Saturday 28 December 2013

On this day in 1997: Coventry late show shocks Man Utd

Looking back at Premier League history, we recall when two late Coventry goals shocked Man Utd

  • Dion Dublin was among the scorers as Coventry staged a late comeback to beat Man Utd

  • After Dublin's leveller, Darren Huckerby scored a last-gasp winner to secure a 3-2 victory

  • Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Teddy Sheringham's (pictured) goals weren't enough for Man Utd

Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.

28 December 1997 - Coventry City 3-2 Manchester United

Coventry City scored twice in the last five minutes to earn a shock win over the Barclays Premier League leaders and edge themselves away from the relegation zone.

The Sky Blues came into the match on the back of two 1-0 defeats while Man Utd had won their previous six League matches.

But it was Coventry who took the lead in the 12th minute when Noel Whelan started and finished a move that resulted in his first goal since April after good work by Marcus Hall, Darren Huckerby and Dion Dublin.

Ole Gunnar Solksjaer equalised on the half hour mark after a Coventry attack broke down. Man Utd counter-attacked quickly with Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs combining to set up the Norwegian, who slotted home his sixth goal of the campaign.

Man Utd took the lead shortly after half-time when a series of errors in the Coventry defence led to the ball falling to Scholes, whose low cross was headed in by the stooping Teddy Sheringham for his eighth Premier League goal of the season.

The visitors looked on course for victory until a dramatic intervention by Huckerby. In the 86th minute he was fouled by Henning Berg and Dion Dublin converted the penalty.

Two minutes later the match was turned completely on its head as Huckerby collected the ball just inside the United half and ran through the defence before sliding the ball into the far corner of the net.

The win took Coventry up four places to 13th in the table while United's lead at the top was cut to five points.

The season ended with Arsenal pipping Man Utd to the title by a single point while Coventry finished in 11th place.

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Key Points

  • Premierleague.com looks back through the annals of history of the competition
  • A memorable event or match from each day of the year will be selected
  • We remember when Coventy scored two late goals to beat Man Utd 3-2