Party time for goal hero Wood
Sky Blues defender celebrates after denying boyhood club
Last Updated: October 18, 2011 11:09pm
Richard Wood nets late on to rescue a point for the Sky Blues
Coventry defender Richard Wood celebrated his son's birthday in style after denying boyhood team Leeds with a stoppage-time equaliser in a 1-1 draw at Elland Road.
Leeds fan Wood turned the ball home at the far post after a fumble by United's stand-in goalkeeper Paul Rachubka to cancel out Darren O'Dea's first-half opener for the home side.
Sky Blues manager Andy Thorn could not hide his delight after Wakefield-born Wood snatched his side a point after Leeds had squandered a hatful of chances.
Thorn said: "It's his son's birthday and that's why he took his shirt off to celebrate with his T-shirt underneath.
"I thought he'd gone forward too quickly, but I'm delighted he chose not to listen."
Thorn added: "I'm really impressed with our second-half performance. We stuck to our principles and didn't just launch it forward.
"We thoroughly deserved to get the draw. I thought we weathered the storm before they scored, but we stuck to what we do.
"We have come into Elland Road, it's an intimidating place, it's a well-run, well-managed and well-supported club and we held our own.
"We showed character, there was no point in shutting up shop."
Leeds' 10-goal leading goalscorer Ross McCormack lifted a gilt-edged chance over the crossbar with just goalkeeper Joe Murphy to beat at the end of the first period.
And Murphy made inspired saves to deny Leeds midfielders Danny Pugh and Adam Clayton in the second half, while Robert Snodgrass flashed a raking drive inches wide.
Coventry had created little until Cyrus Christie's desperate cross to the far post in stoppage time was spilled by Rachubka, allowing Wood to pounce.