Saturday March 10, 2012 Day 36 Finished Ricoh Arena

Coventry City 1 - 1 Birmingham City

  • McSheffrey 70’
  • King 72’

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    King denies Coventry victory

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  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Coventry City
    • Birmingham City
    • 90+7' The full-time whistle goes at the Ricoh Arena, and it has ended 1-1 between Coventry and 10-man Birmingham after Marlon King cancelled out Gary McSheffrey's opener! Jordan Mutch was sent off late on for an elbow on Alex Nimely, but both sides are relatively content with a point. Thanks for joining us.
    • 90+6' Zigic almost gets on the end of a deep cross from Burke, and that could have been curtains for Coventry in this match!
    • 90+4' Myhill just about manages to gather a loose ball as Nimely challenges with him, and Platt also puts him under pressure!
    • 90+3' Wade Elliott comes on to replace King, and he gets a very mixed reception from the Coventry fans - lots of boos and a few claps.
    • 90+1' The first of SEVEN minutes of added time see Birmingham in possession, and Coventry need to make the extra man count.
    • 90' Jordan Mutch is sent off! The substitute is shown a straight red card for an elbow on Nimely!
    • 89' McSheffrey continues to look very dangerous as he whips over a testing delivery into the box, and Davies just about clears at the back post.
    • 87' Nimely is treading a tightrope now as he makes a poor challenge on Ramage, and he needs to be very careful.
    • 86' King heads wide! What a chance for Marlon King as a deep delivery comes into the box, and he meets it cleanly but cannot direct it on target.
    • 85' Myhill lumps a long ball upfield once more as he seeks to alleviate the pressure on his goal.
    • 83' Norwood continues to impress as he makes a powerful run from deep, and Birmingham are struggling to contain him.
    • 82' Cranie takes a defensive throw in as Coventry build from the back, and this match could still go either way.
    • 81' Murphy makes a very fine save as Burke whips over a good delivery and King cannot quite get enough on his header.
    • 80' Carl Baker departs as Conor Thomas comes on, and the midfielder gets a very good reception from the home fans.
    • 79' This match has suddenly come to life, and either side could snatch a big victory here in the final 11 minutes.
    • 77' Jordan Mutch comes on to replace Guiranne N'daw, and Birmingham make their second change.
    • 76' NORWOOD HITS THE POST! The Coventry City midfielder hits the post with a sublime curling effort, and Myhill was comprehensively beaten there!
    • 75' Norwood makes good strides for the hosts as he powers through the Birmingham half, but he loses his composure in the final third.
    • 74' If there is one man who can silence the Coventry crowd it's King, and he does so with relish as he levels the scores against his old club.
    • 72' GOAL!!!!! KING LEVELS UP THE SCORES! Coventry switch off at the back, and they are ruthlessly punished as King slams the ball home to equalise and quickly erase the hosts' advantage!
    • 72' What a finish from McSheffrey, and the Ricoh Arena is rocking as the hosts celebrate what could prove to be a crucial goal.
    • 70' GOAL!!!!! MCSHEFFREY SCORES! Coventry take the lead as Baker supplies a fine assist for McSheffrey, who picks out the far corner of the net with a precise finish!
    • 69' Zigic connects powerfully with a header as a fine cross comes in from Burke, and he is very unfortunate there as it drifts agonisingly wide!
    • 67' Fahey meets a high ball very crisply on the volley, and it's narrowly off target with Murphy unable to get across to it.
    • 66' Zigic is beginning to cause real problems with his height as Clarke looks to pick him up but is struggling to mark him.
    • 65' Norwood unleashes a ferocious drive from 25 yards, and it fizzes wide of the far post.
    • 63' Burke whips over a free kick which Cranie wins in the air and clears. Coventry are looking solid at the back right now.
    • 62' Coventry also make a change as Thorn brings off Cody McDonald, who looks to be carrying an injury, with Clive Platt replacing him.
    • 61' Birmingham make the first change of the match as Nikola Zigic comes on to replace Erik Huseklepp.
    • 60' Baker continues to look very bright as he whips over a fine delivery into the box, and he is posing real problems for Birmingham.
    • 59' Fahey drills a low shot from range which concerns Murphy as he scrambles across his line frantically to see out.
    • 57' Nimely goes down under a challenge from Caldwell, but is promptly booked by the referee for a late challenge seconds later - he cannot believe it!
    • 56' Baker handballs, and a free kick comes over from Townsend with Murphy making a fine save.
    • 55' Davies clears the danger as a deep delivery comes in from McSheffrey, and Coventry pile on the pressure.
    • 53' Spector takes a quick free kick, and Cranie does very well to position himself in front of King and clear.
    • 51' Keogh clears the danger with a fine challenge and ball down the line to break up the play.
    • 49' Andros Townsend shows his class with a neat drag back to shake off Clingan, and he crosses deep - too deep - for Huseklepp.
    • 47' Burke looks very bright at the start of the second half, and he makes two robust challenges for the visitors.
    • 46' The second half is underway, and Birmingham keep the early possession as the visitors battle away furiously in midfield.
    • - What did you make of the first half showing from both sides, and what is your prediction for the second? Get in touch! @Dan_Eurosport
    • 45+2' The half-time whistle goes, and it's goalless between Coventry City and Birmingham City. Both sides have battled exceptionally hard in a packed midfield, but there have been few clear-cut chances to report. It's all to play for, and the home fans are particularly happy as the players leave the field.
    • 45+1' Townsend turns and unleashes a fierce shot from 25 yards, but Murphy is not overly tested as he watches the ball out.
    • 45' Ramage is again on hand to clear the danger as Baker looks to find Clarke, and Coventry are ending this half on a high!
    • 43' Baker forces his way into the Birmingham box, but his cut back for McSheffrey does not see the chance converted, and that was a real chance!
    • 41' Nimely makes good ground down the right as he jinks inside a challenge, but he cannot quite find a decent delivery.
    • 39' King is ruled offside as he goes on to blast the ball into the stands, prompting jeers from the home fans!
    • 37' Cameron plays the ball out from the back very calmly for Coventry, and he shows good composure under pressure.
    • 35' Keogh is again on hand to clear the danger as Birmingham enjoy a good spell of possession, and the visitors pile forward in numbers.
    • 33' Burke whips over a probing delivery which Clarke has to stoop low to clear with his head, and Coventry are defending effectively.
    • 31' Huseklepp drills a low shot narrowly wide of the far post, but that's a good effort from range.
    • 29' N'daw has been very quiet for Birmingham, but he makes a sturdy challenge on Baker to break up the play.
    • 28' McDonald whips over a deep delivery to the back post, but it's behind Nimely and it drifts out of play.
    • 27' Marlon King is ruled offside as he looks to get in behind Cranie, and that was pretty tight.
    • 26' Ramage makes a very fine clearance as a very fine delivery comes into the Birmingham box from Norwood.
    • 25' Coventry are enjoying more of the ball now as the hosts keep possession in their half, and Birmingham are not managing to force their way into the ascendancy.
    • 24' Thorn is very animated indeed as he waves his defenders up the field once more, and he is not happy with their positioning.
    • 23' Everything is coming through McSheffrey as Coventry continue to defend deep and break on the counter-attack.
    • 21' Birmingham have enjoyed 54 per cent of the possession so far in this first half, and continue to battle for everything in midfield.
    • 19' Ramage clears the danger as Clingan whips another fine delivery into the box, and Coventry are faring very well in this first half.
    • 18' Oliver Norwood takes a direct freekick with his right foot, and Caldwell is forced to dive to his right to clear the danger with a brave clearance.
    • 17' McDonald is crudely fouled by Fahey, and he is lucky to get away without a booking there.
    • 15' McDonald drops very deep and wins possession for the hosts, and he brings the ball forward superbly before eventually losing out to Ramage.
    • 14' Myhill launches a long ball upfield, and King is forced to scrap away for the ball after half controlling it.
    • 13' McSheffrey drives a low shot wide of the far post, and he looks very bright indeed today.
    • 12' Andy Thorn looks very angry as he barks orders at his defenders, and he is concerned at this pressure from the visitors.
    • 11' McSheffrey provides another promising delivery into the Birmingham box, but Myhill smothers the ball with Nimely lurking rather ominously.
    • 10' Huseklepp drops deep to pick up the ball from Burke, and King remains the main target man early on as he holds his central position.
    • 9' Spector keeps the ball well as he builds from the back, and Birmingham are beginning to settle as they keep possession.
    • 8' McSheffrey makes good ground with a sharp run on the break, but he lacks options and has to turn back and find Baker.
    • 7' Marlon King holds the ball up very well to bring Townsend and Husklepp into the play, but the move breaks down as Cameron intervenes.
    • 5' Burke whips over a testing delivery from the left byline, and Cranie and Clarke combine to clear.
    • 4' Richard Keogh is twice forced to head away from inside the Coventry box as Birmingham pile on the pressure, and it's end-to-end early on.
    • 3' Sammy Clingan will whip over a corner now as Coventry enjoy a good spell of possession, and the home fans are very up for this!
    • 2' Andros Townsend makes a good run for the visitors and whips over a testing cross, but Murphy deals with it effectively.
    • 1' The first half is underway, and the pace of the game is very quick from the outset as Coventry launch a couple of long balls into the Birmingham box.
    • 12:25 We're all set for kick-off at the Ricoh Arena, and if you want to get in touch at any stage to post a prediction or make a comment, this is where to go: Twitter @Dan_Eurosport
    • 12:20 THE TEAMS ARE IN! Coventry: Murphy, Clarke, Keogh, Cameron, Cranie, Baker, Clingan, Norwood, McSheffrey, Nimely, McDonald. Subs: Dunn, Deegan, Platt, Christie, Thomas /// Birmingham: Myhill, Ramage, Caldwell, Davies, Spector, Burke, N'Daw, Fahey, Huseklepp, Townsend, King. Subs: Doyle, Ibanez, Mutch, Elliott, Zigic
    • 12:15 Birmingham have been assessing three players for the trip to local rivals Coventry while as many as four come back into contention. Midfielder Keith Fahey (groin) and left-back David Murphy (hip) both missed the midweek FA Cup defeat to Chelsea and have been being monitored, while centre-back Steven Caldwell (ribs) has been a major doubt.
    • 12:10 Welcome to LIVE text commentary of the Championship match between struggling Coventry City and promotion-chasing Birmingham City at the Ricoh Arena.
  • Summary

    • 90+6' Zigic almost gets on the end of a deep cross from Burke, and that could have been curtains for Coventry in this match!
    • 90' Jordan Mutch is sent off! The substitute is shown a straight red card for an elbow on Nimely!
    • 86' King heads wide! What a chance for Marlon King as a deep delivery comes into the box, and he meets it cleanly but cannot direct it on target.
    • 76' NORWOOD HITS THE POST! The Coventry City midfielder hits the post with a sublime curling effort, and Myhill was comprehensively beaten there!
    • 72' GOAL!!!!! KING LEVELS UP THE SCORES! Coventry switch off at the back, and they are ruthlessly punished as King slams the ball home to equalise and quickly erase the hosts' advantage!
    • 70' GOAL!!!!! MCSHEFFREY SCORES! Coventry take the lead as Baker supplies a fine assist for McSheffrey, who picks out the far corner of the net with a precise finish!
    • 69' Zigic connects powerfully with a header as a fine cross comes in from Burke, and he is very unfortunate there as it drifts agonisingly wide!
    • 43' Baker forces his way into the Birmingham box, but his cut back for McSheffrey does not see the chance converted, and that was a real chance!
    • 12:20 THE TEAMS ARE IN! Coventry: Murphy, Clarke, Keogh, Cameron, Cranie, Baker, Clingan, Norwood, McSheffrey, Nimely, McDonald. Subs: Dunn, Deegan, Platt, Christie, Thomas /// Birmingham: Myhill, Ramage, Caldwell, Davies, Spector, Burke, N'Daw, Fahey, Huseklepp, Townsend, King. Subs: Doyle, Ibanez, Mutch, Elliott, Zigic

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