FULL TIME REPORT: Coventry City 2 Barnsley 2

Martin Cranie heads clear from former team mate Marcuss Tudgay.
Martin Cranie heads clear from former team mate Marcuss Tudgay.
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A goal in first half injury time from Leroy Lita helped Barnsley earn a 2-2 draw with Coventry City at Sixfields Stadium.

It took just three minutes for the Sky Blues to go in front but Conor Hourihane hit back in sensational fashion to level matters.

Jordan Clarke then put Coventry back in the lead but just before the break Lita stabbed home his second goal for the Reds.

Boss Danny Wilson had fielded an unchanged side to that which beat Crewe on Saturday, though summer signing Kane Hemmings and new loanee Devante Cole were on the bench.

Sam Winnall had an early chance for the vistors but shot just over, however up at the other end, Northern Ireland international Josh McQuoid, on loan from Bournemouth fired in from 12 yards to rock the Reds.

Coventry continued to press and Andy Webster headed over while former Red Jim O’Brien also came close with a shot from a difficult angle which was saved by Adam Davies.

From that corner ex-Sheffield Wednesday favourite and Reds loanee Marcus Tudgay saw his header cleared off the line by Winnall.

Barnsley began to finally get a grip on the game around midway through the first half and Winnall at least managed to get a shot in on 26 minutes, though his effort when well over.

However, the home side always looked dangerous and again O’Brien went close when on 28 minutes his free kick hammered off the corssbar.

But, as the match began to get stretched Barnsley found an equaliser through Hourihane as his stunning free kick flew into the top left hand corner beyond Ryan Allsop.

Skipper Martin Cranie was denied a second goal in successive games when his shot from six yards had Allsop scrambling to save.

Just as the half looked like ending 1-1 Barnsley were hit by a goal from Clarke in the 44th minute when Coventry defender Clarke snapped up the ball which hadn’t been cleared after a free kick from O’Brien.

But right at the end Barnsley were right back in it when after a scramble in the box, Lita poked home again, having scored on his debut against Crewe at the weekend.

After the break, Coventry started the better of the two sides and Danny Swanson, Jordan Clarke and Ryan Haynes all had efforts on goal before a Clarke header from a corner was well saved by Davies.

Davies then denied McQuiod a second goal on the night on 55 minutes.

Danny Wilson made a double substitution on 65 minutes when Devante Cole, son of former Manchester United and England striker Andrew made an appearance, replacing Lita while Paul Digby replaced Keith Treacy.

Sky Blues’ Reda Johnson shot from the edge of the six yard box at an angle but his effort went wide after a corner.

Luke Berry and Winnall then both had opportunities for Barnsley as the Reds pushed forward as the game headed towards the finish.

Both sides pressed for a late winner and Hemmings made an appearance in place of Winnall with a couple of minutes to go but the match ended 2-2, a result the Reds will be content with.

Coventry: Allsop, Willis, Webster, Johnson, Fleck, McQuoid, Swanson, O’Brien, Tudgay, Clarke, Haynes. Subs: Burge, Thomas, Jackson, Coulibaley, Miller, Daniels, Phillips.

Barnsley: Davies, Brown, Dudgeon, Berry, Nyatanga, Cranie, Treacy, Hourihane, Winnall, Bailey, Lita. Subs: Digby, M’voto, Abbott, Dibble, Cole, Hemmings, Bree.

Referee: Pat Miller (Bedfordshire)