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Coventry City level at break with Shrews

2 March 2014

Sky Blues go into half time on level terms with Shrewsbury after goalless first half at Sixfields

Coventry City head into the break on level terms with Shrewsbury Town after a goalless first 45 minutes at Sixfields.

Sky Blues boss Steven Pressley rang three changes to the side that went down 3-1 to Tranmere Rovers the previous weekend.

Long-term absentee Callum Wilson returned to the front line having recovered from a shoulder injury alongside loan striker Chuba Akpom and full-back Jordan Willis at the expense of Carl Baker, Cyrus Christie and Billy Daniels.

The changes seemed to have the desired effect as City put together a very strong start, pressing the visitors from the off until Akpom registered the first effort of the day after four minutes with an effort he dragged just wide of the near post.

Despite the Sky Blues' thunderous start start thought it was Shrewsbury who were denied an opener after 21 minutes by a fine save from Joe Murphy.

Dan Seaborne was caught in possession by Nathaniel Mendez-Laing who squared a short ball to Tom Eaves who got his effort on target but could not beat Murphy was point blank range eight yards out.

There was no doubt as to who was in charge of the first half though. The Sky Blues produced far more creatively as they stuck to playing their football on the floor, an approach which nearly broke the deadlock with three minutes of the half to go.

Willis read a crossfield pass to cut it out and rush into Shrewsbury's half before playing a through ball to Akpom. The striker then squared a pass to Moussa who hit a first time shot from 20 yards which went just wide of the far post.

Attendance: TBC

Teams

Coventry City: Murphy, Webster, Willis, Seaborne (c), Clarke, Moussa, Fleck, Thomas, Petrasso, Akpom, Wilson
Subs: Burge (GK), Christie, Adams, Baker, McGeouch, Daniels, Marshall

Shrewsbury Town: Anyon, McAllister, Taylor, Mkandawire (c), Parry, Goldson, Mendez-Laing (Storey 43), Woods, Eaves, Mills, Hall
Subs: Weale (GK), Grandison, Jacobson, Winfield, Atajic, Smith

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