Having toppled Leicester City in a slender one-goal win before the international break, Hull City would be keen to record a win against Coventry City on Friday evening. The Sky Blues had been held to draws in their last three matches before this fixture – against Swansea City, Sunderland and Watford.
HCI: Ingram; Vinagre, Greaves, Jones, Coyle; Seri, Slater; Philogene, Twine, Delap; Connolly
COV: Wilson; Binks, McFadzean, Latibeaudiere; Dasilva, Kelly, Eccles, van Ewijk; Ayari; Wright, Godden
With the bumper crowd at the MKM Stadium having paid their respects to those affected by the recent events in Morocco and Libya, it was the hosts that enjoyed the better chances throughout the opening stages – with corners looking particularly threatening, but for Matty Godden’s much-needed clearances.
25 minutes had passed when Jay Dasilva sent his shot crashing wide of the far post, having been played through on goal by Yasin Ayari. Despite Hull City’s early signs of promise, Coventry looked to be the brighter side as the game progressed.
The Sky Blues would see their efforts pay off in the 27th minute, as Joel Latibeaudiere rose highest to divert Josh Eccles’ corner delivery into the bottom corner after finding himself unmarked inside the penalty area.
It looked as though the visitors would quickly double their lead when Yasin Ayari sought to tee up on Haji Wright with a square ball in the box, but the USA forward sent his effort skywards from six yards out.
Coventry City looked to continue their promising attacking spell after the half-time interval, with Josh Eccles failing to add to the advantage as his shot from distance trickled wide of the post.
Scott Twine was keen to restore parity at the MKM Stadium though, and thrust an effort from outside of the box into the grateful arms of Ben Wilson – and Cyrus Christie was soon be involved, with the half-time substitute blasting over the woodwork.
The sustained pressure would pay off with three minutes of regulation time remaining, as Aaron Connolly levelled the scoreline with a sublime headed effort. Tyler Morton’s ball in from the left flank was perfectly placed for the striker, who nodded the all-important equaliser into the far corner past Ben Wilson.
Both teams return to EFL Championship action in midweek, with Coventry City travelling to Cardiff City on Tuesday. The Sky Blues will look to bring an end to their four-game streak of consecutive draws, while Hull City will seek to retain their position inside the top six with a positive result against Leeds United on Wednesday.