McSheffrey is spot on to sink Leeds
Coventry City 2 Leeds United 1
Wednesday 15 February 2012
Gary McSheffrey, one of Leeds' less vaunted loan signings under the recently sacked Simon Grayson, converted his second penalty of the night in stoppage time to give Coventry a deserved victory and renewed hope of avoiding third-tier football for the first time since 1964.
Leeds, supposedly fighting for a play-off place, showed scant ambition even after Ross McCormack's swift riposte to McSheffrey's early goal. Their second loss in four days under caretaker manager Neil Redfearn was sealed after Aidy White brought down the on-loan Manchester City striker Alex Nimely, as Coventry celebrated their ascent from bottom spot.
Redfearn, for whom Saturday's visit of Doncaster will be the last match in charge unless Bates makes him "permanent", did not mince his words about the poverty of Leeds' performance. "We were poor from minute one," he said, going on to admit he told his players some "home truths". "We conceded [a winner] against Brighton after 90 minutes and we've done it again. It's unprofessional. We didn't compete well enough and we carried too many players."
His Coventry counterpart, Andy Thorn, described their fourth home win in five games as "a man's performance". After praising the composure of McSheffrey and the menace of Nimely, who won both spot-kicks, he added: "We were adrift at the bottom not long ago and people wrote us off. But that made us really strong as a group, and there's still 45 points to play for."
The likelihood of Portsmouth forfeiting points as a result of going into administration gives Coventry an added incentive. They are unlikely to encounter many sides as obliging as Leeds, whose bid to re-establish momentum by firing Grayson seems to have backfired.
McSheffrey put Coventry ahead after Danny Pugh felled Nimely midway through the first half. McCormack stroked the equaliser after being fed by Adam Clayton, but Leeds' shoulders sagged visibly after their 3,300 followers reacted angrily to Redfearn's substitution of McCormack. Nimely twisted into a shooting position before being halted illegally, allowing McSheffrey to beat Andy Lonergan a second time.
Coventry City (4-4-2): Murphy; Christie, Keogh, Cranie, Clarke; Baker, Deegan, Norwood, McSheffrey; Nimely, Platt. Substitutes not used Dunn (gk), Eastwood, Bigirimana, Ruffels, Willis.
Leeds United (4-4-2): Lonergan; Smith (O'Brien, 74), Lees, O'Dea, Pugh; Snodgrass, Delph (Brown, 62), Clayton, White; McCormack (Nunez, 83), Becchio. Substitutes not used Taylor (gk), Townsend.
Referee P Miller (Bedfordshire).
Latest in Sport
Police probe Mario Balotelli racist abuse as Kick It Out voice their displeasure
Frank Lampard equalises for Manchester City against Chelsea: how Twitter reacted
All Blacks Aaron Cruden misses New Zealand flight after drinking session, has brilliant excuse
Manchester City vs Chelsea match report: Frank Lampard shows no joy after denying Chelsea victory
Leicester City 5 Manchester United 3 player ratings: Leonard Ulloa? Radamel Falcao? Jamie Vardy? Angel Di Maria? Who was the star man?
- 1 All Blacks Aaron Cruden misses New Zealand flight after drinking session, has brilliant excuse
- 2 Kim Kardashian 'nude photos' leaked on 4chan weeks after Jennifer Lawrence scandal
- 3 'F*ck it, I quit': TV reporter Charlo Greene quits live on air in spectacular fashion
- 4 Alicia Keys leaks nude photo 'to create a kinder and more peaceful world'
- 5 Clothes store Joy angers mental health campaigners with Twitter exchange on bipolar disorders
Scotland could still declare independence – even without referendum, says Alex Salmond
Scottish independence referendum: A nation divided against itself
Scottish referendum results: Cross-party consensus collapses amid Tory-Labour spat on the 'English question'
Hilary Mantel 'should be investigated by police' over Margaret Thatcher assassination story, says Lord Bell
Scottish independence: David Cameron is becoming the 'George Bush of Britain'
Plebgate MP Andrew Mitchell called officer a 'little s**t', claim court documents 'exposing ex-Chief Whip's 'record of abusing police'