Coventry 1-1 Brentford

Brentford lost ground in the League One automatic promotion race, being held at financially-challenged Coventry City.

The Sky Blues were ahead when captain Carl Baker slotted home a penalty a minute before the break after Harlee Dean had pushed Richard Wood.

But the Bees levelled a minute after the restart, Clayton Donaldson crossing for Harry Forrester to find the corner.

Donaldson then missed a great chance to snatch the points in the final minute, slicing wide from close range.

Brentford are now five points behind second-placed Bournemouth, although they have two games in hand.

Coventry, who gave a debut to 17-year-old Ryan Haynes at left-back, remain 14th in League One.

With three games left, they are 14 points off the pace, following their 10-point deduction for going into administration.

But the Sky Blues' decision to appeal could yet reignite those play-off hopes.

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Sky Blues manager Steven Pressley told BBC Coventry and Warwickshire:

"It was probably a fair result. We've gone four on the bounce without losing which is pleasing in the respect that our home form was a concern for many people, but we do want to win our home games.

"These players have had a difficult couple of weeks with the deduction of 10 points when we had momentum and getting very close to the play-offs.

"It's not easy when that's taken away from you and I think their response has been terrific.

"We keep talking positively with the group about achieving things this season but, when they look at the league table and 10 points taken away, it's not easy to convince them of that."

Brentford manager Uwe Rosler told BBC London 94.9:

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Rosler pleased to 'stop away rot'

"I am very happy. It was another very good away game and I am happy to get a point as they are a good footballing side.

"We controlled the second half, and after the equaliser we had some massive chances and we have managed to stop the rot.

"The winter has been hard and so the pitches will be hard to play on. They are in a bad way all over the country and it's difficult for both sides.

"We have a massive game against Crewe coming up and we can still go up automatically."

Lineup, Bookings (6) & Substitutions (5)

Coventry

  • 01 Murphy
  • 21 Christie
  • 24 Wood
  • 35 Martin
  • 37 Haynes
  • 08 Baker
  • 10 Fleck Booked
  • 12 Jennings
  • 32 Moussa (McDonald - 74' )
  • 38 Bailey (Bell - 65' )
  • 20 Wilson Booked

Substitutes

  • 13 Dunn
  • 02 Clarke
  • 25 Edjenguele
  • 04 Thomas
  • 07 Bell
  • 09 McDonald
  • 17 Ball

Brentford

  • 21 Moore
  • 05 Craig Booked
  • 06 Dean Booked
  • 14 Logan
  • 18 Hodson (Wright-Phillips - 72' )
  • 24 Bidwell
  • 04 Forshaw Booked
  • 08 Douglas (Diagouraga - 46' )
  • 12 Adeyemi
  • 09 Donaldson
  • 19 Forrester (Saunders - 78' Booked )

Substitutes

  • 16 Gounet
  • 02 O'Connor
  • 07 Saunders
  • 20 Diagouraga
  • 22 Reeves
  • 11 Trotta
  • 17 Wright-Phillips
Ref: Mathieson
Att: 10,642

Match Stats

Shots

10 12

On target

8 5

Corners

4 9

Fouls

10 17

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +5:15 Full time

Full Time The referee brings the game to a close.

90:00 +4:16

Corner taken by Sam Saunders, Header on goal by Tony Craig from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.

90:00 +3:41

The free kick is swung in left-footed by John Fleck, Simon Moore makes a save.

90:00 +3:41 Booking

Booking Booking for Sam Saunders.

90:00 +3:20

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Cyrus Christie by Sam Saunders.

90:00 +2:22

Outswinging corner taken by Sam Saunders from the right by-line played to the near post, Ryan Haynes manages to make a clearance.

89:54

Unfair challenge on Harlee Dean by Callum Wilson results in a free kick. Tony Craig takes the direct free kick.

89:22

Shot from close range by Clayton Donaldson misses to the left of the target.

87:49

Jake Bidwell fouled by Carl Baker, the ref awards a free kick. Sam Saunders delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, save by Joe Murphy.

87:24

Clayton Donaldson takes a shot. Save made by Joe Murphy.

85:49

Richard Wood gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Adam Forshaw. Free kick crossed right-footed by Sam Saunders, Cyrus Christie makes a clearance.

83:10

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by David Bell, free kick awarded for a foul by Richard Wood on Tony Craig. Free kick taken by Simon Moore.

81:27

Clayton Donaldson challenges Richard Wood unfairly and gives away a free kick. Joe Murphy restarts play with the free kick.

80:05

Tom Adeyemi produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes wide left of the goal.

77:57 Substitution

Substitution Sam Saunders joins the action as a substitute, replacing Harry Forrester.

76:22

Harry Forrester produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the goal. The ball is delivered by Adam Forshaw, save made by Joe Murphy.

75:48

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Adam Forshaw from the right by-line.

73:58

Cyrus Christie challenges Harry Forrester unfairly and gives away a free kick. Harry Forrester takes the direct free kick.

73:29 Substitution

Substitution Franck Moussa leaves the field to be replaced by Cody McDonald.

71:22 Substitution

Substitution Bradley Wright-Phillips is brought on as a substitute for Lee Hodson.

71:05

The ball is crossed by Adam Forshaw, clearance by Richard Wood.

70:30

Corner taken by Adam Forshaw, Aaron Martin manages to make a clearance.

69:20

Shaleum Logan challenges Callum Wilson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Carl Baker produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick, save made by Simon Moore.

68:20

Carl Baker crosses the ball, blocked by Harry Forrester.

67:21

Harlee Dean takes a shot. Blocked by Richard Wood.

66:36

David Bell gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Adam Forshaw. Free kick crossed by Jake Bidwell.

66:00

Tony Craig fouled by Callum Wilson, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Tony Craig.

64:04

Free kick crossed by John Fleck, Harlee Dean makes a clearance.

64:04 Substitution

Substitution David Bell joins the action as a substitute, replacing James Bailey.

64:04

Lee Hodson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Callum Wilson.

63:00

James Bailey fouled by Tom Adeyemi, the ref awards a free kick. Steven Jennings restarts play with the free kick.

61:28

The ball is sent over by Callum Wilson, Tony Craig makes a clearance.

60:32

Outswinging corner taken by Harry Forrester. Clayton Donaldson takes a shot. Ryan Haynes manages to make a clearance.

56:23

The free kick is swung in left-footed by Jake Bidwell, save by Joe Murphy.

56:23 Booking

Booking John Fleck receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.

56:14

Tom Adeyemi fouled by John Fleck, the ref awards a free kick.

54:53

Corner taken short by Adam Forshaw.

54:06

The ball is crossed by Ryan Haynes.

53:41

Carl Baker fouled by Harry Forrester, the ref awards a free kick. Steven Jennings takes the free kick.

52:32

Foul by Adam Forshaw on John Fleck, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed by Carl Baker, save made by Simon Moore.

51:33

John Fleck takes a shot. Save by Simon Moore. Floated corner taken from the left by-line by John Fleck.

49:42

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Carl Baker by Harry Forrester. Steven Jennings takes the free kick.

47:35

Carl Baker delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel, Simon Moore makes a save.

47:35 Booking

Booking Adam Forshaw shown a yellow card.

47:22

Tony Craig challenges Callum Wilson unfairly and gives away a free kick.

46:02

Assist on the goal came from Clayton Donaldson.

46:02 Goal scored

Goal! - Harry Forrester - Coventry 1 - 1 Brentford A goal is scored by Harry Forrester from inside the six-yard box low into the middle of the goal. Coventry 1-1 Brentford.

45:01

The second half kicks off.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Toumani Diagouraga is brought on as a substitute for Jonathan Douglas.

45:00 +1:32 Half time

Half Time The referee blows for half time.

45:00 +1:17

The ball is sent over by Cyrus Christie, Harlee Dean manages to make a clearance.

45:00 +0:27

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

44:37 Goal scored

Goal! - Carl Baker - Coventry 1 - 0 Brentford Carl Baker scores a placed penalty. Coventry 1-0 Brentford.

43:52 Booking

Booking Harlee Dean receives a yellow card.

42:43

John Fleck delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, Penalty awarded for an unfair challenge on Richard Wood by Harlee Dean.

42:43 Booking

Booking Tony Craig is shown a yellow card.

42:35

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Carl Baker by Tony Craig.

40:38

The ball is crossed by Cyrus Christie.

39:35

The ball is swung over by Cyrus Christie, Franck Moussa takes a shot. Simon Moore makes a save.

39:07

Callum Wilson takes a shot. Blocked by Tony Craig.

38:22

Adam Forshaw is caught offside. Aaron Martin takes the indirect free kick.

37:58

Franck Moussa has an effort at goal from 20 yards. Simon Moore makes a save.

36:22

Cyrus Christie delivers the ball.

33:17

Adam Forshaw delivers the ball, Close range headed effort by Jonathan Douglas misses to the right of the target.

32:24

Effort from the edge of the penalty box by Clayton Donaldson goes wide of the right-hand upright.

31:21

Callum Wilson fouled by Tony Craig, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed by Cyrus Christie, Harlee Dean makes a clearance.

30:01

Lee Hodson crosses the ball, Ryan Haynes gets a block in.

29:00

A cross is delivered by Cyrus Christie, Jake Bidwell gets a block in.

26:57

Jake Bidwell produces a cross.

25:59

Centre by John Fleck.

25:35

Franck Moussa fouled by Shaleum Logan, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Ryan Haynes.

24:00 Booking

Booking The referee shows Callum Wilson a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

22:20

Steven Jennings takes a shot. Save by Joe Murphy. Carl Baker takes a shot. Clearance made by Lee Hodson. Steven Jennings takes a shot. Tony Craig gets a block in.

21:02

Carl Baker produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

20:15

Callum Wilson fouled by Harlee Dean, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by John Fleck.

19:49

Steven Jennings takes a shot. Simon Moore makes a save.

17:53

The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Jonathan Douglas.

16:27

Shaleum Logan produces a cross, save by Joe Murphy.

15:14

Corner taken by Harry Forrester.

14:46

Corner taken by John Fleck from the left by-line, Tony Craig manages to make a clearance.

14:16

John Fleck takes a short corner.

13:03

Harry Forrester is ruled offside. Joe Murphy takes the free kick.

12:11

Lee Hodson produces a cross, Richard Wood makes a clearance.

11:54

A cross is delivered by Harry Forrester, Ryan Haynes makes a clearance.

10:55

Harry Forrester concedes a free kick for a foul on Carl Baker. Steven Jennings restarts play with the free kick.

8:18

Foul by Ryan Haynes on Shaleum Logan, free kick awarded. Jake Bidwell crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, clearance by Richard Wood.

7:48

Adam Forshaw sends in a cross, Richard Wood manages to make a clearance.

7:21

Centre by Lee Hodson, clearance made by Richard Wood.

6:48

Foul by Tony Craig on Franck Moussa, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Steven Jennings.

6:00

Short corner worked by Harry Forrester.

4:47

Lee Hodson takes a shot. Franck Moussa gets a block in. Corner taken right-footed by Adam Forshaw.

4:15

Jake Bidwell gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Carl Baker. Steven Jennings takes the free kick.

3:37

Harry Forrester takes a shot. Blocked by Carl Baker.

2:34

Steven Jennings challenges Adam Forshaw unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jonathan Douglas restarts play with the free kick.

0:00

The ref blows the whistle to start the match.

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