The injury-ridden Canary Islands were without 12 members of their first team squad and almost won the victory before the late heartbreak after not clearing their lines by a cross.
Mario Vrancic gave City the lead from the penalty spot after Przemek Placheta was knocked down in the area by Coventry keeper Ben Wilson. Vrancic confidently sent in the middle to secure all three points for Daniel Farke’s men.
The full extent of the Canarian injury crisis was drastically exposed in the team news, with Farke only able to name five substitutes. Christoph Zimmermann was the only regular option for the first team on the bench.
Academy players Daniel Barden, Andrew Omobamidele, Reece McAlear, Tyrese Omotoye and Tom Dickson-Peters took their places among the substitutes. Emi Buendia was serving his suspension after his midweek sacking against Stoke City and Lukas Rupp wasn’t fit enough to make the bench.
Tim Krul’s thigh strain gave Michael McGovern a chance to prove his worth in goal and Marco Stiepermann was named City’s provisional striker after top scorer Teemu Pukki was dismissed with a slight thigh strain.
Sky Blues boss Mark Robins was without Canarian loan exporter Sam McCallum, who was not allowed to face his parents’ association. Coventry made five changes after beating Cardiff City on Wednesday. Former city guard Lee Camp made the bank.
Both sides observed a minute’s silence to honor football legend Diego Maradona, who sadly passed away at the age of 60 earlier this week.
The Canaries placed a greater responsibility on keeping ownership in order to gain control of the game for the first 10 minutes without necessarily making any progress.
It was the visitors who got the game’s first real chance. Fankaty Dabo exchanged passports with Callum O’Hare and found himself in space on the right. His cross found the unmarked Jamie Allen, who should have got his header into the goal.
Stiepermann was sent through the gate by Josh Martin trying to beat the goalkeeper just to get Wilson to stand firm and score a smart save.
Moments later, Jacob Sorensen’s quick feet allowed Ollie Skipp to hit and cross the line. His cut was kindly given to Martin, but the boy saw that Wilson saved his efforts.
The rebound was kindly given to Przemek Placheta, but the Sky Blues keeper denied it from close range. From the same period of play, Max Aarons jumped past Ryan Giles and put a heavy effort on goal just for Wilson to save.
Following the exploits Wilson spawned minutes earlier, it was the goalkeeper who conceded a penalty after referee Keith Stroud judged that Placheta had knocked him for the ball in the area, much to the visitor’s protests.
Vrancic stepped forward to confidently send the penalty into the middle and bring the Canaries forward.
McGovern found himself with his heart in his mouth after juggling a routine catch and giving visitors a chance. Fortunately for the Canaries, all of the Sky Blues options in the box had turned their backs – much to Robin’s frustration.
Coventry took pleasure in taking advantage of Placheta’s pace in the early stages of the second period. The Polish international swapped passports with Vrancic before handing in a cross designed for Martin. The winger couldn’t control the ball and the attack subsequently collapsed.
Coventry came increasingly into play. In a counterattack Callum O’Hare played through on the right side of the box. His heavy shot hit the target, but McGovern did well to turn him over to the corner.
The five Sky Blues substitutes impacted the balance of the game, with visitors enjoying more possession and territory. Gustavo Hamer’s corner was hit by Tyler Walker just so the striker could misunderstand his efforts.
The Sky Blues grabbed a point on death as substitute Biamou shot into the net on the second try after City failed to clear a cross.
The Canaries saw Aarons hobble out of the game late with an ankle injury. On Wednesday evening, take the town to Kenilworth Road to Luton Town.
– Norwich City (4-2-3-1): McGovern; Aarons (McAlear, 90), Hanley (C), Gibson, Sorensen; Skipp, Tettey; Placheta, Vrancic, Martin (Zimmermann, 85); Stiepermann. Unused subs: Barden (GK), Omobamidele, Omotoye, Dickson-Peters
– Coventry City (3-4-3): Wilson; Ostigard, McFadzean, Hyam; Dabo (Jobello, 77), Sheaf (Shipley, 61), Kelly (Biamou, 77), Giles; Allen (Hamer, 61), O’Hare; Bakayoko (Walker, 61). Unused Subs: Camp (GK), Thompson, Rowe, Bapaga.
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