Blackburn 2 – 2 Coventry


Coventry produced a stirring fightback with two goals in six second-half minutes securing a 2-2 draw at Blackburn.

Mark Robins’ men found themselves two goals down at the break as Rovers punished lapses in concentration.

First, Joe Rothwell raced clear of a static defence to dink over the goalkeeper and slot home his first of the season in the 39th minute, a lead which they doubled through Sam Gallagher’s confident finish six minutes later.

Cheered on by almost 4,000 away fans, Coventry roared back and, after Tyler Walker’s smart finish halved the deficit, the visitors deservedly levelled in the 68th minute through the unfortunate Thomas Kaminski’s own goal.

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Liam Kelly celebrates scoring for Coventry

Both sides drop a place but the Sky Blues will be the happiest after the manner of this comeback, especially given their poor away form. It’s the first time they’ve scored more than once on the road, doubling their tally for the season.

Each team traded early efforts, as Ben Sheaf’s curling shot was well scooped away by Kaminski who would have seen the ball late, before Simon Moore brilliantly parried Ryan Nyambe’s goalbound left-foot drive at the other end in the 23rd minute.

The first real quality yielded a goal in the 39th minute when Rothwell passed to Gallagher who flicked inventively beyond the Coventry defence back to Rothwell and he surged beyond the back line before bamboozling Moore with a delicate flick over him and tapped into the empty net.

Rovers doubled the lead six minutes later when Rothwell seized on a poor pass and raced into the box before returning the favour for Gallagher who slotted beyond Moore into the right corner from 12 yards – his fourth of the campaign.

The visitors came out with renewed purpose and, after a frustrating start with lots of possession but few chances, they profited in the 62nd minute from Gallagher losing the ball in midfield.

It was fed to Todd Kane and the former Rovers loanee produced a brilliant low cross that Walker buried at the near post for his second goal this season.

And with the wind in their sails, Coventry equalised six minutes later when Liam Kelly found space 25 yards out and his piledriver cannoned back off the post, but hit the back of goalkeeper Kaminski and rolled over the line.

The frantic end to the game could have gone either way but Coventry were indebted to Michael Rose late on, who made a goal-saving clearance after Moore had made a mess of a Blackburn set piece.

Viktor Gyokeres flashed one just over before Rose again performed heroics, hooking behind when Nyambe looked destined for a late winner.

What the managers said…

Blackburn’s Tony Mowbray: “I thought it was a good game of football. We have to totally respect what Coventry have achieved this season and how good a team they are. They’ve got good individual footballers, we were aware of that, and we were trying to find a way to win the game.

“I think ultimately we shot ourselves in the foot to be honest. I think we got into a position where the game should have been won, and yet some pretty basic errors led to their first goal and then, kicking to their own fans, you’d have to say gave them a lift. Ultimately, we’ve dropped two points. When it went to 2-2, we seemed to get back on the front foot and it looked like there was only one team going to win it. There are plenty of positives. We know they’re a good side, but I do think we are really disappointed that we did not go on and win it.”

Coventry’s Mark Robins: “First half, it was too far away from what we expect and what we’re used to. We were just a little bit reluctant to go and engage, which meant we weren’t in the right positions when we got the ball, so we were giving the ball away too often. Misplaced passes from both teams, but the early stages, and even before the first goal, there wasn’t much between the two teams. They ended up getting a goal which was, from our perspective, really poor.

“And then really after that you expect us to try and be a bit better for the next 10 minutes or so because we’ve spoken about things away from home. We understand we have to be a little bit better. Results have be better and performances have to be better. Second half, we came out and were really brave. To go two down was a real blow because it was a poor goal we gave them. But we know we’re a good side when we believe and in the second half they showed belief and showed some bottle, had a go and it made for a really entertaining second half. I think we really deserved it (the draw).”





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