Report | Coventry City 1 Swansea City 1

20th October 2020
First team
Andre Ayew

Swansea City remain unbeaten on their travels in the Championship after Andre Ayew’s third goal of the season secured a point at Coventry City.

Steve Cooper’s side had fallen behind in Birmingham, with Jordan Shipley finding the net thanks to an excellent finish in the 19th minute.

But the visitors levelled just before the break as Ayew showed all his class to steer home from Jake Bidwell’s pull-back.

They looked the more likely winner during the second half, but could not find the winner that would have given them all three points.

Cooper had handed a debut to Ryan Bennett in defence in his solitary change from the defeat to Huddersfield.

With both sides keen to bounce back from losses at the weekend, the opening was scrappy and rather frantic and Coventry were not short of energy in their pressing without the ball.

It took 16 minutes for the first sight on goal to arrive for either side, with Viktor Gyokeres heading straight at Marko Marosi after Bidwell had nodded a free-kick back across the area.

Ryan Bennett

But Coventry’s first sight of goal saw them take the lead through Shipley, with the midfielder producing an excellent left-footed strike after Swansea had given the ball away in midfield.

The next big chance also went the way of the hosts, with Callum O’Hare unable to keep his header down from an excellent cross by Ryan Giles.

Lowe couldn’t keep his effort down after Marosi had unconvincingly punched a Bidwell cross down towards the forward, while Matt Godden could only fire straight at Freddie Woodman after a swift counter by the Sky Blues.

Swansea were still looking to find some fluency in the lead up to the interval but, when they did, they carved Coventry open to level.

Bidwell made the determined surge down the left and hooked the ball back for Ayew, who feinted passed a defender before firing a left-footed shot into the bottom corner.

It ensured the scores were level at the interval, but Cooper opted to make a change as he introduced Jay Fulton in place of Gyokeres.

Bennett made a superb challenge to nick the ball off the toes of Godden as the striker looked for a return pass just outside the six-yard box, while Markosi held an Ayew header from Bidwell’s in-swinging cross from the right.

Matt Grimes

The Swans looked sharper than they had during the opening half, with Fulton bringing bite in midfield with a couple of strong challenges.

And the visitors were left frustrated when referee Keith Stroud waved away appeals for a penalty when Lowe went down after getting ahead of Kyle McFadzean in the area.

That occurred just as the Swans were enjoying a good spell around the hour mark, and Marc Guehi curled just wide as Cooper’s side continued to press for a winner.

Substitute Liam Cullen produced a fine cross that was cleared as far as Korey Smith, but the midfielder scuffed his effort.

Godden had the ball in the net for Coventry, but it was ruled out for offside, while Connor Roberts did well to block an effort from Giles on the line and Godden somehow headed wide from six yards.

Korey Smith

Coventry City: Marko Marosi; Michael Rose, Kyle McFadzean (captain), Dom Hyam; Sam McCallum (Josh Pask 79), Jamie Allen, Ben Sheaf, Ryan Giles; Callum O’Hare, Jordan Shipley (Liam Kelly 64); Matt Godden.

Substitutes: Ben Wilson, Leo Ostigard, Max Biamou, Amadou Bakayoko, Gervane Kastaneer.

Swansea City: Freddie Woodman; Ben Cabango, Ryan Bennett, Marc Guehi; Connor Roberts, Korey Smith, Matt Grimes (captain), Jake Bidwell; Andre Ayew, Viktor Gyokeres (Jay Fulton 46), Jamal Lowe (Liam Cullen 65).

Substitutes: Steven Benda, Kyle Naughton, Ryan Manning, Yan Dhanda, Kasey Palmer.

Referee: Keith Stroud