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Coventry City 1-1 Walsall

By Ged ScottBBC Sport at the Ricoh Arena
Tom Bradshaw
Tom Bradshaw scored his 13th goal of the season against Coventry

Tom Bradshaw struck a neat, late equaliser as Walsall came from behind to sneak a draw against League One promotion rivals Coventry City.

Defender Chris Stokes headed City in front on 34 minutes when he met Adam Armstrong's aerial flick-on from Joe Cole's free-kick on the left.

But Bradshaw got on the end of Rico Henry's left-wing near-post cross to steer home left-footed on the volley.

Walsall were earlier indebted to a string of saves from Neil Etheridge.

But, after Bradshaw's 81st-minute leveller, his 13th goal of the season, it was the home side who were left desperately hanging on in injury time.

Walsall stay third, within two points of top spot, a point ahead of fourth-placed City, who now host leaders Burton at the Ricoh this Saturday.

In a well contested, but largely uninspiring first half, City led at the break after Walsall paid a heavy price for on-loan Manchester City midfielder George Evans' unnecessary free-kick, for a foul on Jacob Murphy.

From Cole's well-floated dead-ball delivery, Armstrong flicked for Stokes to steal in at the far post among a pile of bodies and bravely head home.

City midfielder Jim O'Brien was just wide either side of the break before visiting keeper Etheridge turned away a James Maddison free-kick, then came up with an even better save to deny League One top scorer Armstrong. But, in a superb final 20 minutes, Walsall found enough in the tank to earn a share of the spoils.

The crowds come back to Coventry

City's gate of 15, 671 was their second highest of the season at the Ricoh Arena, bettered only by the Boxing Day game against Port Vale.

It was also higher than the gates for six of the 11 Championship games taking place on Tuesday night.

Sky Blues boss Tony Mowbray told BBC Coventry & Warwickshire:

"For an hour, we've controlled the game. It seemed the team pressing for the goals was us and we had several chances to put the game to bed. If they go in, we take the points I'm sure.

"I think I'm right in saying they've scored with their first shot on target so it's hugely frustrating when we've had numerous chances at the other end. The dressing room is hugely disappointed.

"Give credit to Walsall though. They're a good side who play football really well. And, with the goal they scored, they've showed why they're at the top end of the league."

Walsall manager Sean O'Driscoll told BBC WM 95.6:

"We thoroughly deserved a draw. We showed great character to come back after going in one down at half time. We played fantastically second half, both defensively and with our attacking play.

"It was a well worked goal that got us level. That sort of ball into the box on a wet night is always tough to deal with.

"And our keeper was terrific. He goes under the radar sometimes but he's performed fantastically. There might be times when people say he's made a mistake because he's come for something that he shouldn't have. But, overall, people would prefer that. He's developing into a fine keeper."

Line-ups

Coventry

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 23Charles-Cook
  • 17Phillips
  • 18Ricketts
  • 3Stokes
  • 26Haynes
  • 4Vincelot
  • 7Fleck
  • 11O'BrienSubstituted forFortunéat 83'minutes
  • 14ColeSubstituted forMaddisonat 66'minutes
  • 25Murphy
  • 9Armstrong

Substitutes

  • 1Burge
  • 8Lameiras
  • 10Maddison
  • 19Bigirimana
  • 20Tudgay
  • 22Ramage
  • 32Fortuné

Walsall

Formation 4-1-2-1-2

  • 1Etheridge
  • 4O'Connor
  • 6Downing
  • 27EvansSubstituted forCookat 79'minutes
  • 14Henry
  • 8Mantom
  • 7ChambersBooked at 65mins
  • 22KinsellaSubstituted forDemetriouat 60'minutesBooked at 88mins
  • 10Sawyers
  • 15LalkovicSubstituted forFordeat 60'minutes
  • 9Bradshaw

Substitutes

  • 2Demetriou
  • 3Taylor
  • 12Forde
  • 13MacGillivray
  • 16Preston
  • 18Morris
  • 21Cook
Referee:
Tony Harrington
Attendance:
15,671

Match Stats

Home TeamCoventryAway TeamWalsall
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home11
Away6
Shots on Target
Home2
Away2
Corners
Home9
Away4
Fouls
Home7
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Coventry City 1, Walsall 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Coventry City 1, Walsall 1.

  3. Post update

    Adam Armstrong (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Paul Downing (Walsall).

  5. Post update

    Attempt saved. Paul Downing (Walsall) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  6. Post update

    Rico Henry (Walsall) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Marc-Antoine Fortuné (Coventry City).

  8. Post update

    Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Ryan Haynes.

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jacob Murphy (Coventry City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Jacob Murphy (Coventry City).

  11. Post update

    Adam Chambers (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Booking

    Jason Demetriou (Walsall) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  13. Post update

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

  14. Post update

    Foul by Jason Demetriou (Walsall).

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Coventry City. Marc-Antoine Fortuné replaces Jim O'Brien.

  16. Goal!

    Goal! Coventry City 1, Walsall 1. Tom Bradshaw (Walsall) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Rico Henry with a cross.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Walsall. Jordan Cook replaces George Evans.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by James O'Connor.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by James O'Connor.

  20. Post update

    James Maddison (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Burton24163532191351
2Gillingham26155651321950
3Walsall25147441231849
4Coventry26139447252248
5Wigan26129541271445
6Peterborough25124952381440
7Sheff Utd2510784237537
8Millwall25114103835337
9Southend2510783334-137
10Port Vale2510692927236
11Rochdale259793430434
12Doncaster259793133-234
13Bradford239772426-234
14Bury249693337-433
15Scunthorpe2595112831-332
16Swindon2594123741-431
17Chesterfield2693143643-730
18Barnsley2483133441-727
19Fleetwood2475123234-226
20Shrewsbury2575133142-1126
21Blackpool2574142134-1325
22Oldham2431292638-1221
23Colchester2556143459-2521
24Crewe2455142344-2120
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