Coventry City 0-0 Luton Town: Hatters hold a recently revitalised Coventry City to stalemate
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Story of the match

First half -

The first half got off to a relatively slow start with neither side taking control and creating any chances of note within the first 20 minutes.

Callum O’Hare looked particularly bright for the Sky Blues as the half wore on, going on a couple of jinking runs in quick succession, with the latter burst forward creating an opportunity for Tyler Walker, who saw his effort hit the outside of the post from the left-hand side of the box.

The Hatters’ first opportunity of the half came in the 34th minute when Luke Berry blazed over from just outside the area, following a well worked passing move.

Moments later, Luton forward James Collins fired over after Berry had headed the ball into his path from no more than 10 yards out.

On the stroke of half-time, Tom Lockyer went close to opening the scoring for the visitors when he dangerously flicked on Berry’s corner towards the goal, with the final deflection diverting the ball away inches past Ben Wilson’s right post.

Second half - 

Similar to the first half, the second 45 started rather slow wit neither side able to get the ball down and create anything meaningful.

In the 58th minute, Maxime Biamou had the first chance of the half, glancing his header narrowly wide of the post from Fankaty Dabo’s cross.

The Hatters once again enjoyed possession in the wide areas in the second half, but the wide-men were unable to pick out a Luton shirt in the box.

With 15 minutes to go both sides looked to inject some much-needed creativity, with playmakers Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall and Jordan Shipley entering the fray.

In the 90th minute, The Hatters nearly grabbed an all important winner when Pelly Ruddock's teasing cross was nodded inches wide by a Coventry head. 

Takeaways 

Both sides certainly showed that they could attack better than they could defend in a game that neither side attacked with much purpose. Both sides lined up with three central defenders eliminating any chances or opportunities at source.

The hosts displayed that they are becoming a particularly difficult side to break down, and despite conceding the most amount of goal in the division prior to kick-off, they have now only conceded three in their last six.

Stand out performers

For the hosts, Leo Ostigard performed brilliantly. He won everything aerially against a strong opponent in Collins and was composed in possession and helped to start a number of attacks from deep. Ostigard was also a threat in Luton’s box winning a number of headers from set pieces.

Centre-back Tom Lockyer also had a great game. Similar to Ostigard he won everything in the air and even managed to get forward and support Harry Cornick and Jordan Clark on the right wing.

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