. . World News – UK – Coventry City 0-0 Birmingham City: Loot is between landlord and tenants in St. . Andrews


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Coventry City manager Mark Robins was looking for his 100th. Victory at the top of the Midlands club but had to do so against The team who were friendly enough to use their Birmingham City stadium.

Robins insisted ahead of the game that his side « need to collect the points Coventry deserves » as the Sky Blues had only one win over leaders Reading in their last five games.

Meanwhile, Birmingham have been hard to break with the opposition and had a mediocre start to the season after winning two of their last five but hungry to avoid a third straight loss.

This game was the first of the championship weekend that allowed five substitutes. So both teams had nine players to choose from from the bench.

Robins decided to change his formation and switched to a four in the rear setup for the first time this season.

It was the Sky Blues that started the brightener. Gustavo Hamer has been pulled far back on the edge of the box by former Arsenal midfielder Ben Sheaf.

Birmingham struggled to hold the ball and Coventry had 72% possession after the first ten minutes.

Possession does not mean goals, however, as Birmingham player Mikel San Jose found space on the left flank and scored an excellent cross at the back post. Lukas Jutkiewicz, however, tried to be too smart with his header and nodded Marko Marosi to Post.

Tyler Walker found room behind the Birmingham defense, lost George Friend on the wing and passed at the end of a pass from Liam Kelly but his cross shot ran out to be thrown.

The striker proved threatening again when Walker chased a long ball after Kelly and pushed the ball towards the goal, but Neil Etheridge did well to read the game carefully and keep the ball out.

A smart touch from Jememie Bela after Ivan Sanchez switched play, but Bela’s tantalizing ball over the goal lacked the finishing touches.

Left-back Freund found room on the left wing, but his toxic effort was aimless and sauntered harmlessly over the post.

After one minute of added time, referee Oliver Langford brought the first half to a close.

Admittedly a very boring first half as neither side had really tested the goalkeeper and was unable to break the impasse. Jutkiewicz had the biggest chance of the game but missed his one-man chance wide of the post. Goalless during the break.

In the second half, Walker caused problems again as Kelly, who had bonded very well with Walker throughout the game, floated a ball through but the striker was unable to get his header to the goal.

Another fantastic move from Walker who cut inward on his right foot but his shot was blocked well by Friend and Callum O’Hare failed to get the rebound off.

Birmingham made the first change of the night when Riley McGree was replaced by Jon Toral.

On the way to 65. In the minute, Ivan Sunjic found space in the penalty area, but his shot was blocked wide and the score remained level.

The Sky Blues switched next, as Jordan Shipley and booked Ben Sheaf made way for Max Biamou and Leo Ostigard.

For the past twenty minutes the game has been goalless with no opening in sight.

However, Birmingham was keen to change this as a poor clearance fell in the way of San Jose and its driven strike was hit, buried and recaptured by Marosi.

A third game change when Coventry’s Ryan Giles signed on for Fankaty Dabo.

Eighty minutes later, Jutkiewicz had his second chance when another deep cross, this time from Maxime Colin, was hit on the back post by the target’s head, but his dejected attempt was brilliantly pushed across the bar by Marosi and cleared by a desperate one Coventry defense – finally a chance in this second half.

Jutkiewicz would be frustrated that he hadn’t found the back of the net yet, but Coventry had conceded the most goals in the last fifteen minutes of a championship game, a lifeline maybe?

But once again Jutkiewicz found space in the penalty area between the two defenders and Sanchez’s cross was hit by the striker’s outstretched leg, but he turned down his attempt and once again missed the chance to break the impasse.

The late Birmingham pressure continued without reward as Bela’s free kick was frantically cleared despite Jutkiewicz and Marc Roberts threatening Walker.

Four minutes of additional stoppage time at the end of the game as the two teams in St. . Andrews.

After an uneventful end to the second half, Coventry City brought Birmingham City into a stalemate in a game that will be hard to remember.

A rather boring and gnawing game in St. . Andrews, as both teams were unable to break each other despite some great chances from Lukas Jutkiewicz.

Although Birmingham are technically the away team here, the game was played on the front mostly in the second half. Often times the ball was held and held between defense and midfield just to hold the ball and handle the ball properly. Aside from a few bold long balls from Liam Kelly, there was very little creativity or risk throughout the game, which came as a surprise to the players on display. Gustavo Hamer, Callum O’Hare and Jeremie Bela were kept calm throughout the game which explains the lack of opportunity, but they had to do more for their teams if they were to score all three.

Jutkiewicz will ruin his missed chances after missing three chances right in front of goal and will blame himself – he shouldn’t. In order for a striker to have three chances during the game, it’s very disappointing that midfield gives Jutkiewicz more chances, especially with the ball at his feet as he has one of the best shots in the league.

Even so, both teams will undoubtedly be happy with the clean sheet as it was Coventry’s first of the season and Birmingham’s second in their last ten games. This shows that every defensive work on the training ground has paid off – although Coventry may have done so, thanks Marko Marosi for that.

Mark Robin’s change of tactics came in handy as it seemed more structured and disciplined along the back line. Now it’s only up to the attacking teams in the squad to pull their weight by creating the chances. Tyler Walker received the Sky Sports Man of the Match and looked very capable in front of goal. It was just a lack of opportunity for the former Nottingham Forest prodigy.

Tyler Walker looked hungry upstairs and was eager to get his third goal of the season, chase every loose ball and keep losing his man. Liam Kelly in midfield often looked for Walker at the top with a few balls knocked up, which shows the understanding between the duo that is vital for a team hoping to avoid relegation. He also did very well with his only real chance at the game when he tested Etheridge on his chin by reading the game well.

Meanwhile, George Friend had a very good game for Birmingham from the left-back who pushed forward but also kept Hamer calm on the right wing, which was his role for the game. Mikel San Jose also had a promising game in midfield and had a good chance in the second half when his slippery volley challenged Marosi in the Coventry gate.

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