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Coventry City 0-0 Shrewsbury Town

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.

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."

Line-ups

Coventry

  • 1Murphy
  • 19Willis
  • 24Clarke
  • 6C Thomas
  • 4Webster
  • 15Seaborne
  • 27Petrasso
  • 7Fleck
  • 20Wilson
  • 9AkpomSubstituted forBakerat 72'minutes
  • 14MoussaSubstituted forMarshallat 61'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Christie
  • 3Adams
  • 8Baker
  • 11McGeouch
  • 13Burge
  • 17Daniels
  • 26Marshall

Shrewsbury

  • 25Anyon
  • 22Woods
  • 27Mills
  • 8McAllister
  • 16Mkandawire
  • 18Goldson
  • 11Taylor
  • 29Hall
  • 19Mendez-LaingSubstituted forStoreyat 43'minutes
  • 24EavesSubstituted forAtajicat 81'minutes
  • 17ParrySubstituted forJacobsonat 90'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Weale
  • 2Grandison
  • 3Jacobson
  • 6Winfield
  • 20Storey
  • 26Atajic
  • 31Smith
Referee:
Darren Deadman
Attendance:
1,966

Match Stats

Home TeamCoventryAway TeamShrewsbury
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home15
Away8
Shots on Target
Home0
Away3
Corners
Home10
Away4
Fouls
Home11
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Coventry City 0, Shrewsbury Town 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Coventry City 0, Shrewsbury Town 0.
Foul by Callum Wilson (Coventry City).
Tamika Mkandawire (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Attempt missed. Jon Taylor (Shrewsbury Town) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is too high.
Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Jon Taylor.

Substitution

Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. Joe Jacobson replaces Paul Parry.
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.
(Coventry City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Miles Storey (Shrewsbury Town).
Foul by Michael Petrasso (Coventry City).
Joseph Mills (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt missed. Andy Webster (Coventry City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.
Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Paul Parry.
Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Jordan Clarke.
Attempt blocked. Bahrudin Atajic (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. Bahrudin Atajic replaces Tom Eaves because of an injury.
Attempt missed. Carl Baker (Coventry City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.
Carl Baker (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by David McAllister (Shrewsbury Town).
Daniel Seaborne (Coventry City) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Tom Eaves (Shrewsbury Town).
Attempt missed. Michael Petrasso (Coventry City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.
Conor Thomas (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Jon Taylor (Shrewsbury Town).
Attempt blocked. Carl Baker (Coventry City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Asa Hall.
Attempt blocked. Michael Petrasso (Coventry City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Coventry City. Carl Baker replaces Chuba Akpom.
Attempt missed. Andy Webster (Coventry City) header from a difficult angle on the right is too high following a corner.
Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Ryan Woods.
Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Tamika Mkandawire.
Attempt blocked. Mark Marshall (Coventry City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Daniel Seaborne (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Tom Eaves (Shrewsbury Town).
Paul Parry (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Jordan Clarke (Coventry City).
Attempt missed. Tom Eaves (Shrewsbury Town) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Coventry City. Mark Marshall replaces Franck Moussa.
Attempt missed. Chuba Akpom (Coventry City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right.
goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Wolves3221743770
2Leyton Orient3421763570
3Brentford3220752367
4Preston34171341464
5Rotherham33171062161
6Peterborough3216412952
7Swindon3413813647
8Walsall33121110547
9MK Dons3413714246
10Port Vale3313416-843
11Bradford3391410441
12Sheff Utd3211813-441
13Coventry3213910338
14Crawley289118-338
15Oldham3410816-938
16Gillingham3411518-1438
17Carlisle3310716-1737
18Tranmere339915-1736
19Colchester3181112-435
20Bristol City3471413-735
21Crewe349817-2535
22Shrewsbury3371115-1232
23Stevenage329419-2031
24Notts County349322-1930
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