time unfortunately ran out for Robins' men, who were forced to settle for a draw on this occasion.

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