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U23s Report: Coventry City 0-0 Palace

23 January 2017

The Eagles extended their three-game unbeaten run by getting a draw at Coventry City on Monday afternoon in a game that had been re-arranged after the original contest had to be postponed due to a waterlogged pitch the previous week.

There was an early chance for the visitors to take the lead when just three minutes in Randell Williams latched onto a through-ball that dissected the Sky Blues defence and lobbed Corey Addai in the hosts’ goal, but unfortunately for the winger his attempt bounced wide of the target.

Coventry’s threat was minimal in the opening 45, as all Kleton Perntreou had to do was to get behind a free-kick from Bilal Sayoud and make a comfortable save after the midfielder had taken aim from 25 yards on 10 minutes, and later on in the half the Palace stopper again made a routine save to deny an unknown Coventry trialist.

Back on his old stomping ground in the East Midlands, Richard Shaw then saw another good opportunity go begging for his side a minute before the break when the returning Kwesi Appiah got his head onto a delivery and looked set to score on his comeback from six yards out, however Addai made a point-blank reaction stop to keep the striker at bay.

The chances kept coming for Palace in the second half and five minutes after play resumed it would be a combination of Addai and the woodwork that kept the scorelines level. Replacing Appiah at the interval, Corie Andrews tested the home goalkeeper with a low strike that he managed to get down to and palm away, but only back into the path of Andrews who clipped it over Addai’s prone body but saw it come back off the crossbar.

Around the hour mark, Sayoud then cut inside from the left and had a go from range, however his strike deflected off a defender and thankfully didn’t deceive Perntreou as he was grateful to make another simple stop, and after that the game fizzled out with neither side creating another chance of note as a tame game ended without a goal and both sides settling for a point apiece.

Palace: Perntreou, Wynter, Phillips, Tavares (O’Dwyer 68), Sturgess, McGregor, Husin (Kirby 45), Wan-Bissaka, Flanagan, Williams, Appiah (Andrews 45). Subs not used: McAdden, King-Elliott.

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