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Coventry City 0-0 Luton Town: Sky Blues and Hatters share drab goalless draw

Coventry City midfielder Callum O"Hare tangled with Luton Town's Pelly Ruddock Mpanzu at St Andrew's
Coventry City midfielder Callum O"Hare tangled with Luton Town's Pelly Ruddock Mpanzu at St Andrew's

Coventry City, the team with the Championship's leakiest defence, made it six games unbeaten as they held Luton Town to a goalless draw at St Andrew's.

The Sky Blues and Hatters managed just two shots on target between them - but both sides seemed happy to settle for a point.

Luton had lost their last two away games and, for Coventry, it was a third clean sheet to enjoy for Sky Blues boss Mark Robins in that six-game run.

Coventry came closest to breaking the deadlock in the first half when Callum O'Hare neatly set up Tyler Walker, who hit the post with an effort from a tight angle.

But Luton went close too when top scorer James Collins headed Harry Cornick's cross just wide.

The Hatters are now unbeaten in their last four league meetings with Coventry, having previously had a desperate record against them.

And, after successive beatings in south Wales in their previous two games at Cardiff and Swansea, Luton's first clean sheet on the road since 26 October was a good response by Nathan Jones' Hatters.

Coventry now head this Saturday to Wycombe, with whom they were promoted last season, looking for a throwback to last season's 4-1 Matt Godden-inspired away win.

Luton are at home to away specialists Preston, looking to double the size of their crowd at Kenilworth Road after last week's experimental 1,000 attended the midweek win over Championship leaders Norwich City.

Sky Blues manager Mark Robins told BBC CWR:

"We struggled to find the energy. We didn't make any changes from Saturday and we were just a little bit lacking.

"We didn't keep the ball well enough and couldn't find that little but of inspiration and width.

"It's not a big squad. We have limited options. But, in the end, I'll settle for a point and a clean sheet and we're six games unbeaten now."

Luton assistant manager Mick Harford told BBC Three Counties Radio:

"It's always nice to keep a clean sheet away from home. But defensively we were solid, strong and resolute.

"We're hard to break down when we play like that. We made a few changes and we're pleased with the performances of those who came in.

"But really it was just one of those nights. We got in good positions but nothing dropped for us. And it's a tough place to come and get something."

Line-ups

Coventry

Formation 3-4-1-2

  • 13Wilson
  • 2Østigard
  • 5McFadzean
  • 15Hyam
  • 23Dabo
  • 6KellyBooked at 46mins
  • 38HamerBooked at 41mins
  • 21McCallum
  • 11O'HareBooked at 38minsSubstituted forShipleyat 78'minutes
  • 19WalkerSubstituted forBakayokoat 89'minutes
  • 9Biamou

Substitutes

  • 8Allen
  • 10Jobello
  • 14Sheaf
  • 16Pask
  • 18Giles
  • 20Bakayoko
  • 22Camp
  • 26Shipley
  • 29Da Costa

Luton

Formation 5-3-2

  • 1Shea
  • 18Clark
  • 15Lockyer
  • 16Rea
  • 5Bradley
  • 3PottsBooked at 80mins
  • 28Morrell
  • 8BerryBooked at 28minsSubstituted forDewsbury-Hallat 71'minutes
  • 17Mpanzu
  • 7CornickSubstituted forNombeat 85'minutes
  • 19Collins

Substitutes

  • 4Tunnicliffe
  • 10Lee
  • 14Moncur
  • 21Isted
  • 22Dewsbury-Hall
  • 23Galloway
  • 25LuaLua
  • 27Nombe
  • 33Beckwith
Referee:
Andy Woolmer

Match Stats

Home TeamCoventryAway TeamLuton
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home7
Away6
Shots on Target
Home1
Away1
Corners
Home4
Away7
Fouls
Home14
Away20

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Coventry City 0, Luton Town 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Coventry City 0, Luton Town 0.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Amadou Bakayoko (Coventry City).

  4. Post update

    Sonny Bradley (Luton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Gustavo Hamer (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Sam Nombe (Luton Town).

  7. Post update

    Foul by Gustavo Hamer (Coventry City).

  8. Post update

    Sam Nombe (Luton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Luton Town. Conceded by Liam Kelly.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Coventry City. Amadou Bakayoko replaces Tyler Walker.

  11. Post update

    Gustavo Hamer (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu (Luton Town).

  13. Post update

    Foul by Leo Østigard (Coventry City).

  14. Post update

    Dan Potts (Luton Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  15. Post update

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

  16. Post update

    Foul by Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall (Luton Town).

  17. Post update

    Offside, Luton Town. Joe Morrell tries a through ball, but Dan Potts is caught offside.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Luton Town. Sam Nombe replaces Harry Cornick.

  19. Post update

    Offside, Coventry City. Liam Kelly tries a through ball, but Maxime Biamou is caught offside.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Tom Lockyer.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bournemouth1787229161331
2Norwich169432115631
3Watford178632112930
4Swansea178631910930
5Reading169342619730
6Stoke178452420428
7Brentford167632415927
8Bristol City168351916327
9Cardiff177552314926
10Blackburn1674531191225
11Middlesbrough166641611524
12Huddersfield177372222024
13Luton176561420-623
14Millwall174941414021
15Preston166282225-320
16Birmingham164751214-219
17Barnsley165471721-419
18QPR174671825-718
19Coventry174671826-818
20Rotherham1734101525-1013
21Nottm Forest16349919-1013
22Wycombe16259923-1411
23Derby16259822-1411
24Sheff Wed17368917-89
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