The FA Cup - Third Round
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Bristol Rovers 2-2 Coventry City, FA Cup third round

By Craig NelsonBBC Sport

Coventry City twice came from behind to draw 2-2 at League One rivals Bristol Rovers and force a replay.

Jonson Clarke-Harris put the home side in front in the sixth minute from the penalty spot.

Liam Walsh levelled with a low 20-yard shot in the 31st minute but Bristol Rovers captain Tony Craig headed them back in front a minute later.

The first-half hero handed Coventry a second equaliser, turning a low Walsh cross into his own net on 53 minutes.

Bristol Rovers' top scorer Clarke-Harris fired home his 12th goal of the season to give the hosts the perfect start.

Coventry's Kyle McFadzean was booked after bringing down Cameron Hargreaves in the area following a poor pass out by goalkeeper Marko Marosi and the former Sky Blues striker ensured the mistake was punished from the penalty spot.

Bristol Rovers' stand-in goalkeeper Jordi van Stappershoef produced a fine reaction save with his right boot to ensure his side remained in front, deflecting what looked like a certain equaliser from Jordan Shipley in the 20th minute.

He could do nothing to stop Walsh's long-range strike, but the hosts hit back almost immediately as Craig rose highest to head home Liam Sercombe's free-kick from the right.

Bristol Rovers endured a rollercoaster start to the second half, Ed Upson seeing his volley come crashing back off the Coventry upright before Craig stuck out a boot to turn in Walsh's pull-back, denying manager Ben Garner a first win in his fourth game in charge.

The fourth-round draw will be made live on BBC One on Monday ahead of the Arsenal v Leeds United tie. Coverage starts at 19:30 GMT.

Bristol Rovers manager Ben Garner told BBC Radio Bristol: "It's probably a fair result on the balance of the game but we are obviously disappointed not to win it. A decent performance.

"There are signs we are going in the right direction, a lot of positives in there today. Pleasing that the first goal came off a press and we're delighted to get one from a set-piece as well.

"We are getting there, we need to create a little bit more in open play, we need to have a little bit more threat and penetration about us, but we are working on that and will get there."

Coventry manager Mark Robins told BBC Radio Coventry and Warwickshire: "I am frustrated because we gave them the two goals. We started brightly but then contrived to give them a penalty.

"Then you find yourself back in the game and I thought we played quite well before they got themselves back in front with a set-play goal. Then we have to come back again.

"We showed good character [to equalise again], created some good chances but just couldn't take them today to finish the tie off."

Line-ups

Bristol Rovers

Formation 3-5-2

  • 1van Stappershoef
  • 24Menayese
  • 5Craig
  • 15KilgourBooked at 76mins
  • 33Rodman
  • 36HargreavesSubstituted forAdeboyejoat 88'minutes
  • 6Upson
  • 7SercombeBooked at 78mins
  • 11LeahySubstituted forHolmes-Dennisat 83'minutes
  • 10NicholsBooked at 36minsSubstituted forBennettat 64'minutes
  • 9Clarke-HarrisBooked at 44mins

Substitutes

  • 3Holmes-Dennis
  • 16Davies
  • 18Kelly
  • 23Bennett
  • 28Tomlinson
  • 29Adeboyejo
  • 31Andre

Coventry

Formation 3-4-2-1

  • 1Marosi
  • 4Rose
  • 5McFadzeanBooked at 5mins
  • 15Hyam
  • 23DaboBooked at 45mins
  • 20Walsh
  • 6Kelly
  • 31McCallumSubstituted forMasonat 84'minutes
  • 25WestbrookeSubstituted forAllenat 73'minutes
  • 26ShipleySubstituted forO'Hareat 51'minutes
  • 24Godden

Substitutes

  • 3Mason
  • 8Allen
  • 11Hiwula-Mayifuila
  • 13Wilson
  • 16Pask
  • 17O'Hare
  • 21Bakayoko
Referee:
Gavin Ward
Attendance:
7,000

Match Stats

Home TeamBristol RoversAway TeamCoventry
Possession
Home43%
Away57%
Shots
Home8
Away16
Shots on Target
Home3
Away6
Corners
Home2
Away7
Fouls
Home20
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Bristol Rovers 2, Coventry City 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Bristol Rovers 2, Coventry City 2.

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jonson Clarke-Harris (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  4. Post update

    Jamie Allen (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Kyle Bennett (Bristol Rovers).

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Tony Craig (Bristol Rovers) header from the left side of the six yard box is just a bit too high following a corner.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Kyle McFadzean.

  8. Post update

    Attempt saved. Matt Godden (Coventry City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Victor Adeboyejo replaces Cameron Hargreaves.

  10. Post update

    Callum O'Hare (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Ed Upson (Bristol Rovers).

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jamie Allen (Coventry City) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Coventry City. Brandon Mason replaces Sam McCallum because of an injury.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Tareiq Holmes-Dennis replaces Luke Leahy.

  15. Post update

    Fankaty Dabo (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Luke Leahy (Bristol Rovers).

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Luke Leahy (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is too high.

  18. Booking

    Liam Sercombe (Bristol Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  19. Post update

    Jamie Allen (Coventry City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Liam Sercombe (Bristol Rovers).

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