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Sheffield United 2-2 Coventry City

Sheffield United staged a dramatic comeback against Coventry City despite playing most of the game with 10 men.

After Blades forward Jose Baxter was sent off for a foul on Adam Barton, the visitors took advantage through Dominic Samuel's brace.

The Reading loanee evaded Bob Harris to slot home his first, before doubling the lead from Aaron Phillips' cross.

But, with time running out, goals from Michael Doyle and Jamie Murphy earned a point for Nigel Clough's side.

Doyle halved the deficit when he chipped Coventry keeper Jamie Jones from inside the box, and two minutes later Murphy struck low from the edge of the area to level the scores.

Coventry drop into the League One relegation zone, while United remain fifth.

Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough told BBC Radio Sheffield:

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Clough on Blades v Coventry

"To play with 10 men for 80 minutes of the game, to be 2-0 down with 15 minutes to go and to get a point is a remarkable effort by the players.

"We've got no arguments with it [Jose Baxter's red card]. You can't tackle like that these days.

"Anybody who does that apologises. It's cost us two points."

Coventry City manager Steven Pressley told BBC Coventry & Warwickshire:

"For 75 minutes it was a brilliant away performance from us. We passed well and created a number of very good opportunities.

"We showed bravery, we dominated. Obviously, the sending-off is a turning point. We found ourselves 2-0 up and I'm thinking this is a perfect performance.

"Then, when they scored the first goal, we didn't show composure. When you're desperate to win there's a nervousness that sets in.

"The ironic thing is prior to the game, away from home against an in-form side, 2-2 would be a very credible result. But, after our performance for 75 minutes we're disappointed."

Line-ups

Sheff Utd

  • 24Turner
  • 5BrayfordBooked at 86mins
  • 6Basham
  • 19McEveley
  • 3HarrisBooked at 5mins
  • 20Campbell-RyceSubstituted forKennedyat 45'minutes
  • 18CouttsSubstituted forFreemanat 70'minutes
  • 8Doyle
  • 9Murphy
  • 11BaxterBooked at 19mins
  • 14DoneSubstituted forMcNultyat 86'minutes

Substitutes

  • 12McNulty
  • 13Willis
  • 16Davies
  • 22Reed
  • 26Freeman
  • 27Kennedy
  • 29Adams

Coventry

  • 23Jones
  • 18Phillips
  • 22Pennington
  • 21Martin
  • 30StokesSubstituted forHaynesat 73'minutesBooked at 81mins
  • 11O'BrienBooked at 14mins
  • 16BartonBooked at 45minsSubstituted forFinchat 53'minutes
  • 7Fleck
  • 8WilliamsSubstituted forThomasat 59'minutes
  • 20Tudgay
  • 14SamuelBooked at 31mins

Substitutes

  • 1Burge
  • 4Webster
  • 12Jackson
  • 25Turgott
  • 26Haynes
  • 27Finch
  • 37Thomas
Referee:
Darren Drysdale
Attendance:
20,314

Match Stats

Home TeamSheff UtdAway TeamCoventry
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home13
Away16
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home4
Away2
Fouls
Home7
Away17

Live Text

Match ends, Sheffield United 2, Coventry City 2.

Full Time

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

Attempt missed. Michael Doyle (Sheffield United) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Chris Basham (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Matthew Pennington (Coventry City).

Attempt missed. Jack Finch (Coventry City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is just a bit too high.

Attempt blocked. Ryan Haynes (Coventry City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Terry Kennedy (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Dominic Samuel (Coventry City).

Jamie Murphy (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jim O'Brien (Coventry City).

Attempt blocked. Marcus Tudgay (Coventry City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Marc McNulty replaces Matt Done.

Booking

John Brayford (Sheffield United) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by John Brayford (Sheffield United).

Ryan Haynes (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Chris Basham (Sheffield United) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Goal!

Goal! Sheffield United 2, Coventry City 2. Jamie Murphy (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box to the centre of the goal.

Goal!

Goal! Sheffield United 1, Coventry City 2. Michael Doyle (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom left corner.

Attempt missed. Michael Doyle (Sheffield United) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Attempt missed. Chris Basham (Sheffield United) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Coventry City. Ryan Haynes replaces Chris Stokes.

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Chris Stokes.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Kieron Freeman replaces Paul Coutts.

Attempt missed. Marcus Tudgay (Coventry City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Attempt missed. George Thomas (Coventry City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Attempt blocked. Aaron Phillips (Coventry City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

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

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Robert Harris.

Attempt missed. George Thomas (Coventry City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Coventry City. George Thomas replaces Luke Williams.

Substitution

Substitution, Coventry City. Jack Finch replaces Adam Barton.

Attempt missed. Robert Harris (Sheffield United) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt blocked. Paul Coutts (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Chris Basham (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Chris Stokes (Coventry City).

Attempt saved. Robert Harris (Sheffield United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Goal!

Goal! Sheffield United 0, Coventry City 2. Dominic Samuel (Coventry City) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the top left corner.

Second Half

Second Half begins Sheffield United 0, Coventry City 1.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Terry Kennedy replaces Jamal Campbell-Ryce.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bristol City31197558292964
2MK Dons32188666313562
3Swindon31176857342357
4Preston30168646281856
5Sheff Utd3014794335849
6Bradford3012994034645
7Doncaster31129103837145
8Fleetwood32128123233-144
9Oldham311110104144-343
10Chesterfield32119124444042
11Gillingham32119124649-342
12Port Vale32126144145-442
13Rochdale291251251401141
14Walsall311011103333041
15Peterborough32125153843-541
16Scunthorpe30117124346-340
17Notts County31108133339-638
18Barnsley31115154148-738
19Crewe32115163255-2338
20Colchester3297163953-1434
21Coventry31712123243-1133
22Crawley3289153456-2233
23Leyton Orient3188154148-732
24Yeovil3278172547-2229
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