The Warmdown: Late drama against Preston keeps Coventry in the play-off picture
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Coventry City kept up their habit of late goals to clinch a point at the death through Fabio Tavares' first club goal.

Nothing could separate the two sides in a scrappy affair but the game came to life when Liam Lindsay received his marching orders with six minutes left on the clock.

Fankaty Dabo was sent off for the Sky Blues minutes later when he brought down Emil Riis in the penalty area to give Daniel Johnson the chance to take a late lead for the Lilywhites; a chance which he took.

But the drama was not over there. A Gustavo Hamer free-kick fell to Tavares who fired into the top right corner beyond added time to snatch a vital point in City's play-off push.

  • Tavares deserves to start for the Sky Blues

The young Portuguese striker has impressed for Coventry's U23s since joining from Rochdale last February.

This season, Tavares has netted 15 times in the Professional Development League for the U23s side and had impressed in his debut cameo appearance against Barnsley last week.

With the fans' patience wearing thin with Martyn Waghorn's poor form and the fact that Matty Godden's return from appendix surgery is still a couple of weeks away at the earliest, there is a case for Tavares to start alongside Viktor Gyokeres away in Swansea next weekend.

However, speaking to CoventryLive earlier this month, Sky Blues manager Mark Robins asked fans to be patient and trust his judgement on the 21-year-old's development.

Despite such calls though, the pressure on Robins to start the young forward going forward will no doubt be rising now, following such a crucial impact on Saturday.

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Coventry are now the kings of late drama in the Championship.

Tavares' equaliser in the 90+8th minute means that the Sky Blues have now scored 14 goals in the final 10 minutes of games. No team has scored more and league leaders Fulham are second on that metric, having scored 13 goals in the final 10 minutes of games.

Their ability to keep going until the very end of games is a large part of why they are still in the hunt for a play-off spot.

From the very beginning of the season, the Midlands side made a habit of snatching points late on. Kyle McFadzean's winner against Nottingham Forest on the opening day and Godden's against Reading automatically spring to mind.

And more recently, Gyokeres' last-gasp winner against Bristol City along with the rest of the late drama seen by City fans home and away this season, has meant that they remain in a strong position to finish in the play-off places.

  • Ryan Lowe is making a real difference at Preston

When Lowe left League One Plymouth Argyle in December to take the hotseat at Deepdale, eyebrows were raised. The former Bury manager had led Argyle to the top end of the third tier, whilst North End were sitting in 18th in the Championship.

However, Lowe's judgement appears to have paid off so far.

Saturday's draw in the West Midlands takes Preston into the top half and seven points off the play-offs. Whilst unlikely they'll make it this season, there are definitely signs that Lowe's work is paying off already.

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Their setup was almost perfect. Lowe clearly recognised that Coventry tend to play their best football when teams match their energy with a high press, allowing them to exploit spaces on the wing and between midfield and defence.

So, Preston simply sat in and used the aerial ability of Lindsay and Sepp van den Berg to deal with Gyokeres and Waghorn, whilst Alan Browne and Ben Whiteman offered a shield to deal with the threats of Callum O'Hare and Hamer.

It very nearly paid off for Lowe's side and it's clear to see why they have experienced a resurgence under his new management.

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