We go in to tomorrow’s game at the Proact stadium buoyed by the fact that we gained a point on Tuesday night against a good Bradford side. Arguably we should have had all three, but I’m confident we can get the full monty tomorrow.
The last time the two teams met the game only conjured up a 0-0 stalemate. It was one of many draws at the Ricoh Arena that we perhaps should have turned in to a win. A lot has changed since then though and tomorrow could be a bit more exciting.
The home side have won the last two games (2-1 v MK Dons and 3-0 v Fleetwood) but fell to three consecutive defeats before this. They lie 10th in the table and are just two points outside of the playoffs with a game in hand. Undoubtedly, they will be focussed on making it three consecutive victories in League One and gain ground on the teams above when they face the Sky Blues tomorrow.
City’s form over the last five games isn’t superb either, but we have reason to believe a change in fortunes could come after plenty of positives on Tuesday. The Sky Blues have won one, drawn two and lost two in their last five fixtures, and are winless under new boss Tony Mowbray. Obviously, he will be gunning for his first win at the club in what will be his first away game tomorrow (of course, he was at Barnsley but only in the stands as Hockaday and MacFarlane took charge).
The spireites will be without central midfielder Sam Morsy after he picked up a two-match ban after receiving his tenth caution of the season in the game versus MK Dons. Left back Dan Jones could also be fit for the clash, and providing he starts, could allow Sam Clucas to return to his more advanced role. Coalan Lavery has also extended his loan until the end of the season after the club agreed terms with Sheffield Wednesday. He has scored in his last two games and will be hungry to fire again against the Sky Blues.
As for City, Mowbray will be hopeful that skipper Jim O’Brien recovers from the hamstring injury that he picked up during the game versus Bradford. Aaron Phillips also took a blow to the head in the midweek fixture and he could pave the way for a Jordan Willis return, with the young defender now being fit after an ankle injury that kept him out of action for a month. All the rest is old news really with Reda Johnson, Danny Pugh and James Maddison all remaining out.
New signing could feature for Mowbray’s side…
The new manager has made his first signing for the club as it was announced today (Friday) that Grant Ward has joined until the end of season from Tottenham Hotspur. The 20 year old winger, who can also feature centrally is available for selection tomorrow and could get some minutes under his belt.
Tony Mowbray told the press: “we’re delighted to bring Grant in to the club at what is a crucial stage in our season.
“Yesterday, I stressed the importance of bringing in new additions to help the squad secure our League One status.
“Grant gives us important option, bringing a level of versatility to our midfield, and we hope he can provide a valuable impact from now until the end of the season.”
Ward is yet to make an appearance for the Tottenham first team, but he has featured consistently in their U21 side, his last game being against a Manchester United side that included Falcao. He has also been on loan once before as he joined Chicago Fire in the MLS, where he scored one goal in twenty-three appearances. He was considered to be a key player though as they attempted to re-sign him on loan, along with a few Championship clubs.
As I said earlier on, I believe we can travel to the Proact stadium tomorrow and return home to Coventry with all three points. I saw a lot of improvements during the Bradford game. Ok, we weren’t brilliant but it was better, and this can only give the lads a confidence boost and hopefully we can kickstart a push away from danger tomorrow. Mowbray has reiterated his desire to play fluent attacking football, and the pitch at Chesterfield is in top condition so hopefully the team can give us fans something to cheer about tomorrow.
We should have won on Tuesday and once our strikers get a bit of confidence I think we’ll be fine. Obviously we need to cut out the sloppy goals we concede at the back, but Mowbray has acknowledged this and has highlighted this by giving Steve Ogrizovic the task of coaching the defence how to defend set-pieces (which lets face it, is our main concern).
The league table shows you in black and white where we are at the moment and it doesn’t look pretty. This final month or so of the season is crucial and with us facing a few of the teams around us, wins are essential. If we keep creating chances and solidify at the back we will win football matches, and I’m confident we can defeat Chesterfield tomorrow. Around 1000 supporters are travelling tomorrow so let’s get behind the lads and cheer them on to victory!
My prediction: Chesterfield 0-2 Coventry City