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Ricoh Arena (ATT 12,621) 21st August 2012 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: P Tierney

Coventry Coventry City vs Sheffield United Sheff Utd

Coventry 1

S Elliott (62)

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Sheff Utd 1

N Blackman (84)

Blades late show denies Sky Blues

Last Updated: 21/08/12 10:56pm

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Blackman: Late equaliser for United

Blackman: Late equaliser for United

Nick Blackman earned Sheffield United a late 1-1 draw against Coventry at the Ricoh Arena in League One on Tuesday night.

The summer signing from Blackburn struck a deserved leveller with six minutes remaining to cancel out a 62nd-minute strike from Stephen Elliott.

United enjoyed the better territory in the first half but failed to turn it into clear-cut chances, with a notable goalline clearance from former Sheffield Wednesday defender Richard Wood keeping the sides on level terms.

And United were made to pay after the interval as Coventry, who have seen nine players go and as many arrive following relegation from the Championship, got into their rhythm.

The Sky Blues appeared to have taken the lead on the hour mark when French recruit Kevin Malaga headed down a corner, the ball bobbling perilously close to the line before visiting goalkeeper Mark Howard grabbed it.

Yet the home side only had to wait two minutes to forge ahead. A long ball from 'keeper Joe Murphy was flicked on to Elliott, who found the net with a fine left-footed finish. But United kept plugging away and Blackman earned a point when he turned home a Shaun Miller cross late on.

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Table

Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bristol City 21 42
2 Milton Keynes Dons 20 41
3 Swindon Town 21 41
4 Preston North End 21 41
5 Sheffield United 21 33
6 Rochdale 21 31
7 Notts County 20 31
8 Bradford City 21 30
9 Peterborough United 21 30
10 Oldham Athletic 21 30
11 Chesterfield 21 28
12 Fleetwood Town 21 27
13 Walsall 21 27
14 Barnsley 21 26
15 Port Vale 21 26
16 Doncaster Rovers 20 26
17 Coventry City 21 25
18 Scunthorpe United 20 23
19 Gillingham 21 22
20 Crawley Town 21 22
21 Colchester United 21 20
22 Yeovil Town 21 20
23 Leyton Orient 21 19
24 Crewe Alexandra 21 19