|Coventry City 2 v 1 Rochdale|
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Saturday, 16th November 2019 Kick-off 15:00
Match Preview: Coventry v Dale
Thursday, 14th Nov 2019 09:00 by Chaff
Dale are back in league action this weekend with an away trip down to Birmingham to take on Coventry City.
Date: Saturday 16th November
We welcomed back Spanish Bob to the starting line-up against Wrexham while Ryan McLaughlin managed to come off the bench in the game also. Paul McShane missed out having gone off with a knock against Ipswich so we would hope he’s back for this game. McNulty and Magloire are still a bit off being able to return but are on similar paths for coming back according to BBM.
Dale will unfortunately be without Luke Matheson and Rhys Norrington-Davies who are on international duty with England Under 18’s and Wales Under 21’s respectively. Aaron Wilbraham should be available given his suspension is now over following his red card away at Oxford.
Our form recently has been poor, our performance at Wrexham was as bad as we’ve seen all season and we desperately need to stop this winless run and get back winning ways. I’d take a draw even on Saturday given that Coventry’s “home” form has been excellent this season.
We’re in the middle of a tough run of fixtures at the minute having just played league leaders Ipswich and up coming games against Portsmouth at home, a trip to promotion hopefuls Rotherham and Burton Albion before playing the impressive Fleetwood Town as well before the years out so points are vital but are going to be tough to come by.
We all know how reliant on Ian Henderson we are, he’s been well backed up by Callum Camps chipping in with goals. We could do with the likes of Done and Pyke also chipping in more than they’ve done so far. I expected to see more from the on-loan Huddersfield forward but he’s had an injury hit season so far and been in and out of the side. A run of games should do him good.
Despite this, their “home” form has been superb. They’ve played 12 games at St Andrews in all competitions and won 8 of them and only lost once. Their away form has been poor though and they’ve yet to win on their travels in the league and their only away win came last week in the FA Cup away at League Two Colchester United to set up a second-round match at home to either Ipswich Town or Lincoln City. That said, despite not winning yet away from home in the league, they’ve only lost once and drawn the other six games.
Coventry haven’t had one standout goalscorer this season and instead have three people listed on just 3 league goals so far in Amadou Bakayoko, Matt Godden and Zain Westbrooke.
Matt Godden is a new signing at Coventry this season having been a big goal scorer at Peterborough, Stevenage and Ebbsfleet previously. Coventry paid an undisclosed fee to Peterborough back in August and he’s scored 4 goals in 14 games in all competitions.
Former Dale midfielder Jamie Allen signed for Coventry at the end of July from Burton Albion for an undisclosed fee but has been unable to make a single appearance yet due to a muscle tear. Just as he was planning to come back, he suffered a recurrence of the injury in an under 23’s match as faces another extended spell on the side-lines.
Mark Robins is the man in charge of Coventry City for a second spell having first managed them from September 2012 till February 2013. This spell in charge of the Sky Blues started back in March 2017 after spells at Scunthorpe, Huddersfield, Barnsley and Rotherham.
Coventry have been excellent so far this season and currently find themselves occupying the last playoff place in League One on 26 points having lost just twice all season.
The fixtures don’t get any easier for us do they?!
Wrexham (a) - DRAW
Colchester United (a) – WIN
09 Feb 2019 – Rochdale 0-1 Coventry - League One
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