Oliver Norwood scored a stoppage-time equaliser as struggling Coventry secured a deserved point at Cardiff.

Cardiff went ahead on 18 minutes when Cody McDonald conceded an own goal following Liam Lawrence's corner.

Garry McSheffrey missed a penalty for the visitors before Jordan Clarke levelled.

Peter Whittingham restored Cardiff's lead with eight minutes remaining only for Norwood to score in the fifth minute of stoppage-time.

Coventry started brightly and McSheffrey's 20-yard effort flew harmlessly over the Cardiff crossbar before Aron Gunnarsson fired wide at the other end.

The home side went ahead when Lawrence's inswinging corner from the left was helped into the back of his own net by McDonald.

McSheffrey and Sammy Clingan went close for Andy Thorn's side before the break while Joe Murphy saved from Gunnarsson and Whittingham lobbed over the bar.

Despite trailing at the interval Coventry started the second half positively with McDonald heading Alex Nimely's centre past a post before they were awarded a penalty.

Richard Keogh fell under the challenge of former Sky Blue Gunnarsson but McSheffrey fired the resultant spot-kick over the bar.

McSheffrey went close minutes later when his effort clipped the bar before his side levelled on 69 minutes.

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

Within seven minutes Cardiff had restored their lead when Whittingham arrowed an effort into the bottom right-hand corner from 20 yards.

Cardiff were on course to secure a welcome three points which would have seen them return to the Championship play-off places.

But in time added on at the end of the game Norwood collected from McSheffrey and rifled past Marshall to salvage a precious point for Coventry.

Cardiff manager Malky Mackay: "We've been beaten once in five games and but for a goal in the last thirty seconds we would have come away with a good victory.

"Coventry are fighting for their lives and Andy [Thorn] has got a real decent group there

"We're disappointed obviously but onwards we've got eight games to go."

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (5)

Cardiff

  • 01 Marshall
  • 02 McNaughton
  • 03 Taylor
  • 05 Hudson
  • 25 Turner
  • 07 Whittingham
  • 08 Cowie
  • 13 Lawrence (Earnshaw - 73' )
  • 17 Gunnarsson Booked
  • 37 McPhail (Gestede - 57' )
  • 20 Mason

Substitutes

  • 22 Heaton
  • 11 Conway
  • 23 Blake
  • 10 Earnshaw
  • 15 Gestede

Coventry City

  • 01 Murphy
  • 02 Keogh
  • 15 Cranie (Hussey - 87' )
  • 26 Clarke
  • 30 Cameron
  • 04 Clingan
  • 16 Norwood
  • 32 Thomas (Deegan - 90' )
  • 11 McSheffrey
  • 14 McDonald (Platt - 70' )
  • 18 Nimely

Substitutes

  • 13 Dunn
  • 03 Hussey
  • 31 Christie
  • 12 Deegan
  • 22 Platt
Ref: Robert Madley
Att: 20,564

Match Stats

Shots

16 13

On target

4 5

Corners

10 1

Fouls

10 9

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +5:28 Full time

Full Time The final whistle is blown by the referee.

90:00 +5:14

Rudy Gestede takes a shot. Save by Joe Murphy.

90:00 +4:08

Assist by Gary McSheffrey.

90:00 +4:08 Goal scored

Goal! - Oliver Norwood - Cardiff 2 - 2 Coventry Oliver Norwood gets on the score sheet with a goal from long range to the bottom left corner of the goal. Cardiff 2-2 Coventry.

90:00 +3:49

Chris Hussey crosses the ball, Mark Hudson makes a clearance.

90:00 +2:55

Kevin McNaughton challenges Chris Hussey unfairly and gives away a free kick. Chris Hussey takes the indirect free kick.

90:00 +1:07

The free kick is delivered right-footed by Sammy Clingan from right wing, Rudy Gestede manages to make a clearance.

90:00 +1:07 Substitution

Substitution Conor Thomas goes off and Gary Deegan comes on.

90:00 +1:07

The referee penalises Andrew Taylor for handball.

90:00 +0:31

Chris Hussey delivers the ball.

89:40

Jordan Clarke sends in a cross, Peter Whittingham manages to make a clearance.

88:25

Nathan Cameron gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Rudy Gestede. Peter Whittingham has an effort direct from the free kick.

87:28

Conor Thomas has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide left of the target.

87:00

Clive Platt fouled by Peter Whittingham, the ref awards a free kick. Sammy Clingan restarts play with the free kick.

86:17 Substitution

Substitution Chris Hussey joins the action as a substitute, replacing Martin Cranie.

86:07

Martin Cranie sends in a cross, Ben Turner makes a clearance.

84:20

Jordan Clarke takes a shot. Andrew Taylor gets a block in.

82:40

The assist for the goal came from Mark Hudson.

82:40 Goal scored

Goal! - Peter Whittingham - Cardiff 2 - 1 Coventry Peter Whittingham finds the net with a goal from just outside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Cardiff 2-1 Coventry.

82:06

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Peter Whittingham, Joe Murphy makes a clearance.

81:51

Robert Earnshaw has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide right of the target.

79:52

Kevin McNaughton crosses the ball, Effort on goal by Robert Earnshaw from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target. Inswinging corner taken by Peter Whittingham from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Sammy Clingan.

78:10

Effort from inside the area by Rudy Gestede misses to the right of the target.

77:28

A cross is delivered by Jordan Clarke, Mark Hudson makes a clearance. Oliver Norwood has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the target.

77:23

Jordan Clarke produces a cross, clearance by Ben Turner.

76:56

A cross is delivered by Don Cowie.

76:19

A cross is delivered by Peter Whittingham, clearance made by Clive Platt.

75:52

Corner taken left-footed by Peter Whittingham from the right by-line, clearance made by Clive Platt.

75:44

Kevin McNaughton produces a cross, Martin Cranie gets a block in.

75:02

Effort from deep inside the area by Peter Whittingham misses to the left of the target.

74:43

Kevin McNaughton delivers the ball, clearance by Sammy Clingan.

72:12

Joe Murphy takes the free kick.

72:12 Substitution

Substitution Liam Lawrence leaves the field to be replaced by Robert Earnshaw.

72:12

The referee blows for offside.

71:45

The offside flag is raised against Alex Nimely. David Marshall takes the free kick.

71:20

Foul by Rudy Gestede on Richard Keogh, free kick awarded. Indirect free kick taken by Joe Murphy.

69:30

David Marshall takes the indirect free kick.

69:30 Substitution

Substitution Clive Platt comes on in place of Cody McDonald.

69:30

The referee blows for offside against Gary McSheffrey.

68:01 Goal scored

Goal! - Jordan Clarke - Cardiff 1 - 1 Coventry Jordan Clarke finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Cardiff 1-1 Coventry.

67:55

The ball is sent over by Gary McSheffrey, clearance by Jordan Clarke.

67:36

Shot from just outside the box by Rudy Gestede misses to the left of the goal.

67:01

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kevin McNaughton by Gary McSheffrey. Kevin McNaughton takes the indirect free kick.

65:19

Effort from inside the area by Gary McSheffrey strikes the post.

64:40

Andrew Taylor sends in a cross. Free kick awarded for a foul by Martin Cranie on Kevin McNaughton. David Marshall takes the free kick.

62:00

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Don Cowie.

60:53

Corner taken right-footed by Liam Lawrence, Joe Murphy manages to make a clearance.

60:30

Andrew Taylor produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the goal.

59:43

Close range shot by Liam Lawrence clears the bar.

58:57

Foul by Gary McSheffrey on Mark Hudson, free kick awarded. Andrew Taylor takes the free kick.

58:22

The ball is delivered by Conor Thomas, Gary McSheffrey produces a header from inside the area that goes over the crossbar.

57:55

Effort on goal by Peter Whittingham from outside the penalty box goes harmlessly over the bar.

57:46

The ball is delivered by Kevin McNaughton, clearance by Richard Keogh.

56:47 Substitution

Substitution Stephen McPhail leaves the field to be replaced by Rudy Gestede.

55:40

Gary McSheffrey takes a shot. Save by David Marshall.

55:27

Jordan Clarke produces a cross, Ben Turner manages to make a clearance.

54:34

Gary McSheffrey sends in a cross, save by David Marshall.

54:19

Centre by Jordan Clarke, clearance by Ben Turner.

51:59

Cody McDonald fouled by Stephen McPhail, the ref awards a free kick. Sammy Clingan produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick, Joe Murphy makes a save. Gary McSheffrey is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by David Marshall.

50:10 Penalty

Penalty missed over the bar by Gary McSheffrey.

50:10 Booking

Booking Aron Gunnarsson is booked.

49:43

Penalty awarded for an unfair challenge on Richard Keogh by Aron Gunnarsson.

49:14

Corner taken by Gary McSheffrey from the right by-line, clearance made by David Marshall.

47:06

Jordan Clarke handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Free kick taken by David Marshall.

46:27

Liam Lawrence gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jordan Clarke. Indirect free kick taken by Richard Keogh.

45:43

The ball is crossed by Alex Nimely, Close range headed effort by Cody McDonald goes wide of the left-hand post.

45:01

The second half has started.

45:00 +2:18 Half time

Half Time The half-time whistle blows.

45:00 +1:38

The referee blows for offside. Joe Murphy restarts play with the free kick.

45:00 +1:00

The ball is delivered by Don Cowie, save by Joe Murphy.

45:00 +0:33

Liam Lawrence takes a inswinging corner.

44:46

Alex Nimely gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mark Hudson. Direct free kick taken by Stephen McPhail.

44:39

Kevin McNaughton sends in a cross, clearance made by Jordan Clarke.

43:49

Oliver Norwood challenges Aron Gunnarsson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Mark Hudson takes the direct free kick.

43:10

Peter Whittingham produces a left-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the bar.

42:31

Aron Gunnarsson takes a shot. Save by Joe Murphy.

41:27

Free kick awarded for a foul by Liam Lawrence on Gary McSheffrey. Sammy Clingan takes the direct free kick.

33:48

Free kick awarded for a foul by Mark Hudson on Alex Nimely. Free kick crossed by Sammy Clingan.

31:46

Shot from just outside the box by Gary McSheffrey misses to the right of the goal.

29:12

The ball is swung over by Kevin McNaughton.

28:42

The ball is sent over by Gary McSheffrey, David Marshall makes a save.

27:29

The offside flag is raised against Alex Nimely. Ben Turner takes the free kick.

26:23

Liam Lawrence gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gary McSheffrey. Sammy Clingan takes the free kick.

25:05

Cody McDonald concedes a free kick for a foul on Kevin McNaughton. Mark Hudson takes the indirect free kick.

24:23

Stephen McPhail produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.

23:59

Corner taken by Peter Whittingham, save by Joe Murphy.

23:41

Don Cowie takes a shot. Blocked by Richard Keogh.

23:29

The ball is crossed by Aron Gunnarsson, Martin Cranie makes a clearance.

22:17

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

17:20

Assist on the goal came from Liam Lawrence. Corner from left by-line taken by Liam Lawrence. Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Peter Whittingham.

17:20 Goal scored

Goal! - Cody McDonald - Cardiff 1 - 0 Coventry Cody McDonald scores an own goal. Cardiff 1-0 Coventry.

16:52

Inswinging corner taken by Liam Lawrence from the left by-line,

15:35

The ball is sent over by Andrew Taylor, Conor Thomas makes a clearance.

13:43

Effort from the edge of the area by Alex Nimely goes wide of the right-hand upright.

12:58

A cross is delivered by Liam Lawrence, Joe Murphy makes a save.

12:28

Nathan Cameron concedes a free kick for a foul on Stephen McPhail. David Marshall takes the free kick.

11:54

Unfair challenge on Oliver Norwood by Liam Lawrence results in a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Sammy Clingan.

11:02

Aron Gunnarsson produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the net.

8:11

The official flags Joe Mason offside. Free kick taken by Joe Murphy.

6:09

The ball is delivered by Peter Whittingham.

4:57

The ball is sent over by Kevin McNaughton, clearance made by Jordan Clarke.

3:04

Shot from just outside the box by Gary McSheffrey goes over the crossbar.

2:21

Mark Hudson is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Joe Murphy takes the indirect free kick.

1:41

Martin Cranie concedes a free kick for a foul on Don Cowie. Peter Whittingham restarts play with the free kick.

1:14

Jordan Clarke produces a cross, clearance by Kevin McNaughton.

0:00

The game kicks-off.

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