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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

Formation 4-3-3

  • 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

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 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

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Rochdale 0, Coventry City 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Rochdale 0, Coventry City 0.

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

    Foul by Lewis Alessandra (Rochdale).

  5. Post update

    Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Jimmy McNulty.

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

    Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Matthew Lund.

  8. Post update

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

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

    Foul by Joe Bunney (Rochdale).

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

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

  13. Post update

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

  14. Substitution

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

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Coventry City. Jacob Murphy replaces Adam Armstrong.

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

    Foul by Marcus Tudgay (Coventry City).

  18. Post update

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

  19. Post update

    Foul by Andrew Cannon (Rochdale).

  20. Booking

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

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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