Bristol City 0-0 Coventry: Robins held by Sky Blues to continue poor form
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Bristol City are now winless in their last four games after the Championship's top scorers were held to a goalless draw against basement boys Coventry at Ashton Gate.

In a real game of two halves, the Sky Blues will feel as though they could have been taking all three points back to the Midlands, as they created the better chances on the night.

They had chances through Swedish frontman Viktor Gyokeres, who had two opportunities to score in the second half, as well as chances from Matty Godden and former Bristol man Kasey Palmer.

The Robins came close on occasion in the first half through Han-Noah Massengo and Antoine Semenyo and again in the second through a speculative effort from Nahki Wells, but never truly threatened their opponents.

Story of the Match

Bristol City seemed to have the better of the first half, if either side did, but this was not a half for the history books.

The opening encounter were cagey to say the least but the first chance fell to the home side and to Han-Noah Massengo.

The ball fell loose for the Frenchman on the edge of the box after some high pressure from the Robins, but his low drilled shot from the edge of the box whistled past the post.

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Some clever link-up play between Andi Weimann and Nahki Wells down the right-hand side, led to the latter placing a teasing delivery right onto the foot of Semenyo.

However, his first-time effort was saved expertly at the near post by Sky Blues keeper Ben Wilson.

Coventry come flying out the traps

The Sky Blues looked a different side after half time, with a flurry of chances coming the way of the away side but unable to take any of them.

Firstly, Gyokeres beat makeshift defender Andy King to a loose ball and charged down on the Bristol City goal but uncharacteristically fired his shot high and wide of the target.

Moments later, Matty Godden headed a corner towards the top right corner but saw his effort deflected onto the crossbar and cleared.

Then came the first and only tests for Robins keeper Dan Bentley.

Palmer was found by Godden on the break, but had his drilled effort from the edge of the area saved by the Bristol City shotstopper.

Then came the turn of Gyokeres again, who was slipped in behind by former Robins man Palmer, but he could only fire his shot straight at Bentley.

The game then fizzled out again, with neither side creating a chance until 10 minutes from time.

A defensive mix-up from Coventry saw the ball fall kindly for Wells to attempt an overhead kick, but Wilson smartly tipped the ball over.

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Then Gyokeres worked the space in the opposite box and fired a dangerous shot towards goal but luckily for the home side it was deflected over by Rob Atkinson, marking the final chance in what was a dull encounter at Ashton Gate.

The draw now leaves Nigel Pearson's Robins without a win in 4 matches, losing 3 of those. He will be hoping they can bounce back when they travel to Birmingham on Saturday.

However, for his counterpart Mark Robins, things are finally starting to look up. After a dire start to the season, Coventry are now unbeaten in 4 and will be hoping they can lift themselves off the bottom of the table when the face Burnley next.

Man of the Match

Kasey Palmer

Returning to his former club was never going to be easy for Palmer, especially considering that appearances have been sporadic for the Chelsea academy product in his time in the Midlands so far.

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However, in City's 1-0 win over Middlesbrough on Saturday, Palmer impressed the home crowd and his manager Mark Robins, and did so again here.

In a tight game where his former side looked to press high up the pitch, he looked comfortable taking the ball, bypassing that press and driving the Sky Blues up the pitch when he could.

Bristol City starting XI: Bentley (GK), Vyner, Naismith (Williams 41'), Atkinson, Sykes, Massengo, King, Dasilva, Weimann, Semenyo (Conway 76'), Wells

Bristol City unused substitutes: O'Leary, Kadji, Martin, Pring, Tanner

Coventry starting XI: Wilson (GK), McFadzean, Doyle, Panzo, Dabo, Sheaf, Palmer, Allen, Bidwell, Godden (Walker 82'), Gyokeres

Coventry unused substitutes: Moore, Kane, Eccles, Rose, Tavares, Waghorn

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