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Rochdale 0-0 Coventry City

Joe Cole is substituted
Joe Cole was making his first start since Aston Villa lost 1-0 at Leicester in the Premier League on 10 January

Joe Cole failed to inspire Coventry City on his debut in their goalless League One draw at Rochdale.

The 33-year-old England international, on loan from Aston Villa, played just under an hour of the game, but could not provide the spark for a goal.

Cole shot narrowly wide from the edge of the area after a weaving run towards goal shortly before half time.

Charles-Cook in commanding form for Coventry
Reice Charles-Cook has not conceded a goal - other than four penalties in the shoot-out in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy defeat at Yeovil - since being brought in when Lee Burge was sidelined though illness five games ago.

Joe Bunney and Nathaniel Mendez-Laing had chances for Dale, while Ryan Kent and Adam Armstrong went close for City.

Coventry's second successive goalless draw means that they have still not conceded in the four League One matches since keeper Reice Charles-Cook came in for Lee Burge.

But City, who move up a place to fourth in the table, have only scored once in three league games - and that was the last-minute own goal winner at Fleetwood a week ago.

Sky Blues boss Tony Mowbray told BBC Coventry & Warwickshire:

"I'm delighted for Reice to keep a fifth clean sheet. The defence did really well. I challenged them to keep a clean sheet without Reda Johnson.

"It was disappointing and frustrating. We had about four one-on-ones throughout the game but couldn't finish it off.

"Joe Cole did really well, better than I thought as he hasn't played a lot of football over the last year. With more match practice, he'll only get better.

"He really pressed them when they were on the ball. If anything, he probably ran around too much. He was eager to get after it and create. He's been fantastic in the dressing room and had a great impact."

Line-ups

Rochdale

  • 1Lillis
  • 27Cannon
  • 6Lancashire
  • 4McNulty
  • 17Tanser
  • 24Allen
  • 8Lund
  • 28CampsSubstituted forMendez-Laingat 75'minutes
  • 40HendersonBooked at 68mins
  • 9AndrewSubstituted forAlessandraat 64'minutes
  • 12McDermottSubstituted forBunneyat 53'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Eastham
  • 10Alessandra
  • 19Mendez-Laing
  • 20Barry-Murphy
  • 33Kennedy
  • 39Bunney
  • 44Castro Pereira

Coventry

  • 23Charles-Cook
  • 17Phillips
  • 18Ricketts
  • 21Martin
  • 3Stokes
  • 4Vincelot
  • 12Morris
  • 9ArmstrongSubstituted forMurphyat 73'minutes
  • 14ColeSubstituted forKentat 58'minutes
  • 11O'Brien
  • 32FortunéSubstituted forTudgayat 53'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Burge
  • 6Thomas
  • 8Lameiras
  • 20Tudgay
  • 25Murphy
  • 29Harries
  • 40Kent
Referee:
Mark Haywood
Attendance:
2,495

Match Stats

Home TeamRochdaleAway TeamCoventry
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home14
Away9
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home3
Away4
Fouls
Home12
Away6

Live Text

Match ends, Rochdale 0, Coventry City 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Rochdale 0, Coventry City 0.

Romain Vincelot (Coventry City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Lewis Alessandra (Rochdale).

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Jimmy McNulty.

Attempt saved. Nathaniel Mendez-Laing (Rochdale) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Matthew Lund.

Attempt missed. Jamie Allen (Rochdale) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Ian Henderson (Rochdale) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Foul by Joe Bunney (Rochdale).

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

Attempt missed. Joe Bunney (Rochdale) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Jacob Murphy (Coventry City) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Rochdale. Nathaniel Mendez-Laing replaces Callum Camps.

Substitution

Substitution, Coventry City. Jacob Murphy replaces Adam Armstrong.

Ian Henderson (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Marcus Tudgay (Coventry City).

Jim O'Brien (Coventry City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Andrew Cannon (Rochdale).

Booking

Ian Henderson (Rochdale) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Ian Henderson (Rochdale).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Rochdale. Lewis Alessandra replaces Calvin Andrew.

Foul by Jimmy McNulty (Rochdale).

Ryan Kent (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Calvin Andrew (Rochdale) header from the centre of the box is too high.

Attempt saved. Ryan Kent (Coventry City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Coventry City. Ryan Kent replaces Joe Cole.

Attempt saved. Joe Bunney (Rochdale) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Joe Bunney (Rochdale) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Rochdale. Joe Bunney replaces Donal McDermott.

Substitution

Substitution, Coventry City. Marcus Tudgay replaces Marc-Antoine Fortuné.

Attempt saved. Adam Armstrong (Coventry City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Scott Tanser (Rochdale) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Foul by Marc-Antoine Fortuné (Coventry City).

Jimmy McNulty (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Calvin Andrew (Rochdale) header from the right side of the six yard box is too high.

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Bryn Morris.

Attempt saved. Adam Armstrong (Coventry City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Second Half

Second Half begins Rochdale 0, Coventry City 0.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Gillingham1493228141430
2Walsall148422181328
3Burton148241313026
4Coventry1373320101024
5Sheff Utd147342519624
6Bury146622419524
7Wigan146532417723
8Southend146351415-121
9Chesterfield146262120120
10Rochdale145451816219
11Bradford135441517-219
12Colchester145452128-719
13Peterborough145362624218
14Millwall135352022-218
15Port Vale144551616017
16Scunthorpe145271618-217
17Oldham142931722-515
18Shrewsbury144281721-414
19Barnsley134271620-414
20Doncaster133551116-514
21Blackpool133461018-813
22Fleetwood143381823-512
23Swindon143381824-612
24Crewe142481322-910
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