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Coventry City 0-0 Walsall

Walsall stretched their unbeaten league run to five games with a point from the Midlands derby with Coventry City.

Jim O'Brien forced a fine flying save from Saddlers goalkeeper Richard O'Donnell in an otherwise quiet opening period of the match.

Coventry improved after the break, but lona man Gary Madine could not find the net with an audacious 40-yard lob, which O'Donnell did well to keep out.

Walsall rise to 13th, while the Sky Blues remain 18th, two points behind.

Sky Blues manager Steven Pressley told BBC Coventry & Warwickshire:

"It was a really tough League One game against an in-form Walsall side.

"We had control of the game for long periods, and we certainly had the vast majority of possession and a vast majority of the pressure.

"We were unfortunate not to win. The encouraging thing is that's our third clean sheet in four games and it gives us something to build on."

Walsall manager Dean Smith told BBC WM:

"That's five league games unbeaten now and I'm pleased with where we're moving towards. We're a difficult team to beat and whilst we know that we need to score more goals, things are progressing well.

"They were always a threat because they are a big, physical team and we had to defend a lot of balls into the box after the break.

"With our dominance in the first half, it was disappointing that we couldn't also leave here with three points. But it was a fair result in the end and the positive is that it is another clean sheet,"

Line-ups

Coventry

  • 23Allsop
  • 22Pennington
  • 4Webster
  • 21Martin
  • 5Johnson
  • 11O'Brien
  • 27FinchBooked at 90mins
  • 7Fleck
  • 26HaynesSubstituted forSwansonat 64'minutes
  • 8Madine
  • 19NoubleSubstituted forJacksonat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Burge
  • 6Thomas
  • 10Swanson
  • 12Jackson
  • 16Barton
  • 35Kelly-Evans
  • 36Maddison

Walsall

  • 1O'Donnell
  • 2Purkiss
  • 6Downing
  • 15Chambers
  • 3Taylor
  • 11BaxendaleSubstituted forMansetat 76'minutes
  • 7Chambers
  • 12Cain
  • 24GrimesSubstituted forFordeat 62'minutes
  • 10Sawyers
  • 21Cook

Substitutes

  • 4O'Connor
  • 13MacGillivray
  • 17Flanagan
  • 18Morris
  • 26B Clifford
  • 27Forde
  • 37Manset
Referee:
Richard Clark
Attendance:
8,076

Match Stats

Home TeamCoventryAway TeamWalsall
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home9
Away9
Shots on Target
Home5
Away1
Corners
Home7
Away4
Fouls
Home12
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Coventry City 0, Walsall 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Coventry City 0, Walsall 0.

Booking

Jack Finch (Coventry City) is shown the yellow card.

Adam Chambers (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jack Finch (Coventry City).

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Reda Johnson.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Jim O'Brien.

Attempt saved. Michael Cain (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Coventry City. Simeon Jackson replaces Frank Nouble.

Attempt saved. Gary Madine (Coventry City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Paul Downing.

Attempt blocked. Gary Madine (Coventry City) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is blocked.

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

Foul by James Chambers (Walsall).

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Jim O'Brien.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Mathieu Manset replaces James Baxendale.

Attempt missed. Matthew Pennington (Coventry City) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

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

Foul by Ben Purkiss (Walsall).

Attempt saved. Gary Madine (Coventry City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Ben Purkiss.

Attempt saved. John Fleck (Coventry City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Adam Chambers.

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Adam Chambers.

Substitution

Substitution, Coventry City. Danny Swanson replaces Ryan Haynes.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Anthony Forde replaces Ashley Grimes.

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Ben Purkiss.

Attempt saved. Gary Madine (Coventry City) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Gary Madine (Coventry City).

Adam Chambers (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Jordan Cook (Walsall) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Attempt blocked. Romaine Sawyers (Walsall) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is blocked.

Ryan Haynes (Coventry City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Adam Chambers (Walsall).

Foul by Gary Madine (Coventry City).

Paul Downing (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Aaron Martin (Coventry City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Jordan Cook (Walsall).

Second Half

Second Half begins Coventry City 0, Walsall 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Coventry City 0, Walsall 0.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bristol City19116236191739
2Swindon19115336201638
3Preston19114432191337
4MK Dons17104338182034
5Sheff Utd189452521431
6Oldham197932820830
7Notts County188642517830
8Rochdale198383224827
9Peterborough198382624227
10Bradford197572625126
11Fleetwood197481918125
12Chesterfield196762626025
13Walsall195861516-123
14Port Vale196582527-223
15Barnsley186482830-222
16Doncaster176471824-622
17Crawley195771929-1022
18Coventry195682128-721
19Leyton Orient194782429-519
20Gillingham194782027-719
21Scunthorpe185492333-1019
22Colchester1945102434-1017
23Yeovil1945101430-1617
24Crewe1944111537-2216
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