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Coventry City (A) match preview

27 September 2019

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Rovers travel to face Coventry City this weekend looking to make it back-to-back victories in Sky Bet League One.

Darren Moore’s side got back to winning ways last time out as they beat Peterborough United at the Keepmoat Stadium thanks to goals from James Coppinger and Kieran Sadlier.

Coventry sit in second place in the table after an impressive start to the campaign, they remain unbeaten having overcome AFC Wimbledon 2-1 in their last league game on September 17.

Brief history of Coventry City

Coventry are playing their football at the 29,409-capacity St Andrew’s Stadium, which became their home after leaving the Ricoh Arena at the end of last season.

They are nicknamed the Sky Blues which comes from the colour of their playing kit.

Last season was their first back in the third tier, after bouncing back at the first attempt following a 3-1 win over Exeter in the Sky Bet League Two play-off final at Wembley.

City enjoyed a successful first season back in League One, mounting a late push for the play-offs before eventually finishing in eighth place.

Who’s the gaffer?

Mark Robins returned for his second spell in charge of Coventry in March 2017, after initially spending a short period with the club in the 2012-13 season.

The 49-year-old has had several managerial roles, including with Rovers’ South Yorkshire rivals Rotherham United and Barnsley. Less than a month after returning to the Sky Blues, he helped them to a 2-1 victory over Oxford United in the Checkatrade Trophy final at Wembley. He then went on to guide the club to promotion back to the third tier in his first full season back at the club.

Ones to watch

Kyle McFadzean

An experienced defender, McFadzean agreed to join Coventry after leaving Burton Albion at the end of last season. Having began his career with Sheffield United, the 32-year-old made his name in league football with Crawley Town where he won two promotions as they firmly established themselves in the EFL. A move to MK Dons followed, and with it a promotion to the Sky Bet Championship. Despite their relegation a season later, he stayed in the second tier with Burton before moving to Coventry.

Liam Kelly

The 29-year-old central midfielder joined Coventry in the summer of 2017 after his contract with Leyton Orient came to an end. A Scottish international, Kelly started his career in the SPL with Kilmarnock where he made more than 100 appearances before moving south of the border for spells with Bristol City and Oldham before signing for Orient. He played a key role in the Sky Blues’ promotion to Sky Bet League One in the 2017/18 campaign, and was then named captain in February 2019 following the departure of Michael Doyle.

Matt Godden

A much travelled striker in the lower leagues, Godden joined the Sky Blues from fellow Sky Bet League One side Peterborough United after just one season at London Road. Godden came through the ranks at Scunthorpe United and had several loan spells away from Glanford Park before dropping out of the EFL on a permanent basis to join Ebbsfleet. An average of a goal every other game attracted interest from bigger clubs and he signed for Stevenage in 2016 where his impressive scoring record continued.

Who’s the ref?

James Adcock will be the man in charge when Rovers take on Coventry at St Andrew’s on Saturday, and you can find out more about him here.

Last time out

Rovers ran out 2-0 winners when the two sides met on the final day of last season. Kieran Sadlier opened the scoring with a first-half header, before John Marquis sealed the points late on to ensure a top six finish.


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