Luton 2 – 2 Coventry


Coventry came from behind twice to end a run of four league defeats with a 2-2 draw against Luton – only their second point of the season.

The visitors should have gotten off to a dream start when Viktor Gyokeres edged past Sonny Bradley to pass cleanly, but he could only scuff his effort with just Ethan Horvath to beat.

Town made them pay in the fourth minute as Harry Cornick hooked a hanging cross down the middle, the ball ricocheted off Fred Onyedinma and Carlton Morris slammed the half-volley.

Coventry remained dangerous, however, with Gyokeres slotting a free header straight at Horvath before taking over the hosts’ backline again, moving away from Dan Potts to show his predatory instincts this time and find the net after 11 minutes.

Back came Luton as they led 2-1 with a quarter of an hour gone. Cornick’s superb through ball was perfect for Morris to slot into the bottom corner of his left foot.

Still, the odds continued to present themselves as Jordan Clark flew over and Potts saw his close-range attempt repelled by Ben Wilson.

Gyokeres trailed away from 20 yards as he continued to be a major threat, and after the game finally started to calm down with attempts on goal not so imminent, Gustavo Hamer tried his arm from 30 yards just before the break, exploding much more.

On the stroke of halftime, the Hatters almost went further. James Bree’s exquisite cross from the right was met by Potts and his looking header hit the outside of a post.

After the break, Luton were indebted for a fine save from Horvath as Gyokeres beat Gabe Osho and brought in Jamie Allen, but his left-footed effort was overturned by the United States international.

Sonny Bradley then had to make a crucial block as Allen was again free in the box, but City were deservedly level after 61 minutes.

Hamer, who had been eager to fly all night, did it once more and this time got the result he was looking for, curling a magnificent effort past Horvath’s taut dive and into the corner.

Onyedinma’s attempts to copy the goalscorer were unsuccessful as Wilson collected easily, and the visitors might have led for the first time breaking the pace again, but Ben Sheaf stabbed.

Clark had huge cries for a penalty canceled by referee Andy Davies in the 82nd minute when his low shot was clearly managed by a sprawling Kyle McFadzean, meaning the hosts are still looking for their first victory at Kenilworth Road this quarter.

What the managers said…

from Luton nathan jones“We had no control in the game. That was because our three backs weren’t dominant enough. The four centre-forwards seemed like a real handful, ours and theirs, to be fair. We didn’t couldn’t really get in front and really rushed, so that caused us a real problem, and every time we turned the ball over they seemed like a threat, so we had no control over the game.

“We should have had a pen at the end, it’s madness, it’s crazy, it’s just crazy how it’s not cheap. But realistically, in the second half, they could have winning it, we could have won it, it was really too open.”

Coventry Marc Robins: “We played well except for two moments. We gave them two goals and then almost a goal at the end as I just saw in return and we got away with one there. The first goal, we Should have been 1-0 already, Vik (Viktor Gyokeres) came on and really he has to score. He doesn’t and then their first chance they hold off and we went 1-0 down. It was shades of last year and coming on the back of that may scare you a bit because a lot of guys played last season.

“The results weren’t good enough, but we just give up stupid goals. We have to get that out of the way, but it’s a very good point. We know we could have won, but it stops the rot in terms of the losing streak.”




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