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Friday 23 February 2018

Coleman fumes after Ipswich’s late plunder

John 42, Colback 52, Counago 90
Morrison 2, Wood 90

Coventry boss blasts length of injury-time as Keane’s Tractor Boys steal points in dramatic finale

CHRIS COLEMAN was left seething with referee Michael Oliver after his Coventry side suffered a last-gasp 3-2 defeat at Ipswich.

Pablo Counago netted the Tractor Boys’ winner seven minutes into stoppage time – despite the fact only four were due to be played.

Incredibly, Coventry had equalised in the sixth added minute and thought they had nicked a point – only for the hosts to win with virtually the last kick of the game. Sky Blues boss Coleman fumed: “Let’s get it right. There shouldn’t have been enough time for us to get the equaliser.

“The referee’s assistant put four minutes up. We scored in the sixth added minute, so where have the extra two come from? “We then ended up playing over seven minutes. There’s no consistency. Just because he’s made a mistake in letting us get an equaliser he didn’t need to make another one to even it up. Two wrongs don’t make a right. It’s bizarre and I’m disappointed, because we’ve scored three late goals in a week.

“I’ll get into trouble for walking onto the pitch and airing my views, because you’re not allowed to do that any more.

“But what’s going to be done about an extra three minutes? I can’t catch my breath. If I’m called up in front of the FA then good, because I wouldn’t mind a little chat with them.”

Prior to the late drama, it looked like Ipswich were on course for a 2-1 success.

They had fallen behind inside three minutes when Clinton Morrison fired in off the right-hand post after great work by Sammy Clingan and Freddy Eastwood.

But Town equalised when Stern John nodded home a cross by Liam Rosenior. They grabbed their second seven minutes into the second half when Jack Colback slotted home following brilliant play by Jon Walters and Grant Leadbitter.

City’s Richard Wood appeared to have nicked a point with a late leveller for the Sky Blues when his looping header dropped inside the far post.

However, Counago muted their celebrations by lifting the ball over goalkeeper Kieren Westwood after great build-up play by Jaime Peters and Walters.

Town boss Roy Keane said: “I had no issue with the time being added on. When they say four minutes, it’s a minimum of four minutes.

“Even if the game had finished 2-2 I wouldn’t have been complaining about the officials – far from it. I’ve said it before but you play to the whistle. I’ve been taught that since I was six or seven years of age.

“Anyone who’s going to complain about that is out of order.”

Keane added: “We had the game won, threw it away and then managed to nick it at the end.

“Ultimately, though, we got what we deserved. We played some decent stuff and Pablo’s finish at the end was worthy of winning most games.”

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