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Blackburn Rovers 0-0 Coventry City: ten-man Sky Blues deny hosts crucial win

Written by on April 28, 2024

Blackburn hammered away at the Coventry goal after the visitors were reduced to ten men

Blackburn failed to achieve the win which would have made certain of their place in the Championship next season despite Coventry being reduced to 10-men for the last half-hour.

Liam Kitching was sent off for a professional foul on Sam Gallagher as the Rovers striker was about to go clear of the defence.

Blackburn earlier had manager John Eustace red-carded following a scuffle with Kasey Palmer as the Sky Blues player went to retrieve a ball.

Results elsewhere meant a Blackburn winner would have made them safe ahead of next week’s final day, but Tyrhys Dolan hit the post as Coventry held on for a point.

The draw means Blackburn face a nervous last-day fixture at promoted Leicester, needing a point to be safe.

Failure to get a result at the King Power Stadium would mean they have to rely on Sheffield Wednesday losing and Birmingham and Plymouth not winning their final games.

Blackburn are on a dreadful run at Ewood Park, with just one win in their last 11, and they were hoping to improve that against a Coventry side still reeling from a tiring and emotional week.

The Sky Blues were dramatically denied a place in the FA Cup final by a penalty shoot-out defeat by Manchester United last weekend and then saw their play-off hopes disappear with a home loss to Hull in midweek.

Rovers made most of the running, but Sammie Szmodics failed to add to his remarkable 31-goal tally for the season and Coventry keeper Brad Collins did well to save a Dolan shot, the best chance of the first half.

The game heated up five minutes into the second half as Eustace, trying to get the ball off Palmer, was shown a red card, the Coventry player receiving a yellow for his part in the scuffle.

Liam Kelly hit the post for Coventry but minutes later Kitching was dismissed and that signalled an all-out assault on the Coventry goal.

Szmodics curled a shot just wide, Dolan hit the post and had a loud penalty appeal after going down in the box, and Yasin Ayari and Andrew Moran both went agonisingly close.

Blackburn assistant boss Keith Downing told BBC Radio Lancashire:

“Overall we’re disappointed because we had 30 attempts on goal and that final touch was elusive all afternoon, but the attitude of the players to create those chances (was good). Credit to Coventry as well, there were 10 blocks in that.

“It was a bounce-back game for us because last week was disappointing. We wanted a response and we got that, it was just the final-third quality that eluded us.

“People underestimate what Coventry have been through this week with the semi-final and the Wednesday night game but they still put some good players out on the pitch and are always a threat. We nullified them very, very well.”

Coventry manager Mark Robins told BBC Radio CWR:

“It was frustrating because we were lacking energy a little bit and the one thing you don’t need is to lose a man and go down to 10 men, and that’s what happened.

“They were nervy and if we had started really brightly on the front foot, the outcome is different, but such is where we are at in terms of energy levels and availability of players.

“When we went down to 10 men we worked our socks off to keep the clean sheet, and we needed one, we’ve been conceding too many goals lately, so that’s a good starting point for the final two games of the season.

Line-ups

Blackburn

Formation 3-4-1-2

  • 1Pears
  • 17Carter
  • 55McFadzean
  • 5Hyam
  • 2Brittain
  • 6Tronstad
  • 11Rankin-CostelloSubstituted forAyariat 63′minutes
  • 3PickeringSubstituted forChriseneat 73′minutes
  • 8Szmodics
  • 9Gallagher
  • 10DolanSubstituted forMoranat 88′minutes

Substitutes

  • 12Wahlstedt
  • 14Koumetio
  • 18Markanday
  • 21Buckley
  • 24Moran
  • 30Garrett
  • 33Telalovic
  • 44Ayari
  • 45Chrisene

Coventry

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 40Collins
  • 27van Ewijk
  • 4Thomas
  • 15KitchingBooked at 62mins
  • 3Dasilva
  • 10O’HareSubstituted forBidwellat 86′minutes
  • 6Kelly
  • 28EcclesSubstituted forAllenat 72′minutes
  • 11WrightSubstituted forDauschat 86′minutes
  • 45PalmerBooked at 50minsSubstituted forLatibeaudiereat 65′minutes
  • 9SimmsSubstituted forGoddenat 72′minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Allen
  • 13Wilson
  • 21Bidwell
  • 22Latibeaudiere
  • 24Godden
  • 41Lusala
  • 48Bell
  • 54Andrews
  • 59Dausch
Referee:
Anthony Backhouse
Attendance:
20,026

Live Text

  1. Match ends, Blackburn Rovers 0, Coventry City 0.

  2. Second Half ends, Blackburn Rovers 0, Coventry City 0.

  3. Attempt missed. Sam Gallagher (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Sammie Szmodics.

  4. Attempt blocked. Sammie Szmodics (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Yasin Ayari.

  5. Attempt saved. Kyle McFadzean (Blackburn Rovers) header from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Callum Brittain with a cross.

  6. Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Bradley Collins.

  7. Attempt saved. Andrew Moran (Blackburn Rovers) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ben Chrisene with a cross.

  8. Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Jake Bidwell.

  9. Foul by Aidan Dausch (Coventry City).

  10. Kyle McFadzean (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Offside, Blackburn Rovers. Sammie Szmodics is caught offside.

  12. Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Andrew Moran replaces Tyrhys Dolan.

  13. Attempt missed. Yasin Ayari (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Callum Brittain following a corner.

  14. Attempt blocked. Callum Brittain (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Yasin Ayari.

  15. Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Milan van Ewijk.

  16. Substitution, Coventry City. Aidan Dausch replaces Haji Wright.

  17. Substitution, Coventry City. Jake Bidwell replaces Callum O’Hare.

  18. Milan van Ewijk (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Foul by Ben Chrisene (Blackburn Rovers).

  20. Bobby Thomas (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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