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Summary

  1. Marc McNulty levels for Coventry with late penalty
  2. Jonathan Forte's neat flick had put Notts County ahead
  3. Second leg at Meadow Lane on Friday

Live Reporting

By Owen Phillips

All times stated are UK

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  1. Goodnight

    FT: Coventry City 1-1 Notts County

    Quite often the first leg of a play-off match is tight and tentative. None of that between Coventry and Notts tonight.

    It was a cracker and had plenty of talking points.

    Have a read of Ged Scott's match report. He was our man at the Ricoh Arena tonight.

    Thanks for joining us. See you next time.

    Coventry City 1-1 Notts County

    Marc McNulty celebrates his goal for Coventry

    Coventry City net a controversial late penalty to draw level with Notts County in their League Two play-off semi-final.

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  2. Post update

    FT: Coventry 1-1 Notts County

    Coventry goalscorer Marc McNulty told Sky Sports:

    "You see them given and sometimes you don't, but it was great to stick the penalty away.

    "I'd picked where I was going and I never changed my mind. I could have had a couple of goals, I hit the post and they also defended a header I had well.

    "That was unfortunate but these things happen."

  3. Post update

    FT: Coventry City 1-1 Notts County

    Notts County full-back Dan Jones told Sky Sports:

    "Coventry came out fast. They hit the post and we rode our luck but we defended brilliantly. There was a lot of drama, especially at the end with the penalty which I thought was a little dubious. I thought he [Matt Tootle] won the ball but you just have to get on with it."

  4. FULL-TIME

    FT: Coventry 1-1 Notts County

    And that's that.

    A wonderfully entertaining match, which ends in huge controversy as Coventry snatch a draw from a penalty that simply didn't look like one at all.

    Marc McNulty or Coventry won't mind about that, though...

    Marc McNulty
  5. Post update

    Coventry 1-1 Notts County

    We are over the allotted amount of injury time. Notts on the attack.

  6. SUBSTITUTION

    Coventry 1-1 Notts County

    Former England and Manchester United man Alan Smith will get the briefest of run-outs for the visitors. He is on for the injured Jonathan Forte. Notts are hanging on.

  7. Post update

    Coventry 1-1 Notts County

    Notts goalscorer Jonathan Forte is clutching his hamstring. He walks along for a few yards looking concerned and then falls to the floor.

    That must be his night done - and possibly his season.

  8. Post update

    Coventry 1-1 Notts County

    Will we get an extra-time winner?

    Notts boss Kevin Nolan is absolutely seething. His post-match chat will be lively to say the least.

    Even more so if Coventry grab a winner. Jonson Clarke-Harris pokes the ball wide after some great work by Marc McNulty out wide

  9. Post update

    Coventry 1-1 Notts County

    Coventry are pressing for a winner. Notts have lost their heads a bit. They are furious with the penalty decision.

    Jonson Clarke-Harris shoots just wide.

    There will be six extra minutes.

  10. GOAL: Coventry 1-1 Notts County

    Marc McNulty (pen)

    Calmly smashed in by Marc McNulty.

    It's his 27th goal of the season, and Coventry are level.

    Marc McNulty
  11. PENALTY TO COVENTRY

    Coventry 0-1 Notts County

    Notts looked comfortable and that looks controversial.

    Tom Bayliss goes over in the area under the challenge of Matt Tootle, who looked to get the ball fairly cleanly, and Coventry have a spot-kick.

  12. SUBSTITUTION

    Coventry 0-1 Notts County

    Another change for the Sky Blues.

    Max Biamou makes way for academy product Jonson Clarke-Harris. Less than seven minutes to play.

    Can Coventry find a leveller?

  13. Post update

    Coventry 0-1 Notts County

    A wasteful ball into the box by Jack Grimmer. He plays a hopeful cross in from the Coventry right, but it's easy pickings for Notts goalkeeper Adam Collin as it floats gently into his arms.

  14. Post update

    Coventry 0-1 Notts County

    Jonathan Forte

    Jonathan Forte has been mightily impressive for the Magpies tonight - even without the goal.

    His experience has been crucial and he has worked himself relentlessly. The striker chases back, wins possession and wastes some precious time.

    Kevin Nolan will appreciate the "game management".

  15. SUBSTITUTION

    Coventry 0-1 Notts County

    Liam Noble has had to cover plenty of ground tonight, but he can rest up for the closing stages. Michael O'Connor replaces him in the Notts midfield.

  16. YELLOW CARD

    Coventry 0-1 Notts County

    Notts then counter and Dominic Hyam is left with no option but to tug back Jonathan Forte. A booking but the free-kick is easily cleared.

  17. YELLOW CARD

    Coventry 0-1 Notts County

    A great run by Jack Grimmer down the Coventry right brings a mistimed sliding challenge from Jorge Grant.

    He is booked and from the free-kick a header on target is deflected over by Dan Jones...

  18. Post update

    Coventry 0-1 Notts County

    Ged Scott

    BBC Sport at the Ricoh Arena

    Tom Bayliss

    The rain finally seems to have stopped here and the pitch is now throwing up less surface water, but you still have to give credit to the two teams for the way they have kept their heads and at least tried to play football on it.

    And also to referee Gavin Ward for apparently making a few allowances for the conditions.

    It has been a belting game for the 17,404 fans who have braved it - even if the majority of them wearing sky blue are currently a bit unhappy!

  19. SUBSTITUTION

    Coventry 0-1 Notts County

    Coventry look to make something happen.

    Teenage striker Jordan Ponticelli comes on. Twenty-year-old midfielder Jordan Shipley comes off.

  20. Post update

    Coventry 0-1 Notts County

    Coventry's Marc McNulty now threatens to get in behind after a lovely pass by Tom Davies.

    The Scottish striker is crowded out, though. Notts have nullified him well after his superb start to the match when they couldn't get near him and he hit the post with a low shot.