Barnet 0-0 Coventry: Stalemate at the Hive
By Simeon Gholam
Last Updated: 07/10/17 2:38pm
Barnet and Coventry played out a goalless draw in their first-ever league meeting at the Hive on Saturday.
The two sides came into the game in very different form in Sky Bet League Two, with Barnet having lost their last three and Coventry winning theirs, but it was a largely stale 90 minutes with desperately few chances created at either end.
Marc McNulty started for the first time in four weeks in the league for Coventry, replacing Duckens Nazon up front, while Shaq Coulthirst and Jamal Campbell-Ryce missed out for Barnet through injury.
Things started to liven up in the early stages of the second half, after an incident-free opening 45 minutes, as Coventry took the game to Barnet.
Devon Kelly-Evans and Maxime Biamou were both presented with great opportunities before the hour mark, but both failed to take them as Kelly-Evans miscued a strike and Biamou sent a header straight at the goalkeeper.
Barnet: Ross (6), Clough (6), Harry Taylor (6), Santos (7), Tutonda (6), Jack Taylor (6), Fonguck (5), Vilhete (6), Ruben Bover (4), Blackman (5), Akpa Akpro (5)
Subs: Akinola (n/a), Shomotun (n/a), Mason-Clark (n/a)
Coventry: Burge (6), Grimmer (6), Willis (6), McDonald (6), Stokes (6), Kelly (6), Doyle (6), Kelly-Evans (6), Jones (7), Biamou (6), McNulty (6)
Subs: O'Brien (), Davies (), Shipley (n/a), Stevenson (), Vincenti (), Beavon (), Ponticelli (n/a)
Man of the Match: Ricardo Santos
Coventry ended the stronger but Craig Ross was only called into action once in the Barnet goal, getting across well to keep out a Liam Kelly strike from distance to earn a point for his side.
Man of the match
Ricardo Santos was an impressive figure in defence for Barnet, holding Coventry's attack at bay with a solid performance.
Rossi Eames: "It's a huge point. What pleased me the most was the clean sheet. The players gave everything and we tried to play some really good football. We'll build off of it and it's a huge foundation. It's a young team and we'll go from here."
Mark Robins: "They caused us problems they were energetic and lively. We stemmed their flow, got a foothold in the game then started to create some chances. Their goalkeeper was really good but we didn't do enough.
"We'll take a point away from home but it certainly wasn't a classic."
Both sides are back in Sky Bet League Two action next Saturday, with Barnet traveling to Notts County and Coventry visiting Accrington.