STRUGGLING Doncaster Rovers came from behind with a late equaliser from James Hayter to deny Coventry a first league double, writes Digital Editor Graham Walker.
The two sides began the evening in unexpected relegation trouble despite bright starts to their respective campaigns.
Freddy Eastwood’s first-half strike looked set to consign Sean O’Driscoll’s men to an eighth defeat in their last 12 league games.
The result will go some way towards easing building pressure on under-fire Coventry boss Aidy Boothroyd who would have seen his side leapfrog Doncaster in the table had Hayter not beaten an impressive Michael Quirke before the final whistle.
Former Wolves man Eastwood slotted his fifth league goal of the season into the top corner to give Coventry the lead after 23 minutes.
The under-siege hosts received a hammer blow to their chances of recovery, losing top scorer Billy Sharp to injury on the hour mark.
Coventry had their goalkeeper to thank again with 68 minutes played, Hayter controlling a loose ball and directing a swerving strike which Quirke did well to catch.
Coppinger then saw his 79th minute effort rebound off the teenager’s feet.
But Hayter spoiled the visitors’ evening with his ninth goal of the season, manoeuvring inside the box to find a gap and finally beat Quirke.
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Final Scores: Tuesday, March 8, 2011:
Sheffield United v Nottingham Forest (HT:0-1) 2-1
Barnsley v Scunthorpe United (HT:0-0) 2-1
Doncaster Rovers v Coventry City (HT:0-1) 1-1
Oldham Athletic v Sheffield Wednesday (HT:2-2) 2-3
Chesterfield v Northampton Town (HT:0-0) 2-1
Bradford City v Rotherham United (HT:1-1) 2-1