Match ends, Rochdale 0, Coventry City 0.
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."
- 28CampsSubstituted forMendez-Laingat 75'minutes
- 40HendersonBooked at 68mins
- 9AndrewSubstituted forAlessandraat 64'minutes
- 12McDermottSubstituted forBunneyat 53'minutes
- 44Castro Pereira
- 9A ArmstrongSubstituted forMurphyat 73'minutes
- 14ColeSubstituted forKentat 58'minutes
- 32FortunéSubstituted forTudgayat 53'minutes
- Mark Haywood
- Shots on Target
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, Rochdale. Nathaniel Mendez-Laing replaces Callum Camps.
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).
Ian Henderson (Rochdale) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.