Ghana's No. 1

Coventry continue fine form with win at Blackpool

Published on: 18 March 2023

Mark Robins' Coventry side are unbeaten since 3 February

Coventry continued their late push for the Championship play-offs with a thumping win at relegation-threatened Blackpool - their fifth victory in the last eight games.

Defeat stifled Blackpool's brief revival which saw them crush Queen's Park Rangers 6-1 in midweek.

Referee Geoff Elderingham was a central, and controversial figure in the game, only showing influential Viktor Gyokeres a yellow card for lashing out at Callum Connolly with the game still goalless.

The official also refused to give Mick McCarthy's team a penalty when Jerry Yates appeared to be clipped by Kyle McFadzean as he went to finish an easy chance.

That came after Yates had equalised Ben Sheaf's opener for the visitors, and Coventry eased away, taking the three points courtesy of Curtis Nelson's own goal, a clean strike from McFadzean and a fourth from substitute Matty Godden.

The Sky Blues are three points outside the top six with eight games remaining, while Blackpool are five points from safety.

The match was packed with incident as the Seasiders began brightly, buoyed by their six goals on Tuesday, as Morgan Rogers headed over and then teed up CJ Hamilton for a shot which rattled the post.

The home side were hit by an injury to key centre back Jordan Thorniley after 10 minutes, but the Sky Blues were fortunate a few minutes later when leading scorer Gyokeres lashed out at Connolly, in full view of the referee, and was only give a caution.

Gyokeres rubbed salt in the wound by playing an astute pass to the edge of the box for Sheaf to drive home the opener, following a sharp break by Gustavo Hamer on the Coventry left.

Blackpool were level when McFadzean crashed into Rogers and Yates made no mistake from the spot, but Blackpool were denied a seemingly more obvious penalty when Hamer clipped the heels of Yates just as he seemed poised to score.

Blackpool's frustration at the two big calls by the referee was exacerbated in first-half added time when Hamer's corner was missed by goalkeeper Chris Maxwell and deflected in at the far post off Nelson.

The game was over as a contest five minutes into the second half when Hamer's free kick was only half-cleared by Rogers and McFadzean produced a striker's finish to fire the ball back past Maxwell.

Coventry completed a great day out at the seaside for the travelling Coventry fans as Hamer battled to win the ball and then released Godden for a neatly-taken fourth.

    Line-upsMatch StatsLive Text


Formation 3-1-4-2


    1Maxwell31Nelson34ThornileySubstituted forDougallat 10'minutes3HusbandSubstituted forThompsonat 80'minutes2Connolly24Lyons28PatinoSubstituted forCareyat 59'minutes8FioriniSubstituted forAndersonat 59'minutes22HamiltonSubstituted forPoveda-Ocampoat 80'minutes9Yates25RogersSubstituted forBowlerat 80'minutes




Formation 3-4-1-2


    13Wilson16McNally5McFadzeanBooked at 34mins3Doyle23DaboSubstituted forNorton-Cuffyat 65'minutes38HamerBooked at 83minsSubstituted forMaguireat 90+2'minutes14Sheaf27BidwellSubstituted forWilson-Esbrandat 90+2'minutes28Eccles19WalkerSubstituted forGoddenat 65'minutes17GyökeresBooked at 14mins



Referee:Geoff EltringhamAttendance:14,055Match StatsHome TeamBlackpoolAway TeamCoventryPossessionHome44%Away56%ShotsHome12Away18Shots on TargetHome1Away7CornersHome5Away4FoulsHome7Away12Live Text Post update

Match ends, Blackpool 1, Coventry City 4.

90'+4'Full Time

Second Half ends, Blackpool 1, Coventry City 4.

90'+3'Post update

Attempt missed. Keshi Anderson (Blackpool) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ian Poveda-Ocampo.


Substitution, Coventry City. Josh Wilson-Esbrand replaces Jake Bidwell.


Substitution, Coventry City. Sean Maguire replaces Gustavo Hamer.

88'Post update

Offside, Coventry City. Matt Godden tries a through ball, but Viktor Gyökeres is caught offside.

88'Post update

Attempt blocked. Viktor Gyökeres (Coventry City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Luke McNally.

86'Post update

Offside, Blackpool. Keshi Anderson tries a through ball, but Jerry Yates is caught offside.

86'Post update

Attempt blocked. Sonny Carey (Blackpool) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Josh Bowler.

85'Post update

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Ben Sheaf.


Gustavo Hamer (Coventry City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

83'Post update

Foul by Gustavo Hamer (Coventry City).

83'Post update

Josh Bowler (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

82'Post update

Offside, Blackpool. Sonny Carey tries a through ball, but Jerry Yates is caught offside.


Substitution, Blackpool. Ian Poveda-Ocampo replaces CJ Hamilton.


Substitution, Blackpool. Dominic Thompson replaces James Husband.


Substitution, Blackpool. Josh Bowler replaces Morgan Rogers.

80'Post update

Attempt missed. Luke McNally (Coventry City) header from the right side of the six yard box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Gustavo Hamer with a cross following a corner.

79'Post update

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Kenneth Dougall.

79'Post update

Attempt saved. Viktor Gyökeres (Coventry City) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom left corner.

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