"Thou, whom ancient Coventry,
Once so dearly loved, that she
Knew not which to her was sweeter,
Peeping Tom or Puffing Peter."
Back to League One action as we welcome the rent-dodgers from Highfield Road/Sixfields/Ricoh (delete as appropriate) to see if we can regain our place in the top half of the table, and co-incidentally leap-frog over the Sky Blues in doing so. After a really good October their form sagged rather in November, not registering a single League One win and also going out of the F.A. Cup at our hands. Connections between the two locations in personnel terms are numerous, from Luke Leahy and Josh Ginnelly being born in Coventry, to their manager Mark Robins who of course played in our colours, and coming up to date in the forms of Jordy Hiwula and Amadou Bakayoko. (who would no doubt love to show his critics they were mistaken).
Sky Blues current League One form:-
23 Oct Bradford City (A) Won 2-4
27 Oct Doncaster Rovers (H) Won 2-1
3 Nov Accrington Stanley (H) Drew 1-1
17 Burton Albion (A) Lost 1-0
23 Peterborough United (H) Drew 1-1
27 Fleetwood Town (A) Lost 3-0
Dean Keates will (of course) be making several changes from the team which didn’t get the desired result at Shrewsbury in mid-week. The only significant bright spot in that game was that Joe Edwards came through it unscathed, and his influence in a fully competitive League One fixture may make all the difference. Andy Cook’s recall to first team action will be eagerly awaited, and the availability of Zeli Ismail is to be welcomed.
Prediction … and while it’s evident that we know how to score against the Sky Blues, there’s always that niggling doubt as to whether our defence can keep a clean sheet. Let’s say a 2-1 home win, with Andy Cook and Morgan Ferrier demonstrating that their partnership is the solution to all our worries!!