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Preston North End 2 Coventry City 2

Preston North End 2 Coventry City 2

Coventry City met Preston North End for the third time in the space of a few weeks on Saturday when the two teams went head-to-head in League One at Deepdale.

Familiarity between the sides had bred, if not contempt, relief for the Sky Blues that they would not be facing PNE again this season given the clash in style that results.

Results, however, had gone City's way prior to this one with a draw in the previous league meeting and the last-gasp win in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.

Franck Moussa started for the Sky Blues, replacing Gary McSheffrey, in the only change from the last-gasp win over Oldham Athletic as both sides started in an open fashion, creating chances and looking to make the breakthrough.

It was the hosts who struck first when Graham Cummins netted on the half-hour but City shook off that blow to level within 8 minutes through Leon Clarke. Goals were traded again after the break, Chris Robertson's own goal putting the Sky Blues in front before Nicky Wroe ensured a share of the spoils.

Mark Robins had 'no complaints' about his side's performance at a venue where 'the ball gets a headache' and was left only to rue the fact that City had failed to take more of the numerous chances they created.

"But you have to work for every point in this league so we'll take that and move on to Friday when we've got a great fixture at Sheffield United."

Opposite number Graham Westley praised the spirit shown by his side to come back from 2-1 down and earn a point but, speaking to the official PNE website, added: "It is not the result that we wanted, we are Preston North End, and we don`t want to be over the moon drawing at home with Coventry City."

McDonald's Saver

Loanee Coventry City striker Cody McDonald, meanwhile, marked his second Gillingham debut with a vital equaliser against York City.

Sky Blues lose unwanted record

Coventry City are no longer the last English top-flight side to lose to non-league opposition after a famous win for Luton at Norwich in the FA Cup 4th Round.



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Writer:CCFC
Date:Saturday January 26 2013
Time: 3:00PM

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Could have been all three points but it shows how far we have come in a short space of time that we are a bit disappointed.
CET Stander
28/01/2013 13:21:00
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