The FA Cup - Third Round
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Barnsley 1-2 Coventry City

Leon Clarke

Late goals from Franck Moussa and Leon Clarke saw League One Coventry City come from behind to win at Barnsley.

Jim O'Brien put the Championship side in front as he lobbed Joe Murphy and Tomasz Cywka almost doubled the lead with a curling shot that hit the post.

Moussa levelled as he raced through and fired into the top of the net.

And the in-form Clarke put the Sky Blues into the fourth round with just a couple of minutes left as he burst into the box and powered past Luke Steele.

Despite a lacklustre first-half display, the visitors had the first shot on goal as Clarke's volley was well saved by Steele.

After O'Brien opened the scoring following a long ball from Jean-Yves M'voto, Coventry keeper Murphy was soon called into action as he kept out Cywka's 30-yard free-kick with a diving save.

Early in the second half new signing Denzel Slager and Cyrus Christie both struck long-range efforts straight at Steele before Cywka shot wide twice in quick succession and David Perkins tested Murphy from 20 yards.

Clarke almost equalised midway through the second half when his shot clipped the bar after Steele failed to gather the ball from a corner as Coventry began to take control of the game.

Belgian midfielder Moussa finally made the pressure count with 12 minutes to go when he latched on to a ball over the top, outpaced a couple of defenders and finished in the top corner.

Coventry continued to dominate as skipper Carl Baker saw his free-kick deflected over, Clarke headed wide and Christie's shot was well saved.

But Clarke had the final say as he fired his 18th goal of the season into the bottom corner.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM:

Coventry manager Steven Pressley told BBC Coventry & Warwickshire:

"The most important thing for us was that we started believing in ourselves.

"It took us a little bit of time to settle into the game, but in the final 15 minutes of the first half and then in the second half we were terrific.

"We've been behind in the last four games and then go on to win three of them and draw one of them, and that shows the kind of spirit and mentality within the group at this moment in time.

"I am extremely proud of the way we're going about things; it's been a terrific Christmas period for us and the players have worked exceptionally hard.

"I'm delighted for the players, I'm delighted for the support, I'm delighted for everyone connected with the club."

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Line-ups

Barnsley

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1Steele
  • 6Cranie
  • 4Kennedy
  • 8DawsonBooked at 29mins
  • 3Ramage
  • 22Mvoto
  • 7O'Brien
  • 11PerkinsSubstituted forScotlandat 77'minutes
  • 10O'GradySubstituted forPedersenat 66'minutes
  • 21Mellis
  • 19Cywka

Substitutes

  • 5Nyatanga
  • 9Scotland
  • 16Jennings
  • 20Pedersen
  • 23Etuhu
  • 30Dibble
  • 42McCourt

Coventry

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Murphy
  • 2ChristieBooked at 43mins
  • 3Adams
  • 7Fleck
  • 4Webster
  • 19Willis
  • 8Baker
  • 17Daniels
  • 12SlagerSubstituted forBartonat 57'minutes
  • 9ClarkeBooked at 30mins
  • 14MoussaBooked at 32mins

Substitutes

  • 13Burge
  • 16Barton
  • 18Phillips
  • 25Urquhart
  • 30Garner
  • 31Haynes
  • 33Maund
Referee:
Carl Boyeson
Attendance:
7,439

Match Stats

Home TeamBarnsleyAway TeamCoventry
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home12
Away12
Shots on Target
Home4
Away7
Corners
Home2
Away5
Fouls
Home11
Away15

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Barnsley 1, Coventry City 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Barnsley 1, Coventry City 2.

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jacob Mellis (Barnsley) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Adam Barton (Coventry City).

  5. Post update

    Stephen Dawson (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Goal!

    Goal! Barnsley 1, Coventry City 2. Leon Clarke (Coventry City) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by John Fleck.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Cyrus Christie (Coventry City) left footed shot from very close range is close, but misses to the left.

  8. Post update

    Attempt saved. Cyrus Christie (Coventry City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  9. Post update

    Billy Daniels (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Martin Cranie (Barnsley).

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Leon Clarke (Coventry City) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Thomas Kennedy.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Luke Steele.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Carl Baker (Coventry City) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

  15. Post update

    Carl Baker (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Jacob Mellis (Barnsley).

  17. Goal!

    Goal! Barnsley 1, Coventry City 1. Franck Moussa (Coventry City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Carl Baker.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Barnsley. Jason Scotland replaces David Perkins.

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Blair Adams (Coventry City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.