|[23 OCT 99] COVENTRY CITY FC MATCH
REPORT - PREMIERSHIP
Sheffield Wednesday (0) 0
Coventry City (0) 0
BY ADAM DENT
Gordon Strachan was some way from satisfied with his
sides performance as they failed to beat the bottom side in the Premiership but the
Sky Blues unbeaten run continues.
The City boss may have expected more but, despite being second best at Hillsborough,
they still created enough chances to have scored and taken the game.
The fact they
managed to get anything from the game was again thanks in no small part to Magnus Hedman.
The giant Swede, who produced a superb display against Newcastle last week as City won
4-1, again pulled off two world class saves when the rearguard was pierced.
Strachan was forced into a change by Marc Edworthys leg injury, and opted to play
Paul Telfer at right back, Youssef Chippo in front of him in midfield and bring in Steve
Froggatt on the left wing.
Wednesday were always the stronger side and Hedman had to produce one of his first
magic moments after only six minutes. Wim Jonk robbed Marcus Hall deep inside the City
half and, with one tremendous pass, set Gilles De Bilde away through the City defence.
He looked odds on to score but Hedman stayed upright for as long as possible and then
dropped to his right to keep the ball out.
City lost the services of Youssef Chippo after 18 minutes when the Moroccan injured his
back but that gave the on loan Cedric Roussel a chance to parade his talents.
The young Belgian did well. He held the ball up well, showed good strength and grew
visibly in confidence the longer the game went on.
City were struggling to break Sheffields pressure and were not helped by their
tendency to give the ball away with irritating regularity.
They came closest to scoring in the 23rd minute when Moustapha Hadji won
possession just outside the Owls area, exchanged passes with Robbie Keane and let
fly with a right foot shot which clipped the top of the bar and flew over.
They improved their distribution after the interval and matched Wednesday in chances.
Pavel Srnicek had to dive full length to punch out a cross from Froggatt with Robbie Keane
closing in and then Hadji, again playing well, swung in a first time cross which
McAllister headed just over.
Roussel also went close with a header and City had strong claims for a penalty when
Emerson Thome seemed to push Keane over inside the area right in front of Riley, who
remained impassive. Strachan was slightly more animated!
Wednesday were, however, finding it far too easy to slice through the City defence and
again it was Jonk who produced the killer ball for Niclas Alexandersson in the 73rd
The Swedish international carried the ball into the area but Hedman guessed right and
kept the ball out.
The last word was Coventrys. McAllister picked out Palmer with a pin-point cross
but the midfielders header squirmed just wide. He could, and really should, have
SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY (4-4-2):
Srnicek; Atherton, Thome, Walker, Hinchcliffe (Briscoe, 61 mins); Alexandersson, Jonk,
Sonner, Rudi; De Bilde, Booth (Sibon, 80 mins)
Subs: Cresswell, Nolan, Pressman
Hedman; Telfer, Shaw, Williams, Hall; Chippo (Roussel, 17 mins), McAllister, Palmer,
Froggatt; Hadji, Keane
Subs: Nuzzo, Konjic, Strachan, Eustace
REFEREE: Mike Riley (Leeds)
Sheffield Atherton (31 mins, foul)
Coventry Williams (38 mins, foul)
COVENTRY MAN OF THE MATCH: Hedman impressive stops