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Big match preview: Coventry v Fleetwood

20 January 2017

Read our essential guide to Saturday's game with Coventry

Fleetwood Town will be looking to bounce back from their Emirates FA Cup defeat at the hands of Bristol City, although the Cod Army are also searching for their tenth match unbeaten in the league.



In contrast, Coventry City sit rock bottom of League One and have not won in the league in their last ten attempts, despite winning several cup games while on this run.




Town’s 13 match unbeaten streak was ended by Bristol City at Highbury, as Jamie Paterson’s first half goal was enough to give them a 1-0 win and passage into the fourth round.


Paterson scored for City after 17 minutes after collecting Gustav Engvall’s pass and slotting past Alex Cairns in the Town goal.


City had opportunities to further their lead when Engvall had an effort cleared off the line and Joe Bryan rattled the bar late on. But despite a battling performance from Uwe Rosler’s men which saw them apply heavy pressure late on, they were unable to get an equaliser to force extra time.


Last Saturday Coventry slipped to a disappointing one nil loss to fellow League One strugglers Chesterfield.


City had a number of chances in the second half and 11 minutes of injury time to try and force a goal but ultimately Dan Gardner’s 77th minute strike was enough to give Chesterfield an important three points.


The loss extended Coventry’s winless run in the league to ten matches, and sent them to the bottom of the table as their relegation rivals all won.




Following Marvin Sordell’s January departure, Dan Agyei has taken on the mantle of Coventry’s main man up top. He has five goals to his name so far this campaign, having made 19 appearances in all competitions. 


The Sky Blues skipper is another one to watch, Jordan Willis, has featured in all but three of City’s games this season. Willis is known for his no nonsense defending, though he has also been a danger at the other end too, and he has four goals to his name.




Uwe Rosler said ahead of the trip to the Ricoh Arena.


"We can't underestimate anybody. We've played the Chesterfields and the Shrewsburys, and we got good results against those teams, but every game was very tight and anything could happen both ways - and we were veryfocussed and I'm sure on Friday we'll be fully focussed going into Coventry.


Meanwhile Coventry’s boss Russell Slade was wary of the Cod Army ahead of the match.


“They’ve certainly established themselves as a League One club, people don’t see them as a League Two side now, they are well established at this level.


“They’ve gone nine games unbeaten in the league and that tells you about how well they’re doing at the moment.”

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