Chopra late show sees off City

Michael Chopra headed home a dramatic injury-time winner as Ipswich beat Championship relegation rivals Coventry 3-2 at a snowy Ricoh Arena.

Last Updated: 04/02/12 at 17:38

Chopra: Late winner

Chopra: Late winner

The experienced marksman headed home Andy Drury's cross in the 95th minute to settle a thrilling encounter, just days after rock-bottom City - who have now thrown away a possible 20 points from winning positions this season - were undone 2-1 late on at Blackpool.

Jay Emmanuel-Thomas deservedly put Town in front midway through the first half, only for Sky Blues skipper Sammy Clingan to level from the penalty spot before fellow midfielder Gary Deegan turned the game on its head on the stroke of half-time to put the hosts 2-1 ahead.

Coventry had not come from behind to win a game all season and their wait was extended just after the hour mark as Richard Keogh brought down Lee Martin, who saw his spot-kick parried by Joe Murphy only for Chopra to convert the rebound.

Chopra then earned his side the points with that late winner.

An unchanged Ipswich XI - desperate to avoid a fourth successive away league defeat - went into the game full of confidence following their midweek 5-1 rout of high-flying West Ham, a first win in seven games.

And it was they who enjoyed the better of the opening stages, Daryl Murphy failing to find the target with the best of a handful of chances.

But the visitors did eventually break the deadlock after 22 minutes.

The Sky Blues made a hash of clearing the ball, Jordan Clarke and Richard Wood both at fault, and it was left for Emmanuel-Thomas to fire home via a slight deflection from the edge of the penalty area.

Coventry had only gained four draws from losing positions this season but it did not take them long to level matters.

Gary McSheffrey's free-kick was put into the the net by Keogh but referee Nigel Miller had already blown for handball against Tommy Smith, and Clingan stepped up to send Arran Lee-Barrett the wrong way from 12 yards.

City moved into the ascendancy for the remainder of the half, David Bell going close to a second when his shot was palmed over by Lee-Barrett.

And just as it seemed the encounter would remain level going into the break, Clarke's long throw was flicked on by Clive Platt and Deegan was on hand to convert from 12 yards.

Wood was called upon to make a crucial interception across the face of goal to deny a bright Town side at the start of the second half.

Drury forced a solid parried save from Murphy before Chopra beat the City stopper only to see the ball roll the wrong side of a post.

Yet Chopra was soon left celebrating in the 64th minute.

Keogh was found guilty of a foul in the area on Martin, who saw Murphy push his resulting penalty on to the crossbar but Chopra followed up to send the ball over the line.

Murphy was again on hand to produce a great stop soon after, this time denying Chopra, before Coventry's on-loan striker Alex Nimely was at the centre of an unsuccessful penalty appeal.

Both sides went for victory in what was a thrilling final quarter which flowed from end to end, and it was Chopra who found the latest of finishing touches to clinch the points for Ipswich.

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

Sky Bet

    • Retrieving latest Sky Bet odds

More Match Results

Tuesday, 15 April 2014
19:45
Charlton 1-2 Barnsley Report
Monday, 14 April 2014
20:07
Reading 1-1 Leicester Report
Saturday, 12 April 2014
15:07
Bolton 1-0 Barnsley Report
Brighton 3-0 Charlton Report
Burnley 0-1 Middlesbro' Report
Derby 3-1 Huddersfld Report
Ipswich 2-1 Doncaster Report
Leeds 2-0 Blackpool Report
Millwall 2-2 Watford Report
Sheff Wed 3-3 Blackburn Report

Sky Bet Championship

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Leicester 42 35 90
2 Burnley 42 31 83
3 Derby 42 27 75
4 QPR 42 15 73
5 Wigan 41 14 67
6 Reading 42 13 64
7 Brighton 42 12 64
8 Ipswich 42 8 64
9 Bournemth 42 1 62
10 Blackburn 42 3 60
11 N Forest 42 4 59
12 Middlesbro' 42 10 58
13 Watford 41 16 57
14 Bolton 42 -2 54
15 Sheff Wed 42 0 50
16 Leeds 42 -9 50
17 Huddersfld 42 -9 46
18 Birmingham 41 -10 43
19 Doncaster 42 -26 43
20 Blackpool 42 -26 42
21 Charlton 41 -24 41
22 Millwall 42 -30 40
23 Barnsley 42 -28 39
24 Yeovil 42 -25 36

Updated Wed, 16 Apr 2014

Footer 365

Premier League: Tony Pulis hails Crystal Palace after win over Everton

Tony Pulis hailed his Crystal Palace players after they beat Everton to reach 40 points in the Premier League.

Premier League: Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini vows to fight despite Sunderland draw

Manuel Pellegrini admitted the loss to Liverpool was still on Manchester City's minds as they drew with Sunderland.

Copa del Rey: Real Madrid beat arch-rivals Barcelona to win the cup final 2-1

Gareth Bale's brilliant goal five minutes from time gave Real Madrid a 2-1 win over Barcelona in the Copa del Rey final.

Mail Box

Fatigue No Excuse For Giroud Being Cr*p

We have a long mail on why Giroud isn't very good at all, plus some more thoughts on neutrality. Plus, who do you want out of you club this summer and Liverpool moving buses...

Will Liverpool Cope With Parked Buses?

That's the real problem they're going to face next year, says one Man United fan who's already looking forward to the end of this campaign. Plus, thoughts on neutrality...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property