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| Coventry 1-1 Notts County: Controversial Marc McNulty penalty gives Sky Blues draw in play-off first leg
| sbobet24 Marc McNulty's disputed late penalty earned Coventry a 1-1 first-leg draw in their League Two play-off semi-final with Notts County. County had been heading for victory thanks to Jonathan Forte's exquisitely taken backheel from Dan Jones's cross four minutes after the break. But they were pegged back when referee Gavin Ward wrongly penalised Matt Tootle's tackle on Tom Bayliss four minutes from time, allowing Coventry top-scorer McNulty to net his 27th goal of the season. A draw was a fair reflection on the balance of play at the Ricoh Arena, where both sides played their part in an entertaining encounter amid treacherous wet conditions.
But County will be hoping Ward's error does not prove fatal when the two sides meet at Meadow Lane for Friday night's second leg. A sodden pitch looked in danger of not lasting the game early on, but both sides were not deterred from contesting a game played on the deck in large parts. Coventry were not afraid to mix it up, though, and found McNulty in behind early on, only for the home forward to strike the far post from 20 yards. Notts County responded when Forte's flick from a corner was kicked away by Lee Burge in the Coventry goal soon after, before Coventry again came close as Shaun Brisley turned Tom Bayliss' cross towards his own goal - but goal-line technology ruled Adam Collin had kept it out at his near post. sbobet24
The visitors found themselves ahead within minutes of the restart when Jones beat Matt Grimmer to the ball, and Forte executed a superb backheel from his cross to leave Burge scrambling and Kevin Nolan's men in front. That looked like being as dramatic as it would get with neither goalkeeper tested until the final four minutes, when Tootle was wrongly adjudged to have fouled Bayliss, despite winning the ball cleanly from the Coventry man inside his own box. McNulty showed no sympathy to step up and fire into the bottom corner to earn Coventry a share of the spoils, leaving enough time for them to claim another spot-kick when John Stead handled in the area moments later - a decision Ward decided against giving this time. sbobet24