Kyle McFadzean’s late header gave Coventry City victory over Queens Park Rangers in an entertaining Championship game at St Andrew’s.
QPR took the lead from the penalty spot when Lyndon Dykes blasted home after Bright Osayi-Samuel had been fouled in the area by McFadzean.
The hosts turned it around either side of half-time with Matt Godden heading in at the far post before Callum O’Hare scored from close range following a smart flick.
R’s defender Yoann Barbet levelled with a thunderous strike having been left unmarked from a corner, before McFadzean won it with a powerful header from another set-piece.
There had been little sign of what was to come in a scrappy opening 40 minutes that saw both teams struggle to create a clear opening.
Scotland international Dykes made it two in two games for his new club, and four penalties for the season, with a thumping effort from 12 yards following McFadzean’s clumsy challenge just inside the box.
The R’s, who conceded 76 league goals in 2019-20, were then undone by familiar defensive frailties.
They were opened up far too easily down their right for the Sky Blues’ opener as Ryan Giles hung up a cross to the back post for the unmarked Godden to head down and through the legs of goalkeeper Joe Lumley.
Their second came courtesy of more lax defending with Fankaty Dabo able to evade three challenges before his low cross found O’Hare, who controlled the ball cleverly with his heel before slotting past Lumley.
After Barbet had made the most of generous marking to level things up, the R’s then returned the favour to allow McFadzean to give Coventry their first win at this level since March 2012.
Bosses want clarity on taking a knee
This was the first EFL televised game since football restarted in June where the two teams had not taken a knee before kick-off for the Black Lives Matter movement.
R’s boss Mark Warburton said clubs needed more clarity on whether or not they should continue to do so.
“There’s no guidance, it’s a choice for clubs. There’s no directive,” Warburton told Sky Sports.
“What are we doing? Last week we played Nottingham Forest, no one took the knee. There’s no lack of respect, there’s no lack of awareness of the cause, there’s no lack of awareness of the importance of the cause, and how the game needs to change going forward. Give us some directive – are we doing it for the first four games, the first eight games, the first away game? We don’t know. We have to avoid this uncertainty and this confusion.
“QPR will fight against any form of discrimination and to suggest otherwise would be outrageous.”
Robins said Coventry “supported the cause 100%” and he would “like to know what the ruling is”.
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- 3WallaceBooked at 88mins
- 22CarrollSubstituted forSmythat 71′minutes
- 8AmosSubstituted forBallat 82′minutes
- 10ChairBooked at 65minsSubstituted forThomasat 82′minutes
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Match ends, Coventry City 3, Queens Park Rangers 2.
Second Half ends, Coventry City 3, Queens Park Rangers 2.
Attempt missed. Gustavo Hamer (Coventry City) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Ben Sheaf.
Offside, Queens Park Rangers. Dominic Ball tries a through ball, but Lyndon Dykes is caught offside.
Attempt blocked. Dominic Ball (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Lee Wallace.
Substitution, Coventry City. Ben Sheaf replaces Jordan Shipley.
Offside, Coventry City. Fankaty Dabo tries a through ball, but Matt Godden is caught offside.
Lee Wallace (Queens Park Rangers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Lee Wallace (Queens Park Rangers).
Fankaty Dabo (Coventry City) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Goal! Coventry City 3, Queens Park Rangers 2. Kyle McFadzean (Coventry City) header from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Gustavo Hamer with a cross following a corner.
Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Yoann Barbet.
Foul by Dominic Ball (Queens Park Rangers).
Matt Godden (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. George Thomas replaces Ilias Chair.
Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Dominic Ball replaces Luke Amos.
Attempt saved. Dominic Hyam (Coventry City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Gustavo Hamer with a cross.
Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Robert Dickie.
Offside, Queens Park Rangers. Lee Wallace tries a through ball, but Ilias Chair is caught offside.
Attempt missed. Kyle McFadzean (Coventry City) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Gustavo Hamer with a cross following a corner.