Coventry City 1-1 Derby County: Sky Blues lose 100% of winning start at home


Matt Godden gave Coventry the lead from the penalty spot

Graeme Shinnie’s late equalizer for Derby County has ended Coventry City’s 100% winning start at home in the Championship this season.

The Sky Blues dominated the first half and entered the break in front after Matt Godden’s penalty.

But Derby, who was without manager Wayne Rooney on the sideline due to illness, improved in the second half and hit the post by Colin Kazim-Richards, before Gustavo Hamer hit the bar at the other end .

The Rams scored when Shinnie dropped a loose ball inside the box and hit home.

It sent the 3,482 Derby fans home with a smile on their face as their side extended their unbeaten run to five matches.

Coventry got off to a good start when Lee Buchanan took down Godden, who dusted himself off and scored on the spot.

Godden was denied a second by Derby keeper Kelle Roos and he also nodded from a corner into the side net.

Derby brought in Kazim-Richards just past the hour mark and he had an almost immediate impact, shooting against the post.

At the other end, Hamer’s 35-yard free kick then hit the bar with Godden heading to the rebound but from an offside position.

Derby’s resilience paid off when Shinnie struck to give the Rams a fourth straight draw.

Coventry City manager Mark Robins told BBC Coventry & Warwickshire:

“I have to be happy with one point, after the week we’ve had. Derby is floating under the radar because of their off-court issues, but they’re a very good team asking you questions.

“They sat a little deeper than they normally would and stayed in the game. They had an extra day of rest and that is being said in the last 20 minutes.

“In the first half we had total control and really should have put the game to bed. We were tired of the ball but we didn’t create much. There was sometimes a lack of quality.”

Derby County Deputy Director Liam Rosenior told BBC Radio Derby:

“It was great Colin [Kazim-Richards], a nice weighted ball to Nathan [Byrne] who gets the center and we score.

“A lot of people have talked about a lack of goals, but sometimes it’s just a decision in the final third.

“And it was a really good decision from Colin to be selfless and a great finish from Graeme Shinnie. Sometimes those are the hardest because you have time to think.”



Training 3-4-1-2

  • 1Moore
  • 15Hyam
  • 5Mcfadzean
  • 3Clarke-salter
  • 23Dabo
  • 38Hamer
  • 14WreathReplaced byKellyTo 66 ‘minutes
  • 18MaatsenBooked at 44 minutes
  • tenO’Hare
  • 24Godden
  • 17GyökeresReplaced byWalkerTo 67 ‘minutes


  • 6Kelly
  • 7Jones
  • 8Allen
  • 9Waghorn
  • 13Wilson
  • 19Walker
  • 20Kane


Training 4-3-3

  • 21Roos
  • 2Byrne
  • 6Jagelka
  • 33DaviesBooked at 71 minutes
  • 26Buchanan
  • 11MorrisonBooked at 88 minutes
  • 8Bird
  • 4Shinnie
  • 36EboseleReplaced byKazim-RichardsTo 62 ‘minutes
  • tenLaurent
  • 7JózwiakReplaced bySibleyTo 54 ‘minutes


  • 1Marshal
  • 13Kazim-Richards
  • 16Stearman
  • 17Sibley
  • 35Watson
  • 42Thompson
  • 43Williams
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Live Text

  1. Match Ends, Coventry City 1, Derby County 1.

  2. Second Half ends, Coventry City 1, Derby County 1.

  3. Offside, Coventry City. Tyler Walker tries a through ball, but Matt Godden is caught offside.

  4. Failed attempt. Ian Maatsen (Coventry City) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left.

  5. Free kick won Callum O’Hare (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Graeme Shinnie (County Derby) foul.

  7. Ravel Morrison (Derby County) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  8. Ian Maatsen (Coventry City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  9. Foul by Ravel Morrison (County Derby).

  10. Free kick wonFankaty Dabo (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Foul by Ravel Morrison (County Derby).

  12. Attempt blocked. Colin Kazim-Richards (Derby County) right footed shot from the center of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Max Bird with a header pass.

  13. Callum O’Hare (Coventry City) fouls.

  14. free kick won Graeme Shinnie (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  15. Goal! Coventry City 1, Derby County 1. Graeme Shinnie (Derby County) left footed shot.

  16. Callum O’Hare (Coventry City) fouls.

  17. Free kick wonRavel Morrison (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Offside, Coventry City. Gustavo Hamer tries a through ball, but Matt Godden is caught offside.

  19. Gustavo Hamer (Coventry City) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box from a direct free kick.

  20. Curtis Davies (Derby County) is shown a yellow card for a dangerous play.

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