Clean sheet is building block for boss Slade
COVENTRY proved they are far from dead and buried and boss Russell Slade believes a battling clean sheet at Shrewsbury gives them something to build on.
City dominated against an out-of-sorts Shrewsbury but lacked a killer instinct that would have given Slade’s side their first away win since October.
Sky Blues goalkeeper Lee Burge saved a firsthalf penalty from West Brom loanee Tyler Roberts but that was as close as the Shrews came to a sixth consecutive home win.
“I’m very pleased with the point, albeit disappointed it was not all three,” said Slade, whose team are still 13 points from safety with 11 games to go.
“You can’t build with a team if you don’t get clean sheets. So, the clean sheet is a real positive.
“We showed we have plenty of fight, spirit and not a little talent in this side. We shall continue the fight.”
Coventry suffered a setback on two minutes – Andy Rose sustaining a serious head injury when challenging for a high ball with teammate Nathan Clarke.
The game was delayed for 20 minutes while Rose received medical attention, before being replaced by Ben Stevenson.
City belied their league status and dominated. Home stopper Jayson Leutwiler had to be at full stretch to deny a fierce drive from Jordan Turnbull.
Minutes later, Leutwiler again came to the rescue, saving well from Stuart Beavon.
Town had a glorious opportunity to take an undeserved lead a minute before the break when Gael Bigirimana handled in the box.
Roberts took the resultant penalty but his effort was comfortably saved by Burge.
Coventry had done their homework on the Shrews as Jack Grimmer and Junior Brown were prevented from pushing on.
The Shrews never mustered a shot of note in the second period and Coventry came closest to securing all three points, Beavon’s late effort producing a superb one-handed save from Leutwiler.
Shrews boss Paul Hurst, however, was satisfied with the point.
“Strangely, that could be the best point we get this season,” said Hurst.
“We didn’t play well, we were second-best and missed the best chance to win the game, so to get a point after a such disappointing performance is a real bonus.
“The positives? We kept a clean sheet and it’s a point towards this club’s priority of staying in this division.”
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