Gus Hamer scored a stoppage time leveller as Coventry City come from behind at bottom of the league Derby County to earn their fifth Championship draw of the season.

The Rams took the late lead seven minutes from time when Colin Kazim-Richards headed home at the far post but the Sky Blues snatched a point in the second minute of overtime.

The Sky Blues started positively enough with plenty of early possession but it was the home side who carved out the first decent attack when tricky wide man Duane Holmes got down the right and sent in a deep cross to the back post which was met by the head of target man Colin Kazim-Richards before Derby were penalised for a foul in the box.

City then created a decent opening when Ryan Giles sent in a lovely early ball across the face of goal with Tyler Walker and Callum O’Hare both stretching to get a crucial touch in the six-yard box both neither able to connect.

Coventry City’s Callum O’Hare (left) goes down from a challenge by Derby County goalkeeper David Marshall

Jordan Shipley had City’s first attempt on target when he timed his run to perfection to get on the end of a long ball up from Kyle McFadzean, only to head straight into the keeper’s arms, before Gus Hamer tested David Marshall for the first time with a 25-yard shot.

Kazim-Richards, meanwhile, found himself treading a disciplinary tightrope after picking up an early yellow card for a foul on Dom Hyam and then committing another foul to earn a talking to from the referee.

City had a scare on the half hour mark when the centre-forward controlled the ball with his back to goal, turned to give Hyam the slip but fired wide across the face of goal.

There was controversy at the other end when a Derby mix-up at the back resulted in O’Hare getting in behind the keeper and stretching to touch the ball which trickled agonisingly wide as the midfielder appeared to be fouled in the process. But his appeals for a penalty were waved away by Dean Whitestone.

Keeper Ben Wilson was tested for the first time when he parried a powerful Max Bird shot away while City had a goal disallowed for off-side from a free-kick just before the break, Tyler Walker sending a looping header over the keeper from a Hamer delivery.

Coventry City’s Tyler Walker (left) and Derby County’s Matt Clarke battle for the ball during the Sky Bet Championship match at the Pride Park Stadium

It continued to be a relatively tight affair at the start of the second half with chances few and far between until the referee incurred the wrath of the Rams when Dom Hyam appeared to foul Tom Lawrence in the area, only for the man in black to wave play on amid widespread appeals for a penalty.

O’Hare sent a glancing header inches wide from a superb Giles’ centre as the game livened up with end to end attacks, Kazim-Richards heading over unmarked for Derby.

But the big man made no mistake in the 83rd minute when he got on the end of a deep cross to the far post to head home to give the home side the lead.

City, however, continued to push and got their rewards in stoppage time when Hamer drilled home a loose ball from outside the box to earn a deserved point.

FORMATION: 4-2-3-1

Nathan Byrne of Derby County battles for a header with Ryan Giles of Coventry City

BEN WILSON: 7

Kicked reasonably well and used his feet well in a first half when he made one save, parrying wide a powerful Max Bird shot in the box. Positive taking high balls in the air.

FANKATY DABO: 6.5

Defended well and excellent on the occasions he ventured forward in the first 45. Got forward more after the break

KYLE McFADZEAN: 6.5

Vocal at the back on a testing night trying to keep target man Colin Kazim-Richards in check, the big man allowed to head home seven minutes from time.

DOM HYAM: 6.5

Calm and collected at the back in a solid first half at Pride Park. Lucky not to have a penalty awarded against him when he appeared to foul Lawrence in the box.

Tom Lawrence is challenged by Fankaty Dabo during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Coventry City at Pride Park

SAM McCALLUM: 5

Had his work cut out keeping tabs on the lively wide man Duane Holmes and over-lapping full-back Nathan Bryne, allowing one or two crosses to go in from Derby’s right flank. Off night for the left-back.

GUS HAMER: 8

Intelligent use of the ball and tested the keeper with a decent shot in the first half and sent in some decent set-piece deliveries. Impressive work-rate and stole in on several loose balls to help win possession. Snatched the late equaliser with a well struck shot from outside the box.

LIAM KELLY: 7.5

Orgainsed operations from his central holding role where he helped screen the back four, putting in plenty of tackles and blocks in the midfield battleground.

RYAN GILES: 6

Started on the left of the forward three in a more attacking role and sent in one brilliant ball into the box the first half when he needed to threaten more against full-back Nathan Byrne who defended well against him. Switched to the right after the break when he was more of a threat but disappointing by his high standards.

Lee Buchanan battles for possession with Ryan Giles during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Coventry City at Pride Park

CALLUM O’HARE: 7

Lively and busy, working hard to track back to help win possession. Went agonisingly close to scoring when he got in behind but screwed his shot wide amid appeals for a penalty.

JORDAN SHIPLEY: 6

Deployed in the middle of the forward three just behind Walker and made a good run to send a header on target early on. Hard working shift without really catching the eye.

TYLER WALKER: 6

Good movement from the hard working striker on a frustrating night when he hardly had sight of goal apart from a looping header ruled out for off-side just before the break.

SUBSTITUTES:

WES JOBELLO (76 mins, for Shipley): 5.5

Sent on to ask more questions down the right .

Coventry City’s Gustavo Hamer (right) celebrates scoring his side’s first goal of the game with team-mate during the Championship match at the Pride Park Stadium

MAX BIAMOU (76 mins, for Walker): 5.5

Added fresh legs and physicality against Derby’s big and solid centre-halves.

LEO OSTIGARD (84 mins, for McCallum): 6.5

Sent in the cross for the goal.

AMADOU BAKAYOKO (88 mins, for O’Hare):

Subs (not used): Lee Camp (GK), Michael Rose, Jamie Allen, Ben Sheaf, Will Bapaga.

DERBY COUNTY (4-2-3-1): David Marshall; Nathan Byrne, Andre Wisdom, Matthew Clarke, Lee Buchanan; Krystian Bielik, Max Bird; Duane Holmes (80 mins, for Jack Stretton), Jason Knight, Tom Lawrence (80 mins, for Kamil Jozwiak); Colin Kazim-Richards.

Subs (not used): Kelle Roos (GK), Craig Forsyth, Graeme Shinnie, Louie Sibley, Morgan Whittaker, Cutis Davies, Jahmal Hector-Ingram.

GOALS:

RAMS: Kazim-Richards (83)

SKY BLUES: Hamer (90+2)

REFEREE: Dean Whitestone.

NEXT UP: Rotherham United (St Andrew’s), Saturday, December 5 (3pm).





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