Writer: Tom Bodell
Date:Saturday August 20 2011
SEAN DYCHE`S search for his first win as a manager continues after a disappointing draw at the Ricoh Arena this afternoon.
The Goldenboys failed to capitalise on the chances they created in a first-half in which they were on top, with a couple of penalty appeals turned down for good measure.
Chris Iwelumo was left out by Sean Dyche due to a minor hip problem, meaning Troy Deeney was handed his first start of the season. Gavin Massey failed to make the bench meaning Piero Mingoia and Matty Whichelow were the attacking options on the bench.
Coventry were able to re-call midfielder Carl Baker following his suspension.
In a bright first-half Watford had control of the game with Mark Yeates failing to connect properly with Carl Dickinson`s cross early on.
Yeates had a goal disallowed a few minutes before half-time when he smashed home from close-range after Ross Jenkins` shot was spilled following a corner. The 'Orns looked to have been hard done by as there were Coventry defenders on the line.
Marvin Sordell had previously come close when he charged into the area only to be robbed by a perfect sliding challenge from Sky Blues youngster, Cyrus Christie.
Coventry had their first decent chance early in the second half when Sammy Clingnan`s poor free-kick somehow caused pandemonium in the Hornet`s six-yard box as it trickled along the goal-line and wide for a corner following an almighty scramble.
The visitors responded when Sordell was denied a stone-wall penalty. Having seen his initial effort saved by Joe Murphy the Watford forward was clearly brought down by young defender Christie.
Watford were lucky to keep 11 men on the field when Adrian Mariappa bundled Lukas Jutkiewicz over when last man but the referee played on, allowing the Polish forward to shoot at Scott Loach.
Coventry City: Murphy; Christie, Keogh, Craine, Hussey; Bell, Clingnan (c), Bigiramana, Baker; Jutkiewicz and O`Donavon (Eastwood).
Subs not used: Dunn (gk); McPake, Cameron and Thomas.
Watford: Loach; Doyley, Mariappa, Taylor, Dickinson; Yeates (Whichelow), Eustace (c), Jenkins, Forsyth; Sordell and Deeney (Walker).
Subs not used: Gilmartin (gk); Mirfin and Mingoia.
Attendance: 13 043
Date:Saturday August 20 2011
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