Replay required after Coventry score late, late equaliser
A Will Keane goal early in the second-half looked enough to take Town into the third round of the FA Cup until Callum O’Hare equalised in added on time.
Keane was on hand to find the net from close range after terrific work by Alan Judge down the left had carved open the Coventry defence.
Will Norris saved twice late on as Town looked to get across the line but with time almost up, O’Hare’s arrowed shot found the bottom corner to mean a replay at Portman Road.
Flynn Downes skippered Town for the first time, with Norris returning in goal and Keane leading the line.
Norris was immediately in the action, getting down quickly to save from Max Biamou after Zain Westbrooke had set him up inside the box, the Town ‘keeper holding firm again after Jordan Shipley tested him from long range.
Janoi Donacien did well to stop Westbrooke getting in, the follow up effort from Shipley blocked, with Norris ending the danger with a safe pair of hands under Biamou’s challenge.
Town responded with first Jon Nolan, then Luke Garbutt seeing shots blocked inside the Coventry box, Downes doing well to track the run of Westbrooke at the other end in a free-flowing opening to the game, Keane then unable to get any power on his shot after getting on the end of a ball into the box.
Norris plucked Shipley’s cross out of the air as Coventry found space down the right, Liam Walsh fired well over from a free-kick then at the other end good work from Judge and Keane carved out a chance for Downes but his sidefoot finish was the wrong side of the post.
Keane couldn’t get on the end of Garbutt’s quickly taken free-kick, Danny Rowe pulling his shot wide after good interplay in the Town midfield, the Sky Blues reacting with Dom Hyam’s header going wide from Westbrooke’s cross to bring the first-half to an end.
Westbrooke was providing a danger for the hosts and his sweetly struck left footer inside the first minute of the second-half warmed Norris’ hands but it was Town who found the breakthrough, Judge the provider with trickery down the left and Keane on hand for the finish.
Andre Dozzell had a little too much on his pass that would have sent Keane through before Coventry changed it up, Westbrooke firing wide before making way for Amadou Bakayoko and O’Hare on for Shipley.
O’Hare was straight in the action, his shot cannoning to safety, the substitute then providing a great chance for Liam Kelly, his half-hit shot cleared off the line by Garbutt.
Norris punched clear as Bakayoko challenged, Donacien holding strong seconds later as Coventry pressed for an equaliser before Town made a first change with Rowe replaced by Gwion Edwards.
Norris was excellent again to pluck Walsh’s free-kick out of the air, Keane then making way for Kayden Jackson for the closing stages. James Wilson was in the right place to head off the line, Norris producing a brilliant save in added on time as Town looked to get to the final whistle but O’Hare had the last word.
Coventry: Marosi, Rose, McFadzean, Kelly, Biamou, Hyam, Walsh, Dabo, Westbrooke (Bakayoko 58), Shipley (O’Hare 58), McCallum. Subs not used: Wilson, Watson, Mason, Hiwula, Kastaneer. Booked: Walsh.
Town: Norris, Donacien, Wilson, Woolfenden, Garbutt, Rowe (Edwards 76), Downes, Dozzell, Judge, Nolan, Keane (Jackson 82). Subs not used: Holy, Norwood, Kenlock, Huws, Georgiou. Booked: Dozzell, Downes.