Shane Lowry's header gave Millwall a win which leaves Coventry on the brink of relegation from the Championship.

Coventry's Gary McSheffrey saw his penalty saved by Maik Taylor just before the hour.

Ten minutes later Lowry headed in to earn the Lions the win.

Coventry are five points adrift of 21st-placed Bristol City with only two games remaining and look set to drop into the third tier for the first time since 1964.

The Sky Blues now face already-relegated Doncaster on Saturday before heading to Southampton on the final day and they must win both games to have a chance of survival.

Clive Platt wasted a good early chance when he planted a header over from Sammy Clingan's cross.

Clingan's free-kick was saved by Taylor and Oliver Norwood also thumped over as the hosts searched for a breakthrough.

They looked set to be rewarded for their pressure when Cody McDonald won possession on the left and burst into the area before being brought down by Taylor.

But the 40-year-old goalkeeper pulled off a fine save to push away McSheffrey's spot-kick.

They were made to pay when Lowry headed in from Alan Dunne's cross as he earned the Lions a fourth straight win with his first goal for the club.

Coventry manager Andy Thorn: "At the moment I feel angry and all sorts. I'm disappointed when I look at people and I see how much effort they give, what's been done and where we've been left. The whole lot."

"Every time we've put the players on the pitch they've been bang at it, they've given their all for me and for the club - we just haven't had enough of them.

"I'm angry because I see the hurt in the players when they give everything but they've had no help, we've had no help, full stop. So that's where we are, that hurts.

"The lack of resources, the close season and early part of the season up until Christmas has killed us."

Millwall manager Kenny Jackett: "I thought we didn't play as well as we have been playing and Coventry missed a number of chances.

"My goalkeeper [Taylor] I put down as man of the match, which tells its own story of the game.

"It wasn't a fantastic performance by ourselves after the emotions of Saturday, getting to 50 points and mathematically being safe from relegation."

Lineup, Bookings (6) & Substitutions (3)

Coventry

  • 01 Murphy
  • 02 Keogh
  • 03 Hussey
  • 15 Cranie
  • 26 Clarke
  • 04 Clingan Booked
  • 07 Bell (Baker - 63' )
  • 16 Norwood
  • 11 McSheffrey
  • 14 McDonald
  • 22 Platt

Substitutes

  • 13 Dunn
  • 37 Willis
  • 08 Baker
  • 32 Thomas
  • 34 Bigirimana

Millwall

  • 39 Taylor Booked
  • 03 Craig
  • 16 Barron Booked
  • 18 Ward (Dunne - 59' Booked )
  • 21 Smith Booked
  • 31 Lowry
  • 14 Henry
  • 26 Abdou
  • 44 Wright Booked (Trotter - 46' )
  • 20 Keogh
  • 37 Kane

Substitutes

  • 01 Forde
  • 02 Dunne
  • 06 Trotter
  • 15 Feeney
  • 11 Batt
Ref: Linington
Att: 13,974

Match Stats

Shots

17 12

On target

7 4

Corners

5 4

Fouls

14 12

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:06 Full time

Full Time The referee ends the match.

90:00 +1:51

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Chris Hussey by Harry Kane. Joe Murphy takes the direct free kick.

90:00 +1:30

Carl Baker sends in a cross.

90:00 +1:00

James Henry takes a shot. Save made by Joe Murphy.

90:00 +0:49

A cross is delivered by Oliver Norwood, Tony Craig manages to make a clearance.

90:00 +0:34

Carl Baker delivers the ball.

89:56

Harry Kane is caught offside. Free kick taken by Sammy Clingan.

88:56

Foul by Clive Platt on Nadjim Abdou, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Alan Dunne.

88:09

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Tony Craig by Gary McSheffrey. Maik Taylor takes the direct free kick.

86:58

Oliver Norwood sends in a cross, Nadjim Abdou manages to make a clearance.

85:13

Free kick awarded for a foul by Scott Barron on Oliver Norwood. Sammy Clingan takes the direct free kick.

84:21

Martin Cranie concedes a free kick for a foul on Harry Kane. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Scott Barron from right channel, Richard Keogh makes a clearance.

83:43

The ball is delivered by Carl Baker, Cody McDonald takes a shot. Maik Taylor makes a save.

83:27

The referee blows for offside. Sammy Clingan restarts play with the free kick.

82:52

Chris Hussey delivers the ball, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Clive Platt misses to the left of the goal.

81:34

Clive Platt fouled by Shane Lowry, the ref awards a free kick. Sammy Clingan delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel.

79:51

Gary McSheffrey gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nadjim Abdou. Jack Smith takes the free kick.

79:03

The ball is swung over by Chris Hussey, clearance made by Tony Craig.

77:23

Free kick awarded for a foul by Tony Craig on Cody McDonald. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Sammy Clingan, Maik Taylor makes a save.

76:40

Shot from just outside the box by James Henry misses to the right of the goal.

76:20

James Henry decides to take the corner short.

76:11

The ball is swung over by Scott Barron, Richard Keogh manages to make a clearance.

75:30

The ball is sent over by Jordan Clarke, Tony Craig makes a clearance.

74:32

Free kick crossed right-footed by Sammy Clingan, Alan Dunne manages to make a clearance.

74:32 Booking

Booking Jack Smith booked for unsporting behaviour.

74:11

Jack Smith challenges Gary McSheffrey unfairly and gives away a free kick.

73:41

Harry Kane fouled by Jordan Clarke, the ref awards a free kick. Harry Kane takes the direct free kick.

72:52

Jack Smith challenges Carl Baker unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Sammy Clingan.

72:15

Effort from the edge of the area by Andrew Keogh goes wide of the right-hand post.

71:30

The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Joe Murphy.

70:21

Andrew Keogh takes a shot. Save by Joe Murphy.

69:40

Oliver Norwood challenges James Henry unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Maik Taylor.

69:18

Inswinging corner taken by Gary McSheffrey.

68:32

Sammy Clingan delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, Tony Craig makes a clearance.

68:32 Booking

Booking The referee cautions Alan Dunne for unsporting behaviour.

68:24

Alan Dunne concedes a free kick for a foul on Gary McSheffrey.

67:44

Alan Dunne handles the ball and concedes a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Sammy Clingan, clearance by Andrew Keogh.

66:57

Cody McDonald has an effort at goal from close range which goes wide right of the goal.

65:20

The assist for the goal came from Alan Dunne.

65:20 Goal scored

Goal! - Shane Lowry - Coventry 0 - 1 Millwall Shane Lowry finds the back of the net with a headed goal from deep inside the penalty box. Coventry 0-1 Millwall.

65:16

The ball is delivered by Alan Dunne,

64:34

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Scott Barron, Cody McDonald manages to make a clearance.

64:29

The ball is sent over by James Henry, clearance by Richard Keogh.

63:02

The ball is crossed by James Henry.

62:01 Substitution

Substitution David Bell leaves the field to be replaced by Carl Baker.

60:33

The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Maik Taylor.

59:25

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Shane Lowry by Clive Platt. Maik Taylor restarts play with the free kick.

58:22 Substitution

Substitution Alan Dunne on for Darren Ward.

57:28

Shot from just outside the area by Oliver Norwood misses to the right of the target.

57:12

Tony Craig handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Sammy Clingan restarts play with the free kick.

57:02

Jordan Clarke sends in a cross.

56:29 Penalty

Penalty taken by Gary McSheffrey is saved by Maik Taylor. Coventry 0-0 Millwall.

55:55 Booking

Booking Maik Taylor shown a yellow card.

55:24

Penalty awarded for an unfair challenge on Cody McDonald by Maik Taylor.

54:06

A cross is delivered by Jordan Clarke, comfortable save by Maik Taylor.

53:33

The ball is swung over by Harry Kane, Chris Hussey manages to make a clearance.

52:27

James Henry is ruled offside. Joe Murphy takes the free kick.

50:51

Foul by Martin Cranie on Harry Kane, free kick awarded. Harry Kane has an effort direct from the free kick.

49:41

Shot from deep inside the area by Cody McDonald clears the crossbar.

48:57

Richard Keogh fouled by Andrew Keogh, the ref awards a free kick. Joe Murphy takes the free kick.

48:16

David Bell delivers the ball.

47:38

The ball is swung over by Chris Hussey, Shane Lowry makes a clearance.

46:44

The ball is delivered by Gary McSheffrey.

46:15

Corner taken right-footed by Sammy Clingan from the left by-line, save by Maik Taylor.

45:43

Chris Hussey takes a shot. Shane Lowry manages to make a clearance.

45:31

A cross is delivered by Gary McSheffrey.

45:01

The match restarts for the second half.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution (Millwall) makes a substitution, with Liam Trotter coming on for Josh Wright.

45:00 +1:57 Half time

Half Time The referee blows for half time.

44:39

David Bell challenges James Henry unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Scott Barron.

42:55

James Henry takes a shot. Joe Murphy makes a comfortable save.

42:34

The ball is sent over by Scott Barron, clearance by Richard Keogh.

41:54

Tony Craig delivers the ball, Martin Cranie manages to make a clearance.

41:29

Richard Keogh gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Scott Barron. Tony Craig takes the free kick.

40:09

Jordan Clarke delivers the ball.

39:51

Centre by Chris Hussey, Nadjim Abdou makes a clearance.

39:11

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by James Henry from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Richard Keogh.

39:07

James Henry produces a cross, Martin Cranie makes a clearance.

37:41

Josh Wright is adjudged to have handled the ball. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Oliver Norwood.

37:14

Jordan Clarke takes a shot. Josh Wright gets a block in.

36:38

Chris Hussey crosses the ball, Clive Platt takes a shot. Maik Taylor makes a brilliant save.

35:15

The ball is sent over by Jack Smith, Shane Lowry produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box that clears the crossbar.

34:40

Corner taken by James Henry from the right by-line played to the near post, Gary McSheffrey manages to make a clearance.

34:30

Jack Smith delivers the ball.

32:57

Free kick awarded for a foul by Sammy Clingan on Josh Wright. James Henry crosses the ball in from the free kick.

31:43

The referee blows for offside against Andrew Keogh. Indirect free kick taken by Sammy Clingan.

31:14

Gary McSheffrey takes the outswinging corner, Andrew Keogh manages to make a clearance.

30:45

Volleyed right-footed shot by Cody McDonald. Save made by Maik Taylor.

30:23

Gary McSheffrey takes a shot. Nadjim Abdou gets a block in.

29:37

Harry Kane has a shot on goal from outside the box which misses left.

28:30

David Bell crosses the ball.

28:17

Gary McSheffrey produces a cross, Shane Lowry manages to make a clearance.

27:09

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

27:04

David Bell delivers the ball.

25:05

Free kick awarded for a foul by Cody McDonald on Nadjim Abdou. Tony Craig takes the free kick.

24:20

Chris Hussey crosses the ball.

23:53

Corner taken right-footed by Sammy Clingan.

22:40

Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Sammy Clingan, save by Maik Taylor.

22:40 Booking

Booking Josh Wright is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

21:41 Booking

Booking The referee cautions Scott Barron for unsporting behaviour.

21:21

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jordan Clarke by Scott Barron.

20:31

A cross is delivered by Jordan Clarke.

16:58

Josh Wright takes the free kick.

16:58 Booking

Booking Sammy Clingan is given a yellow card.

16:32

Free kick awarded for a foul by Sammy Clingan on Andrew Keogh.

16:16

Gary McSheffrey sends in a cross, Shane Lowry makes a clearance.

14:44

Unfair challenge on Clive Platt by Darren Ward results in a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Sammy Clingan, save made by Maik Taylor.

12:22

Shot from just outside the area by Harry Kane misses to the right of the target.

10:24

Darren Ward gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Clive Platt. Sammy Clingan produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick.

9:59

The official flags Clive Platt offside. Shane Lowry takes the indirect free kick.

9:25

Gary McSheffrey takes the outswinging corner, clearance by Andrew Keogh.

9:13

Gary McSheffrey produces a cross, Shane Lowry manages to make a clearance.

8:07

Centre by Sammy Clingan, Clive Platt has a header from close in and clears the crossbar.

7:28

A cross is delivered by Tony Craig, clearance made by Chris Hussey.

5:58

A cross is delivered by James Henry, blocked by Chris Hussey.

5:09

The ball is delivered by Tony Craig, save by Joe Murphy.

4:35

Oliver Norwood concedes a free kick for a foul on James Henry. Tony Craig takes the direct free kick.

2:32

Shot by Cody McDonald from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.

1:46

Josh Wright has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box which goes wide right of the target.

1:38

James Henry sends in a cross.

0:37

Harry Kane has an effort at goal from outside the box missing to the wide left of the goal.

0:16

James Henry produces a cross, clearance by Martin Cranie.

0:00

The match begins.

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