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Preview: Coventry City v Fleetwood Town

11 March 2019

Fleetwood Town will travel to the Ricoh Arena to face Coventry City on Tuesday evening in the Sky Bet League One fixture, and we have all you need to know in our preview.

Fixture: Coventry City v Fleetwood Town

Competition: Sky Bet League One

Date: Tuesday 12th March 2019

Kick-Off: 19:45pm (BST)

Venue: Ricoh Arena – Judds Lane, Longford, Coventry, CV6 6GE

Match officials - Carl Boyeson (Referee). Mr Boyeson will be assisted by Paul Hobday and Rob Smith, whilst Declan Ford will act as the Fourth Official on the night.

Fleetwood Town

Last five results in all competitions: L D W L W

League Position: 10th with 49 points.

Clubs top goal scorer: Paddy Madden 18 goals (in all competitions.)

Fleetwood town sit in 10th position in League One and have won three of their last six games by 1 goal to nil. Their last result was a disappointing 2-0 defeat away at Walsall.

Hot prospects Ryan Rydel and Barry Baggley came off the bench in the last game against Walsall, and looked hugely promising whilst impressing the fans and manager alike.

Paddy Madden is also a huge threat for Fleetwood and is looking to get back to scoring ways to add to his 18 goals in all competitions this season.

Coventry City

Last five results in all competitions: L W D W W

League position: 9th with 50 points

Top Goal Scorer: Connor Chaplin and Jordy Hiwula 7 goals (in all competitions)

The Sky Blues are 9th in the league table, one point ahead of the visitors on 50 points. Mark Robins will be looking for a reaction from his team after a 1-2 defeat at home to Burton in their last fixture.

Coventry will be missing their striker Bright Enobakhere for this game due to him seeing red at the weekend.

This match against Fleetwood brings on a few tough fixtures for Coventry with play-off challengers Peterborough next. Then after that the high flyers Barnsley and Sunderland will be facing Coventry in the upcoming weeks.

Last time the two sides met

On the 27th November, the two sides met at Highbury Stadium. After a tight first half - with Coventry missing a penalty and a number of chances, Fleetwood came out the traps in the second half to score three goals. Dean Marney netted his first for the club, with Wes Burns and fellow Welshman Ched Evans scoring the all important third minutes before the end.

Here are the highlights from the last time we faced:

Ones to Watch

A couple of players to watch for this game is 19-year-old box to box midfielder, Tom Bayliss - who has secured a first team place playing in 32 of the 36 league games that they have played this year.

Jordy Hiwula has also scored 7 goals this season and will be looking to score against his former club after an impressive loan spell there last season. The Fleetwood defence will have to be on their game to stop the 24-year-old, as they know he is a danger in the penalty area.

Another player that Joey Barton’s men will be looking out for is Connor Chaplin who has scored 7 this season with 3 assists. The 22-year-old loanee is looking to carry on impressing in League One after a promising season up to now.

Joey Barton

“We are trying to catch teams that have a lot more points than us, so I feel we need to win games. We just have to be as good as we can be game by game to keep our season alive.

“We’re on track, going in the right direction but you can see how tight the table is. After Tuesday night it could be a totally different picture being painted.

“The young kids show that energy desire and determination to be a footballer. They deserve an opportunity I thought they both did particularly well.

“I thought they helped us get a bit more energy and a bit more poise in the game which is incredible to say from just 17 and 18 year olds. I really have high hopes for young Barry Baggley and Ryan Rydel.”

Mark Robins

"Like I’ve said we have to stick together, we have to make sure that that’s what happens. 

“We’ve got choices to make, as supporters and players, are we together or are we not? bcause that’s what we’ve spoken about all the way through.

“The motto is ‘Rise Together,’ not let’s rise together when it suits. We all want easy lives, it’d be great for an easy life but it doesn’t happen like that.

“I think if we stick together we will get better performances and better results, it’s as simple as that.”

Ticket information

The Fleetwood Town fans will be situated in the south stand with the ticket prices being as stated.

Adults - £22

Seniors (60+) - £15

18-21 / Students - £15

Under 18s - £10

Coach Travel is availavble, and they will be departing Highbury Stadium at 2:30pm, costing only £5 for Onward Card holders and £15 for non-Onward Card holders.

For any further information on the match, or to book tickets or travel, visit the ticket office or call 01253 775080 now.

Betting Odds

If you think that Fleetwood can get all three points on Tuesday at the Ricoh Arena, you can get odds of 11/5

For Coventry to gain all three points after their defeat to Burton on March 9th, the odds are 9/4. Whilst a draw between the two teams is currently priced at 21/10.

There are odds of 9/4 for Amadou Bakayoko to score anytime in the game and there are odds of 23/10 for Paddy Madden to score anytime for Fleetwood in the Midlands.

You can find more odds for the game HERE. Please bet and gamble responsibly with SkyBet.

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Match Reports

Town left frustrated after narrow defeat at Coventry

12 March 2019

Fleetwood Town leave the Ricoh Arena a frustrated side as they lost out to fellow play-off hopefuls Coventry City 2-1 on Tuesday night despite dominating the ma

Joey Barton’s side go back to the Fylde Coast wondering how they didn’t pick up all three points after having chance after chance against Mark Robins’ Coventry City. Amadou Bakayoko gave the home side the lead with a bit of lucky after closing down Alex Cairns on a back pass.

Ched Evans’ header from two-yards out after Paddy Madden’s strike at goal made it 1-1 just before the half-time interval, making it 14 goals for the season at Fleetwood  for the Sheffield United loanee.

But it was former Town player Jordy Hiwula who scored the winner just before half-time, and with the Cod Army dominating in the second half, they will be wondering how it stayed 2-1.

Despite the result, it was the away side had the first chance of the match from a corner on the right hand side. Ross Wallace whipped in a dangerous ball towards the back post, it found Wes Burns, but the Welshman failed to hit the target with his header.

Ashley Nadesan was having joy down the right wing and managed to find Madden unmarked at the far post. The Irishman had time to head the ball on target, and it did trouble Burge, who had to scamper across to save it.

Moments later it was Coventry who took the lead, despite Town’s good start to the game. You have to say it was fortunate as Coyle passed the ball back to his keeper and with Bakayoko closing the ball down, he managed to get a touch on Cairns’ clearance and send the ball towards goal, and slowly over the line.

Barton’s side reacted well to going a goal behind and it was captain on the night, Evans who rose the highest from Nadesan’s cross. It looked goal bound, but it somehow skimmed the crossbar and went over for a goal-kick.

Nadesan – just like earlier in the first half – stole away from the City full-back Brandon Mason after Wallace’s chip over the top, and as he drove into the box, he struck one fierce at the near post, making the keeper parry it away for a corner. It was better from the away side with half-time looming in the West Midlands.

Evans did make their pressure count as he equalised with a close range header just after the half hour mark. The initial corner found an unmarked Madden, whose shot was on goal was deflected onto the crossbar, and Evans was there to grab his 14th goal of the season.

It was another former Fleetwood loanee who gave Mark Robins’ side the narrow 2-1 lead as both teams went down the tunnel. Hiwula drifted inside and out of his defender on the left side and as he entered the box, he pulled the trigger and gave Cairns no chance as it flew into the opposite corner.

As the two teams came out for the second half, the weather got colder but with the action packed first half, surely it would keep the fans warm inside the Ricoh Arena.

And it certainly did as Coventry went forward minutes after the restart with Bakayoko having a one on one with Cairns at his mercy, but with a couple of bad bobbles, his chance to double his tally on the evening went away.

Madden nearly got his goal after another sloppy back pass, this time by Coventry’s centre-half Tom Davies and as he got to the ball before the keeper, he couldn’t weigh his knock past, to get on the end of his touch. A great chance for Fleetwood to get back on level terms.

Evans had an even better chance to do what Bakayoko failed to do after Nadesan nutmegged Bayliss on the edge of the box and slid a lovely through ball into the talisman. This time Burge was on hand to get down and save his effort, keeping his side in the lead midway through the second half.

The introduction of Hunter gave Town a bit more creativity as Barton switched from a 4-3-3 to 4-4-2 formation. This saw Nadesan go right of the four, with Madden now going up top with Evans. Could this move get them back into the match with twenty minutes to go?

With the two up top, it allowed Burns to exploit space down the right wing and with a lovely one two with Coyle, he pulled his cross back to Madden, who scuffed his shot – which you normally see him connect with nine out of ten times. Still time for more opportunities?

Well yes it was! Burns picked up the loose ball from 25-yard-out, and instead of floating it into the penalty arena, he struck the ball sweetly but just over Burge’s crossbar. Hunter - who made an impact - went close twice before the whistle, hitting one just over the bar! it just wasn’t to be our day on the pitch.

A frustrating evening in the West Midlands for Joey Barton and his men, but they will without a doubt take a lot of positives into Saturday’s match to Plymouth Argyle.

Coventry City XI: Burge (GK), Mason (Brown 60’), Davies, Meyer ©, Hiwula, Sterling, Bayliss, Bakayoko, Thomas (Wakefield 74’), Shipley, Willams (Grimmer 82’).

Subs not used: Addai (GK), Ponticelli, Westbrooke.

Fleetwood XI: Cairns (GK), Coyle, Holt, Eastham, Burns, Evans ©, Souttar, Madden, Wallace (Hunter 68’), Nadesan (Rydel 75’), Sheron (Sowerby 46’).

Subs not used: Jones (GK), Husband, Biggins, Baggley.

Attendance: 9,220

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Ticket News

Join the Cod Army at Coventry on Tuesday

11 March 2019

The Cod Army are due to travel to Coventry City on Tuesday 12th March, and tickets are now on sale for fans, who will be situated in the South Stand.

Last time the two sides met at the Ricoh Arena was back on Saturday 21st January 2017, where Fleetwood came away 1-0 winners thanks to a 90th minute goal from former Town defender, Cian Bolger. 

Tickets are priced as below:

Adults - £22

Seniors (60+) - £15

18-21 / Students - £15

Under 18s - £10

Coach Travel

Coaches will be departing Highbury Stadium at 2:30pm, costing only £5 for Onward Card holders and £15 for non-Onward Card holders.

For any further information on the match, or to book tickets or travel, visit the ticket office or call 01253 775080 now.

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