Eastwood rescues Sky Blues
Coventry took a deserved point from their trip to Blackpool courtesy of Freddy Eastwood's fine effort.
Last Updated: 27/09/08 6:24pm
Coventry took a deserved point from their trip to Blackpool courtesy of Freddy Eastwood's fine effort at Bloomfield Road.
Blackpool had forged ahead through Ben Burgess just shy of the hour mark, but Eastwood ensured Chris Coleman's men walked away with a share of the spoils.
Coventry made a bright start to the game and created their first chance inside the opening minute, although Aron Gunnarsson's speculative 30-yard shot did not threaten Paul Rachubka in the Blackpool goal.
Eastwood then headed wide from Daniel Fox's corner after seven minutes, before David Vaughan fired wide for the hosts.
Coventry continued to look the more threatening side and Gunnarsson saw another long-range effort well blocked by Ian Evatt after 22 minutes.
Clinton Morrison fired over the bar two minutes later, before Elliott Ward latched onto another Fox corner to force a fine save from Rachubka.
Keith Southern saw his shot go wide for Blackpool shortly after the half-hour mark, and Burgess also missed the target with a header as Blackpool finally started to exert some pressure on the visitors' defence.
Burgess then shot over from 25 yards after 38 minutes, while Evatt saw his long-range volley blocked by Gunnarsson.
Kieren Westwood remained untroubled however, and Coleman's side went into the break on level terms.
Blackpool finally registered their first meaningful shot on target eight minutes into the second half, but Westwood was equal to Steve Kabba's volley from the edge of the area.
However, the Coventry keeper was well beaten five minutes later, as Burgess put the hosts ahead.
Gary Taylor-Fletcher played a one-two with Kabba down the Blackpool right, before crossing to the edge of the area for Burgess to stroke the ball home.
Rob Edwards and Claus Jorgensen wasted chances to extend Blackpool's lead, before the latter made a fine block at the other end of the field to deny Eastwood.
Rachubka then had to be alert to block Morrison's close-range shot, before Eastwood grabbed an equaliser for Coventry after 69 minutes.
The former Southend man received the ball from Leon McKenzie and evaded his marker with a fine turn before firing an angled shot inside the near post.
Burgess and Kabba brought further saves from Westwood as the hosts looked to restore their lead, while McKenzie missed a chance to snatch all three points for Coventry when he missed the target from 12 yards.
Substitute Michael Mifsud then went even closer for the Sky Blues deep into injury time when he volleyed goalwards from six yards, but Rachubka pulled off a comfortable save to keep the scores level.