AUG 01] COVENTRY CITY MATCH
REPORT - DIVISION ONE
Coventry City (0) 0
Nottingham Forest (0) 0
Nine-man Nottingham Forest held
Coventry to a 0-0 draw at Highfield Road this evening.
Gordon Strachan’s side
dominated for 90 minutes but failed to create enough clear-cut
chances to open their goals account at home this season which
led to a chorus of boos for the City boss as he headed for the
tunnel at full-time.
Forest, on the other hand, were
given a standing ovation by Sky Blues supporters for their gutsy
rearguard display which earned them a deserved point after Stern
John and Matthieu Louis-Jean were sent-off.
The visitors thought they had
taken the lead in the fourth minute when Trinidad and Tobago
striker John headed home past Magnus Hedman in the Coventry
goal, but the strike was disallowed for offside.
The Sky Blues began to take
control and 19-year-old Jay Bothroyd, buoyed by his first senior
goal against Bradford on Friday night, was causing Forest all
sorts of problems.
The former Arsenal man was at the
heart of three Coventry moves in the first quarter-of-an-hour,
but Paul Williams, Keith O’Neill and David Thompson were all
off target with shots from distance.
Bothroyd, who will have impressed
on-looking England under 21 boss David Platt, held the ball up
superbly for Thompson on 20 minutes and the winger’s cross
found Lee Hughes in the box.
But the former West Brom striker
struck his shot straight into Jon Hjelde.
Just after the half-hour mark,
Bothroyd turned on Roland Nilsson’s throw-in and struck a
thunderbolt just wide of the post.
John received a yellow card on 41
minutes for an innocuous challenge on Nilsson, and moments later
was ordered off as he failed to retreat the full ten yards from
a Coventry corner.
The Sky Blues pushed hard in the
second half to make the extra man pay, but were a shadow of
their first-half selves as they became over anxious to force a
Forest's suffered their second
dismissal when Louis-Jean was sent off on 67 minutes for his
second bookable offence for two fouls on winger O’Neill.
But having struggled to break
down ten-man Forest, the Sky Blues looked devoid of ideas to get
Thompson became the subject of
the City fans unease as, time and again, he wasted opportunities
to deliver a decent cross, and when he shot high and wide from
30 yards, Strachan’s patience was pushed too far and the
former Liverpool winger was replaced by Edworthy.
City piled on the pressure late
on, but O’Neill’s stooping effort, which was blocked by
Hjelde, was the closest they came to claiming all three points.
COVENTRY CITY (4-4-1-1):
Hedman; Nilsson, Konjic, Williams (Zuniga, 74), Hall; Thompson (Edworthy,
84), Carsley, Chippo, O’Neill; Bothroyd, Hughes
Subs not used: Goram, Quinn, Shaw
NOTTINGHAM FOREST (4-4-2):
Ward; Louis-Jean, Hjelde, Doig, Brennan; Prutton, Williams,
Jenas, Gray (Harewood 60; Edwards, 86); Bart-Williams; John
Subs not used: Roche, Johnson, Bopp
REFEREE: Phil Dowd
Coventry - none
Notts Forest - John (41, foul), Louis-Jean (53, foul) Harewood
Coventry - none
Notts Forest - John (43, not retreating – second yellow);
Louis-Jean (67, foul on O’Neill – second yellow)
COVENTRY MAN OF THE MATCH:
Jay Bothroyd – quick, skilful and hardworking, unlucky not to
be on a winning side