Coventry City 0 Stoke City 0
Report of match 2nd December 2006
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Match report from the afternoon away draw versus Coventry CityStoke City's miserly defence continued its mean streak as the away side set a new club record by keeping a clean sheet for the sixth consecutive game.
The Potteries side failed to chalk up their sixth consecutive win but will be satisfied with a point in a tight game.
In an entertaining match, Coventry shaded the first half with Stoke on top of the second and both sides were happy to settle for a point at the end.
In a tight start, it was Stoke that had the first chance of the match as Coventry's Elliott Ward made a hash of a clearance in the fourth minute.
It was intercepted by Mamady Sidibe whose shot from the edge of the area brought a smart save down to keeper Andy Marshall's left.
Coventry's first real effort didn't come until the 17th minute as Leon McKenzie rose to head Darren Currie's corner just over.
The chance sparked the Sky Blues into life as, a minute later, McKenzie broke down the right before cutting in and supplying a lovely flighted cross to Dele Adebola, but the in-form striker powered his header narrowly wide.
Stoke gradually started to show why they were in such good form going into the game as they started to take a stranglehold in midfield, although they created little.
But it almost paid off as Carl Hoefkens robbed Clive Clarke in midfield and released Ricardo Fuller. The Jamaican ran 20 yards, shrugged off the challenge of Marcus Hall, but Marshall saved the shot at the second attempt.
Coventry finished the first half on top and almost snatched the lead in stoppage time. On-loan Currie, playing wide on the left and causing Hoefkens constant problems, supplied another delightful in-swinging cross that Adebola met, but his header hit the inside of the post before coming back into play.
The second half started as tight as the first had been with both sides struggling to gain the upper-hand.
Colin Cameron was released on the right in the 58th minute before delivering a wicked cross which Salif Diao did well to head clear under pressure from McKenzie.
A minute later Stoke almost took the lead from an unlikely source as Hall, in tackling Fuller, saw the ball loop just over his own crossbar.
Stoke enjoyed a spell of pressure as Fuller released Sidibe who was one-on-one with the keeper but the 26-year-old's shot was parried by Marshall.
From the resulting corner, Patrik Berger's pile-driver was desperately cleared by Hall virtually off the line.
Fuller's lovely curling shot from the edge of the area was desperately tipped around the post by Marshall as Stoke started to sense victory.
Coventry brought on Stern John and Stoke introduced Vincent Pericard in a bid to win the game but the match eventually ended all-square.
|Competition: Coca-Cola Championship Date: Saturday, 2nd December 2006 Kick off: 15:00 Venue: City of Coventry Stadium|
||0 - 0||Stoke City
|23||Colin Cameron (John 66)|
|15||Leon McKenzie (Birchall 90)|
|13||González Rafael Robles|
|11||Chris Birchall (McKenzie 90)|
|14||Stern John (Cameron 66)|
|27||Patrik Berger (Brammer 90)|
|10||Ricardo Fuller (Pericard 88)|
|8||Dave Brammer (Berger 90)|
|15||Vincent Pericard (Fuller 88)|
|Coventry City cards shown|
|77 mins||Marcus Hall||Unsporting behaviour|
|Stoke City cards shown|
|71 mins||Darel Russell||Dissent|