Pitch invaders and multiple player fights mar Coventry vs Sunderland TV game
A feisty clash between Coventry City and Sunderland saw a pitch invader drop a smoke bomb in front of away fans and numerous player altercations.
While there was no early kick-off in the Premier League, Sky Sports broadcast the clash between the two Championship play-off hopefuls. Victory for Sunderland would have seen them leap into fourth position ahead of the 3pm kick offs.
And the importance of the contest was reflected by the fiery tempers on the pitch and in the stands.
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In the second half, a Coventry fan evaded stewards, leapt the barriers, and dumped a sky blue smoke canister in front of the 3000 odd travelling Black Cats supporters. Predictably, this provoked some colourful language and anger amongst the North East supporters.
There were also plenty of coming-togethers and moments of friction on the pitch. Both sides delivered their fair share of hefty challenges and five yellow cards were shared between Coventry and Sunderland.
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However, away from the physicality, a cracking football match was played between the two giants. Sunderland players and manager Tony Mowbray was furious with Jamie Allen’s opening goal for the hosts.
A counterattack down the right hand side led to Viktor Gyokeres squaring the ball for Allen to emphatically fire home. As Coventry players wheeled off in celebration, many Sunderland players were deliberating with the referee as they felt Jack Clarke and Dan Neil were both fouled in the build-up.
Their protests were waved away by the referee and the goal was allowed to stand. Sunderland huffed and puffed but could not find an equaliser. And in the closing stages, Gyokeres doubled the lead and finished the contest in the 89th minute.
Sunderland did eventually find the back of the net courtesy of the tenacious and creative Amad Diallo, who curled a wonderful 25-yard effort into the top corner on the dying seconds.
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