Coventry were relegated to League One after losing at home to Doncaster, although a win would not have been enough thanks to results elsewhere.

Already-relegated Doncaster took the lead through James Hayter's penalty, earned after Richard Keogh fouled the striker and was shown a red card.

Simon Gillett fired into the bottom right corner from just outside the box to double the visitors' advantage.

Coventry's fans spent much of the match protesting against the club's owners.

Their chances of taking their relegation battle into the final week of the season were reliant on a victory over Rovers and Bristol City losing to Barnsley, a game the Robins won 2-0.

And the Sky Blues will be facing Rovers next season in the third tier of English football after neither result went their way.

After news of Bristol City's early opener at Ashton Gate filtered around the Ricoh Arena, Doncaster almost piled more misery on Coventry with an early strike but Joe Murphy denied Gillett from 20 yards.

Coventry soon settled and Keogh headed wide from Oliver Norwood's corner before Gary McSheffrey saw a shot blocked by Adam Lockwood.

The Sky Blues almost got their reward on the half-hour mark but Clive Platt's close-range header was nodded off the line by George Friend.

Rovers were forced to replace Chris Brown with Hayter shortly before the break and Coventry ended the half strongly, with Clive Platt testing Gary Woods.

City started the second half positively and after Chris Hussey shot wide from 20 yards, Cody McDonald hit a post and McSheffrey fired over from six yards.

But Keogh was then shown a straight red card after hauling down Hayter, who picked himself up to convert from the spot.

Gillett then got his name on the scoresheet three minutes from time, finding the bottom corner from 20 yards.

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (4)

Coventry

  • 01 Murphy
  • 02 Keogh Dismissed
  • 03 Hussey
  • 15 Cranie
  • 26 Clarke
  • 16 Norwood
  • 32 Thomas (Baker - 68' )
  • 34 Bigirimana
  • 11 McSheffrey
  • 14 McDonald
  • 22 Platt

Substitutes

  • 13 Dunn
  • 37 Willis
  • 08 Baker
  • 38 Roberts
  • 27 Jeffers

Doncaster

  • 33 Woods
  • 02 O'Connor
  • 03 Friend
  • 11 Lockwood
  • 21 Hird
  • 40 Husband
  • 16 Oster
  • 18 Gillett
  • 26 Coppinger (Woods - 89' )
  • 09 Brown (Hayter - 41' )
  • 22 Robert (Bennett - 52' )

Substitutes

  • 24 Dumbuya
  • 07 Woods
  • 12 Hayter
  • 23 Bennett
  • 49 Bamogo
Ref: Foy
Att: 15,124

Match Stats

Shots

13 10

On target

4 5

Corners

8 1

Fouls

11 8

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +1:37 Full time

Full Time The final whistle is blown by the referee.

89:33

Sam Hird fouled by Gael Bigirimana, the ref awards a free kick. John Oster takes the direct free kick.

88:51 Substitution

Substitution Martin Woods is brought on as a substitute for James Coppinger.

88:29

Gary McSheffrey crosses the ball, save made by Gary Woods.

86:58

Assist on the goal came from James Coppinger.

86:58 Goal scored

Goal! - Simon Gillett - Coventry 0 - 2 Doncaster Simon Gillett finds the back of the net with a goal from just outside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Coventry 0-2 Doncaster.

85:53

Foul by Sam Hird on Gary McSheffrey, free kick awarded. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Gary McSheffrey from left wing, blocked by Adam Lockwood.

84:13

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

83:40

John Oster sends in a cross, Joe Murphy makes a save.

81:43

Outswinging corner taken by Oliver Norwood, Adam Lockwood makes a clearance.

81:16

Corner taken left-footed by Gary McSheffrey, clearance by James Husband.

80:53

Kyle Bennett gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Carl Baker. Oliver Norwood crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing, George Friend manages to make a clearance.

80:04 Goal scored

Goal! - James Hayter - Coventry 0 - 1 Doncaster Penalty taken right-footed by James Hayter and scored. Coventry 0-1 Doncaster.

79:19 Dismissal

Dismissal Richard Keogh receives a red card.

79:05

Unfair challenge on James Hayter by Richard Keogh results in a Penalty.

78:06

John Oster produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.

77:24

Carl Baker gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James Husband. George Friend takes the free kick.

76:38

The ball is sent over by Chris Hussey, Close range effort by Gary McSheffrey clears the crossbar.

74:23

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Chris Hussey by James Coppinger. Joe Murphy takes the free kick.

73:54

Carl Baker produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the target.

71:36

Carl Baker concedes a free kick for a foul on Kyle Bennett. Free kick taken by James Husband.

71:04

The ball is delivered by Chris Hussey, Adam Lockwood makes a clearance.

70:23

Chris Hussey produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the goal.

69:59

Cody McDonald produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box and strikes the post.

68:54

Gary McSheffrey delivers the ball.

67:50 Substitution

Substitution (Coventry) makes a substitution, with Carl Baker coming on for Conor Thomas.

66:33

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Clive Platt by Adam Lockwood. Oliver Norwood has a direct shot on goal from the free kick.

65:54

Corner taken by Oliver Norwood from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Adam Lockwood.

65:32

Corner taken left-footed by Gary McSheffrey, Simon Gillett makes a clearance.

65:11

Chris Hussey decides to take a short corner.

64:33

The ball is delivered by Gary McSheffrey.

64:20

A cross is delivered by James Husband, save by Joe Murphy.

63:16

The ball is sent over by James O'Connor, Martin Cranie manages to make a clearance.

62:03

Centre by Richard Keogh.

61:09

Oliver Norwood crosses the ball, Adam Lockwood makes a clearance.

60:30

Corner taken right-footed by Oliver Norwood from the right by-line, save by Gary Woods.

59:59

James Coppinger crosses the ball.

59:20

The referee blows for offside against James Coppinger. Free kick taken by Joe Murphy.

59:01

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on James Hayter by Martin Cranie. Direct free kick taken by Sam Hird.

57:53

Jordan Clarke takes a shot. Save by Gary Woods.

56:56

The ball is sent over by James Coppinger, blocked by Gary McSheffrey.

55:42

Gary McSheffrey crosses the ball, clearance by James Husband.

54:58

Effort from the edge of the penalty area by James Coppinger goes wide of the left-hand post.

54:26

Foul by Gary McSheffrey on James O'Connor, free kick awarded. James O'Connor restarts play with the free kick.

53:45

John Oster sends in a cross.

53:21

The ball is sent over by James Husband, save by Joe Murphy.

53:00

Corner taken right-footed by James Coppinger.

52:55

The ball is sent over by James Husband, clearance made by Chris Hussey.

52:43

James Coppinger sends in a cross.

51:05 Substitution

Substitution Fabien Robert goes off and Kyle Bennett comes on.

50:05

Chris Hussey has an effort at goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.

49:27

Oliver Norwood gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on John Oster. John Oster restarts play with the free kick.

48:36

James Coppinger is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Martin Cranie.

48:16

Free kick awarded for a foul by Gary McSheffrey on James Husband. Gary Woods takes the free kick.

47:31

The official flags Clive Platt offside. George Friend takes the free kick.

45:20

Oliver Norwood concedes a free kick for a foul on James Hayter. John Oster takes the free kick.

45:01

The referee starts the second half.

45:00 +1:05 Half time

Half Time The match has reached half-time.

44:37

James Husband challenges Cody McDonald unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Oliver Norwood, Fabien Robert gets a block in.

42:47

A cross is delivered by Jordan Clarke, Clive Platt takes a shot. Gary Woods makes a save.

42:10

Simon Gillett has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

40:48 Substitution

Substitution Chris Brown leaves the field to be replaced by James Hayter.

40:48

The offside flag is raised against Jordan Clarke. Gary Woods takes the free kick.

40:40

The ball is delivered by Gary McSheffrey, Adam Lockwood makes a clearance.

36:21

Unfair challenge on Conor Thomas by Fabien Robert results in a free kick. Oliver Norwood sends in a cross, Headed effort from inside the penalty area by Clive Platt misses to the right of the target.

35:56

Chris Hussey produces a cross.

33:15

Jordan Clarke takes a shot. Save by Gary Woods.

33:04

The ball is sent over by Chris Hussey.

32:46

Chris Hussey produces a cross, Adam Lockwood manages to make a clearance.

32:39

The ball is sent over by Richard Keogh, clearance made by Adam Lockwood.

31:48

The ball is delivered by Gary McSheffrey.

30:25

The ball is crossed by Jordan Clarke, Clive Platt takes a shot. Clearance by George Friend.

26:48

Gary McSheffrey takes a shot. Blocked by Adam Lockwood.

26:21

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Oliver Norwood played to the near post.

26:09

The ball is delivered by Richard Keogh, clearance by James O'Connor.

25:41

Foul by James Husband on Cody McDonald, free kick awarded. Richard Keogh takes the direct free kick.

22:21

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Oliver Norwood from the right by-line, Richard Keogh has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the goal.

21:38

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gary McSheffrey by Adam Lockwood. Gary McSheffrey crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from left wing, George Friend manages to make a clearance.

19:25

Simon Gillett takes a shot. Save by Joe Murphy.

17:55

John Oster has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand post.

17:21

Conor Thomas gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James Husband. Free kick crossed right-footed by James Coppinger from left wing, clearance made by Jordan Clarke.

13:57

Simon Gillett takes a shot.

13:01

Richard Keogh challenges Chris Brown unfairly and gives away a free kick. James Coppinger restarts play with the free kick.

8:59

The ball is swung over by James Coppinger, Joe Murphy makes a save.

8:23

A cross is delivered by Chris Hussey, clearance by Adam Lockwood.

7:13

The ball is swung over by Gary McSheffrey, Adam Lockwood manages to make a clearance.

5:15

James O'Connor has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide left of the goal.

2:22

The ball is swung over by James O'Connor, Oliver Norwood gets a block in.

2:13

Centre by James O'Connor, Jordan Clarke makes a clearance.

1:48

James Coppinger takes a shot. Martin Cranie gets a block in.

0:10

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

0:00

The game begins.

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