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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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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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Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
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1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 44 99
2 Brentford 44 91
3 Rotherham United 44 82
4 Preston North End 44 82
5 Leyton Orient 44 80
6 Peterborough United 44 70
7 Swindon Town 44 66
8 Sheffield United 43 60
9 Port Vale 44 60
10 Milton Keynes Dons 44 59
11 Walsall 44 58
12 Bristol City 44 56
13 Crawley Town 43 55
14 Bradford City 44 53
15 Gillingham 44 52
16 Oldham Athletic 43 51
17 Coventry City 44 50
18 Colchester United 44 47
19 Tranmere Rovers 44 47
20 Crewe Alexandra 44 47
21 Notts County 44 46
22 Carlisle United 43 44
23 Shrewsbury Town 44 41
24 Stevenage 44 39