Agyemang double denies City
By Andy Clarke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Patrick Agyemang struck twice to earn Gillingham a point at Coventry.Coventry City missed the chance to move up to seventh place in The Championship as two goals from Gillingham's Patrick Agyemang pegged them back to a 2-2 draw at Highfield Road.
Agyemang, restored to the starting line-up having been left on the bench for Saturday's heavy home defeat by Sunderland, responded in perfect fashion after goals from Andy Morrell and Stern John had given Coventry daylight shortly after the interval.
John's penalty, after referee Mike Pike had spotted a tug on Steve Staunton by Nicky Southall, kept up his record of scoring on his debut for each of his English league clubs, having achieved the feat for Nottingham Forest and Birmingham.
It put the home side two goals ahead after Morrell had turned in the opener following Dean Leacock's knock-down in the penalty area.
Gillingham had done little to suggest that they would be able to force their way back into the game but they struck on 65 minutes as Coventry relaxed.
Darren Byfield's perfectly-weighted through ball split the City defence and Agyemang was able to steer a first time shot beyond Luke Steele, the young goalkeeper making his debut following his loan move from Manchester United.
The same two players then combined for the visitors' equaliser, Byfield finding Agyemang with another incisive pass and his powerful right-foot shot found the corner of the net despite a strong touch from Steele.