Watford 0-0 Coventry
Coventry goalkeeper Joe Murphy produced a string of fine saves to help his relegation-threatened side contain in-form Watford.
The hosts went close early on when John Eustace crossed for Sean Murray, who headed over unmarked from six yards.
Eustace wasted another great chance just before the break, side-footing wide from similar range.
Murphy made a double save after 75 minutes, blocking a Troy Deeney effort then keeping out a Eustace strike.
This was a welcome result for Coventry, who had suffered 10 successive away defeats before this match, but their search for a first Championship away win of the season continues.
The visitors had started the brighter but Watford created the better chances. Eustace played a one-two with left-back Carl Dickinson before crossing for Murray, who headed off target.
Watford went close once more when Alex Kacaniklic swung in a corner and Britt Assombalonga glanced a header narrowly over Murphy's crossbar.
Coventry's Nathan Cameron thought he had headed the visitors into the lead from a Gary McSheffrey corner, only for referee Colin Webster to rule it out for a push at the near post.
McSheffrey was starting to look threatening and his cross picked out Clive Platt, whose powerful downward header forced Adrian Mariappa to clear off the line. But the visitors had an escape themselves when Eustace squandered his opportunity.
Watford pressed hard in the second half as Murphy was forced into a fine save from Deeney's drive from the edge of the area. That was followed by the Coventry goalkeeper's impressive two saves in quick succession.
VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM
Watford manager Sean Dyche told BBC Three Counties Radio:
"You've got to be thinking on the positive side - it's another point gained, another clean sheet.
"It was an awkward game. These teams are fighting for their lives.
"They killed the game constantly and the referee played his part in that, which was disappointing for us and disappointing for our fans because they want see free-flowing games, they want to enjoy themselves - and it definitely had an effect on the game.
"In the first half, we were just off it, not as bright as we have been, in the second half, there was a good reaction. We created one or two excellent chances."
- 35 Kuszczak
- 03 Dickinson
- 06 Mariappa
- 12 Doyley
- 33 Nosworthy Booked
- 04 Eustace
- 18 Kacaniklic (Yeates - 80' )
- 22 Murray Booked
- 26 Assombalonga (Iwelumo - 61' )
- 32 Hogg
- 09 Deeney Booked
- 01 Loach
- 05 Taylor
- 07 Yeates
- 10 Iwelumo
- 25 Garner
- 01 Murphy
- 02 Keogh
- 15 Cranie
- 26 Clarke (Christie - 85' )
- 30 Cameron
- 04 Clingan
- 12 Deegan
- 16 Norwood
- 11 McSheffrey
- 18 Nimely (McDonald - 72' )
- 22 Platt
- 13 Dunn
- 03 Hussey
- 31 Christie
- 32 Thomas
- 14 McDonald
Live Text Commentary
Full Time The referee blows his whistle to end the game.90:00 +6:24
Mark Yeates takes a shot. Save made by Joe Murphy.90:00 +5:17
Clive Platt challenges Lloyd Doyley unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Tomasz Kuszczak.90:00 +3:24
The referee penalises Sean Murray for handball. Free kick crossed right-footed by Sammy Clingan, Chris Iwelumo makes a clearance.90:00 +3:09 Booking
Booking The referee cautions Troy Deeney for dissent.90:00 +2:23
Corner taken by Gary McSheffrey from the right by-line, clearance made by Chris Iwelumo.90:00 +2:10
Cody McDonald takes a shot. Clearance made by Adrian Mariappa.90:00 +0:44
Foul by Troy Deeney on Richard Keogh, free kick awarded. Joe Murphy restarts play with the free kick.88:29
Lloyd Doyley sends in a cross. The referee penalises Sean Murray for handball. Free kick taken by Joe Murphy.86:47
The ball is delivered by Carl Dickinson. Handball by Gary McSheffrey. Free kick taken by Mark Yeates.84:53 Substitution
Substitution Cyrus Christie joins the action as a substitute, replacing Jordan Clarke.84:08
The ball is delivered by Mark Yeates.83:46
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Mark Yeates from the right by-line, Martin Cranie makes a clearance.83:40
Mark Yeates crosses the ball, blocked by Martin Cranie.81:41
Effort from inside the area by Cody McDonald misses to the left of the target.79:33 Substitution
Substitution Mark Yeates comes on in place of Alex Kacaniklic.75:25
Free kick taken by Martin Cranie.75:25 Booking
Booking Sean Murray goes into the referee's book.75:19
Sean Murray gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gary McSheffrey.75:00
John Eustace takes a shot. Save by Joe Murphy.
Troy Deeney takes a shot. Joe Murphy gets a block in. Corner taken by Alex Kacaniklic from the right by-line played to the near post, Sammy Clingan manages to make a clearance.70:48
Joe Murphy restarts play with the free kick.70:48 Substitution
Substitution Cody McDonald joins the action as a substitute, replacing Alex Nimely.70:48
Foul by Troy Deeney on Joe Murphy, free kick awarded.70:11
Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Sean Murray.70:04
Centre by Alex Kacaniklic, blocked by Jordan Clarke.68:26
Chris Iwelumo is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Joe Murphy restarts play with the free kick.65:54
Gary McSheffrey has a direct shot on goal from the free kick, Tomasz Kuszczak makes a save.65:54 Booking
Booking Booking for Nyron Nosworthy for unsporting behaviour.65:46
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gary Deegan by Nyron Nosworthy.64:34
Troy Deeney takes a shot. Joe Murphy makes a save. Corner taken by Sean Murray from the left by-line, John Eustace gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Joe Murphy. Joe Murphy takes the indirect free kick.64:09
Carl Dickinson crosses the ball.63:25
Free kick awarded for a foul by Martin Cranie on Troy Deeney. Alex Kacaniklic crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel, save by Joe Murphy.60:10
Joe Murphy restarts play with the free kick.60:10 Substitution
Substitution Chris Iwelumo comes on in place of Britt Assombalonga.60:10
Richard Keogh fouled by Alex Kacaniklic, the ref awards a free kick.58:56
Carl Dickinson sends in a cross.58:49
Sean Murray produces a cross.54:37
The ball is delivered by Lloyd Doyley.53:10
Free kick awarded for a foul by Jonathan Hogg on Sammy Clingan. Sammy Clingan takes the free kick.49:56
Alex Kacaniklic takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by Clive Platt. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Alex Kacaniklic from the right by-line, clearance by Clive Platt.49:30
The ball is delivered by Alex Kacaniklic, John Eustace takes a shot. Blocked by Martin Cranie.48:44
Shot from just outside the box by Oliver Norwood misses to the left of the goal.48:06
Britt Assombalonga gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Richard Keogh. Sammy Clingan takes the indirect free kick.47:21
The official flags Britt Assombalonga offside. Indirect free kick taken by Joe Murphy.46:07
Carl Dickinson delivers the ball, Joe Murphy makes a save.45:01
The match restarts for the second half.45:00 +4:43 Half time
Half Time The ref blows to end the first period.45:00 +4:02
Oliver Norwood takes a shot. Tomasz Kuszczak makes a save. Corner taken by Sammy Clingan from the left by-line.45:00 +1:22
Clive Platt concedes a free kick for a foul on John Eustace. Nyron Nosworthy takes the indirect free kick.43:45
Centre by Gary McSheffrey.43:03
Britt Assombalonga challenges Richard Keogh unfairly and gives away a free kick. Joe Murphy restarts play with the free kick.42:09
Lloyd Doyley is caught offside. Joe Murphy takes the indirect free kick.40:30
A cross is delivered by Lloyd Doyley, Close range effort by John Eustace misses to the right of the goal.37:54
Gary Deegan challenges John Eustace unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by John Eustace.34:20
The ball is swung over by Gary McSheffrey, Clive Platt takes a shot. Lloyd Doyley makes a clearance.33:29
Centre by Gary McSheffrey, blocked by Carl Dickinson. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Gary McSheffrey from the right by-line to the near post, Adrian Mariappa makes a clearance.32:23
Carl Dickinson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jordan Clarke. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Gary McSheffrey, clearance made by Nyron Nosworthy.30:14
Foul by Sammy Clingan on Troy Deeney, free kick awarded. Nyron Nosworthy takes the free kick.28:43
Gary Deegan delivers the ball, clearance by Carl Dickinson.25:57
Carl Dickinson produces a cross.23:59
Corner taken by Gary McSheffrey from the right by-line, free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Adrian Mariappa by Nathan Cameron. Indirect free kick taken by Tomasz Kuszczak.19:36
Alex Nimely is caught offside. Free kick taken by Nyron Nosworthy.18:50
The ball is delivered by Alex Kacaniklic, free kick awarded for a foul by Britt Assombalonga on Nathan Cameron. Joe Murphy takes the free kick.18:14
Gary McSheffrey gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on John Eustace. Free kick taken by Tomasz Kuszczak.17:37
Martin Cranie sends in a cross, blocked by Alex Kacaniklic. Inswinging corner taken by Sammy Clingan from the left by-line, clearance made by Nyron Nosworthy.14:41
Britt Assombalonga concedes a free kick for a foul on Sammy Clingan. Sammy Clingan restarts play with the free kick.11:57
Inswinging corner taken by Alex Kacaniklic from the right by-line, Britt Assombalonga has a header from close range and clears the crossbar.10:38
Carl Dickinson delivers the ball, Richard Keogh manages to make a clearance.10:29
The ball is crossed by Sean Murray, clearance by Jordan Clarke.9:48
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Alex Kacaniklic from the right by-line to the near post, Sammy Clingan manages to make a clearance.9:37
Alex Kacaniklic crosses the ball, clearance by Nathan Cameron.8:09
Centre by Gary McSheffrey, Adrian Mariappa makes a clearance.5:48
Foul by Troy Deeney on Jordan Clarke, free kick awarded. Richard Keogh restarts play with the free kick.5:05
John Eustace delivers the ball, Sean Murray produces a header from inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.0:11
Troy Deeney gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Richard Keogh. Joe Murphy restarts play with the free kick.0:00
The match begins.
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