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Coventry City 0-0 Shrewsbury Town

Coventry striker Callum Wilson breaks clear of the Shrewsbury defence at Sixfields

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
  • 6Thomas
  • 4Webster
  • 15Seaborne
  • 27Petrasso
  • 7Fleck
  • 20C Wilson
  • 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

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Coventry City 0, Shrewsbury Town 0.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

    Foul by Callum Wilson (Coventry City).

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

    Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Jon Taylor.

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. Joe Jacobson replaces Paul Parry.

  8. Post update

    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.

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

    Foul by Miles Storey (Shrewsbury Town).

  11. Post update

    Foul by Michael Petrasso (Coventry City).

  12. Post update

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

  13. Post update

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

  14. Post update

    Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Paul Parry.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Jordan Clarke.

  16. Post update

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

  17. Substitution

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

  18. Post update

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

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

    Foul by David McAllister (Shrewsbury Town).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wolves32217457203770
2Leyton Orient34217668333570
3Brentford32207554312367
4Preston341713448341464
5Rotherham331710664432161
6Peterborough32164125142952
7Swindon34138135145647
8Walsall331211103833547
9MK Dons34137144846246
10Port Vale33134164452-843
11Bradford33914104541441
12Sheff Utd32118133438-441
13Coventry32139105956338
14Crawley2891183336-338
15Oldham34108163948-938
16Gillingham34115184357-1438
17Carlisle33107163754-1737
18Tranmere3399154057-1736
19Colchester31811123741-435
20Bristol City34714134956-735
21Crewe3498173863-2535
22Shrewsbury33711153143-1232
23Stevenage3294193252-2031
24Notts County3493224261-1930
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