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Coventry City 2-2 Southend United

Coventry City's Reda Johnson
Reda Johnson joined Coventry from Sheffield Wednesday in July 2014

Sam Ricketts denied Southend United their first win of the season after they had come from behind to take the lead at Coventry City.

Reda Johnson volleyed the hosts ahead after Adam Armstrong had a header cleared off the line.

Southend drew level when Noel Hunt headed home Ben Coker's cross before David Mooney's penalty put them ahead.

United keeper Daniel Bentley then kept out Jim O'Brien's spot kick only for Ricketts to nod in the equaliser.

Coventry City manager Tony Mowbray told BBC Coventry & Warwickshire:

"We're all disappointed in the dressing room, especially in the first half. You can't win leagues by playing such open football, although it was probably a good spectacle. We need to play more like we did in the second half.

"Overall they deserve the point. They worked hard enough. They're a decent side. We'll take the point: we've got 10 points from five games and if you can do that over the course of a season that should be good enough for promotion.

"The fans lifted the team in the second half. If we can keep the entertainment high and stop the goals going into our net then hopefully the fans will keep coming. We've got to keep being a decent football team in this league, and to stay at the top end, and to work on the things we need to."

Line-ups

Coventry

  • 1Burge
  • 17Phillips
  • 18Ricketts
  • 5Johnson
  • 3Stokes
  • 4Vincelot
  • 7FleckBooked at 32mins
  • 11O'BrienBooked at 57mins
  • 8LameirasSubstituted forTudgayat 45'minutes
  • 25Murphy
  • 9Armstrong

Substitutes

  • 6Thomas
  • 12Morris
  • 20Tudgay
  • 21Martin
  • 23Charles-Cook
  • 26Haynes
  • 27Thomas

Southend

  • 1Bentley
  • 2WhiteBooked at 66mins
  • 20Rea
  • 26Barrett
  • 3Coker
  • 12AtkinsonBooked at 69minsSubstituted forWordsworthat 80'minutes
  • 8Timlin
  • 18Leonard
  • 7WorrallSubstituted forMcLaughlinat 76'minutes
  • 9MooneyBooked at 50minsSubstituted forWestonat 64'minutes
  • 16HuntBooked at 87mins

Substitutes

  • 4Wordsworth
  • 6Prosser
  • 10Payne
  • 11Weston
  • 13Smith
  • 17McLaughlin
  • 23Pigott
Referee:
Darren Handley
Attendance:
12,967

Match Stats

Home TeamCoventryAway TeamSouthend
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home18
Away13
Shots on Target
Home8
Away6
Corners
Home9
Away3
Fouls
Home11
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Coventry City 2, Southend United 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Coventry City 2, Southend United 2.

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Daniel Bentley.

Attempt saved. Marcus Tudgay (Coventry City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Michael Timlin (Southend United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Jim O'Brien (Coventry City).

Booking

Noel Hunt (Southend United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Sam Ricketts (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Noel Hunt (Southend United).

Attempt missed. Romain Vincelot (Coventry City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the left.

Attempt missed. Ryan Leonard (Southend United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Southend United. Anthony Wordsworth replaces Will Atkinson.

Foul by Reda Johnson (Coventry City).

Adam Barrett (Southend United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Daniel Bentley.

Attempt saved. Jacob Murphy (Coventry City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Adam Barrett.

Attempt blocked. Jim O'Brien (Coventry City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Daniel Bentley.

Attempt saved. Jacob Murphy (Coventry City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Southend United. Stephen McLaughlin replaces David Worrall.

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Sam Ricketts.

Goal!

Goal! Coventry City 2, Southend United 2. Sam Ricketts (Coventry City) header from the left side of the six yard box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Jacob Murphy following a corner.

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by John White.

Foul by Reda Johnson (Coventry City).

Noel Hunt (Southend United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Will Atkinson (Southend United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Jacob Murphy (Coventry City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Will Atkinson (Southend United).

Jacob Murphy (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by John White (Southend United).

Booking

John White (Southend United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Jacob Murphy (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by John White (Southend United).

Substitution

Substitution, Southend United. Myles Weston replaces David Mooney.

Foul by Reda Johnson (Coventry City).

Adam Barrett (Southend United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Glen Rea.

Booking

Jim O'Brien (Coventry City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

David Worrall (Southend United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Walsall5410113813
2Sheff Utd540195412
3Burton540174312
4Gillingham5320103711
5Coventry5311126610
6Rochdale531182610
7Chesterfield531174310
8Swindon52219728
9Fleetwood52129727
10Oldham51404317
11Wigan52124407
12Barnsley521258-37
13Port Vale51316426
14Doncaster513134-16
15Scunthorpe512257-25
16Bradford512247-35
17Bury50411011-14
18Peterborough511359-44
19Millwall5113410-64
20Southend503236-33
21Colchester5032510-53
22Shrewsbury502347-32
23Crewe502359-42
24Blackpool5014312-91
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