Sinclair gets even

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QUEEN'S PARK RANGERS were reduced to 10 men after only 22 minutes, yet the superiority they had already established never left them and had the suspended Les Ferdinand played they would have won more comfortably.

The sending-off of Ian Holloway was no advertisement for the disciplinary code. He had earlier been justifiably booked for handball, but the foul that caused his departure did not merit a second caution.

The red card forced QPR to withdraw Andrew Impey and Trevor Sinclair and against a strangely defensive Coventry - Gordon Strachan, despite midweek hints, did not even make the bench - the game drifted.

Thirty-five minutes had gone before a genuine threat developed, Tony Roberts pushing out Peter Ndlovu's cross shot. Seven minutes later, the same unpredictable Ndlovu, six yards out, pushed the ball into the keeper's arms.

On the hour Steve Ogrizovic stole the ball from Gallen's feet and eight minutes later there was some real drama at last when David Rennie cleared off Coventry's line from Barker's header.

What was difficult to accept, by a restive 15,000 crowd was Coventry's attitude. Late on, they twice had only three men up for corners. Both sides seemed to have settled for the point when Sinclair, by then operating from central midfield, rifled a shot from outside the box that left Ogrizovic helpless.

One Coventry fan raced on the field to be marched off shouting and gesticulating at the bench. Ron Atkinson has said Coventry need 50 points to be safe. If so, they still require seven points from six matches including fixtures against Forest, Manchester United and Spurs.

With four minutes remaining, Coventry surged forward, Rangers wobbled and Dion Dublin found the ball at his feet five yards out. He shot and Roberts, his eyes probably closed, blocked with his body.