Coventry City had to settle for a point in a frustrating and ultimately disappointing game against bottom of the league Wycombe Wanderers.
The Sky Blues should really have been two or three goals ahead after a dominant first half when Max Biamou and Gus Hamer missed glorious chances.
Mark Robins’s men continued to boss the second half but couldn’t find a way through the visitors on a costly afternoon when they lost both Fankaty Dabo and captain Liam Kelly to injuries, on a day when relegation rivals Sheffield Wednesday and Rotherham both won away from home.
City started brightly and could have been a goal ahead with barely a minute on the clock after a lovely move down the right, Matty James playing a delightful one/two with Fankaty Dabo who played a square pass to Gus Hamer for a free shot at goal, only for his effort to go wide of the left hand post.
Former City loan keeper David Stockdale then came to the rescue in the fifth minute when Max Biamou cut out an Anthony Steward clearance and raced through on goal, only to see his low effort blocked by the experienced stopper.
Sam McCallum then turned provider on 22 minutes, sending Biamou through to the left of goal where the striker volleyed the bouncing ball wide as another decent chance went begging for the Sky Blues.
Wanderers troubled threatened for the first time just before the half hour mark when a deep free-kick dropped into the danger area where centre-back Anthony Stewart was denied by a brilliant block from Michael Rose.
Biamou played a clever back-heel to send O’Hare in behind to the right of goal but his teasing centre looking for Hamer was cut out by a defender as Coventry continued to dominate the opening half.
City suffered a blow when Dabo pulled up with what looked like a hamstring strain five minutes before the break, having to go off and replaced by Julien Dacosta.
Wycombe didn’t have a single attempt on target in the first hour but the big and physical side got right in the faces of the Sky Blues as they continued tom frustrate the home side who became increasingly desperate as the second half ticked on.
City suffered another injury setback just after the hour when Kelly went down, requiring treatment and going off, replaced by striker Tyler Walker as Robins dropped Hamer back to fill in for the skipper and went with two up top.
Josh Pask was also thrown on, replacing the excellent Rose who was playing his first game back from a groin strain.
Matty Godden went on for the last eight minutes as time ran out for Coventry on a hugely frustrating afternoon that saw Matty James shoot wide late on in a game that will be seen as a missed opportunity.
STARTING FORMATION: 3-4-2-1
Not tested in the first half but he was alert to danger and kicked reasonably well. Called upon to make his first save from Wycombe’s first shot on target on 83 minutes, diving low to his left to deny Fred Onyedinma.
MICHAEL ROSE: 7
Slotted in on the right of the back three on his return to the side in place of the suspended Kyle McFadzean and made a key block to deny Stewart from a setpiece. Linked up nicely with Dabo in the first half and excellent in possession.
LEO OSTIGARD: 7.5
Slotted straight into the more central role in the back three where he kept close tabs on big striker Ikpeazu and defended really well, using his aerial ability to good effect
DOM HYAM: 7
Started strongly, winning his headers and reading the game well throughout.
FANKATY DABO: 6
Teed Hamer up for an early chance as he worked the right flank well but limped off injured with what looked like a pulled hamstring on 40 minutes.
GUS HAMER: 7
Missed a glorious chance with 64 seconds on the clock. Came to life in the second half when he started to exert his influence.
LIAM KELLY: 6.5
Cool, calm and collected, mopping up loose and second balls and getting his foot in where needed to block shots. Limped off injured just past the hour.
MATTY JAMES: 6.5
Sat a little deeper in a box midfield alongside Kelly where he worked incredibly hard helping to win possession. Played some lovely passes to send Dabo and O’Hare in behind early on
SAM McCALLUM: 6
Ventured forward well and made excellent use of his long throw to spark attacks
CALLUM O’HARE: 6.5
As lively and busy in the final third as ever, and again the victim of close attention from the opposition intent on stopping him by any means necessary.
MAX BIAMOU: 6
Created an opportunity for himself in the fifth minute when he was denied by the keeper and played through by McCallum on 22 but volleyed wide under pressure. But worked hard throughout.
JULIEN DACOSTA (41 mins, for the injured Dabo): 5
Showed some nice touches but took time to get into the game. Provided a decent outlet on the right but lacked quality in his final ball.
TYLER WALKER (64 mins, for the injured Kelly): 5
Well shackled by Wycombe’s big centre-backs.
JOSH PASK (64 mins, for Rose): 6
Slotted in nicely in a straight swap.
MATTY GODDEN (81 mins, for Biamou): 5
Ran well but not enough time to make the desired impact.
BEN SHEAF (81 mins, for O’Hare):
Subs (not used): Marko Marosi (GK), Jamie Allen, Viktor Gyokeres, Jordan Shipley.
WYCOMBE WANDERERS (4-2-3-1): David Stockdale; Jason McCarthy, Anthony Stewart, Ryan Tafazolli, Joe Jacobson; Dominic Gape, Josh Knight (81 mins, for Garath McCleary); Admiral Muskwe (74 mins, for Daryl Horgan), Anis Mehmeti (71 mins, for Fred Onyedinma), David Wheeler (HT, for Curtis Thompson); Uche Ikpeazu (81 mins, for Adebayo Akinfenwa).
Subs (not used): Ryan Allsop (GK), Jack Grimmer, Scott Kashket, Alex Samuel.
REFEREE: Tony Harrington
NEXT UP: QPR (a) Friday, April 2 (3pm).
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