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Sky Blue Reserves Miss Their Chances

Coventry City missed a great chance to go top of the Premiership Reserves League last night when their star-studded team could manage only a goalless draw against Tottenham Hotspur at Highfield Road.

Ysrael Zuniga hit the post and had a goal disallowed for offside and there were other missed chances which let Spurs off the hook.

Coventry began the match in third spot and victory would have leapfrogged them to the head of the league.

They had several players in the shop window and others trying to impress with a view to first team duty, but few came out with much credit.

Zuniga looked sharp in the early stages and could have had a hat-trick in the first half hour. The Peruvian stirred the crowd on a bitterly cold night with a breathtaking piece of skill in the 21st minute when he made room with a lightning change of feet and crashed a right foot shot against the post.

Four minutes later he had three stabs at knocking the ball home when Laurent Delorge's shot was parried, but on each occasion defenders blocked his efforts.

Then he was left with a simple tap in when Stephen McPhee passed into the goalmouth, but the Peruvian had strayed marginally offside.

Coventry fielded three full internationals, Paul Telfer, Mo Konjic and Zuniga and of the remainder only goalkeeper Chris Kirkland has yet to play for his country at under-21 level.

Paul Williams made his comeback following his knee injury and he is expected to leave the club during the summer when he is a free agent. Scouts from other clubs were there in abundance running the rule over players like Konjic, David Burrows, Williams, Gavin Strachan, Barry Quinn and Runar Normann.

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CWN / Sport / Football / Coventry City FC / 5 Apr 00

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