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Coventry City 0-0 Chesterfield

Promotion-chasing Chesterfield survived several close shaves to earn a point from a 0-0 draw at the Ricoh Arena.

Coventry thought they had a penalty on 38 minutes when striker Frank Nouble powered forward past Tendayi Darikwa, who bought the on-loan midfielder down.

Referee Darren Handley pointed to the spot but then changed his mind to award a free-kick on the edge of the area.

The Sky Blues then went even closer in the final minute when on-loan striker Gary Madine hit the woodwork.

Home forward Simeon Jackson had also gone close after the break, racing clear of his marker to unleash a shot which dipped just over the bar.

Aaron Martin could then have won it with eight minutes to go when he let fly from 30 yards only for visiting goalkeeper Tommy Lee to palm the ball round the post.

Coventry were without suspended midfielders Adam Barton and James Maddison, who were both sent off for second bookable offences in the 2-0 Boxing Day defeat by Doncaster Rovers.

Coventry manager Steven Pressley told BBC Coventry And Warwickshire:

"It was a winning performance, there's no doubt about that. We were excellent, in control.

"The encouraging thing for me is we're getting much more control of games, and that was again very evident.

"We dominated for long periods and the only thing that was missing was the goals. It wasn't for the want of trying or chances created. The ball just wouldn't go in the net."

Chesterfield manager Paul Cook told BBC Radio Sheffield:

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Cook on Coventry v Chesterfield

"It's probably as poor as we've played in a long time.

"It's great to come away with a point because we were second best all over the pitch.

"We got all our decisions wrong today and things just didn't go right for us. We huffed and puffed but it's good top take a point away from home today."

Line-ups

Coventry

  • 23Allsop
  • 22Pennington
  • 21MartinBooked at 40mins
  • 4Webster
  • 26Haynes
  • 11O'Brien
  • 6Thomas
  • 7FleckBooked at 60mins
  • 12JacksonBooked at 20mins
  • 8Madine
  • 19Nouble

Substitutes

  • 1Burge
  • 2Willis
  • 3Pugh
  • 10Swanson
  • 20Tudgay
  • 27Finch
  • 37Thomas

Chesterfield

  • 1Lee
  • 2Darikwa
  • 23Evatt
  • 16Raglan
  • 12Clucas
  • 18BocoBooked at 59minsSubstituted forO'Sheaat 77'minutes
  • 4HirdSubstituted forBanksat 85'minutes
  • 15Humphreys
  • 11Roberts
  • 9GnanduilletBooked at 40minsSubstituted forJonesat 45'minutes
  • 17Doyle

Substitutes

  • 3Jones
  • 7Gardner
  • 10O'Shea
  • 24Banks
  • 25Talbot
  • 28Ariyibi
  • 31Wright
Referee:
Darren Handley
Attendance:
10,166

Match Stats

Home TeamCoventryAway TeamChesterfield
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home14
Away9
Shots on Target
Home4
Away2
Corners
Home8
Away6
Fouls
Home8
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Coventry City 0, Chesterfield 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Coventry City 0, Chesterfield 0.

Attempt missed. Matthew Pennington (Coventry City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high.

Foul by Gary Madine (Coventry City).

Oliver Banks (Chesterfield) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Jay O'Shea (Chesterfield) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, Chesterfield. Conceded by Matthew Pennington.

Gary Madine (Coventry City) hits the left post with a right footed shot from outside the box from a direct free kick.

Jim O'Brien (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ian Evatt (Chesterfield).

Attempt blocked. Matthew Pennington (Coventry City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

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

Foul by Charlie Raglan (Chesterfield).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Chesterfield. Oliver Banks replaces Sam Hird.

Delay in match Charlie Raglan (Chesterfield) because of an injury.

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Thomas Lee.

Attempt saved. Aaron Martin (Coventry City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Charlie Raglan.

Substitution

Substitution, Chesterfield. Jay O'Shea replaces Romuald Boco.

Attempt missed. Romuald Boco (Chesterfield) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Foul by Conor Thomas (Coventry City).

Gary Roberts (Chesterfield) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Charlie Raglan.

Attempt missed. Romuald Boco (Chesterfield) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, Chesterfield. Conceded by Conor Thomas.

Attempt blocked. Daniel Jones (Chesterfield) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Foul by Conor Thomas (Coventry City).

Ritchie Humphreys (Chesterfield) wins a free kick on the right wing.

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

Foul by Ian Evatt (Chesterfield).

Corner, Chesterfield. Conceded by Ryan Haynes.

Booking

John Fleck (Coventry City) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by John Fleck (Coventry City).

Sam Clucas (Chesterfield) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Romuald Boco (Chesterfield) is shown the yellow card.

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

Foul by Romuald Boco (Chesterfield).

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

Foul by Sam Hird (Chesterfield).

goal

As It Stood

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2Swindon23145444222247
3Preston23136436211545
4MK Dons22135448222644
5Bradford2310673126536
6Sheff Utd229672826233
7Chesterfield238873231132
8Rochdale2394103931831
9Notts County228772724331
10Peterborough2394103029131
11Fleetwood238692322130
12Walsall237972322130
13Oldham227962933-430
14Doncaster228682327-430
15Port Vale2385102932-329
16Barnsley2275103235-326
17Coventry236892431-726
18Scunthorpe217592836-826
19Gillingham2367102735-825
20Crawley2358102136-1523
21Crewe2365122041-2123
22Leyton Orient2257102934-522
23Colchester2356122740-1321
24Yeovil2255121933-1420
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