Luton Town drew 0-0 at St Andrew’s against Coventry City in a game which lacked chances and quality. It was one of the worst Championship games of the season so far.
Coventry came into the game on a five-match unbeaten run having won two of those games and drawn three. Luton came into the game looking to pick up points on the road after back-to-back away defeats in Wales. Mark Robins named an unchanged team from their 3-1 win against Rotherham on Saturday, he made one change on the subs bench. Julien Dacosta came in for Blaine Rowe. Nathan Jones made four changes from the 2-0 defeat at Swansea on Saturday. Sonny Bradley, Joe Morrell, Pelly Ruddock Mpanzu and Harry Cornick replaced Matty Pearson, James Bree, Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall and George Moncur. Dewsbury-Hall and Moncur dropped to the bench, Bree wasn’t in the squad and Pearson was suspended.
Nathan Jones changed formation to 3-5-2 to match up Coventry’s formation. The back three were Lockyer, Rea and Bradley, Potts and Clark were the wing backs, the midfield three were Morrell, Ruddock and Berry and the front two were Cornick and Collins.
Luton started the game well and had most of the possession in the early stages but did not create any chances with that possession. Cornick was through on goal in the 9th minute but he stumbled before he was able to get a shot away.
In the 24th minute, Tyler Walker had Coventry’s best chance of the game. A poor clearance from Rea went to O’Hare who beat two Luton players and played a good ball to Walker on the left of the area, his shot hit the near post when he should have gone across the goal. James Shea probably would have been beaten if Walker had gone for the far post.
In the rest of the half, most of the chances were half chances. O’Hare had a shot from the edge of the area which was way over the bar, Berry had a similar shot with a similar outcome. In the last 10 minutes of the first half, most of Luton’s attacks came down the right. Cornick put in a good cross but no one got on the end of it. He also had a weak shot from 25 yards out which was straight at the Coventry keeper.
Luton’s best chance in the game came from a cross from the right. Clark crossed the ball into the back post to Berry who knocked the ball down to Collins who fired over on his left foot from seven yards out. Luton had plenty of set pieces throughout the game but most of them were very poor and failed to beat the first man on most occasions.
Half Time: Coventry City 0-0 Luton Town
There was very little to report from the second half. Hamer had a shot from 25 yards which was straight at Shea, Biamou headed wide from a cross from the right. Luton created very little in the second half. Ruddock had the best half chances. His shot in the 70th minute was deflected wide for a corner. Also in the last two minutes of normal time, his cross from the right was headed just wide by a Coventry defender. As in the first half, the quality from set- pieces was very poor. In other notable moments, Potts was lucky to not get shown a second yellow card. Paul Hart was yellow carded for something he said to the referee after he gave Coventry a free-kick right in front of the Luton bench for what looked a good challenge.
Full Time: Coventry City 0-0 Luton Town
Both teams will be happy with a clean sheet but both managers will know that their teams will need to improve in the final third. Despite the lack of quality in the game both teams should view the point as a point more towards the total needed to stay up as that is the main aim for both teams this season.
Man of the Match- Sonny Bradley
It was brilliant to see him back and his family will be very proud of his performance. He led the team brilliantly and did his job on the left of the back 3 very well.