Play-off chasing Coventry City hit two late goals to earn a draw against Colchester United in new boss Steven Pressley's first home game as manager.

Gavin Massey gave the visitors a half-time lead from 12 yards, before Michael Smith doubled their advantage, calmly slotting under keeper Joe Murphy.

Substitute Callum Wilson reduced the deficit with a great run and finish - his first goal for the club.

Carl Baker then fired home a free-kick in injury time to earn a point.

Despite ending their run of four successive home defeats, Coventry have fallen six points off the pace in the race to make the play-offs, while Colchester are four points above the relegation zone.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Sky Blues manager Steven Pressley told BBC Coventry & Warwickshire:

"It was a game we dominated for long periods. We were excellent at times and created numerous opportunities.

"After dominating for long periods we found ourselves 2-0 down, which was quite incredible. But the players' response to that was magnificent.

"We showed a never-say-die attitude and that's what I want to create at this football club, that type of spirit."

Sky Blues striker Callum Wilson on his first goal for the club:

"Being from Coventry I'm just buzzing to get on the scoresheet. I just wanted to get on the pitch really, I didn't imagine myself scoring. All I want to do is get a goal and help the team get a result."

Colchester United manager Joe Dunne told BBC Essex:

"We were comfortable. Coventry got booed off at half-time and we were under threat, but we were dealing with it ever so well.

"We've made two clinical mistakes. We've given the ball away in a poor position and then we've given a silly free-kick away in stoppage time.

"We take the point and move on, it could have been worse, we could have lost.

"People will say 'that's two points dropped', but not necessarily because we haven't got time to feel sorry for ourselves."

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Tuesday, 12 March 2013

League One

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Coventry 2-2 Colchester FT
(HT 0-1)
  • Wilson 77
  • Baker 90+2
  • Massey 39
  • Smith 72

Coventry

  • 01 Murphy
  • 03 Dickinson
  • 21 Christie
  • 25 Edjenguele
  • 35 Martin
  • 08 Baker
  • 12 Jennings yellow card
  • 32 Moussa (Wilson 73)
  • 38 Bailey
  • 09 McDonald
  • 11 McSheffrey (Fleck 73)

Substitutes

  • 13 Dunn,
  • 26 Willis,
  • 31 Stewart,
  • 04 Thomas,
  • 07 Bell,
  • 10 Fleck,
  • 20 Wilson

Colchester

  • 44 Walker
  • 03 Garmston (White 89)
  • 04 Okuonghae
  • 20 Wilson
  • 40 Thompson
  • 41 Clifford
  • 14 Bond
  • 39 Porter
  • 09 Morrison (Compton 84)
  • 21 Massey
  • 22 Smith (Ladapo 79)

Substitutes

  • 01 Cousins,
  • 02 Wright,
  • 06 Heath,
  • 25 White,
  • 15 Bean,
  • 19 Ladapo,
  • 33 Compton
Ref: Stephen MartinAtt: 9,431
COVENTRY
COLCHESTER

Possession

  • Coventry 50%
  • Colchester 50%

Attempts on target

  • Coventry 10
  • Colchester 8

Attempts off target

  • Coventry 10
  • Colchester 2

Corners

  • Coventry 10
  • Colchester 7

Fouls

  • Coventry 8
  • Colchester 5
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+5:25 The referee signals the end of the game.
  • 90:00+4:53 Effort on goal by Carl Baker from inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the bar.
  • 90:00+4:07 James Bailey crosses the ball, blocked by Andy Bond. Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Carl Baker.
  • 90:00+1:51 GOAL - Carl BakerCoventry 2 - 2 Colchester Carl Baker finds the net with a goal direct from the free kick from just outside the penalty box to the top left corner of the goal. Coventry 2-2 Colchester.
  • 90:00+1:03 Jack Compton concedes a free kick for a foul on James Bailey.
  • 90:00+0:32 Carl Baker takes a inswinging corner.
  • 89:57 Inswinging corner taken by Carl Baker from the right by-line played to the near post.
  • 88:45 Substitution John White replaces Bradley Garmston.
  • 86:51 Cyrus Christie fouled by Freddie Ladapo, the ref awards a free kick. Cyrus Christie takes the free kick.
  • 86:06 Free kick taken by Sam Walker.
  • 86:06 Booking Steven Jennings receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.
  • 85:18 Steven Jennings challenges Jack Compton unfairly and gives away a free kick.
  • 83:16 Substitution (Colchester) makes a substitution, with Jack Compton coming on for Clinton Morrison.
  • 82:22 Callum Wilson takes a shot. Blocked by Josh Thompson. Inswinging corner taken by Carl Baker.
  • 80:27 Aaron Martin has an effort at goal from long distance that misses to the right of the goal.
  • 79:17 Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Carl Baker.
  • 78:28 Carl Baker takes a shot. Blocked by Brian Wilson. Corner taken by Carl Baker from the left by-line, clearance by Magnus Okuonghae.
  • 78:03 Substitution Freddie Ladapo is brought on as a substitute for Michael Smith.
  • 76:51 GOAL - Callum WilsonCoventry 1 - 2 Colchester Callum Wilson fires in a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Coventry 1-2 Colchester.
  • 75:28 Billy Clifford takes the floated corner, Magnus Okuonghae takes a shot. Save by Joe Murphy.
  • 74:22 Corner taken right-footed by Billy Clifford from the right by-line, Magnus Okuonghae takes a shot. Carl Baker manages to make a clearance.
  • 73:19 Foul by Michael Smith on Carl Dickinson, free kick awarded. Carl Dickinson takes the direct free kick.
  • 72:13 Substitution Callum Wilson comes on in place of Franck Moussa.
  • 72:01 Substitution Gary McSheffrey leaves the field to be replaced by John Fleck.
  • 71:03 Assist on the goal came from Clinton Morrison.
  • 71:03 GOAL - Michael SmithCoventry 0 - 2 Colchester Michael Smith finds the back of the net with a goal from deep inside the penalty box low into the middle of the goal. Coventry 0-2 Colchester.
  • 70:45 The ball is crossed by Billy Clifford, Aaron Martin makes a clearance.
  • 69:57 Michael Smith takes a shot. Blocked by Aaron Martin. Corner taken by Billy Clifford from the right by-line, clearance by Aaron Martin.
  • 68:47 Free kick awarded for a foul by Carl Dickinson on Clinton Morrison. The ball is swung over by Billy Clifford, Magnus Okuonghae takes a shot. Save by Joe Murphy.
  • 68:13 Andy Bond fouled by Gary McSheffrey, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Brian Wilson.
  • 66:47 James Bailey is penalised for a handball. Free kick taken by Brian Wilson.
  • 66:33 A cross is delivered by Carl Dickinson, blocked by Andy Bond.
  • 65:35 The offside flag is raised against Gary McSheffrey. Indirect free kick taken by Sam Walker.
  • 64:29 The ball is swung over by Carl Baker, Josh Thompson manages to make a clearance.
  • 63:41 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Carl Baker from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Gavin Massey.
  • 63:32 Carl Dickinson sends in a cross, clearance made by Josh Thompson.
  • 62:53 Michael Smith is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Aaron Martin.
  • 62:04 Effort from deep inside the area by Carl Dickinson misses to the right of the target.
  • 60:34 Effort on goal by Michael Smith from just inside the penalty box goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 59:42 Cody McDonald challenges George Porter unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Sam Walker.
  • 59:08 Inswinging corner taken by Carl Baker from the left by-line, save by Sam Walker.
  • 58:49 Gary McSheffrey takes a shot. Sam Walker makes a save.
  • 58:20 Carl Baker takes a shot. Magnus Okuonghae gets a block in.
  • 57:38 A cross is delivered by Carl Baker, clearance by Magnus Okuonghae.
  • 56:17 Shot on goal by Carl Baker from just inside the area clears the crossbar.
  • 53:44 James Bailey takes a shot. Save made by Sam Walker.
  • 52:31 Shot from just outside the box by Franck Moussa misses to the left of the target.
  • 51:16 The ball is swung over by James Bailey, clearance made by Magnus Okuonghae.
  • 50:59 Carl Baker sends in a cross, clearance made by Josh Thompson.
  • 49:42 The assistant referee signals for offside against Michael Smith. Free kick taken by Steven Jennings.
  • 48:34 The ball is swung over by George Porter, clearance by Aaron Martin.
  • 47:32 Foul by Michael Smith on William Edjenguele, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Carl Dickinson.
  • 45:01 The second half has started.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+1:06 The first half comes to an end.
  • 42:22 The official flags Cody McDonald offside. Sam Walker takes the indirect free kick.
  • 38:58 GOAL - Gavin MasseyCoventry 0 - 1 Colchester Gavin Massey finds the back of the net with a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Coventry 0-1 Colchester.
  • 38:10 The assistant referee flags for offside against Michael Smith. Steven Jennings restarts play with the free kick.
  • 37:31 Cyrus Christie sends in a cross, Brian Wilson makes a clearance.
  • 35:49 George Porter fouled by Carl Dickinson, the ref awards a free kick. Bradley Garmston delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel, Aaron Martin makes a clearance.
  • 32:55 The assistant referee flags for offside against George Porter. Indirect free kick taken by Carl Dickinson.
  • 32:05 The ball is sent over by Cyrus Christie, clearance by Magnus Okuonghae.
  • 28:21 The ball is delivered by Gary McSheffrey, blocked by Brian Wilson.
  • 28:04 Cyrus Christie sends in a cross, Gavin Massey manages to make a clearance.
  • 26:11 Carl Dickinson crosses the ball, clearance made by Josh Thompson.
  • 24:31 Foul by Steven Jennings on Clinton Morrison, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Brian Wilson.
  • 23:22 A cross is delivered by Franck Moussa, Brian Wilson gets a block in. Carl Baker takes the inswinging corner, Headed effort from deep inside the area by William Edjenguele misses to the left of the goal.
  • 22:11 Gavin Massey takes a shot. Save by Joe Murphy. Corner taken by Billy Clifford from the left by-line.
  • 21:26 Billy Clifford takes a shot from 20 yards. Save by Joe Murphy. Billy Clifford takes a floated corner from the right by-line played to the near post.
  • 21:12 A cross is delivered by Cyrus Christie.
  • 20:41 Franck Moussa takes a shot. Save by Sam Walker.
  • 20:01 The ball is sent over by Bradley Garmston, blocked by Carl Baker. Billy Clifford takes a floated corner.
  • 19:47 The ball is delivered by Michael Smith.
  • 18:07 The ball is swung over by Cyrus Christie, Josh Thompson makes a clearance.
  • 17:53 Franck Moussa sends in a cross, Josh Thompson manages to make a clearance.
  • 17:39 Foul by Bradley Garmston on Carl Baker, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Carl Baker.
  • 15:51 Carl Dickinson concedes a free kick for a foul on George Porter. Bradley Garmston crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel, save by Joe Murphy.
  • Correction - 13:41 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gavin Massey by Cyrus Christie. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Billy Clifford from left wing.
  • 13:41 Unfair challenge on Gavin Massey by Cyrus Christie results in a free kick. Billy Clifford crosses the ball in from the free kick.
  • 11:52 Effort from inside the area by Cody McDonald misses to the right of the target.
  • 10:01 Bradley Garmston takes a shot. Comfortable save by Joe Murphy.
  • 8:51 James Bailey produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the target.
  • Correction - 8:25 Cody McDonald produces a right-footed shot from inside the area and hits the post.
  • 8:25 Effort from inside the box by Steven Jennings strikes the post.
  • 7:26 The ball is swung over by Bradley Garmston, save by Joe Murphy. Floated corner taken right-footed by Billy Clifford from the left by-line.
  • Correction - 5:33 Aaron Martin has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.
  • 5:33 Effort from deep inside the area by William Edjenguele misses to the left of the goal.
  • 5:10 Corner taken by Carl Baker played to the near post, Clinton Morrison manages to make a clearance.
  • 4:36 Franck Moussa takes a shot. Save by Sam Walker.
  • 2:43 Carl Baker takes a shot. Save by Sam Walker.
  • 0:44 The offside flag is raised against Cyrus Christie. Indirect free kick taken by Sam Walker.
  • 0:00 The ref blows the whistle to start the match.

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