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Coventry City 2-2 Crawley Town

Steven Pressley
Steven Pressley's Coventry side are without a win in four games

Coventry City missed the chance to pick up a first win in four League One games as Crawley came back from two goals down to draw 2-2 at the Ricoh Arena.

Josh McQuoid gave the hosts the lead on 14 minutes with a close-range finish before Simeon Jackson doubled the advantage with a low 27th-minute shot.

But Crawley turned the game around with two goals in four first-half minutes.

Gwion Edwards scored from outside the area before Izale McLeod was on hand to equalise from 10 yards.

The Sky Blues could have gone ahead after only a minute but John Fleck saw his effort strike the post.

The opening goal came when Jim O'Brien's free-kick was palmed out by Crawley goalkeeper Jamie Ashdown and McQuoid was on hand to capitalise at the second attempt.

Jackson's hard and low finish seemingly put the hosts out of sight but Edwards' 33rd-minute goal came out of the blue.

He picked up the ball on the edge of Coventry's box before curling his shot into the top corner.

Parity was restored when full-back Aaron Phillips opted to head a low ball in the box. That put pressure on City's defence and allowed McLeod to level.

Sky Blues manager Steven Pressley told BBC Coventry & Warwickshire:

"The dressing room is disappointed but with the result, not the performance. These are the games that you must win, but three minutes of madness has cost us.

"I just really feel for the players. Sometimes in football you don't get what you deserve.

"Our pressing was phenomenal at times, we played with so much energy and our transitions were quick, as our second goal proved. Our strikers are key to this domination, and they were brilliant.

"Simeon Jackson gave his best performance since coming here, and Josh McQuoid) worked so hard."

Crawley Town boss John Gregory told BBC Surrey:

"It certainly wasn't an easy game by any stretch of the imagination. The players were determined not to let Coventry back into the game and it showed a great deal of character.

"It wasn't looking very good but I probably started with the wrong shape and we got outplayed in their end of the pitch.

"We will look back at the game and see it as a well-earned point.

"I was probably a little bit disappointed that we didn't win after the equaliser but that is being super critical."

Line-ups

Coventry

Formation 3-5-2

  • 23Allsop
  • 2Willis
  • 4Webster
  • 25Hines
  • 18PhillipsSubstituted forClarkeat 38'minutes
  • 6ThomasBooked at 70minsSubstituted forCoulibalyat 77'minutesBooked at 87mins
  • 7Fleck
  • 11O'Brien
  • 3Pugh
  • 9McQuoidSubstituted forMillerat 86'minutes
  • 12Jackson

Substitutes

  • 1Burge
  • 14Coulibaly
  • 15Miller
  • 16Barton
  • 20Tudgay
  • 24Clarke
  • 27Finch

Crawley

Formation 4-4-2

  • 25Ashdown
  • 2Oyebanjo
  • 26Sadler
  • 5Leacock
  • 12Walsh
  • 7Edwards
  • 20BawlingSubstituted forYoungat 60'minutes
  • 33Elliott
  • 8Smith
  • 9McLeodSubstituted forHarroldat 86'minutes
  • 16KeaneBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 1Jensen
  • 6Bradley
  • 10Wright
  • 14Young
  • 15Banya
  • 18Harrold
  • 21Tomlin
Referee:
Graham Salisbury
Attendance:
7,708

Match Stats

Home TeamCoventryAway TeamCrawley
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home19
Away6
Shots on Target
Home3
Away2
Corners
Home9
Away1
Fouls
Home9
Away16

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Coventry City 2, Crawley Town 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Coventry City 2, Crawley Town 2.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Jamie Ashdown.

  4. Booking

    Keith Keane (Crawley Town) is shown the yellow card.

  5. Post update

    Mohamed Coulibaly (Coventry City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Keith Keane (Crawley Town).

  7. Post update

    Simeon Jackson (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Keith Keane (Crawley Town).

  9. Booking

    Mohamed Coulibaly (Coventry City) is shown the yellow card.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Mohamed Coulibaly (Coventry City).

  11. Post update

    Gwion Edwards (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Coventry City. Shaun Miller replaces Josh McQuoid.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Crawley Town. Matt Harrold replaces Izale McLeod.

  14. Post update

    Sebastian Hines (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Izale McLeod (Crawley Town).

  16. Post update

    Mohamed Coulibaly (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Gwion Edwards (Crawley Town).

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jim O'Brien (Coventry City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

  19. Post update

    Hand ball by Izale McLeod (Crawley Town).

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Josh McQuoid (Coventry City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bristol City1174022101225
2Swindon1063122111121
3Peterborough116231611520
4MK Dons1061325141119
5Preston105412011919
6Chesterfield105321914518
7Bradford115331511418
8Notts County11452127517
9Rochdale115151912716
10Fleetwood11443108216
11Sheff Utd105141516-116
12Oldham113621413115
13Doncaster104241115-414
14Crawley11425814-614
15Coventry113441214-213
16Walsall112631011-112
17Barnsley103341416-212
18Gillingham113351215-312
19Yeovil113351016-612
20Leyton Orient102441113-210
21Colchester112361417-39
22Port Vale112361118-79
23Scunthorpe112181125-147
24Crewe11119829-214
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