Birmingham held Coventry despite being down to 10 men in one of the goalless football results of the weekend in the Championship. Both teams had their chances with Scott Hogan shooting over the bar from close range. Matija Sarkic produced two quality saves from Matt Gooden and Ian Maatsen. Ryan Woods was sent off for the visitors with 10 minutes left in regulation time for a wild swipe on a counter-attack.
Coventry’s Mark Robins: “We should have had a nailed-on penalty. It was a wrestling match and he [Sanderson] just threw him [Gyokeres] to the ground.” he added. “The sending off was nailed on. I don’t like to see it. It is a cynical, cynical foul and people get injured from that type of challenge from the back. You don’t like to see players sent off but that was as cynical as I have seen and that can injure players. I was pleased to see him get up from that challenge. We tried to make the extra number count but couldn’t.”
Birmingham’s Lee Bowyer: “You’re playing in a local derby, you’re on the telly, you have to give everything but the important thing is they showed that togetherness and fighting spirit with all the people out. Marcel did really well, it was a good challenge for him playing against Ian Maatsen and Jordan James did really well coming on. Whenever our keeper [Matija Sarkic] got asked a question he come up trumps for us, I thought here we go when the lad shot over the bar at the end but thankfully for us it went over.”
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