The FA Cup - Third Round - Replay
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Coventry City 3-0 Bristol Rovers: Sky Blues set up FA Cup fourth-round tie with Birmingham

By Ged ScottBBC Sport at St Andrew's

St Andrew's tenants Coventry City set up an intriguing FA Cup fourth-round tie 'at home' to landlords Birmingham City as they comfortably disposed of Bristol Rovers.

Only five points separate fourth-placed Coventry from 12th-placed Rovers in League One - but the gulf was much bigger in this third-round replay as two goals from Max Biamou and one from Josh Pask saw the Sky Blues through.

On-loan Aston Villa midfielder Callum O'Hare, whose last-minute equaliser rescued Coventry against Ipswich in the second round, again played a big part, superbly creating all three goals.

In front of a paltry St Andrew's crowd of just 2,697 on a foul night, Coventry set up a first meeting with Birmingham since beating them 3-2 in the League Cup at the Ricoh Arena in August 2012.

Coventry are ground-sharing the 2019-20 season at Birmingham City's St Andrew's after failing to agree a deal to stay at the Ricoh Arena.

Their fourth-round meeting takes place on Saturday 25 January.

It did not take long for Coventry to get into their stride as, after just four minutes, O'Hare curled a beautifully weighted right-footed pass into space behind Rovers defender Alfie Kilgour for striker Biamou to run on to and tuck home with a low left-footed shot.

Biamou twice went close to a second, while Dom Hyam's header was cleared off the line spectacularly by Coventry old boy Jonson Clarke-Harris.

But striker Clarke-Harris was also close to a goal at the other end, heading just over only a minute after Rovers winger Alex Rodman had headed against the bar.

O'Hare was Coventry's supply line again when the Sky Blues doubled their lead five minutes into the second half, sending another slide-rule pass inside covering defender Luke Leahy for Pask to blast home a stunning second.

And the tie was all over six minutes later when O'Hare jinked into the Rovers box, fired in a low left-footed drive and Biamou stuck out his right foot to instinctively turn it home - his eighth goal of the season, five of which have come in the cup competitions.

Rovers first-team coach Kevin Maher took the team, with manager Ben Garner on an extended period of leave to deal with a private matter regarding the health of a close family member.

'It should be a great game' - what they said

Coventry City manager Mark Robins: "It'll be weird for them to get their heads around as it's Birmingham's stadium. But it should be a great game for everybody. And it gives us a chance to play against a Championship side - a bit of a marker for us.

"We played really well. We moved the ball quickly on a zippy wet surface. It was the delivery and the movement. We looked a threat all night.

"We grew in confidence and some of the football was sublime. And our second goal from Josh Pask was outstanding."

Bristol Rovers coach Kevin Maher: "It was a difficult night. It was the culmination of a lot of stuff - the games we've played, and conceding early doesn't help as your gameplan goes out the window.

"We had a plan to press higher up, it worked OK at times and we nicked the ball but you can see they made changes and we can't do that.

"We've got what we've got and we're trying to make the best of the players we have but it looked flat and it probably shows where we're at at the moment.

"We looked low on confidence and the fatigue factor, we've got a lot of big players out so it's been difficult."

Line-ups

Coventry

Formation 3-4-3

  • 1Marosi
  • 4Rose
  • 5McFadzeanSubstituted forShipleyat 85'minutes
  • 15Hyam
  • 16Pask
  • 20WalshSubstituted forEcclesat 71'minutes
  • 6Kelly
  • 3Mason
  • 8Allen
  • 9Biamou
  • 17O'HareSubstituted forJonesat 60'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Jones
  • 11Hiwula-Mayifuila
  • 13Wilson
  • 21Bakayoko
  • 26Shipley
  • 35Drysdale
  • 38Eccles

Bristol Rovers

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1van Stappershoef
  • 15Kilgour
  • 24MenayeseBooked at 69mins
  • 5CraigBooked at 22mins
  • 3Holmes-DennisSubstituted forAdeboyejoat 45'minutes
  • 6UpsonSubstituted forO Clarkeat 84'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 7Sercombe
  • 33Rodman
  • 36HargreavesSubstituted forKellyat 62'minutes
  • 11Leahy
  • 9Clarke-Harris

Substitutes

  • 8O Clarke
  • 10Nichols
  • 16Davies
  • 18Kelly
  • 23Bennett
  • 29Adeboyejo
  • 31Andre
Referee:
Anthony Backhouse
Attendance:
2,693

Match Stats

Home TeamCoventryAway TeamBristol Rovers
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home17
Away7
Shots on Target
Home6
Away2
Corners
Home9
Away3
Fouls
Home11
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Coventry City 3, Bristol Rovers 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Coventry City 3, Bristol Rovers 0.

  3. Booking

    Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  4. Post update

    Liam Kelly (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers).

  6. Post update

    Luke Leahy (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Michael Rose (Coventry City).

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Alex Rodman (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Maxime Biamou (Coventry City).

  10. Post update

    Rollin Menayese (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jonson Clarke-Harris (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Coventry City. Jordan Shipley replaces Kyle McFadzean.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Ollie Clarke replaces Ed Upson.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Kyle McFadzean.

  15. Post update

    Jodi Jones (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Ed Upson (Bristol Rovers).

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jonson Clarke-Harris (Bristol Rovers) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

  18. Post update

    Brandon Mason (Coventry City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Alex Rodman (Bristol Rovers).

  20. Post update

    Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Marko Marosi.