Coventry City ended their three-game losing run, but could not find a way past Shrewsbury Town at Sixfields.

In blustery conditions, Mike Jackson's relegation-threatened Town moved to within three points of safety with a second clean sheet in three matches.

Bolton loan man Tom Eaves wasted two good Town openings, denied by keeper Joe Murphy early on before heading Ryan Woods' cross wide on the hour.

Town have the edge over City

  • Shrewsbury remain unbeaten in four meetings with Coventry City since their promotion and the Sky Blues' relegation to League One.
  • Town did the double over City last season, beating then managerless Coventry 4-1 at the Greenhous Meadow in September, before picking off Mark Robins' Sky Blues 1-0 at the Ricoh Arena in the return on New Year's Day.
  • This season's first meeting between the two sides also ended in a draw, 1-1, in August.

Michael Petrasso missed the Sky Blues' best chance with 14 minutes to go.

On a day when the home side did not manage a single effort on target, the on-loan QPR winger blazed his effort over the bar following Callum Wilson's flick.

Fit-again Coventry striker Wilson lasted the full 90 minutes on his return after two months out following shoulder surgery.

He forged a new partnership with Arsenal loan man Chuba Akpom, who went close with the first chance of the game when his shot inside the penalty area flew narrowly wide.

Sky Blues boss Steven Pressley also made two changes in defence, bringing in a new full-back pairing of Jordan Clarke and Jordan Willis, which helped contribute to Coventry's first clean sheet in four months.

Shrewsbury, who remain in 22nd place, might have stolen the points late on, but Murphy was on hand again to deny midfield man Dave McAllister.

After sliding to within two points of trouble, Coventry's first point in four matches lifts them three places to 13th, ahead of Wednesday night's next 'home' date against Walsall.

City boss Steven Pressley told BBC Coventry & Warwickshire:

"Hopefully that will give us the base to go on and win games. The run of disappointing results of late has affected the confidence of the team.

"But the players have been working exceptionally hard. Confidence only comes from results and hopefully this is something we can take confidence from.

"We're not scoring goals in the same prolific manner as we were at the start of the season, so we have to look at getting results in a slightly different way.

"We've been losing far too many goals. We needed to tighten up in that department. The teams keeping clean sheets are the teams at the top end of the table."

Shrewsbury manager Mike Jackson told BBC Radio Shropshire:

"We had some great chances to win. Obviously, it should have been three points, but it wasn't.

"But I can't remember the last time we went three games unbeaten. It's still a good point and, if we win at home against Bristol City next week and stay unbeaten, that breeds confidence.

"Defensively as a team, after the stuff we worked on through the week they've done excellently. They've worked so hard as a group.

"People have got to see that the team is working together. They're trying to get out of this. They're not just going to roll over."

Lineup, Bookings (0) & Substitutions (5)

Coventry City

  • 01 Murphy
  • 19 Willis
  • 24 Clarke
  • 06 Thomas
  • 04 Webster
  • 15 Seaborne
  • 27 Petrasso
  • 07 Fleck
  • 20 Wilson
  • 09 Akpom (Baker - 72' )
  • 14 Moussa (Marshall - 61' )

Substitutes

  • 02 Christie
  • 03 Adams
  • 08 Baker
  • 11 McGeouch
  • 13 Burge
  • 17 Daniels
  • 26 Marshall

Shrewsbury Town

  • 25 Anyon
  • 22 Woods
  • 27 Mills
  • 08 McAllister
  • 16 Mkandawire
  • 18 Goldson
  • 11 Taylor
  • 29 Hall
  • 19 Mendez-Laing (Storey - 43' )
  • 24 Eaves (Atajic - 81' )
  • 17 Parry (Jacobson - 90' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Weale
  • 02 Grandison
  • 03 Jacobson
  • 06 Winfield
  • 20 Storey
  • 26 Atajic
  • 31 Smith
Ref: Darren Deadman
Att: 1,966

Match Stats

Shots

15 8

On target

0 3

Corners

10 4

Fouls

11 11

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Coventry City 0, Shrewsbury Town 0.

90:00 +4:36 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Coventry City 0, Shrewsbury Town 0.

90:00 +4:05

Foul by Callum Wilson (Coventry City).

90:00 +4:05

Tamika Mkandawire (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +3:27

Attempt missed. Jon Taylor (Shrewsbury Town) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is too high.

90:00 +1:19

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Jon Taylor.

89:15 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. Joe Jacobson replaces Paul Parry.

88:25

Attempt saved. David McAllister (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

86:53

(Coventry City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

86:53

Foul by Miles Storey (Shrewsbury Town).

86:21

Foul by Michael Petrasso (Coventry City).

86:21

Joseph Mills (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

85:54

Attempt missed. Andy Webster (Coventry City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

84:51

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Paul Parry.

82:27

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Jordan Clarke.

81:56

Attempt blocked. Bahrudin Atajic (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

80:27 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. Bahrudin Atajic replaces Tom Eaves because of an injury.

79:10

Attempt missed. Carl Baker (Coventry City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

78:05

Carl Baker (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

78:05

Foul by David McAllister (Shrewsbury Town).

77:27

Daniel Seaborne (Coventry City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

77:27

Foul by Tom Eaves (Shrewsbury Town).

76:35

Attempt missed. Michael Petrasso (Coventry City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

75:48

Conor Thomas (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

75:48

Foul by Jon Taylor (Shrewsbury Town).

74:02

Attempt blocked. Carl Baker (Coventry City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

73:21

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Asa Hall.

73:08

Attempt blocked. Michael Petrasso (Coventry City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

71:52 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Coventry City. Carl Baker replaces Chuba Akpom.

71:18

Attempt missed. Andy Webster (Coventry City) header from a difficult angle on the right is too high following a corner.

70:30

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Ryan Woods.

66:31

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Tamika Mkandawire.

66:01

Attempt blocked. Mark Marshall (Coventry City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

65:31

Daniel Seaborne (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

65:31

Foul by Tom Eaves (Shrewsbury Town).

63:00

Paul Parry (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

62:59

Foul by Jordan Clarke (Coventry City).

62:31

Attempt missed. Tom Eaves (Shrewsbury Town) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

60:33 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Coventry City. Mark Marshall replaces Franck Moussa.

60:01

Attempt missed. Chuba Akpom (Coventry City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

55:44

Foul by John Fleck (Coventry City).

55:44

Ryan Woods (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

50:51

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

50:50

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

50:01

Delay in match Callum Wilson (Coventry City) because of an injury.

48:20

Attempt missed. Jordan Clarke (Coventry City) header from the right side of the six yard box is too high.

47:21

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Ryan Woods.

45:54

Foul by Andy Webster (Coventry City).

45:54

Tom Eaves (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00

Second Half begins Coventry City 0, Shrewsbury Town 0.

45:00 +1:01 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Coventry City 0, Shrewsbury Town 0.

44:22

Foul by Jordan Clarke (Coventry City).

44:22

Ryan Woods (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

44:02

Hand ball by Tom Eaves (Shrewsbury Town).

43:10

Foul by Daniel Seaborne (Coventry City).

43:10

Miles Storey (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

42:14 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. Miles Storey replaces Nathaniel Mendez-Laing.

41:48

Callum Wilson (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

41:48

Foul by Connor Goldson (Shrewsbury Town).

40:14

Attempt missed. Franck Moussa (Coventry City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

36:32

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Jordan Willis.

35:01

Attempt missed. Chuba Akpom (Coventry City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right.

34:27

Attempt blocked. Asa Hall (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

33:34

Foul by Jordan Clarke (Coventry City).

33:34

Tom Eaves (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

32:00

Joseph Mills (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

31:59

Foul by Michael Petrasso (Coventry City).

30:26

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Jon Taylor.

29:35

Attempt missed. Callum Wilson (Coventry City) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right.

29:03

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Joseph Mills.

23:40

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Connor Goldson.

22:31

Michael Petrasso (Coventry City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

22:31

Foul by Joseph Mills (Shrewsbury Town).

21:41

Attempt blocked. Jon Taylor (Shrewsbury Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

21:10

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Joe Murphy.

20:25

Attempt saved. Tom Eaves (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

19:28

Foul by Daniel Seaborne (Coventry City).

19:28

Tom Eaves (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

18:02

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Joseph Mills.

14:46

Foul by John Fleck (Coventry City).

14:46

David McAllister (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

13:08

Foul by Tom Eaves (Shrewsbury Town).

13:08

Andy Webster (Coventry City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

9:29

Attempt saved. Connor Goldson (Shrewsbury Town) header from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

8:45

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Daniel Seaborne.

5:55

Attempt missed. Callum Wilson (Coventry City) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

5:00

Franck Moussa (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

4:59

Foul by Asa Hall (Shrewsbury Town).

2:45

Attempt missed. Chuba Akpom (Coventry City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

1:49

Foul by Joseph Mills (Shrewsbury Town).

1:49

Michael Petrasso (Coventry City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

0:52

Attempt blocked. Callum Wilson (Coventry City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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