Mark Harris

Match Report | Coventry City 0-0 Cardiff City

Match Reports

The Bluebirds and Coventry City battled to a 0-0 draw on December 29th.

Mark Hudson had to make two changes to his team for the trip, both due to injury. Callum Robinson and Kion Etete, who started our Boxing Day draw with QPR, were ruled out with knocks. They were replaced by Andy Rinomhota & Mark Harris.

There was a noticeable inclusion on the subs bench too, with Isaak Davies named in the City squad for the first time this season following a long-term injury.

It was the Bluebirds who began the game on the front foot. Joe Ralls saw an effort drift over via a deflection after three minutes, before Mark Harris was denied by former City 'keeper Ben Wilson five minutes later.

Coventry's first sight of goal came just after the quarter-of-an-hour mark, with midfielder Kasey Palmer lashing wide from 25-yards.

Coventry have been in fine form in recent months, and would have been disappointed not to take the lead one minute after Palmer's shot. Midfielder Jamie Allen turned swiftly and shot at close range, but off target.

Jaden Philogene

The Bluebirds, without the aforementioned Robinson and Etete, were trying to find ways to get forward Harris in behind the home defence, and one such chance came with 26 minutes gone.

The Wales international did well to hold the ball up and pick out teammate Jaden Philogene, who struck over the bar.

The best chance of the opening half came with eight minutes of it remaining. In-form striker Viktor Gyökeres found a rare moment of space to cause trouble to the away backline, and eventually picked out Ben Sheaf at the edge of the box.

Aston Villa loanee Philogene did well to block Sheaf's first attempted shot, with the second bouncing wide off the outside of the post.

Cédric Kipré

The first real opportunity of the second period also went the way of the home side. Palmer had a good chance at close range, but somehow it was tipped away by City's No.1, Ryan Allsop.

Gyökeres headed over nine minutes later, but despite moving the ball around well throughout the second half, the Sky Blues struggled to create chances against a determined Bluebirds XI.

Hudson's five changes in the second half included a late cameo for the returning Academy graduate Davies, replacing Harris, who had run tirelessly throughout for his team.

Despite making changes to open up the game, neither side could find a breakthrough, with our final game of 2022 ending goalless.


Coventry City: Wilson, Panzo, Doyle, Rose, Allen, Sheaf (Waghorn 73'), Gyökeres, Dabo (Kane 60'), Bidwell, Hamer, Palmer.

Subs not used: Moore, Kelly, Tavares, Burroughs, Howley.

Cardiff City: Allsop, Romeo (Sang 71'), Kipré, Ng, O'Dowda (Simpson 85'), Ralls, Wintle, Rinomhota, Philogene (Whyte 67'), R.Colwill (Ojo 67'), Harris (Davies 85').

Subs not used: Luthra, Sawyers.