It's getting to that time of the year where all hell breaks lose in the Championship. The race for a spot in the playoffs is well underway and this year, there's only five points seperating 6th place, the final playoff spot, and 13th.
Last night, two sides who remain in the race for Premier League football squared off. 6th placed Blackburn were leading 8th placed Coventry 1-0 until the 95th minute when one of the greatest and perhaps controversial moments in Championship history unfolded.
With practically the final kick of the game, Coventry sent the ball into a packed Blackburn 18-yard-box. The ball bounced straight into Coventry goalkeeper Ben Wilson and into the Blackburn net, sending the away team and fans berserk.
The only thing which has taken away from Wilson's goal, is the claims that he had handled the ball into the net.
𝗖𝗵𝗮𝗺𝗽𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀𝗵𝗶𝗽 FT 𝗦𝗰𝗼𝗿𝗲𝘀:
QPR 1-1 Norwich
Swansea 4-2 Preston
Watford 1-3 Cardiff
Blackburn 1-1 Coventry
Can’t get much better than that for #WBA surely?
A 95th minute equaliser by Coventry’s ‘keeper Ben Wilson too. Unreal. pic.twitter.com/6Tmjvb48lW
— FootballAnalyst (@AnalystFootie) April 19, 2023
At first glance, it's tough to see whether the vital touch did actually strike the goalkeeper's hand, but some other angles recorded from the stands certainly show why Blackburn fans are unhappy.
Evening cry babies 👋🏻, as you can see it hits super Ben Wilson’s chest in this video ,thank you for the 4 points 😘 #PUSB pic.twitter.com/UQi2e6Vzdd
— Ross (@spence_ross1) April 19, 2023
BEN WILSON. pic.twitter.com/0e9x1t6aVR
— fingaldinz (@fingaldinz) April 19, 2023
The result not only helped Coventry in their quest for promotion, but also proved to be a perfect result for the Irish contingent at West Brom. The Baggies win at Blackpool on Tuesday night means that they remain just two points off a spot in the playoffs.
Reaction to Ben Wilson's equaliser for Coventry
The 95th minute equaliser sent Championship Twitter crazy last night and in particular, Blackburn fans.
Blackburn's official Twitter account also got in on the debate with this tweet late last night.
From a corner, Coventry's goalkeeper Wilson handled the ball into the net...
— Blackburn Rovers (@Rovers) April 19, 2023
Here's some reaction from fans of clubs around the Championship.
Coventry scoring is huge for us. What makes it so so much better is the fact that their keeper scored and it was handball 😂😂😂
— Stephen Jones (@SPJ91) April 19, 2023
Cheating idiot, clear handball! Coventry terrible team! Didn’t play football, hoofed the ball all day! 2pts dropped against a shit team and a awful ref!! #rovers @Rovers
— Aaron Lomax (@RoverTheMoon23) April 19, 2023
Don't you just Glove a last minute goal by the keeper. Gotta hand it to Coventry, touch of class. Beautiful scenes 😂😂
— James Williamson (@jamwills85) April 19, 2023
It's undoubtedly a seriously tough one to call, with each angle showing a different outcome of where the ball struck Ben Wilson. Now, it doesn't matter, as Coventry remain well in the hunt for promotion to the Premier League.