Report: Coventry City 0-0 Blues

Blues drew away to Coventry City in the Sky Bet Championship on Tuesday night.

A gutsy performance on the road was epitomised by the way Lee Bowyer’s men kept the hosts from finding a winner despite being reduced to ten men in the second-half when Ryan Woods was shown a straight red card

Prior to this flashpoint, Blues had come closest to scoring through Scott Hogan, whilst Matija Sarkic earned a ninth clean sheet of the campaign to date thanks to a faultless display.

The stalemate means that the last four league meetings between the pair have ended with the points shared.


The Head Coach made a single switch for the midweek clash and it was an enforced one. The suspended Gary Gardner dropped out, with Marcel Oakley coming in as the team debuted their brand new, limited edition third kit under the lights.


It was a frenetic start from both sides in a cauldron like atmosphere brought to life by the vocals of over 4,000 travelling Bluenoses just days after many had made the trip to Hull City. But whilst the vibrancy in the stands was carried onto the field, the opening quarter of an hour went by without either team recording a shot of note.

Blues had their first effort on target after 17 minutes, with Scott Hogan running the channel and keeping Simon Moore busy with a low effort. And although not tested, the Coventry number one was relieved to see a vicious Jeremie Bela effort end up on the top of the net rather than in it soon after.

At the other end, Sarkic was called into action with 25 minutes on the clock. Matty Godden played a one-two with Callum O’Hare before forcing Blues’ keeper into a brilliant one-handed save.

The Montenegrin stopper was again in fine form when Gustavo Hamer got the ball to Ian Maatsen, with Sarkic getting down low to push the wideman’s goalbound effort away.

Half-time: Coventry City 0-0 Blues

The first chance of the second period fell the way of the visitors just before the hour mark. Woods’ long free-kick forward was well flicked on by Troy Deeney and Hogan’s half-volley was well hit but lacked the required direction.

In front of the Blues fans, Sarkic continued to excel and prevented Godden from opening the scoring with 20 minutes left to play as he flew to his right to meet the ball with two firm hands.

There was then a point of controversy as Riley McGree beat two men and looked to wind up a shot. However, the Australian was prevented from the completing latter due to contact from behind, only for the referee to wave away Blues’ strong penalty claims.

And the away team’s frustration was heightened when they were reduced to ten men in the 82nd minute. Woods was the man dismissed for committing a professional foul on Maatsen, despite the challenge not denying a clear and obvious goalscoring opportunity.


A willing runner throughout the night, Hogan had Blues best chance of the evening when he fired high and wide from a Deeney set up.


The point leaves Blues in 17th position, with 23 points from their 19 outings so far.


Coventry City (3-4-2-1): Simon Moore, Dom Hyam, Kyle McFadzean, Michael Rose, Fankaty Dabo, Gustavo Hamer (Jamie Allen 71), Liam Kelly (captain), Ian Maatsen, Callum O’Hare (Tyler Walker 90+1), Viktor Gyokeres, Matty Godden.

Substitutes not used: Ben Wilson, Jodie Jones, Ben Sheaf, Todd Kane, Jordan Shipley.

Booking: None.

Blues (3-5-2): Matija Sarkic, Harlee Dean (captain), Marc Roberts, Dion Sanderson, Marcel Oakley (Juan Castillo 5), Ivan Sunjic, Ryan Woods, Riley McGree, Troy Deeney (Lukas Jutkiewicz 84), Jeremie Bela, Scott Hogan (Jordan James 84).

Substitutes not used: Neil Etheridge, Jobe Bellingham, Mitchell Roberts, Chuks Aneke.

Booking: Sanderson 54, Roberts 76, Woods sent off 82, Sunjic 90+2.

Referee: Leigh Doughty

Attendance: 22,676 (4,076 away)


Blues round the month off by hosting Blackpool at St. Andrew’s this Saturday.