Tigers toothless in draw
Coventry failed to jump into the top six of the Championship table after a goalless draw at Hull.
Last Updated: 02/10/10 7:04pm
Coventry failed to jump into the top six of the Championship table after a 0-0 draw at goal shy Hull.
Victory would have propelled the Sky Blues into the play-off positions but Aidy Boothroyd's men had to settle for a point instead.
Hull had the better of the final exchanges but failed to get the breakthrough to send their fans home happy.
The KC Stadium, which has only seen four goals all season, witnessed yet another stalemate as nothing could separate the sides.
Optimism was high heading into the clash with Coventry the only remaining team in the Championship to have found the net in each of their league games but that record has now been extinguished.
In an uninspiring first half full of unforced errors, Jimmy Bullard came closest to breaking the deadlock when his long-range strike came back off the woodwork.
Both sides had good chances to find the net in an exciting second half.
But a mixture of wayward finishing and solid goalkeeping from Hull keeper Matt Duke and opposite number Keiren Westwood meant it ended honours even.
Marlon King failed a fitness test on a dead leg meaning he avoided a potentially hot reception at the KC Stadium on his first visit to an away ground since his return to the game.
King was on loan with the Tigers in December 2008 when he was involved in the nightclub incident that saw him sentenced to 18 months in prison.
Hull boss Nigel Pearson made three changes after the 4-0 midweek hammering at Burnley with new loan signing Rowan Vine handed his debut in a new-look side along with returning duo Bullard and Richard Garcia.
Vine picked up a yellow card after just 40 seconds but the striker's early enthusiasm was hardly replicated in goalscoring openings in a scrappy first half.
In a rare moment of excitement Bullard brought the home crowd to their feet when his 25-yard strike beat Westwood but came back off the crossbar.
Hull's on-loan defender Daniel Ayala could consider himself fortunate to stay on the pitch after escaping with a booking for an ugly two-footed challenge on Richard Keogh on the half hour.
Vine sent an effort over the bar and later headed straight at Westwood but there was little else to get excited about in the opening 45 minutes.
With the points very much up for grabs the second half was much livelier affair.
The visitors seized the early initiative and Keogh fired straight at Duke before Aron Gunnarsson found the side-netting.
The momentum then swung in Hull's favour and the hosts should have broken the deadlock when substitute Nick Barmby fired wide after being presented which a clear-cut opening after 70 minutes.
The final ten minutes saw plenty of chances at either end.
Duke stood up well to keep out Gunnarsson before Lukas Jutkiewicz fired wide for Coventry.
Bullard and Anthony Gerrard then drilled over for Hull, with Westwood producing great saves to deny Tom Cairney and Robert Koren.