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Stoke City vs Coventry City. Sky Bet Championship.

Bet365 Stadium.

Stoke City 2

  • J Brown (58th minute)
  • S Clucas (70th minute)

Coventry City 3

  • T Walker (44th minute)
  • M Biamou (68th minute)
  • V Gyokeres (78th minute)

Stoke City 2-3 Coventry: Sky Blues edge five-goal thriller to move closer to safety

Report and highlights from the Sky Bet Championship clash between Stoke City and Coventry at the bet365 Stadium as Sky Blues edge five-goal thriller on Wednesday night to move to the brink of securing their status.

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Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between Stoke and Coventry

Substitutes Maxime Biamou and Viktor Gyokeres were on target as Coventry took a huge stride towards Championship safety with a 3-2 success at Stoke.

The Sky Blues were twice pegged back by the home side but it was Gyokeres who netted the clincher in the 78th minute.

Earlier, Tyler Walker gave the visitors a half-time lead but Jacob Brown equalised with a powerful drive.

Biamou came off the bench to make it 2-1 but it lasted barely two minutes as Sam Clucas fired back.

Gyokeres made the difference to record a third straight win for Coventry, while Stoke are now four without a victory.

After a slow start the visitors were first to threaten, when Sam McCallum got to the byline only for Stoke keeper Angus Gunn to knock his low cross to safety.

Soon after Gunn spilled a simple cross and appeared to have tripped Matt Godden as he attempted to gather the loose ball. Referee Oliver Langford waved play on and Gustavo Hamer's shot hit the already-grounded keeper and bounced clear.

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Gunn clawed a curling Hamer free-kick away from the top corner as the Sky Blues continued to press, but they lost Liam Kelly to injury before the half-hour mark after he bravely stopped Brown from tapping in a Tommy Smith cross, clattering into a post as he slid.

In the 33rd minute a brilliant save from Coventry keeper Ben Wilson denied Connor Taylor, on for the injured James Chester, a debut goal.

Coventry edged ahead just before the break when Callum O'Hare advanced before squaring for Walker who calmly lifted over the diving Gunn.

Stoke's first goal in almost five hours of football was a beauty. It arrived after 58 minutes when Hamer lost the ball on the edge of his own box and Brown lashed a ferocious shot into the top corner.

The Sky Blues almost responded instantly when Hamer scooped the ball over the defence and Walker forced a good reflex save from Gunn.

Substitute Steven Fletcher, whose introduction had vastly improved Stoke, clipped the bar with a header but Coventry restored their lead after 68 minutes.

Leo Ostigard flicked on a long throw and Biamou was on hand to touch in at the far post two minutes after he had entered the fray.

It was short-lived, though, as the hosts went straight down the other end and Clucas lashed a brilliant volley home after arriving onto a Smith cross.

The drama continued when Gyokeres sent an angled drive skidding past Gunn, who might have done better, to make it 3-2 to Coventry.

Fletcher's header from a Clucas free-kick was parried by Wilson at point-blank range as Stoke tried to salvage a point.

What the managers said...

Stoke's Michael O'Neill: "We lost this game in both boxes. We conceded through our poor decisions and poor play, and we didn't do enough in their box. We still want to finish the season strongly. We have to do better, we have lost and drawn too many games.

"These games do allow me to look at some things and learn about my players more, but we have to win as many of the final three games as possible."

Coventry's Mark Robins: "It feels close now. Other teams have to win plenty of games now, but we have to just keep picking up points. To have 51 points on the board at this stage is outstanding and now we need to see where we can get to. It's always important we pick up wins at any stage, but to do it at this stage under the circumstances is testament to everyone at the club.

"The work has always gone on at the training ground, but we have been abysmal away from home this season. But now we have won 3-2 at a really difficult place and you can see what a few tweaks can do. I'm proud of everyone at the club. From where we were when I walked through the door four years ago, to where we are now, is chalk and cheese. Now we have to push on and get as many points as we can."

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