Clean sheet is build­ing block for boss Slade

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Les Scott

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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