FOOTBALL: A GOALLESS draw against Barnet prevented the Sky Blues from jumping in the automatic promotion zone.
Mark Robins’ men had to settle for a point against an out-of-form Barnet side as Max Biamou and Marc McNulty couldn’t make the most of the Sky Blues’ best chances of the afternoon.
Though losses for promotion rivals Accrington Stanley and Stevenage helped the Sky Blues’ cause, there were wins for Exeter City, Luton Town, and Wycombe Wanderers.
City’s best chance came at the start of the second half when McNulty’s cross was met by both Kelly-Evans and Michael Doyle. Neither could connect with the ball though.
A goalbound header for Biamou was comfortably saved moments later while Jack Grimmer’s lengthy run from midfield wasn’t rewarded when his strike was hit into the hands of Clough.
Liam Kelly’s half volley was well saved as Clough continued to display a match-winning performance.
But the keeper had to rely on his defence when Biamou’s close range strike was cleared off the line.
Manager Mark Robins admitted the game got better as it went on, describing the first half as ‘awful’.
He said: “Credit to Barnet. They were a decent side. I think they looked far better than their league position suggests.
“The crowd we brought were magnificent. It felt like a home game and we have kept a clean-sheet. That is a positive.
“We created far more chances in the second half and we played a little bit better than we did in the first.
“But I am disappointed that we did not come away with three points.
“I spoke at half-time to them about being a little more physical, and we were.
“We had to change shape to try to kill their threats and once we did that we finally took charge of the game and made some openings.”