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Coventry City 0-0 Wycombe: Strugglers play out stalemate at St Andrew's

Gustavo Hamer holds his head in his hands after he missed a chance to put Coventry ahead
Gustavo Hamer had a chance to give Coventry the lead against bottom side Wycombe

Coventry missed the chance to ease their relegation fears as they fought out a scoreless draw against bottom side Wycombe.

The Sky Blues enjoyed the better of a tepid game, but they were unable to find a way past goalkeeper David Stockdale.

Wycombe might even have snatched their third away victory of the season late on when substitute Fred Onyedinma was denied by Ben Wilson.

Coventry stay 20th, four points above the bottom three, while Wycombe are 11 points adrift of safety.

Mark Robins' side created the better opportunities from the start, yet they failed to apply the finishing touch.

Gustavo Hamer steered Fankaty Dabo's cross wide within the opening minute, and Maxime Biamou should have put the Sky Blues ahead soon after, pouncing on a defensive slip only to be denied by Stockdale.

Biamou shanked another effort off target after latching on to Sam McCallum's through ball, but City faded as the game progressed.

The Chairboys, who had lost their past three away games and their previous six league meetings with Coventry, might have collected all three points, but Onyedinma's effort, six minutes from time, was kept out by the diving Wilson.

Coventry manager Mark Robins told BBC CWR:

"We probably created more in this game than we've done in any other game against them and not taken one, so that's the frustration. We could have been three or four up in the first half.

"They're a team that put you under huge pressure physically and have moments in games that can put you on the back foot. If you take one of your chances it relieves the pressure on everybody and you go on and win that game comfortably.

"It's a point towards the total, so it's not all doom and gloom, that's for sure.

"We've got to continue to be brave and scrap but also be more determined in the final third because it fizzled out from time to time. There was a lack of quality with the final move."

Wycombe manager Gareth Ainsworth told BBC Three Counties Radio:

"Of course we need a win and we went for it towards the end. In the beginning I thought Coventry were dominating and we had to change it at half-time to make sure we got more into the game.

"It worked - Hamer was their star and he went very quiet for them. Curtis Thompson got on him and stopped him playing and then we started creating chances ourselves.

"I thought we were going to nick it, I really did. We just lacked a tiny bit of quality in some key areas.

"The positives are we've kept a clean sheet away from home and got a point. I'm proud of the boys as always - they've given me their best, that's all I can ever ask for and sometimes your best doesn't quite get you over the line."

Line-ups

Coventry

Formation 3-5-1-1

  • 13Wilson
  • 4RoseSubstituted forPaskat 65'minutes
  • 2Østigard
  • 15Hyam
  • 23DaboSubstituted forDa Costaat 42'minutes
  • 38Hamer
  • 6KellySubstituted forWalkerat 64'minutes
  • 25James
  • 21McCallum
  • 11O'HareSubstituted forSheafat 82'minutes
  • 9BiamouSubstituted forGoddenat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Marosi
  • 8Allen
  • 12Gyökeres
  • 14Sheaf
  • 16Pask
  • 19Walker
  • 24Godden
  • 26Shipley
  • 29Da Costa

Wycombe

Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 31Stockdale
  • 26McCarthy
  • 5StewartBooked at 79mins
  • 6Tafazolli
  • 3Jacobson
  • 4Gape
  • 7WheelerSubstituted forThompsonat 45'minutesBooked at 53mins
  • 12KnightSubstituted forMcClearyat 82'minutes
  • 15MuskweSubstituted forHorganat 75'minutes
  • 33MehmetiSubstituted forOnyedinmaat 71'minutes
  • 9IkpeazuSubstituted forAkinfenwaat 82'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Allsop
  • 2Grimmer
  • 11Kashket
  • 17Horgan
  • 18Thompson
  • 19McCleary
  • 20Akinfenwa
  • 23Onyedinma
  • 25Samuel
Referee:
Tony Harrington

Match Stats

Home TeamCoventryAway TeamWycombe
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home9
Away8
Shots on Target
Home1
Away1
Corners
Home1
Away2
Fouls
Home10
Away17

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Coventry City 0, Wycombe Wanderers 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Coventry City 0, Wycombe Wanderers 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Tyler Walker (Coventry City) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Matty James.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Matty James (Coventry City) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Matt Godden.

  5. Post update

    Sam McCallum (Coventry City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Jason McCarthy (Wycombe Wanderers).

  7. Post update

    Leo Østigard (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Fred Onyedinma (Wycombe Wanderers).

  9. Post update

    Foul by Julien Da Costa (Coventry City).

  10. Post update

    Joe Jacobson (Wycombe Wanderers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Fred Onyedinma (Wycombe Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Curtis Thompson.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Wycombe Wanderers. Conceded by Dominic Hyam.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Matt Godden (Coventry City).

  14. Post update

    Joe Jacobson (Wycombe Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Matt Godden (Coventry City).

  16. Post update

    Anthony Stewart (Wycombe Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Attempt saved. Fred Onyedinma (Wycombe Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Joe Jacobson.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Coventry City. Matt Godden replaces Maxime Biamou.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Coventry City. Ben Sheaf replaces Callum O'Hare.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Wycombe Wanderers. Garath McCleary replaces Josh Knight.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Norwich38258556272983
2Watford38229755262975
3Swansea37209845291669
4Brentford371911765392668
5Barnsley38197124942764
6Reading381881252411162
7Bournemouth3716111055371859
8Cardiff3816101255371858
9Middlesbrough38168144639756
10Millwall381216103836252
11Stoke381313124242052
12QPR371311133943-450
13Luton37148153141-1050
14Bristol City38154193950-1149
15Blackburn381210165042846
16Preston38135203949-1044
17Nottm Forest381012163038-842
18Huddersfield37119174152-1142
19Derby381010182742-1540
20Coventry37912163248-1639
21Birmingham38911182850-2238
22Rotherham34105193847-935
23Sheff Wed37108192847-1932
24Wycombe3869232561-3627
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