Blackpool came back from a goal down to produce one of the comeback football scores of the weekend in the Championship. Before halftime, Kasey Palmer’s first Coventry goal had given the home team the lead, but Gary Madine tied the score after squandering three excellent chances in the opening period. With 10 minutes left, Yates scored with a header to give Blackpool its first lead in five away games. Due to illness and injury, Mark Robins was forced to make four changes from Tuesday’s draw with Rotherham, leaving Coventry down to the bare essentials. Callum O’Hare and Todd Kane took the place of the injured Martyn Waghorn and Fankaty Dabo, and Palmer and Jonathan Panzo started in place of the injured Viktor Gyokeres and Michael Rose. Sonny Carey started in place of Liam Bridcutt for Blackpool after the team’s 4-2 victory over Preston at home.
Coventry had struggled to make any progress in the first 30 minutes without a designated striker, but Palmer started to connect nicely with O’Hare, who was making his first start of the year. Blackpool and Madine finally scored soon after the break. When Palmer deflected O’Hare’s square ball over the crossbar, it was the Sky Blues’ turn to blow a great opportunity, but the midfielder did not err five minutes before halftime.
Prior to Blackpool’s deserved equaliser, the hosts lost control of the ball within their own half after James Husband’s whipping cross was reflected into the corner by an incredible Madine header. Coventry pushed to regain the lead as Kane and O’Hare missed the right-hand post with shots, but Yates would finish the comeback by continuing his prolific goal-scoring run. Yates headed back across the goal past Wilson after another left-wing cross from Husband, giving the team the victory.
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