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  • English Npower Championship
  • 21 March 2012, 7:45pm
  • Cardiff City Stadium
  • Attendance: 20,564
CardiffCardiffvCoventryCoventry
2
  • McDonald, og 18
  • Whittingham, 83
2
  • Clarke, 69
  • Norwood, 90+5

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Match ends, Cardiff City 2, Coventry City 2.

90+6 mins:Second Half ends, Cardiff City 2, Coventry City 2.

90+6 mins:Attempt saved. Rudy Gestede (Cardiff City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved.

90+5 mins:Goal! Cardiff City 2, Coventry City 2. Oliver Norwood (Coventry City) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Gary McSheffrey with a cross.

90+3 mins:Foul by Kevin McNaughton (Cardiff City).

90+3 mins:Chris Hussey (Coventry City) wins a free kick.

90+2 mins:Substitution, Coventry City. Gary Deegan replaces Conor Thomas.

90+2 mins:Hand ball by Andrew Taylor (Cardiff City).

90 mins:Attempt missed. Peter Whittingham (Cardiff City) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right from a direct free kick.

89 mins:Foul by Nathan Cameron (Coventry City).

89 mins:Rudy Gestede (Cardiff City) wins a free kick.

88 mins:Attempt missed. Conor Thomas (Coventry City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

87 mins:Foul by Peter Whittingham (Cardiff City).

87 mins:Clive Platt (Coventry City) wins a free kick.

87 mins:Substitution, Coventry City. Chris Hussey replaces Martin Cranie.

85 mins:Attempt blocked. Jordan Clarke (Coventry City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

83 mins:Goal! Cardiff City 2, Coventry City 1. Peter Whittingham (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Mark Hudson with a headed pass.

83 mins:Corner, Cardiff City.

82 mins:Attempt missed. Robert Earnshaw (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

81 mins:Corner, Cardiff City.

80 mins:Attempt missed. Robert Earnshaw (Cardiff City) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Kevin McNaughton with a cross.

79 mins:Attempt missed. Rudy Gestede (Cardiff City) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

78 mins:Attempt missed. Oliver Norwood (Coventry City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

76 mins:Corner, Cardiff City.

76 mins:Attempt missed. Peter Whittingham (Cardiff City) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left.

73 mins:Substitution, Cardiff City. Robert Earnshaw replaces Liam Lawrence.

73 mins:Offside, Cardiff City. Joe Mason tries a through ball, but Joe Mason is caught offside.

72 mins:Offside, Coventry City. Alex Nimely tries a through ball, but Alex Nimely is caught offside.

72 mins:Foul by Rudy Gestede (Cardiff City).

72 mins:Richard Keogh (Coventry City) wins a free kick.

70 mins:Substitution, Coventry City. Clive Platt replaces Cody McDonald.

70 mins:Offside, Coventry City. Gary McSheffrey tries a through ball, but Gary McSheffrey is caught offside.

69 mins:Goal! Cardiff City 1, Coventry City 1. Jordan Clarke (Coventry City) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner.

68 mins:Attempt missed. Rudy Gestede (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

68 mins:Foul by Gary McSheffrey (Coventry City).

68 mins:Kevin McNaughton (Cardiff City) wins a free kick.

66 mins:Gary McSheffrey (Coventry City) hits the woodwork with a left footed shot from the right side of the box.

65 mins:Foul by Martin Cranie (Coventry City).

65 mins:Kevin McNaughton (Cardiff City) wins a free kick.

62 mins:Corner, Cardiff City.

61 mins:Corner, Cardiff City.

61 mins:Attempt missed. Andrew Taylor (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

60 mins:Attempt missed. Liam Lawrence (Cardiff City) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is too high.

59 mins:Foul by Gary McSheffrey (Coventry City).

59 mins:Mark Hudson (Cardiff City) wins a free kick.

59 mins:Attempt missed. Gary McSheffrey (Coventry City) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Conor Thomas with a cross.

58 mins:Attempt missed. Peter Whittingham (Cardiff City) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

57 mins:Substitution, Cardiff City. Rudy Gestede replaces Stephen McPhail.

56 mins:Attempt saved. Gary McSheffrey (Coventry City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved.

53 mins:Offside, Coventry City. Gary McSheffrey tries a through ball, but Gary McSheffrey is caught offside.

53 mins:Attempt saved. Sammy Clingan (Coventry City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved.

52 mins:Foul by Stephen McPhail (Cardiff City).

52 mins:Cody McDonald (Coventry City) wins a free kick.

51 mins:Penalty missed! Bad penalty by Gary McSheffrey (Coventry City). Gary McSheffrey should be disappointed.

51 mins:Aron Gunnarsson (Cardiff City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

50 mins:Penalty conceded by Aron Gunnarsson (Cardiff City) after a foul in the penalty area.

50 mins:Penalty Coventry City. Richard Keogh draws a foul in the penalty area.

50 mins:Corner, Coventry City.

48 mins:Hand ball by Jordan Clarke (Coventry City).

47 mins:Foul by Liam Lawrence (Cardiff City).

47 mins:Jordan Clarke (Coventry City) wins a free kick.

46 mins:Attempt missed. Cody McDonald (Coventry City) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Alex Nimely with a cross.

Second Half begins Cardiff City 1, Coventry City 0.

45+3 mins:First Half ends, Cardiff City 1, Coventry City 0.

45+2 mins:Offside, Cardiff City. Joe Mason tries a through ball, but Joe Mason is caught offside.

45+1 mins:Corner, Cardiff City.

45 mins:Foul by Alex Nimely (Coventry City).

45 mins:Mark Hudson (Cardiff City) wins a free kick.

44 mins:Foul by Oliver Norwood (Coventry City).

44 mins:Aron Gunnarsson (Cardiff City) wins a free kick.

44 mins:Attempt missed. Peter Whittingham (Cardiff City) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

43 mins:Attempt saved. Aron Gunnarsson (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

42 mins:Foul by Liam Lawrence (Cardiff City).

42 mins:Gary McSheffrey (Coventry City) wins a free kick.

34 mins:Foul by Mark Hudson (Cardiff City).

34 mins:Alex Nimely (Coventry City) wins a free kick.

32 mins:Attempt missed. Gary McSheffrey (Coventry City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

28 mins:Offside, Coventry City. Alex Nimely tries a through ball, but Alex Nimely is caught offside.

27 mins:Foul by Liam Lawrence (Cardiff City).

27 mins:Gary McSheffrey (Coventry City) wins a free kick.

26 mins:Foul by Cody McDonald (Coventry City).

26 mins:Kevin McNaughton (Cardiff City) wins a free kick.

25 mins:Attempt missed. Stephen McPhail (Cardiff City) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.

24 mins:Corner, Cardiff City.

24 mins:Attempt blocked. Don Cowie (Cardiff City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

23 mins:Offside, Cardiff City. Joe Mason tries a through ball, but Joe Mason is caught offside.

20 mins:Corner, Cardiff City.

19 mins:Corner, Cardiff City.

18 mins:Own Goal by Cody McDonald, Coventry City. Cardiff City 1, Coventry City 0.

17 mins:Corner, Cardiff City.

14 mins:Attempt missed. Alex Nimely (Coventry City) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

13 mins:Foul by Nathan Cameron (Coventry City).

13 mins:Stephen McPhail (Cardiff City) wins a free kick.

12 mins:Foul by Liam Lawrence (Cardiff City).

12 mins:Oliver Norwood (Coventry City) wins a free kick.

12 mins:Attempt missed. Aron Gunnarsson (Cardiff City) left footed shot misses to the right.

9 mins:Offside, Cardiff City. Joe Mason tries a through ball, but Joe Mason is caught offside.

4 mins:Attempt missed. Gary McSheffrey (Coventry City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

3 mins:Offside, Cardiff City. Mark Hudson tries a through ball, but Mark Hudson is caught offside.

2 mins:Foul by Martin Cranie (Coventry City).

2 mins:Don Cowie (Cardiff City) wins a free kick.

First Half begins.

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

  • English Npower Championship
  • 21 March 2012, 7:45pm
  • Cardiff City Stadium
  • Attendance: 20,564
CardiffCardiffvCoventryCoventry
2
  • McDonald, og 18
  • Whittingham, 83
2
  • Clarke, 69
  • Norwood, 90+5

match report

Oliver Norwood netted in the fifth minute of second-half stoppage time to rescue a point for Coventry and secure a 2-2 draw at Cardiff.

Norwood blasted home from 25 yards after Gary McSheffrey's pass found its way to his feet in the last seconds of a pulsating encounter in south Wales.

Earlier, Cardiff took the lead just after the quarter-hour, with Sky Blues forward Cody McDonald putting through his own net.

Cardiff were thoroughly tested by a Coventry side battling against looming relegation, and were fortunate not to be pegged back when McSheffrey missed a 51st-minute penalty.

McSheffrey then hit a post before Jordan Clarke equalised for Coventry with 20 minutes remaining before Peter Whittingham looked to have won it for Cardiff late in the game only for Norwood to strike at the death.

Cardiff manager Malky Mackay made one change to the side that drew 0-0 with Burnley on Sunday, as Stephen McPhail replaced ankle injury victim Kenny Miller, while Coventry boss Andy Thorn handed recalls to Conor Thomas in midfield and McDonald up front.

Thorn watched his side start brightly and McSheffrey's 20-yard effort flew harmlessly over the Cardiff crossbar.

Aron Gunnarsson fired wide for the hosts at the other end, while Alex Nimely failed to test David Marshall in the Bluebirds' goal as both sides created chances without hitting the target.

And it took an own goal for the home team to edge in front after 18 minutes, as Liam Lawrence's inswinging corner from the left was helped into the back of his own net by McDonald.

McSheffrey shot wide as Coventry looked in vain for an equaliser before the break, and the visitors went even closer when Sammy Clingan's free-kick was almost converted at the back post.

Gunnarsson brought a save out of Coventry stopper Joe Murphy and Whittingham lobbed over the Sky Blues' bar in the dying moments of the opening period, but Cardiff had to make do with a single-goal advantage at the interval.

Coventry started the second half quickly, and McDonald nodded Nimely's centre past a post before the visitors spurned a glorious opportunity to level matters.

Gunnarsson felled Keogh in the area and referee Robert Madley pointed to the spot, only for McSheffrey to fire the spot-kick over the bar.

All the signs pointed to it not being Coventry's, and in particular McSheffrey's, night when the 29-year-old clipped the bar after 65 minutes. But the away side finally managed to restore parity four minutes later.

Clarke seized possession inside the area and produced a fine effort to beat Marshall and find the bottom left-hand corner.

But Cardiff struck back and with seven minutes left Whittingham appeared to have secured all three for the hosts.

The Bluebirds' playmaker-in-chief arrowed an effort into the bottom right-hand corner from 20 yards to cue delirium amongst the home crowd.

But Coventry deserved something to show for their efforts, and with time ticking away Norwood collected from McSheffrey and rifled past Marshall from range to salvage a share of the spoils for the away side.

team line-up

1David Marshall
5Mark Hudson
3Andrew Taylor
2Kevin McNaughton
25Ben Turner
8Don Cowie
7Peter Whittingham
17Aron Gunnarsson
37Stephen McPhail57
13Liam Lawrence73
20Joe Mason

substitutes

22Tom Heaton
10Robert Earnshaw73
11Craig Conway
23Darcy Blake
15Rudy Gestede57

referee

Robert Madley

team line-up

1Joe Murphy
30Nathan Cameron
15Martin Cranie87
2Richard Keogh
26Jordan Clarke
32Conor Thomas92
4Sammy Clingan
16Oliver Norwood
11Gary McSheffrey
14Cody McDonald70
18Alex Nimely

substitutes

13Chris Dunn
12Gary Deegan92
31Cyrus Christie
22Clive Platt70
3Chris Hussey87

referee

Robert Madley

match stats

possession %5742
shots on target34
shots off target129
corners101
tackles won00
offsides54