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[04 MAR 99] COVENTRY CITY FC MATCH REPORT
Strachan Calls On City For Support

Sky Blues boss Gordon Strachan today called on the whole city to pull his side to victory in the vital relegation tussle against Charlton at Highfield Road on Saturday.

City face Alan Curbishley’s men on Saturday and then entertain fellow strugglers Blackburn the following week.

It is a seven-day stretch, which, results allowing, could play a massive part in City’s fate after a disappointing season.

Strachan played down the make-or-break nature of the week today but he feels a good support is vital.

He said:

"The supporters can play a really big part. You never know which games have been really important until the season is over the supporters can make a difference.

"We know we are took together and when we ask the players to be mentally strong, if does make a difference. If Charlton came here knowing that if they could frustrate us for 20 minutes they would try to do that. We have to show Charlton that we are staying together.

"If people had said we would get a draw against Manchester United and Aston Villa then they would have been pleased with that. But to go to Villa and win 4-1 and play as we did was impossible to predict.

"The town of Coventry has been a place – not just because of who we played but because of the way we played."

Strachan looks certain to retain two-goal John Aloisi even though Noel Whelan, the man he replaced, is fit again. Whelan is more likely to come in to midfield in place of the suspended George Boateng.

City’s Reserves fell to a disappointing defeat at West Bromwich Albion last night.

Trevor Peake’s men created enough chances to win the game but were undone when a collision between Mo Konjic and keeper Chris Kirkland let in Justin Richards.
    

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CWN / Sport / Football / Coventry City FC / 4 Mar 99

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