Barnet vs Coventry
Sky Bet League Two
12:30pm Saturday 7th October
The Hive Stadium
BARNET 0-0 COVENTRY
FULL-TIME! An underwhelming 90 minutes of football to say the least. The spoils are shared at the Hive.
90: Three minutes of added time.
89: OFF THE LINE! Coventry finishing well and Biamou goes close following a corner, but the ball is blocked on the line by Vilhete.
88: SAVE! Great stop from Ross in the Barnet goal as he gets across to keep out Kelly's strike from outside the area.
85: SUB! Jordan Ponticelli comes on for Marc McNulty for Coventry.
84: CLOSE! Biamou with a chance for Coventry as the ball comes to him on the edge of the area, but he drags his shot just wide.
80: ON TARGET! Barnet hit the target with a strike as Shomotun gets involved straight away with a pop from the edge of the area, but it's straight at the keeper.
79: SUB! And a final change for Barnet as Andre Blackman comes off to be replaced by Fumnaya Shomotun.
77: SUB! Coventry make a change as Devon Kelly-Evans makes way for Jordan Shipley.
76: Jones keeps switching from one flank to the other for Coventry in an attempt to make something happen. But it's the right-back Grimmer who gets into a good shooting position after a surging run, but his effort is straight at the goalkeeper.
73: And the changes have put a bit of emphasis into Barnet as we approach the final 15 minutes. They look fresher right now.
69: SUBS! Double change for Barnet as Wesley Fonguck makes way for Ephron Mason-Clark and Simeon Akinola comes on for Ruben Bover.
68: Rossi Eames not looking overly impressed on the sidelines. Hard to blame him.
65: Kelly gets a rush of blood to the head as the ball lands at his feet 40 yards out, taking a touch before having a wildly ambitious attempt on Barnet's goal. Xabi Alonso he ain't, though, as he skews his effort about a mile wide.
64: SHOT! Jones has looked menacing at times when cutting in from the left, and he does just that before reaching the edge of the box and having a pop, which flies over the bar.
60: Barnet have resisted that spell of pressure from Coventry well. You'd expect changes from either side soon as we approach the hour mark.
56: CHANCE! Coventry starting to knock on the door. Biamou gets across his man in the box and attacks the cross well, but his header is straight at Ross.
54: Things are livening up. Great work by McNulty as he picks out Kelly-Evans in the box, but the Coventry man hopelessly miscues his effort from a great position and the chance goes.
52: Good urgency by Jones as he shoves Harry Taylor off the ball and smashes a brilliant cross in, but none of his Coventry team-mates are there to get on the end of it.
48: Coventry showing slightly more attacking intent since the break. No changes made by either side.
SECOND HALF! We're back underway...
HALF-TIME! Barnet the better side but no chances to speak of at either end. It can only get better after the break!
44: Clever dink by Biamou as he attempts to release Kelly-Evans into the box. He can't quite get there though and ends up clattering Clough on the way through and giving away a free-kick.
41: Just under five minutes until half-time.
39: Barnet trying desperately to make something happen but Coventry are sitting deep and looking solid and making it tough for the home side. The Bees have a corner which sails into the area, but Biamou is there to head it away.
35: OVER! Wildly audacious attempt by Jones as he cuts in from the left and then tries to bend one in with the outside of his foot from the edge of the box, but it's way over the bar.
33: A big win for Coventry today and they could go top of the table ahead of the rest of this afternoon's games. But goals aren't looking too likely to flow at the moment. Not an awful lot going on at the Hive right now.
29: Blackman presented with a half chance for Barnet but he fires well over from 18 yards. Poor attempt.
26: Barnet have lost their last three in the league remember, but are on top here so far. Yet to carve out any real chances though.
22: Nearly a chance for Biamou as Clough undercooks a header back to keeper, but Ross was alert enough to race off his line and just deny the Coventry striker.
18: CHANCE! Barnet turning up the heat a little now and a free-kick nearly presents Jack Taylor with a great opportunity as Clough heads it back across goal into his path, but it's just behind him and he can't quite get anything on it.
15: Tutonda's miscued header back to Ross in the Barnet goal gives Coventry a great opportunity from a corner, but they waste it as they attempt a short one before Kelly swings the ball straight out of play. Poor.
12: Little bit of a stalemate at the moment with neither side wanting to over commit. Barnet with the majority of possession so far.
9: CHANCE! Akpa Akpro darts in behind onto a long ball for Barnet and gets into the box before trying to cross for Blackman in the middle, and it nearly reaches him before Burge gets off his line well to claim the ball. Good goalkeeping.
6: WIDE! Jones swings in a free-kick for Coventry which finds the head of Biamou, but he steers his effort wide.
3: Injury-hit Barnet with most of the ball in the early stages as they get a feel for the game. All happening in the middle of the park though.
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Barnet have been in a bit of a rut lately with three straight league defeats ending what was a fairly positive start to the campaign. Rossi Eames will hope his players can turn it on in front of the Sky Sports cameras though.
That being said, I think Coventry will have too much for them and I reckon they'll scrape an away win.
Prutton predicts: 1-2 with Jodi Jones to score first (33/1 with Sky Bet)
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COVENTRY TEAM NEWS
Starting XI: Burge, Grimmer, Willis, McDonald, Stokes, Kelly, Doyle, Kelly-Evans, Jones, Biamou, McNulty
Subs: O'Brien, Davies, Shipley, Stevenson, Vincenti, Beavon, Ponticelli
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