League One
CoventryCoventry City0ChesterfieldChesterfield0

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:

"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

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Coventry City 0, Chesterfield 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Coventry City 0, Chesterfield 0.

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

    Foul by Gary Madine (Coventry City).

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

    Corner, Chesterfield. Conceded by Matthew Pennington.

  8. Post update

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

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

    Foul by Ian Evatt (Chesterfield).

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

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

  13. Post update

    Foul by Charlie Raglan (Chesterfield).

  14. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Chesterfield. Oliver Banks replaces Sam Hird.

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

    Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Thomas Lee.

  18. Post update

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

  19. Post update

    Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Charlie Raglan.

  20. Substitution

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

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