After a fourth straight 2-1 win, City have been sent to Coventry this week for JPT action against the fallen giants currently languishing in League One. It’s a depleted City side at that, with no fewer than four players who started Friday night’s victory in Dagenham missing, one permanently as Alex Nicholls has had his loan spell cut short by Northampton. Liam Sercombe limped off with a groin strain and has been ruled out, while Christy Pym and Matt Grimes have linked up with the England U20s – they have been given special dispensation to return from international duty in time to face Hartlepool on Saturday. With Graham Cummins also set to miss out, Paul Tisdale will have a job putting out a full 16 (just five subs in the JPT). James Hamon is guaranteed a debut, while fringe players such as Jordan Tillson, Ollie Watkins, Matt Jay and Conor Riley-Lowe may be in line to make appearances.
Coventry’s recent history is of a turbulence level to make City’s travails seem small-fry in comparison. Ownership struggles abound, and a dispute over rent to the local council forced the Sky Blues into exile at Northampton until the dispute was settled a few weeks ago and they were able to move back to the Ricoh Arena. The off-field shambles has made life tough on the pitch for Steven Pressley’s side, and they currently sit in 15th place in the League One table although they arrested a run of three straight defeats with a 2-2 draw against Crawley on Saturday. Bournemouth loanee Josh McQuoid notched against Crawley to take over at the top of the goalscoring charts with four in all competitions, just ahead of ex-Plymouth defender Reda Johnson with three. Marcus Tudgay is another player to watch as he is vastly experienced at a higher level.
Although Coventry flitted between North and South in the regionalised days, they and City were relatively regular opponents back then, but this will be the first time the sides have met since City recorded a 2-1 win at the Park in January 1959. That same season Coventry won 2-0 at Highfield Road, the last City away win being in the FA Cup in November 1955. Coventry have the slight advantage in head-to-heads with 14 wins to City’s 13, ten matches finishing all square.
Match reports from years back:-
1927 – http://www.exeweb.com/2014/02/03/exeter-city-v-coventry-city-saturday-3rd-december-1927/
1928 – http://www.exeweb.com/2014/02/04/match-report-coventry-city-v-exeter-city-saturday-8th-september-1928/