Clean Sheet Number Six For City

Last updated : 28 July 2010 By Kev Monks @Greenhous Stadium


Date 27/07/10 At The Greenhous Stadium

Westwood (L.Thomas 70), Clarke, Cranie, Wood, McPake (Cameron 78), Jeffers (C. Thomas 85), Carsley (Baker 63), Doyle, Hussey (McSheffrey 46), Jutkiewicz (Gunnarsson 63), Eastwood (Grandison 70)
Chris Neal, Raven (Holden 81), Sadler, Disley, Sharps, Smith, Wright, McIntyre (Sheriff 81), Harrold (Dan Taylor 81), Robinson (Van Den Broek 75), Leslie (L. Neal 75) SNU Goldson, Bradshaw, J.Taylor, Hooman

Referee Steve Rushton


Coventry City failed to thrill those who bothered making the effort to get to the Greenhous Stadium in Shrewsbury by scraping a 0-0 draw.

Aidy Boothroyd, who travelled separately to the team coach which passed the Percy Thrower Garden Centre on the way in, named a side which saw Jordan Clarke start at right back with Martin Cranie at left back and James McPake and Richard Wood the central pairing.

In midfield, Lee Carsley started his second spell in front of the back four whilst Chris Hussey was pushed forward to left midfield.

Up front, Freddy Eastwood was paired with new signing Lukas Jutkiewicz. The English, Irish, Pole from Southampton showed some good touches early on and started an 11th minute move which saw him find Eastwood with a thirty yard pass and then run to get to the Welsh international's cross and head over.

Shrewsbury through the nippy Robinson played down the side of Jordan Clarke and the Coventry born youngster was under pressure far more than the Shrews defence.

Jason Robinson had curled just wide of Keiren Westwood's left hand post and he repeated the feat in the 33rd minute.

Three minutes later, Wright curled wide from 25 yards before Jutkiewicz won a corner

At half time, Gary McSheffrey came on for City as McIntyre went not far wide at the top end of the ground.

It was at that end of the ground that Michael Doyle shoved over a Shrewsbury player in the 53rd minute and referee Steve Rushton awarded Graham Turner's side a penalty.

Steve Leslie took the spot kick but it was a poor kick and Keiren Westwood was easily able to drop on it and keep the score at 0-0.

Lee Carsley wasted a good run by Eastwood who unselfishly squared for the 36 year old captain to fire straight at Chris Neal.

Westwood was certainly the busier of the keepers, diving low to his left to push a 58th minute McIntyre shot for a corner but in the 70th minute, the Republic Of Ireland international who is being rumoured (believe what you want to believe) as not even having been offered a new CCFC contract, was replaced by Lawrence Thomas,

There was an ironic cheer from the 255 City fans, who had been silent through out the game when Michael Doyle had a 73rd minute shot on target.

More changes with Nathan Cameron who made a cracking clearance eight minutes from time coming on, along with young Conor Thomas.

The other Thomas - Lawrence made a good save just before the end of the game which ended with a few boos off some and polite applause off other City supporters who had again nothing to cheer about apart from a sixth consecutive pre-season clean sheet.