A midweek Championship match ended up being temporarily halted for EIGHT minutes on Tuesday with viewers watching the game left worried.
Chris Hughton’s Nottingham Forest managed to come away from St Andrew’s with a much needed three points against Coventry City.
A stoppage however was in play as substitute Amadou Bakayoko required treatment inside the Forest penalty area with minutes of injury time remaining.
— Coventry City ARG (@ArgCoventryCity) February 2, 2021
It is claimed that he took a heavy blow to the head and the Sky Sports reporter inside the stadium stated that it looked as though he was unconscious.
The ground fell silent, players and staff for both sides were left worried and medical staff assisted Bakayoko on the pitch before being taken off on a stretcher.
Around eight minutes later, he was taken off the field and replace with Wesley Jobello, with the game then restarting before finishing moments later.
93′ – Stoppage in play as Baka takes a nasty knock.
— Coventry City (@Coventry_City) February 2, 2021
90+4′ Coventry 1-2 #NFFC: A stoppage in play here as substitute Amadou Bakayoko requires treatment inside the Forest penalty area.
— Nottingham Forest FC 💙 (@NFFC) February 2, 2021
Coventry City tweeted: “Baka leaves the pitch on a stretcher, hopefully it’s not too serious and we wish him a speedy recovery.”
Opposition Nottingham Forest wrote: “Our best wishes to Amadou for a speedy recovery!”
The Reds ended the Sky Blues’ eight-game unbeaten run at home, winning the game 2-1.
On the 17th minute, Max Biamou fired Coventry into the lead with a low curling effort into the bottom corner, only for Lewis Grabban to equalise within minutes later.
Substitute Michael Rose put through his own net early in the second-half and despite Coventry’s efforts to find a leveller they couldn’t find a way past Brice Samba in the Forest goal.
🗣: “The only bit of football we played ended up with Max scoring, we can’t concede goals like that, unfortunately we didn’t get the second goal that we needed to pull level.” #PUSB
— Coventry City (@Coventry_City) February 2, 2021
Mark Robins admitted he was “disappointed” after watching his side losing despite going ahead.
Robins said: “The first-half we were poor, the only bit of football we played that was like us ended up with Max scoring.
“The two goals were really poor, we can’t concede goals like that and they know that, Rosey was coming on cold fresh from an injury, we’ve got to get players fit through games, other than that he was outstanding, his use of the ball was magnificent.
“We created a lot of openings for ourselves and we had a lot of the ball, but we didn’t work the goalkeeper enough, we had loads and loads of chances to get the ball into good areas and we did that.
“Some of the crosses from Julian Dacosta were out of this world, strikers should thrive on those, unfortunately we didn’t get the second goal that we needed to pull level.”
Robins felt his side deserved more from the game, having dominated the ball for large periods in the second half.
“Had we come in one-nil up at half-time and not conceded that goal, we go on and win the game, the two games against Forest we’ve got nothing from them and we’ve deserved a lot more that’s for sure.
“We were much better in the second-half, we moved the ball better, which is a lot more like us, on a difficult surface, it was slick and really wet, we were pretty good, but the overriding emotion is disappointment, we’ve just got to dust ourselves down and get on with it because we’ve got a game here on Saturday.”
Robins also gave an update on the health of Amadou Bakayoko after the striker was stretchered off in injury-time following a head injury
“Baka has woken up now and he’s in the ambulance on his way to hospital and I think they’re going to keep him in overnight, hopefully he’s going to be okay, the physio seems quite positive about it.”
Fans reacted after seeing that the Championship match was temporarily halted for EIGHT minutes…
Coventry forward Amadou Bakayoko was involved in a nasty collision which left him unconscious.
— FredSZN (@FredSZN_) February 2, 2021
@RobJonesPUSB: Very unlucky tonight just hope @bakayoko_a is ok
@awbuswell: We are getting absolutely ruined with injury’s this season
@ThatBlindLad: Whatever it is I hope he makes a speedy recovery, 20 goals X
@CovHarry: It looks serious, anybody any idea???
@FoodAndFifa99: From what I saw it looked like his head went straight into our keeper’s shoulder (I think) and it looked like he was knocked clean out – Honestly I hope it’s nothing too serious
@fckin_ranga: Best wishes to the lad
@skybluelouis_: Hope @bakayoko_a is ok
@simontodd2: Not bothered about the defeat at the moment I just hope @bakayoko_a is ok.
@essjayarr: Massively annoying result. Draw would have been fair but that’s how it goes. Hope @bakayoko_a is okay!
@CcfcSoutham: All of our thoughts going out to @bakayoko_a fingers crossed for a speedy recovery
@sweetfa21: They’ve just said he was knocked out cold, WTF. How can a GK knock a player out & get away with that!
@HarryM1456: Hope he’s okay, doesn’t look good
@kirstiehackney2: Hope he is okay