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Coventry City 1-1 Charlton Athletic

Coventry fan
It has been a miserable season for Coventry in League One with low attendances and fan protests throughout

Coventry City were relegated to the fourth tier of English football for the first time in 58 years after drawing at home to fellow strugglers Charlton.

The game was twice delayed in the first 10 minutes when Charlton fans again threw plastic pigs onto the pitch in protest against their club's ownership.

After Nathan Byrne had hit the bar for Charlton, George Thomas fired City ahead from close range on 28 minutes.

But Patrick Bauer headed in to equalise nine minutes into the second half.

Coventry, who were in the Premier League as recently as 2001, now face the prospect of playing fourth-tier football for the first time since 1958-59, when they were promoted in second place after one season in the old Division Four.

In a difficult season on the pitch matched by problems off it, with fans holding a series of protests against the club's owners Sisu, the Sky Blues' descent towards relegation began when they failed to win in their opening 10 games.

After Tony Mowbray's resignation in September, they briefly picked up under caretaker boss Mark Venus before Russell Slade took over in December, but form has improved since Mark Robins became their fourth manager of the season on 7 March, culminating in their EFL Trophy final win over Oxford.

Coventry City pigs
Charlton fans have held a number of protests against owner Roland Duchatelet

Having started the brighter of the two teams, both sides were withdrawn from the field after Addicks fans threw pigs onto the pitch for a second time, before Coventry took the lead when they returned through Thomas's sharp finish.

Jodi Jones had a shot saved just before half-time, while Thomas went close again after the break, but City could not maintain their advantage.

Bauer nodded in from two yards out after the hosts had failed to clear a corner - and that sealed City's fate, while allowing the Addicks to climb to 15th, six points clear of relegation with three games to play.

Coventry have made one new appointment in preparation for next season by bringing in former Southampton, Grimsby Town, Port Vale, Hartlepool United and Macclesfield Town midfielder Tommy Widdrington as head of recruitment.

He inherits the role fulfilled by technical director Mark Venus, who left in the week leading up to City's win at Wembley.

Line-ups

Coventry

  • 1Burge
  • 2WillisSubstituted forFoleyat 73'minutes
  • 4Turnbull
  • 19Rawson
  • 24Haynes
  • 27Thomas
  • 31StevensonBooked at 82mins
  • 5Bigirimana
  • 10JonesBooked at 71minsSubstituted forReidat 76'minutes
  • 8Lameiras
  • 16BeavonSubstituted forThomasat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Stokes
  • 11Reid
  • 12Reilly
  • 14Thomas
  • 20Tudgay
  • 21Foley
  • 23Charles-Cook

Charlton

  • 1Rudd
  • 20Solly
  • 5Bauer
  • 16Pearce
  • 36Dasilva
  • 8CroftsBooked at 60mins
  • 15KonsaSubstituted forForster-Caskeyat 58'minutes
  • 17Ulvestad
  • 21Byrne
  • 9Magennis
  • 11HolmesSubstituted forAriboat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Jackson
  • 7Watt
  • 13Phillips
  • 14Botaka
  • 19Forster-Caskey
  • 32Aribo
  • 50Teixeira
Referee:
Darren Handley
Attendance:
9,479

Match Stats

Home TeamCoventryAway TeamCharlton
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home11
Away9
Shots on Target
Home7
Away4
Corners
Home6
Away5
Fouls
Home13
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Coventry City 1, Charlton Athletic 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Coventry City 1, Charlton Athletic 1.

Attempt missed. Josh Magennis (Charlton Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Chris Solly.

Foul by Gael Bigirimana (Coventry City).

Jake Forster-Caskey (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. George Thomas (Coventry City) right footed shot from very close range is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

Kwame Thomas (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Andrew Crofts (Charlton Athletic).

Attempt saved. Jake Forster-Caskey (Charlton Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Booking

Ben Stevenson (Coventry City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Ben Stevenson (Coventry City).

Fredrik Ulvestad (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Charlton Athletic. Joe Aribo replaces Ricky Holmes.

Foul by Kevin Foley (Coventry City).

Josh Magennis (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Nathan Byrne (Charlton Athletic) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Coventry City. Kyel Reid replaces Jodi Jones.

Attempt saved. Josh Magennis (Charlton Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Coventry City. Kevin Foley replaces Jordan Willis.

Kwame Thomas (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Patrick Bauer (Charlton Athletic).

Booking

Jodi Jones (Coventry City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Jodi Jones (Coventry City).

Jake Forster-Caskey (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Corner, Charlton Athletic. Conceded by Farrend Rawson.

Attempt saved. George Thomas (Coventry City) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Foul by Kwame Thomas (Coventry City).

Jason Pearce (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. George Thomas (Coventry City) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Attempt saved. Jodi Jones (Coventry City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Ben Stevenson (Coventry City) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Chris Solly.

Foul by Josh Magennis (Charlton Athletic).

Jordan Turnbull (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Andrew Crofts (Charlton Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Andrew Crofts (Charlton Athletic).

Ruben Lameiras (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Charlton Athletic. Jake Forster-Caskey replaces Ezri Konsa Ngoyo.

Goal!

Goal! Coventry City 1, Charlton Athletic 1. Patrick Bauer (Charlton Athletic) header from very close range to the top left corner. Assisted by Josh Magennis following a corner.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sheff Utd432710683453891
2Bolton422310963352879
3Fleetwood4321121060411975
4Bradford431918658391975
5Scunthorpe4321101272512173
6Millwall4319131162501270
7Southend4319121268501869
8Rochdale431810156760764
9Bristol Rovers431712146262063
10Oxford Utd43179175852660
11Peterborough431610175857158
12MK Dons431413165453155
13Wimbledon431316145252055
14Walsall421316134952-355
15Charlton431118145252051
16Northampton43149205969-1051
17Gillingham431213185773-1649
18Oldham421115162942-1348
19Shrewsbury431211204460-1647
20Bury431210215872-1446
21Port Vale421112194466-2245
22Swindon431111214360-1744
23Chesterfield43910243970-3137
24Coventry43812233563-2836
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