As it happened: Coventry City 2-1 Nottingham Forest in the Championship
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19:062 months ago

Thanks for joining me!

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Thanks for joining me for coverage of today's game between Coventry and Forest.

A thrilling end to the game and a good win for the Sky Blues, but very disappointing for Hughton's men.

See you next time!

18:542 months ago

More on the winning goal

Hamer took a free-kick and found Hyam, whose header was well saved by Samba. Another effort was blocked but came back out to McFadzean, who fired home from 12 yards out!
18:512 months ago

The scenes at full-time


18:322 months ago

Full-time Coventry City 2-1 Nottingham Forest

The full time whistle goes and Coventry take the three points!

What a homecoming for the Sky Blues with a last-minute winner.


18:292 months ago

90+6 GOAL! Coventry have won it!

Coventry win it at the death! Kyle McFadzean with the goal!
18:232 months ago

90' Six minutes added

Six minutes are added in the second half.

Plenty of time to find a winner!

18:222 months ago

88' Forest substitution

Forest make their third change, with Cafu replacing Lyle Taylor.
18:182 months ago

More on the goal

O'Hare does well down the right and nutmegs Colback before delivering the ball into the box. It came off a Forest man and back to Gyokeres, whose effort deflected off Yates into the back of the net!
18:152 months ago

81' GOAL! Coventry are level

Coventry equalise through Viktor Gyokeres!
18:082 months ago

75' Forest substitution

Second change for Forest. It's a debut for Watford loanee Philip Zinckernagel, who replaces Alex Mighten.
18:042 months ago

71' McKenna does well

O'Hare has the ball inside the box and tries to find Walker, but McKenna reads it well and makes the interception. 
18:032 months ago

69' Double change for Coventry

Former Forest forward Tyler Walker is on for Waghorn, while Jodi Jones replaces Ian Maatsen.

Standing ovation for Jones as he returns from a lengthy injury.

18:012 months ago

67' Chance for Coventry

Coventry come forward again and O'Hare finds Waghorn, whose effort is comfortably held by Samba.
17:542 months ago

61' Booking for Hamer

Coventry's Gustavo Hamer becomes their fourth player to pick up a yellow card today.
17:522 months ago

59' Ambitious effort from Waghorn

Coventry debutant Waghorn takes a free-kick from some distance. It was ambitious to shoot from there and it goes well off target.
17:512 months ago

58' Bookings for both sides

Maatsen was booked for Coventry in the 55th minute, and now Forest striker Lyle Taylor joins him in the referee's notebook.
17:492 months ago

55' CLOSE! Coventry hit the crossbar

Coventry are so close to being level.

Ben Sheaf plays a one-two with O'Hare and his first-time effort on the edge of the box hits the crossbar!

17:422 months ago

49' McFadzean booked

Kyle McFadzean is booked for a foul on Alex Mighten.
17:412 months ago

48' Chance for Coventry

Sheaf plays the ball over to Maatsen who brings it down with a brilliant first touch, but his subsequent strike goes well over the crossbar.
17:382 months ago

46' We're back underway!

Forest get us back underway here for the second half!
17:372 months ago

Substitution for Coventry

Coventry make a change for the second half.

Julien Da Costa is replaced by Michael Rose.

17:302 months ago

Moore's save to deny Johnson


17:222 months ago

Half-time Coventry 0-1 Forest

The visitors lead at the break and are good value for it.

Brilliant play by Johnson to set up Taylor's goal.

Coventry have had their moments but lacked quality in the final third.

17:192 months ago

45' Chance for Forest

Joe Lolley wins possession inside the box and plays it into to Johnson, who sees his effort saved by Moore and behind for a corner.
17:182 months ago

45' Substitution for Forest

Mbe Soh has picked up an injury and is replaced by Tobias Figueiredo.
17:162 months ago

Taylor's goal


17:112 months ago

Ben Sheaf booked

Before the goal, Coventry's Ben Sheaf was shown the first yellow card of the game.
17:102 months ago

More on the goal

Brennan Johnson goes on a brilliant run down the right-hand side, he sends in a low cross and it finds Taylor, who finishes first-time into the bottom corner!
17:082 months ago

36' GOAL! Forest take the lead

Lyle Taylor puts the visitors ahead!
17:062 months ago

34' Chance for Coventry

It's only a half chance as O'Hare crosses from the left and finds Da Costa, whose header is comfortably gathered by Samba.
17:002 months ago

27' Wasted opportunity for Forest

Forest get a free-kick in a dangerous position on the right-hand side, but it's floated by Colback straight into the arms of Moore.
16:552 months ago

22' Warning for Sheaf

Ben Sheaf goes in late on Brennan Johnson and gets a warning from the referee.

Perhaps fortunate to escape the first booking there.

16:462 months ago

14' Chance for Forest

A long ball forward reaches Taylor as he gets the better of Dabo, but his shot from inside the box goes out for a throw-in after looking like it might find the far corner.
16:452 months ago

12' O'Hare tries his luck

Coventry break forward through O'Hare and he has a go from distance, but it's harmlessly wide of Samba's goal.
16:432 months ago

10' No real chances

No real chances to report for either side so far. Forest had a break forward and the ball was played into Lolley. Hyam won the ball, it came back off Lolley and went behind for a goal kick.
16:342 months ago

1' We're underway!

After a minute's silence for their former captain George Curtis, Coventry get us underway in this Championship fixture.
16:272 months ago

The teams are out!

The teams are out onto the pitch and we are moments away from kick-off!

Brilliant atmosphere for Coventry's homecoming game!

16:192 months ago

Kick-off coming up shortly!


16:152 months ago

Coventry players warming up

Just 15 minutes away from kick-off now in this Championship game between Coventry and Forest!


16:082 months ago

Ryan Yates captains Forest today


15:592 months ago

Chance to impress for Coventry's new arrivals


15:532 months ago

How the early kick-off ended


15:442 months ago

Worrall and Grabban missing for the visitors


15:312 months ago

Nottingham Forest Starting XI


15:302 months ago

Coventry City Starting XI


15:162 months ago

Today's venue


15:002 months ago

30 minutes until team news

We're now just 30 minutes away from knowing the confirmed line-ups for today's game.

Will Martyn Waghorn make his first competitive start for Coventry? Who will start up front for Forest?

You'll find out right here on VAVEL!

13:262 months ago

I'll be back closer to kick-off

That's all for now. I'll be back with more pre-match build-up close to kick-off, including the confirmed line-ups for both teams!
12:512 months ago

Chris Hughton pre-match comments

Chris Hughton spoke to the Forest website ahead of today's game. 

Hughton said: "The fairest thing to say at this point of the season is that we want to make progress on last season.

"There isn't a manager in the division that wouldn't want to start the season with a win and a good performance as we know that a strong start can be important for momentum.

"We want to be much more competitive this season and challenging more. You always have to build towards something and we've been building towards that first game (on Sunday). 

"I've really enjoyed working with the group this pre-season and we're all very much looking forward to the campaign ahead."

On the opposition: "Coventry have a good side and an outstanding manager.

"I thought they were a very good side last season and we had two tough games against them.

"They have a lot of different variations in their offensive play. They've recruited well in the summer and I think it will be a very tough game."


12:462 months ago

Mark Robins pre-match comments

Coventry boss Mark Robins spoke to the club's website about today's game.

He said: “It’s good to be back in Coventry and playing in front of supporters and I think there is going to be quite a few there against Forest and it’s going to be a brilliant game to start with."

On this season's prospects: “The team has given us everything and we’ve built a strong team that’s together and they give everything so that’s all you can really ask.

“There is a bit of quality sprinkled in there and now we’ve had a year in the Championship it should stand us in good stead. If we can build on what we did last season then we are in for a treat.”

On the opposition: “Forest are a big club, they’ve been outside of the top-flight a long time, but they have wealthy backers, and they have some good players.

“During pre-season they have utilised their academy, which is strong like ours. They are always tough defensively with Chris, they must be up there with conceding the least number of goals last season.

“With Joe Worrall, Lewis Grabban, Lyle Taylor, Joe Lolley, Alex Mighten and Brennan Johnson, they have some really good players with a lot of talent.”


12:412 months ago

Check out our preview

Our writer Ethan Lamb has written the preview for today's game.

Ethan provides the team news, predicted lineups, ones to watch and more!

12:362 months ago

Kick-off time

The coverage for today's game starts at 16:00 BST on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Football. The match will kick off at 16:30 BST.
12:312 months ago

How to Watch

Of course, the best way to watch the game is in person at the stadium. 

However, if you're unable to be there, it's available to watch on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Football.

If you want to follow live text commentary, VAVEL is your best option!

12:262 months ago

Previous meetings

The last meeting between the sides was in February at St Andrew's which Forest won 2-1. 

It was the same scoreline when they met at the City Ground, with Coventry's last victory in this fixture coming in 2011. However, there was only one other meeting before that due to the Sky Blues' time out of the second division.

12:212 months ago

Key player for Nottingham Forest

20-year-old Brennan Johnson helped Lincoln reach the League One play-offs last season and could be valuable to Forest this campaign. 

He scored 11 goals and provided five assists while on loan with the Imps and has attracted interest from Premier League clubs this summer.

12:162 months ago

Key player for Coventry City

Summer signing Martyn Waghorn is a player that could be key for Coventry this season.

The 31-year-old scored 26 league goals over three seasons at Derby and can play centre forward or out wide.

His ability from set pieces will no doubt come in handy for the Sky Blues.

12:112 months ago

Who will be the referee and his assistants?

The referee for this game is James Linington. His assistants are Nigel Lugg and Rob Smith, while Ollie Yates is the fourth official.
12:062 months ago

Forest will be wanting to improve on last season

Like Coventry, Forest will be hoping for a better campaign this time around.

They finished one place below the Sky Blues last season, but manager Chris Hughton has experience getting out of this division.

One player that could make the difference is youngster Brennan Johnson, who enjoyed an excellent loan spell at Lincoln City last season. 

12:012 months ago

Coventry looking to build on last season's survival

The Sky Blues finished in a respectable 16th place last season in their first year back in the second tier.

Mark Robins' men will be hoping to finish even higher this campaign, which could be possible with the help of their summer recruits.

One player who will be eager to get on the scoresheet against Forest is ex-Derby forward Martyn Waghorn.

11:562 months ago

The match will be played at the Coventry Building Society Arena

After playing last season's home games at Birmingham City's St Andrew's, Coventry return to their usual home for the first time since the 2018/19 season.

Formerly known as the Ricoh Arena, the Coventry Building Society Arena has a maximum capacity of 32,753.

11:512 months ago

Welcome to's coverage of the Sky Bet Championship match: Coventry City vs Nottingham Forest!

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