Coventry and Middlesbrough set for tense

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There  Pedro Martinez Jersey was no breakthrough in the first leg of the Championship semi-final between Coventry and Middlesbrough as the two sides played out a cagey 0-0 draw at the CBS Arena.There were few chances over the course of the 90 minutes, with Coventry goalkeeper Ben Wilson required to make a couple of decent saves in the first half.Frustratingly for the Sky Blues, who have waited 22 years for a chance to return to the Premier League, they could not muster a shot on target.Michael Carricks side will now look to make better use of home advantage when the two sides reconvene at the Riverside Stadium on Wednesday night.Six days on from these two teams facing each other on the final day of the regular season, the first big chance went Middlesbroughs way after 13 minutes when Riley McGree played the ball through and Chuba Akpoms dink deflected off Wilson and onto  Devin Mesoraco Jersey the bar.The visitors were the first to settle after a scrappy opening, with Coventry unable to make many incursions into their opponents half.The Nolan Ryan Jersey  Sky Blues first effort on goal, an off-target header by captain Liam Kelly in the 28th minute, lifted the crowd but they soon had Wilson to thank again for keeping the game goalle s.Isaiah Jones found himself in behind down the right and the wing-backs effort from a narrow angle needing turning behind by Coventrys last line of defence.Jones then had the ball in the net for Boro four minutes before half-time after being played through by Akpom, but the a sistants flag had already been raised for offside.Middlesbrough continued to make the better chances early in the second half as Akpom headed McGrees cro  Zack Wheeler Jersey s narrowly wide just over a minute after the restart.Viktor Gyokeres, Coventrys leading scorer, had barely had a kick and his eagerne s to get more involved arguably prevented Kyle McFadzean having a sight of goal from Gustavo Hamers corner.Zack Steffen in the Middlesbrough goal was also underworked, with Callum Doyles wild effort over the bar from the edge of the box summing up the hosts lack of quality in the final third.Hamer then followed suit from long range, but the Sky Blues were at least starting to impose themselves after what had been a nervy first 45 minutes from them.Boros threat di sipated the longer the Todd Frazier Jersey  second half wore on, with Akpoms increasing isolation only adding to the sense of stalemate  which to nobodys surprise remained unbroken, meaning this ties decisive moment is yet to come.

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