bar. A clash of heads at a corner left the Coventry pair of Clarke-Harris and Junior Brown in need of treatment, and while Clarke-Harris was able to continue Brown looked dazed and had to go off.
Ten minutes before the break, Hume also had to go off and his place was taken by Bryan Oviedo.
Sunderland’s first effort on target came deep into injury time at the end of the first period when Tom Flanagan rose at the far post to meet Honeyman’s corner, but his header was easily saved by Lee Burge.
The Black Cats were quick out of the blocks in the second half, and they took the lead on 49 minutes. Matthews’ atthews’ loww low ball into the box from the right ht was misssed missed at the near post but came all the waay way through to the unmarked ked Cattermmole Cattermole on the penalty spot and he riflfled rifled his shot beyond Burge rge into the right side of the net, much to the delight of the 5,000 travelling traavelling fans behind that goal. gooal. Coventry Cooventry stepped up their theiir game and McLaughlin MccLaughlin made a series serries of excellent saves to preserve his side’s lead, leaad, denying Luke Thomas Thoomas twice, and Clarke-Harris, Clarrke-Harris, while Conor Conoor Chaplin rolled a shot widew wide from 12 yards when he hee should have scored. But there therre was nothing he c o u l d do in the 68th minute when Coventry took full advantage of a mix- mix-up up in the Sunderland defence.
Dujon Sterling sent a low ball into the box from the left and Clarke-Harris was on hand at the near post to nudge it beyond the keeper and inside the righthand post.
Honeyman brought a good save out of Burge late on, but it was Coventry who looked by far the more likely side to earn all three points.
And they would have done so in the fifinal final minute when Flanagan missed his challenge on Chaplin, which allowed the forward to race through on goal only for McLaughlin to make a crucial block which took just enough pace off the ball to allow Jack Baldwin to get back and clear off the line. Kept Sunderland inn in the gam game with a string of saves in thhe the secon second half
Made mistakes, inccluding including a last-minute rick that almost gavve gave away a winner
Went off inside thhe the first fi five minutes with a hamstring prroblem problem
One or two crucial interventions, interveni including clearing thee the line in last minute
Looked a threat for most of the game but had to coast thee the final 15 15mins due to injury, with no subs suubs left t to bring on
Scored the goal, brought broughtb steel to the midfield, but pickeed picked up a ban-earning booking
Brought a save out of Burg Burge late on but gave the ball awayy away too of often over the course of the 90minns 90mins
Did OK, but not back bacck to his best
Was having a solid afte afternoon forced off with a knee injury injur Lee Cattermole, Catte ermole, 49. until
Caused Coventry no non end of problems and looked the most mosst dangerous dange forward
Struggled to get into intto the ga game and did not manage a meaningful meanningful e effort on goal For Loovens 4mins. Did we well when he came on, and proviided provided the assist
For Hume 37mins. Offered an attacking threat on the left
For McGeouch 66mmins. 66mins. A l low-key return. Not used: Ruiter, Ruitter, Ozturk, Oztu Sinclair, McGeady
Burge 7, St Sterling terling 6 6, Willis 6, Hyam 6, Brown B 6 (Davies 17, 6), Thomas ThThThThThThom mas 7 (Jo (Jones 77, 6), Bayliss 66, 6, Doyle 6, Shipley 6, Chaplin Chap plin 7, C Clarke-Harris 7. Not used: O’Brien, O Kelly, Ogogo, O Bakayoko, B Andreu Andreu. u.
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Lee Cattermole celebrates scoring the opening goal against Coventry