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Sunderland 4-5 Coventry City

Sunderland's hopes of securing automatic promotion from League One suffered a major blow as they crashed to a remarkable 5-4 defeat by Coventry.

Substitute Conor Chaplin struck in the 78th minute at the Stadium of Light to leave the Black Cats two points behind second-placed Barnsley with a game in hand.

There were six goals in a chaotic first half, with Coventry claiming a 12th minute lead when Bright Enobakhare capitalised on an error from Luke O'Nien to slot home a low finish.

The hosts levelled when George Honeyman's shot took a huge deflection to beat goalkeeper Lee Burge, but the visitors regained their lead three minutes later as Luke Thomas' through ball enabled Amadou Bakayoko to break clear and score.

The Sky Blues went further ahead midway through the first half when Enobakhare teed up Jordy Hiwula to fire home a shot that took a hefty deflection off Jack Baldwin.

Sunderland were all over the place at that stage, yet they gained a foothold when Burge made a mess of trying to punch a cross from Bryan Oviedo, enabling Charlie Wyke to roll into an empty net.

And the Black Cats were level on the stroke of half-time when Wyke nodded down Oviedo's cross for Will Grigg to stab home from close range.

There was no let up in the action in the second half and Coventry reclaimed the lead within 10 minutes of the restart. Bakayoko teed up Jordan Shipley, who found the bottom right-hand corner from 20 yards.

Sunderland hit back again to level things up at 4-4 when substitute Aiden McGeady set up Max Power for another effort that found the net via a deflection.

However, Coventry had the final say with 12 minutes left. Tom Flanagan failed to cut out Charlie Wakefield's cross and Chaplin turned neatly before rifling into the roof of the net.

Sunderland's first home league defeat of the season saw their 19-match unbeaten run in League One come to an end.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Sunderland

  • 1McLaughlin
  • 13O'Nien
  • 12Flanagan
  • 15Baldwin
  • 3Oviedo
  • 10Honeyman
  • 27Power
  • 23LeadbitterBooked at 44minsSubstituted forSterlingat 65'minutes
  • 17MorganSubstituted forMbunga-Kimpiokaat 83'minutes
  • 9Wyke
  • 22GriggSubstituted forMcGeadyat 64'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Cattermole
  • 19McGeady
  • 25Ruiter
  • 26Sterling
  • 30Dunne
  • 33Hume
  • 48Mbunga-Kimpioka

Coventry

  • 1Burge
  • 17SterlingBooked at 42mins
  • 5Davies
  • 15Hyam
  • 3Mason
  • 6Kelly
  • 26Shipley
  • 23ThomasSubstituted forWakefieldat 77'minutes
  • 24EnobakhareSubstituted forChaplinat 77'minutesBooked at 79mins
  • 11Hiwula-MayifuilaSubstituted forWestbrookeat 90'minutes
  • 21Bakayoko

Substitutes

  • 10Chaplin
  • 12Brown
  • 19Ponticelli
  • 25Westbrooke
  • 33Addai
  • 37Williams
  • 44Wakefield
Referee:
John Busby
Attendance:
36,134

Match Stats

Home TeamSunderlandAway TeamCoventry
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home12
Away11
Shots on Target
Home7
Away7
Corners
Home1
Away5
Fouls
Home6
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Sunderland 4, Coventry City 5.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Sunderland 4, Coventry City 5.

Kazaiah Sterling (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Brandon Mason (Coventry City).

Attempt missed. Aiden McGeady (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

Kazaiah Sterling (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Liam Kelly (Coventry City).

Attempt missed. Aiden McGeady (Sunderland) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Coventry City. Zain Westbrooke replaces Jordy Hiwula-Mayifuila.

Charlie Wyke (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Liam Kelly (Coventry City).

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Jon McLaughlin.

Attempt saved. Amadou Bakayoko (Coventry City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Tom Davies (Coventry City) because of an injury.

Attempt saved. Kazaiah Sterling (Sunderland) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Sunderland. Benjamin Mbunga-Kimpioka replaces Lewis Morgan.

Booking

Conor Chaplin (Coventry City) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.

Goal!

Goal! Sunderland 4, Coventry City 5. Conor Chaplin (Coventry City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Coventry City. Conor Chaplin replaces Bright Enobakhare.

Substitution

Substitution, Coventry City. Charlie Wakefield replaces Luke Thomas because of an injury.

Delay in match Luke Thomas (Coventry City) because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Jordy Hiwula-Mayifuila (Coventry City) because of an injury.

Goal!

Goal! Sunderland 4, Coventry City 4. Max Power (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Charlie Wyke.

Lewis Morgan (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Luke Thomas (Coventry City).

Max Power (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Luke Thomas (Coventry City).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Sunderland. Kazaiah Sterling replaces Grant Leadbitter.

Substitution

Substitution, Sunderland. Aiden McGeady replaces William Grigg.

Delay in match Bright Enobakhare (Coventry City) because of an injury.

Attempt saved. Grant Leadbitter (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

William Grigg (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Tom Davies (Coventry City).

Attempt blocked. George Honeyman (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Goal!

Goal! Sunderland 3, Coventry City 4. Jordan Shipley (Coventry City) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Amadou Bakayoko.

Jack Baldwin (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jordan Shipley (Coventry City).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Luton422512581374487
2Barnsley422313672353782
3Sunderland412117374413380
4Portsmouth412311775443180
5Charlton422310962382479
6Doncaster4219121171521969
7Peterborough411810136354964
8Coventry421710155049161
9Burton4216121460481260
10Blackpool421416124746158
11Fleetwood411511155447756
12Oxford Utd421314155056-653
13Shrewsbury421214164753-650
14Bristol Rovers421213174447-349
15Gillingham42139205468-1448
16Accrington421212184361-1848
17Wycombe421211195264-1247
18Plymouth421211195167-1647
19Scunthorpe42129214973-2445
20Rochdale42129215183-3245
21Wimbledon42128223759-2244
22Southend42127234963-1443
23Walsall42119224569-2442
24Bradford42106264572-2736
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