Honduran Ramon Nunez grabbed a crucial equaliser for Scunthorpe at Coventry, but the Iron remain three points adrift of safety in the Championship.

The Sky Blues, themselves comfortably clear of the drop zone, took a fifth-minute lead when Marlon King smashed home from inside the penalty area.

Scunthorpe levelled before the break, the impressive Nunez having a shot deflected in from the edge of the box.

Chris Dagnall and Michael Collins went close while King struck over the bar.

The result leaves Scunthorpe still three points behind 21st-placed Crystal Palace - who drew 0-0 at Doncaster - with only three games left in the season.

Desperately needing the victory to boost their survival hopes, the visitors got off to the worst possible start when King played a one-two with David Bell and hammered past Joe Murphy.

It should have been 2-0 when Bell again crossed from the right, but Lukas Jutkiewicz could only prod the ball wide with the goal at his mercy.

Bobby Grant shot tamely at Keiren Westwood as the Iron threatened, and after King fired over for Coventry the away side got their equaliser, Nunez breaking forward and seeing his shot hit Martin Cranie and wrong-foot Westwood.

Scunthorpe could have gone ahead soon after when Chris Dagnall's shot across goal flew inches wide, before Michael Collins fired wide when Nunez robbed Carl Baker.

Both teams had chances after the break with King blazing over and Freddy Eastwood failing to connect inside the box as Coventry pushed for a winner.

Lineup, Bookings (0) & Substitutions (6)

Coventry

  • 01 Westwood
  • 02 Keogh
  • 14 Hussey (Wood - 77' )
  • 15 Cranie
  • 26 Clarke
  • 04 Clingan
  • 07 Bell
  • 17 Gunnarsson
  • 18 Baker (McIndoe - 46' )
  • 09 King
  • 11 Jutkiew'z (Eastwood - 60' )

Substitutes

  • 33 Quirke
  • 24 Wood
  • 30 Cameron
  • 12 Deegan
  • 21 McIndoe
  • 10 Eastwood
  • 22 Platt

Scunthorpe

  • 01 Murphy
  • 14 Nelson
  • 15 Mirfin
  • 20 Williams
  • 04 Togwell
  • 07 Nunez
  • 10 Hughes
  • 18 Collins (O'Connor - 88' )
  • 31 Duffy (Gordon - 90' )
  • 09 Dagnall (Miller - 88' )
  • 17 Grant

Substitutes

  • 22 Lillis
  • 03 Gordon
  • 21 Nolan
  • 28 Reid
  • 08 O'Connor
  • 16 Wright
  • 19 Miller
Ref: Bates
Att: 16,705

Match Stats

Shots

17 12

On target

8 6

Corners

5 5

Fouls

6 4

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:13 Full time

Full Time The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.

90:00 +4:01

The ball is crossed by Sammy Clingan.

90:00 +3:06

Centre by Andy Hughes, save made by Keiren Westwood.

90:00 +2:12 Substitution

Substitution Ben Gordon joins the action as a substitute, replacing Mark Duffy.

90:00 +2:12

The ball is swung over by Andy Hughes, clearance by Richard Wood.

90:00 +1:25

Marlon King delivers the ball, clearance by Marcus Williams.

90:00 +0:02

Lee Miller takes a shot. Save made by Keiren Westwood.

89:30

Mark Duffy produces a cross, clearance by Richard Keogh.

87:21 Substitution

Substitution Michael O'Connor comes on in place of Michael Collins.

87:21 Substitution

Substitution Chris Dagnall leaves the field to be replaced by Lee Miller.

85:32

Aron Gunnarsson takes a shot. Save by Joe Murphy.

85:12

Centre by Michael McIndoe, save made by Joe Murphy.

83:37

Aron Gunnarsson sends in a cross, save by Joe Murphy.

82:40

The ball is crossed by Jordan Clarke, Marlon King has an effort at goal from close range which goes wide right of the target.

81:55

Marlon King takes a shot. Blocked by David Mirfin.

80:37

Freddy Eastwood has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the goal.

80:08

The ball is swung over by David Bell.

79:28

Mark Duffy crosses the ball, Keiren Westwood makes a comfortable save.

78:43

Mark Duffy crosses the ball, Richard Keogh manages to make a clearance. Corner taken by Mark Duffy, Jordan Clarke manages to make a clearance.

77:47

Marlon King is caught offside. Joe Murphy restarts play with the free kick.

74:41 Substitution

Substitution Chris Hussey leaves the field to be replaced by Richard Wood.

74:41

Ramon Nunez has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the goal.

73:04

The official flags Ramon Nunez offside. Indirect free kick taken by Keiren Westwood.

70:56

Centre by Michael Collins, blocked by Chris Hussey. Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Mark Duffy.

70:10

David Bell concedes a free kick for a foul on Michael Collins. Free kick crossed right-footed by Andy Hughes. David Mirfin sends in a cross.

69:42

Ramon Nunez takes a shot. Blocked by Richard Keogh.

68:19

Chris Dagnall challenges Chris Hussey unfairly and gives away a free kick. Keiren Westwood restarts play with the free kick.

66:55

David Mirfin challenges Marlon King unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed by Sammy Clingan. David Bell is caught offside. Free kick taken by Joe Murphy.

64:52

David Bell takes a shot. Joe Murphy makes a save. Freddy Eastwood produces a mishit left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.

64:07

Aron Gunnarsson concedes a free kick for a foul on Mark Duffy. Free kick taken by Andy Hughes. Mark Duffy produces a cross, save by Keiren Westwood.

63:36

David Bell takes a shot. Blocked by Michael Collins.

63:04

Michael McIndoe crosses the ball, save by Joe Murphy.

61:04

The ball is sent over by David Bell, David Mirfin manages to make a clearance.

58:41 Substitution

Substitution Lukas Jutkiewicz goes off and Freddy Eastwood comes on.

58:41

Shot from deep inside the area by Marlon King clears the crossbar.

57:24

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Sammy Clingan from the left by-line, clearance made by Andy Hughes.

56:00

Centre by Marcus Williams, Mark Duffy takes a shot. Save by Keiren Westwood.

54:48

Effort on goal by Chris Hussey from just inside the penalty area goes over the target.

53:16

Ramon Nunez takes a shot. Sammy Clingan gets a block in. Corner from left by-line taken by Mark Duffy. Effort from deep inside the area by Chris Dagnall misses to the right of the target.

50:45

The ball is sent over by Michael Collins, clearance made by Martin Cranie. Corner taken by Mark Duffy from the left by-line, save by Keiren Westwood.

48:18

Centre by David Bell.

47:26

Lukas Jutkiewicz takes a shot. David Mirfin gets a block in. Corner from the right by-line taken by Sammy Clingan, clearance made by David Mirfin.

46:08

Free kick awarded for a foul by Andy Hughes on Marlon King. Free kick taken by Sammy Clingan.

45:26

Unfair challenge on Chris Dagnall by Richard Keogh results in a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Mark Duffy from right wing, clearance made by Lukas Jutkiewicz.

45:01

The second half has started.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Michael McIndoe replaces Carl Baker.

45:00 +2:10 Half time

Half Time It is the end of the first-half.

45:00 +0:37

Aron Gunnarsson takes a shot. Save by Joe Murphy. Outswinging corner taken by Sammy Clingan from the right by-line.

45:00 +0:31

Centre by Jordan Clarke, Marcus Williams gets a block in.

44:11

Mark Duffy has an effort at goal from outside the penalty area which goes wide right of the goal.

43:18

Effort on goal by Michael Collins from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.

42:07

Unfair challenge on Marcus Williams by Aron Gunnarsson results in a free kick. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Marcus Williams from left wing, Chris Hussey makes a clearance.

41:01

The ball is sent over by Chris Dagnall.

39:09

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andy Hughes by Carl Baker. Andy Hughes takes the free kick.

38:43

Sammy Clingan has a drilled shot. Save made by Joe Murphy.

38:31

A cross is delivered by Aron Gunnarsson, Andy Hughes manages to make a clearance.

37:12

Assist on the goal came from Marcus Williams.

37:12 Goal scored

Goal! - Ramon Nunez - Coventry 1 - 1 Scunthorpe Goal scored by Ramon Nunez from just outside the area low into the middle of the goal. Coventry 1-1 Scunthorpe.

36:25

The assistant referee signals for offside against Marlon King. Indirect free kick taken by Joe Murphy.

35:36

Centre by Marcus Williams.

28:11

Marlon King takes a shot from just outside the penalty area which clears the crossbar.

27:28

Centre by Richard Keogh, clearance made by Andy Hughes.

26:25

David Bell sends in a cross, save by Joe Murphy.

25:28

Mark Duffy delivers the ball, Bobby Grant takes a shot. Save made by Keiren Westwood.

23:17

Richard Keogh takes a shot from a long way out clearing the bar.

21:15

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Chris Hussey by Andy Hughes. Sammy Clingan delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, David Mirfin manages to make a clearance.

20:46

Chris Hussey crosses the ball, Michael Nelson manages to make a clearance.

19:12

The ball is sent over by Sammy Clingan, Michael Nelson makes a clearance. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Sammy Clingan.

18:42

The ball is delivered by Lukas Jutkiewicz, clearance by Sam Togwell. Sammy Clingan decides to take a short corner.

18:05

Mark Duffy delivers the ball, save made by Keiren Westwood.

16:54

Centre by Andy Hughes, Headed effort from inside the penalty area by Chris Dagnall misses to the right of the target.

16:00

Effort from inside the area by Jordan Clarke misses to the right of the goal.

12:23

A cross is delivered by Andy Hughes.

10:53

David Bell crosses the ball, blocked by David Mirfin.

9:16

Mark Duffy delivers the ball, blocked by Chris Hussey. Corner from the right by-line taken by Mark Duffy, Header from deep inside the area by Michael Nelson goes over the bar.

8:20

The ball is sent over by David Bell, Lukas Jutkiewicz produces a volleyed right-footed shot from deep inside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.

7:13

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Michael Nelson by Lukas Jutkiewicz. Joe Murphy restarts play with the free kick.

4:42

Assist by Aron Gunnarsson.

4:42 Goal scored

Goal! - Marlon King - Coventry 1 - 0 Scunthorpe Marlon King gets on the score sheet with a goal from deep inside the penalty box high into the middle of the goal. Coventry 1-0 Scunthorpe.

1:56

Michael Collins sends in a cross.

0:00

The ref blows the whistle to start the match.

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