Coventry City 0-0 Middlesbrough: Sky Blues held in Championship play-off first leg

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Coventry striker Matty Godden and Middlesbrough midfielder Hayden Hackney
The CBS Arena witnessed only its second goalless draw of the season

Coventry City failed to register an effort on target at the CBS Arena as they were held to a goalless draw by Middlesbrough in the Championship play-off semi-final first leg.

Michael Carrick’s Boro were the greater threat in a tense but poor contest.

They came closest to scoring when Chuba Akpom and Isaiah Jones brought first-half saves from keeper Ben Wilson.

Mark Robins’ side will need to improve in Wednesday’s second leg at the Riverside Stadium.

The Championship’s two top scorers, 29-goal Akpom and City’s 21-goal striker Viktor Gyokeres, managed just one effort on target effort between them, when Wilson touched the Middlesbrough forward’s shot on to the bar.

More to follow.

Line-ups

Coventry

Formation 3-5-2

  • 13Wilson
  • 16McNally
  • 5McFadzean
  • 3Doyle
  • 7Norton-Cuffy
  • 28EcclesSubstituted forAllenat 66′minutes
  • 6Kelly
  • 38Hamer
  • 27Bidwell
  • 17Gyökeres
  • 24Godden

Substitutes

  • 1Moore
  • 2Panzo
  • 8Allen
  • 11Wilson-Esbrand
  • 14Sheaf
  • 18Maguire
  • 23Dabo

Middlesbrough

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Steffen
  • 14Smith
  • 17McNair
  • 26Lenihan
  • 3Giles
  • 30Hackney
  • 4Mowatt
  • 2JonesSubstituted forForssat 68′minutes
  • 29AkpomBooked at 79mins
  • 8McGree
  • 10ArcherSubstituted forCrooksat 83′minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Fry
  • 7Barlaser
  • 15Dijksteel
  • 21Forss
  • 23Roberts
  • 25Crooks
  • 27Bola

Referee:
Robert Madley

Attendance:
28,874

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