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Rotherham United 1-3 Coventry City

Coventry City captain Carl Baker scored twice to help see off 10-man Rotherham.

City's Blair Adams hit the post before Joe Skarz put the hosts in front with a deflected first-half effort.

Craig Morgan was then red-carded for his tackle on Callum Wilson and Baker equalised from the resulting penalty.

Franck Moussa headed City ahead before Rotherham's Michael O'Connor's penalty was saved but, two minutes later, Baker sealed victory when he found the back of an unguarded net from over 50 yards.

With Rotherham keeper Adam Collin up for the corner, the ball was cleared to Baker on the right wing, and from about five yards inside his own half, he rolled it all the way along the ground and in.

Coventry manager Steve Pressley was forced to watch nearly an hour of the tense match from the stand, referee Gary Sutton having ordered him to leave the touchline after protesting against Rotherham's goal.

The game was delayed late on by a head injury to Sky Blues midfielder Conor Thomas which led to 14 and a half minutes of injury time.

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Rotherham United manager Steve Evans told BBC Radio Sheffield:

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Post-match: Rotherham boss Evans

"This [the penalty] is one of the worst decisions from an assistant referee you'll ever wish to see in football.

"It's a poor decision that changes the game.

"We could have the game wrapped up by half-time. It's evident that we didn't put our chances away."

Sky Blues manager Steven Pressley told BBC Coventry and Warwickshire:

"It was an absolutely outstanding game and an outstanding result. For us to deal with what they threw at us was incredible.

"The message at half time was: 'Are we going to be a team which gets a pat on the back and told how good we are? Or are we going to be a team that actually wins things?' We have to be a team that starts winning things, and that was the response in the second half. It was a terrific result.

"As for my own personal performance, I have to apologise. I was a bit caught up in the game and got emotional. I felt there were decisions not going our way, but I need to behave better than I did today.

"It is a learning curve, not just for my players, but for myself as well. It was my frustration spilling over, and I can only apologise. These are moments I have to do better in."

Line-ups

Rotherham

  • 21Collin
  • 14Bradley
  • 3Skarz
  • 8Frecklington
  • 4Arnason
  • 20MorganBooked at 70mins
  • 22Agard
  • 15MilsomSubstituted forO'Connorat 62'minutes
  • 28VuckicSubstituted forMillsat 71'minutes
  • 9Revell
  • 27Tavernier

Substitutes

  • 1Shearer
  • 2Brindley
  • 6Mills
  • 7Worrall
  • 10O'Connor
  • 16Tubbs
  • 23Tidser

Coventry

  • 1MurphyBooked at 90mins
  • 2ChristieBooked at 90mins
  • 3Adams
  • 6C ThomasSubstituted forBartonat 90+9'minutes
  • 19Willis
  • 4Webster
  • 8Baker
  • 17Daniels
  • 20C WilsonSubstituted forDagnallat 78'minutes
  • 9L Clarke
  • 14MoussaSubstituted forPhillipsat 89'minutes

Substitutes

  • 13Burge
  • 16Barton
  • 18Phillips
  • 21Dagnall
  • 25Urquhart
  • 30Garner
  • 31Haynes
Referee:
Gary Sutton
Attendance:
9,154

Match Stats

Home TeamRotherhamAway TeamCoventry
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home10
Away8
Shots on Target
Home8
Away4
Corners
Home8
Away8
Fouls
Home11
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Rotherham United 1, Coventry City 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Rotherham United 1, Coventry City 3.

Goal!

Goal! Rotherham United 1, Coventry City 3. Carl Baker (Coventry City) right footed shot from more than 40 yards on the right wing to the centre of the goal.

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Joe Murphy.

Penalty saved! Michael O'Connor (Rotherham United) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom left corner.

Penalty Rotherham United. Kári Arnason draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Andy Webster (Coventry City) after a foul in the penalty area.

Kári Arnason (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Carl Baker (Coventry City).

Substitution

Substitution, Coventry City. Adam Barton replaces Conor Thomas because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Carl Baker (Coventry City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Kári Arnason.

Booking

Cyrus Christie (Coventry City) is shown the yellow card.

Substitution

Substitution, Coventry City. Aaron Phillips replaces Franck Moussa.

Foul by Pablo Mills (Rotherham United).

Billy Daniels (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Mark Bradley (Rotherham United).

Franck Moussa (Coventry City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Goal!

Goal! Rotherham United 1, Coventry City 2. Franck Moussa (Coventry City) header from very close range to the top right corner. Assisted by Carl Baker with a cross.

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Adam Collin.

Attempt saved. Cyrus Christie (Coventry City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Mark Bradley.

Substitution

Substitution, Coventry City. Chris Dagnall replaces Callum Wilson because of an injury.

Foul by Kári Arnason (Rotherham United).

Callum Wilson (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Pablo Mills replaces Haris Vuckic.

Goal!

Goal! Rotherham United 1, Coventry City 1. Carl Baker (Coventry City) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Dismissal

Craig Morgan (Rotherham United) is shown the red card for a bad foul.

Penalty conceded by Craig Morgan (Rotherham United) after a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty Coventry City. Callum Wilson draws a foul in the penalty area.

Attempt missed. Carl Baker (Coventry City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

James Tavernier (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jordan Willis (Coventry City).

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Michael O'Connor replaces Robert Milsom.

Foul by Lee Frecklington (Rotherham United).

Carl Baker (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Alex Revell (Rotherham United).

Andy Webster (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Cyrus Christie.

Attempt missed. Cyrus Christie (Coventry City) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Brentford2416441952
2Wolves2414732149
3Leyton Orient2314632548
4Preston2413831147
5Peterborough241239639
6Rotherham241086638
7Walsall241077537
8Port Vale2411310-136
9Swindon231049934
10Coventry2412661032
11MK Dons23959432
12Bradford247107631
13Crawley23788-529
14Colchester246108-428
15Carlisle247611-1327
16Shrewsbury246810-326
17Gillingham247512-1026
18Sheff Utd246711-825
19Oldham236611-624
20Tranmere246612-1624
21Crewe246612-2524
22Bristol City234109-322
23Notts County256316-821
24Stevenage235414-2019
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