Gary McSheffrey's stoppage-time penalty earned Coventry's first win in four attempts to haul them off the foot of the Championship table.

McSheffrey opened the scoring with a 21st-minute spot-kick before Leeds' top scorer Ross McCormack levelled shortly after the half-hour mark.

But McSheffrey won the game against his former club with his second penalty after Aidan White's foul.

It inflicted a second straight defeat on managerless Leeds, who drop to 11th.

Neither side had created a chance of note before referee Pat Miller ruled visiting midfielder Danny Pugh's challenge on Coventry striker Alex Nimely in the penalty area was a foul.

McSheffrey, on loan at Elland Road for the second half of the 2009/10 season, stepped up to place the subsequent spot-kick into Leeds goalkeeper Andy Lonergan's bottom right-hand corner.

McCormack had pulled a chance for the visitors wide from 20 yards in only the third minute, but grabbed his 16th goal of the season to haul his side level on 32 minutes.

Coventry enjoyed their best spell before the break with Nimely, Clive Platt and McSheffrey all going close.

Leeds enjoyed more possession after the break, Adam Clayton's rising shot clearing the bar and White forcing Coventry goalkeeper Joe Murphy into a fine save with a 12-yard shot.

Chances dried up midway through the second period but the home side still looked the more likely to break the deadlock.

And they clinched a vital victory when McSheffrey's power penalty condemned Leeds to a stoppage-time defeat for the second time in four days.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Coventry manager Andy Thorn:

"Gary McSheffrey led by example. I thought he was exceptional, showed real character and leadership qualities.

"Being a local lad as well he is desperate to do well and it was a massive result for us tonight.

"People had written us off and it has made us strong as a group."

Leeds caretaker boss Neil Redfearn:

"We were good against Bristol City and we were okay against Brighton, but tonight I don't think we turned up.

"No disrespect to Coventry, but they are a team bang at the bottom of the league, they are struggling and the last thing you want to do is give them a leg up. We let them off the hook.

"It is difficult for me because I am only a caretaker manager, but a few home truths had to be told at half time."

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (3)

Coventry

  • 01 Murphy
  • 02 Keogh
  • 15 Cranie
  • 26 Clarke
  • 31 Christie
  • 08 Baker
  • 12 Deegan
  • 16 Norwood
  • 11 McSheffrey Booked
  • 18 Nimely Booked
  • 22 Platt

Substitutes

  • 13 Dunn
  • 37 Willis
  • 34 Bigirimana
  • 35 Ruffles
  • 10 Eastwood

Leeds

  • 01 Lonergan
  • 14 Smith (O'Brien - 74' )
  • 22 Lees
  • 28 White Booked
  • 48 O'Dea
  • 15 Clayton
  • 16 Pugh Booked
  • 23 Snodgrass
  • 25 Delph (Brown - 62' Booked )
  • 10 Becchio
  • 44 McCormack (Nunez - 83' )

Substitutes

  • 24 Taylor
  • 05 O'Brien
  • 08 Brown
  • 17 Townsend
  • 20 Nunez
Ref: Miller
Att: 15,704

Match Stats

Shots

15 9

On target

7 3

Corners

9 1

Fouls

19 12

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +5:24 Full time

Full Time The final whistle goes and the game is over.

90:00 +4:42

Luciano Becchio gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Richard Keogh. Free kick taken by Joe Murphy.

90:00 +3:05 Booking

Booking Gary McSheffrey booked.

90:00 +2:44 Goal scored

Goal! - Gary McSheffrey - Coventry 2 - 1 Leeds Gary McSheffrey scores a power penalty. Coventry 2-1 Leeds.

90:00 +1:54 Booking

Booking Aidan White goes into the book.

90:00 +1:27

Foul by Aidan White on Alex Nimely, Penalty awarded.

90:00 +0:39

Tom Lees produces a cross, Martin Cranie gets a block in. Robert Snodgrass takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post.

89:11

Gary McSheffrey takes the inswinging corner, Carl Baker has a header from close in and clears the crossbar.

88:10

Gary McSheffrey produces a cross, Close range effort by Alex Nimely misses to the right of the goal.

86:36

Alex Nimely challenges Aidan White unfairly and gives away a free kick. Andy Lonergan takes the free kick.

85:52

Free kick awarded for a foul by Andy O'Brien on Alex Nimely. Oliver Norwood takes the direct free kick.

84:13

Carl Baker takes a shot. Darren O'Dea gets a block in. Carl Baker sends in a cross, Gary McSheffrey has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide left of the goal. The ball is sent over by Carl Baker.

83:56

The ball is sent over by Gary Deegan, save by Andy Lonergan.

83:49

The ball is crossed by Gary McSheffrey, Andy O'Brien makes a clearance.

83:19

Darren O'Dea takes a shot. Save made by Joe Murphy.

82:13

Free kick crossed by Robert Snodgrass, clearance made by Clive Platt.

82:13 Substitution

Substitution (Leeds) makes a substitution, with Ramon Nunez coming on for Ross McCormack.

82:13 Booking

Booking Alex Nimely goes into the referee's book.

81:39

Tom Lees fouled by Alex Nimely, the ref awards a free kick.

80:54

Clive Platt challenges Andy O'Brien unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Andy Lonergan.

80:29

Oliver Norwood fouled by Adam Clayton, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Richard Keogh.

79:43

Luciano Becchio gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Richard Keogh. Direct free kick taken by Joe Murphy.

77:37

Free kick awarded for a foul by Clive Platt on Andy O'Brien. Andy Lonergan takes the direct free kick.

76:46

Centre by Cyrus Christie, clearance made by Darren O'Dea. Corner from the right by-line taken by Gary McSheffrey, Luciano Becchio makes a clearance.

76:00

Robert Snodgrass is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Joe Murphy takes the free kick.

73:22

Oliver Norwood has a direct shot on goal from the free kick.

73:22 Substitution

Substitution Adam Smith leaves the field to be replaced by Andy O'Brien.

73:22 Booking

Booking Michael Brown is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

73:14

Michael Brown challenges Richard Keogh unfairly and gives away a free kick.

72:45

Alex Nimely takes a shot. Blocked by Danny Pugh.

72:04

Gary Deegan takes a shot from inside the box clearing the bar.

72:00

A cross is delivered by Carl Baker.

71:37

Short corner taken by Gary McSheffrey from the right by-line.

69:21

Unfair challenge on Alex Nimely by Darren O'Dea results in a free kick. Gary McSheffrey fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick.

68:25

Shot from deep inside the area by Ross McCormack goes over the bar.

67:11

The assistant referee flags for offside against Ross McCormack. Free kick taken by Joe Murphy.

66:51

The ball is swung over by Ross McCormack, Richard Keogh manages to make a clearance.

64:20

Unfair challenge on Gary McSheffrey by Adam Smith results in a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Oliver Norwood.

63:49

Aidan White takes a shot. Save by Joe Murphy.

63:02

Floated corner taken by Gary McSheffrey, clearance by Darren O'Dea.

62:02

Luciano Becchio fouled by Martin Cranie, the ref awards a free kick. Robert Snodgrass delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel, save by Joe Murphy.

60:55

Danny Pugh takes the free kick.

60:55 Substitution

Substitution Michael Brown on for Fabian Delph.

60:55

Free kick awarded for a foul by Carl Baker on Aidan White.

60:46

Carl Baker delivers the ball, blocked by Danny Pugh.

57:43

Shot by Carl Baker from deep inside the six-yard box clear the bar.

56:15

Gary McSheffrey gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ross McCormack. Free kick crossed left-footed by Robert Snodgrass.

55:10

Gary McSheffrey takes a shot. Tom Lees gets a block in.

51:00

The ball is swung over by Gary McSheffrey.

49:15

Shot from just outside the box by Adam Clayton goes over the bar.

46:45

Foul by Gary Deegan on Fabian Delph, free kick awarded. Tom Lees takes the direct free kick.

45:50

Unfair challenge on Adam Smith by Gary McSheffrey results in a free kick. Adam Smith crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing, save by Joe Murphy.

45:16

Foul by Clive Platt on Adam Smith, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Andy Lonergan.

45:01

The match restarts for the second half.

45:00 +1:03 Half time

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

44:41

Gary McSheffrey has shot on goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

43:28

Gary Deegan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Fabian Delph. Ross McCormack has an effort direct from the free kick.

41:53

The ball is sent over by Carl Baker, Clive Platt takes a shot. Clearance by Tom Lees.

40:53

Adam Clayton fouled by Clive Platt, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Andy Lonergan.

38:31

Unfair challenge on Adam Smith by Oliver Norwood results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Tom Lees.

37:49

Gary McSheffrey takes a shot. Save made by Andy Lonergan.

34:14

Gary McSheffrey produces a cross, Adam Smith gets a block in. Corner taken left-footed by Gary McSheffrey, Clive Platt takes a shot. Clearance by Luciano Becchio. Gary McSheffrey takes a corner.

33:27

Adam Clayton gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gary Deegan. Direct free kick taken by Richard Keogh.

32:48

Alex Nimely has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the target.

31:10 Goal scored

Goal! - Ross McCormack - Coventry 1 - 1 Leeds Goal scored by Ross McCormack from deep inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Coventry 1-1 Leeds.

30:07

A cross is delivered by Carl Baker, Darren O'Dea manages to make a clearance.

29:43

The ball is crossed by Cyrus Christie, clearance made by Adam Smith.

27:37

Ross McCormack gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Richard Keogh. Joe Murphy restarts play with the free kick.

27:14

Alex Nimely concedes a free kick for a foul on Robert Snodgrass. Tom Lees takes the free kick.

26:52

Martin Cranie concedes a free kick for a foul on Luciano Becchio. Adam Smith takes the free kick.

26:39

Carl Baker produces a cross.

25:50

The ball is crossed by Gary McSheffrey, clearance by Tom Lees.

22:39

Fabian Delph fouled by Gary Deegan, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Fabian Delph.

21:28

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Luciano Becchio by Richard Keogh. Robert Snodgrass delivers the ball, Close range header by Tom Lees goes over the crossbar.

20:36 Goal scored

Goal! - Gary McSheffrey - Coventry 1 - 0 Leeds Placed penalty scored by Gary McSheffrey. Coventry 1-0 Leeds.

19:59 Booking

Booking Danny Pugh receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.

19:31

Danny Pugh gives away a Penalty for an unfair challenge on Alex Nimely.

17:31

Centre by Gary McSheffrey.

16:47

Adam Smith delivers the ball, Martin Cranie makes a clearance.

16:18

A cross is delivered by Clive Platt.

14:52

The assistant referee signals for offside against Alex Nimely. Andy Lonergan takes the indirect free kick.

14:11

Floated corner taken by Gary McSheffrey from the left by-line.

14:03

A cross is delivered by Gary McSheffrey, blocked by Robert Snodgrass.

13:28

Floated corner taken by Gary McSheffrey.

12:37

A cross is delivered by Jordan Clarke.

12:06

Jordan Clarke delivers the ball, clearance by Darren O'Dea.

11:06

Clive Platt is caught offside. Free kick taken by Andy Lonergan.

10:36

Free kick awarded for a foul by Ross McCormack on Richard Keogh. Direct free kick taken by Joe Murphy.

7:08

A cross is delivered by Robert Snodgrass, Jordan Clarke makes a clearance.

6:24

Gary McSheffrey takes the floated corner, clearance by Luciano Becchio.

4:55

A cross is delivered by Aidan White.

2:59

Gary Deegan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Fabian Delph. Andy Lonergan restarts play with the free kick.

2:23

Effort on goal by Aidan White from just inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.

1:53

The referee blows for offside against Clive Platt. Indirect free kick taken by Andy Lonergan.

1:23

Ross McCormack produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the target.

0:38

Free kick awarded for a foul by Gary McSheffrey on Adam Smith. Free kick taken by Tom Lees.

0:00

The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.

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