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Victor Gyokeres denied Sunderland the three points on their return to the Championship as they produced one of the close football scores of the weekend. Jack Clarke opened the scoring in the 12th minute before Gyokeres equalized in the 84th minute. Alex Neil put out a side that was made up of 10 players that featured for the team that won League One last season.

Managers Reaction 

Sunderland’s Alex Neil: “I thought we gave a good account of ourselves. I thought we were organized, and we made it really difficult for them. Let’s be honest, we’d be talking about a great result here if it wasn’t for one moment of quality. We switch off, don’t get down the line quick enough and let him turn, but even then, it’s a great goal. It’s not as if we’ve made an error and they’ve had a tap-in. The lads had to turn, dip past two players and bang the ball in the bottom corner. That’s the quality of the Championship.

Coventry’s Mark Robins: “Any point in the Championship is a good point. It’s a tough place to come, especially in the circumstances with it being their first game back in the Championship after four years away. I’ll take a point and move on. The change we made gave us a leg up and gave us a bit of impetus in the game. We added a bit of pace and managed to create one or two things, then we got the goal through Vik. Then we looked like we could build that pressure to go on and get another one. We had to do better, and I thought we started to do a bit better in the second half. The change in shape and personnel did the trick in terms of opening them up a little bit more. We’ve got more options once we get up to speed now.”

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