Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Burnley 2 Coventry 2

Burnley 2

Rodriguez 19, 79 

Coventry City 2

Jutkiewicz 61, McSheffrey 75

A fine second half performance by Coventry City should calm any Sky Blues fans fears of relegation, whilst for Burnley they will need to play a lot better than this if they are to feature in the end of season play-offs.

Both sides managed to score a goal of real class with man-of-the-match Jay Rodriguez on 19 minutes cushioning the ball round Richard Keogh before beating the Coventry defender for pace and coolly lobbying the ball over the advancing Kieran Westwood from the edge of the area to give Burnley a just about deserved half-time lead.

Gary McSheffrey’s effort was even better. The former Birmingham man had been wrongly denied a first half penalty when referee Mr Naylor decided Chris Eagles rash challenge on him just inside the box had occurred outside it. However there was going to be no stopping him on 75 minutes. Because after taking the ball round three home defenders McSheffrey curled his shot from 15 yards beyond Lee Grant into the far corner of the net and send the small posse of away fans behind the goal dancing with joy, especially as it put their side 2-1 up.   

Having enjoyed almost total domination of the ball in the second period the away side had drawn level when Lukas Jutkiewicz, after heading Carl Baker’s cross beyond Grant, followed up to make no mistake when the ball bounced back into play off the crossbar.

Having lost 3-0 at home to Millwall on Saturday another defeat would probably have ended seventh placed Burnley’s chances of finishing in the top six, and courtesy of a powerful header by Rodriguez from a Danny Fox corner they drew level on 79 minutes.

With big man Chris Iwelumo on as a substitute the home side pushed forward in search of the winner but it was City who had the best chance with McSheffrey’s drive across the penalty area flashing narrowly wide. 

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