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Coventry City kept at bay by Sheffield United in goalless first half

16 August 2014

Sky Blues unlucky not to be in front against the Blades after entertaining first half at Sixfields

Coventry City head into the break on level terms with Sheffield United after a goalless first half in the Sky Blues' first home 45 minutes of the new League One season.

Boss Steven Pressley rang four changes to the side that went down 2-1 to Cardiff City in the Capital One Cup on Wednesday night, bringing in Ryan Allsop, Ryan Haynes, captain Reda Johnson and Marcus Tudgay to replace Lee Burge, Jack Finch, Billy Daniels and the injured Danny Pugh.

United were denied an opener after 15 minutes by an incrdible reflex save from Ryan Allsop. Ben Davies got down the right and beat Ryan Haynes before floating a cross into the box for skipper Michael Higdon who directed a powerful header from six yards out only to see Allsop turn it over his bar.

The Sky Blues registered their first effort on target three minutes after the half hour though when Danny Swanson was brought down and Jim O'Brien steped up to take the free kick, curling the ball up and over the wall but not with enough sting to trouble Blades 'keeper Mark Howard.

That effort sparked another pair of opportunities over the next three minutes, first when Swanson dribbled his way into a shooting position and tried to curl an effort into the top corner only for Howard to be equal to it to parry it behind.

From the resulting corner delivery Johnson then went close with a glancing header which was on it's way into the far bottom corner only to be poked away by Craig Alcock.

Haynes then got down the right after a great releasing ball from Swanson and whipped in a deep cross for Jordan Clarke who powered a header just over the bar.

Attendance: 2,279 (931 away)

Teams

Coventry City: Allsop, Webster, Johnson (c), Willis, Clarke, Haynes, O'Brien, Swanson, Fleck, Tudgay, McQuoid
Subs: Burge (GK), Thomas, Coulibaly, Miller, Daniels, Phillips, Finch

Sheffield Utd: Howard, Alcock, Harris, Basham, Flynn, Murphy, Scougall, Davies, McHale, Higdon (c), Reed
Subs: Doyle, Baxter, McNulty, Collins, McEveley, Campbell-Ryce, Turner

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