Barnsley 1 Coventry City 2: We didn’t show Championship class, rues Mellon

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Dany Wilson was denied his first victory as Barnsley manager as Coventry City battled from behind to clinch victory in the FA Cup.

Second half goals from Franck Moussa and Leon Clarke saw Coventry City come from behind to win 2-1 at Barnsley after Jim O’Brien had given the hosts a first-half lead.

O’Brien opened the scoring in the 19th minute, lobbing goalkeeper Joe Murphy after receiving a long ball forward from Jean-Yves M’voto.

Moussa levelled with a fine finish 12 minutes from time, after running through the middle and outpacing a couple of chasing defenders.

Coventry skipper Carl Baker saw his free-kick deflected over, Clarke headed wide and Christie had a shot saved as the visitors continued to press.

It was no surprise when Clarke burst through the middle before firing confidently past Steele to complete a stirring comeback from the Sky Blues in the 89th minute.

Barnsley assistant manager Micky Mellon said: “We played well first half. Second half we just never got going. We lost too many moments we had to come out on top on.

“We lost our individual battles. We never showed our Championship quality today and didn’t get going in the second half.

“It was a good goal but that seems like a long time ago because we’re very disappointed to be out of the Cup. We rate the Cup very highly and we know what it means to everyone at the club.

“We’re disappointed that maybe we never got the moments and passes right or that ball into the front-man right. We didn’t show enough aggression going forward.”