striker John Aloisi will get a chance to repeat his derby-day heroics when Coventry take
on Charlton in a crucial relegation battle at Highfield Road tomorrow.
The £650,000 signing from Portsmouth will spearhead the Coventry front line alongside
Darren Huckerby after netting twice in the 4-1 away win over Midlands rivals Aston
Aloisi has had to wait a couple of months for a real chance of a run in the first team
but Coventry boss Gordon Strachan is now ready to let him prove himself.
But selection has been made easy for Strachan. Dutch midfielder George Boateng, the
other Coventry scorer at Villa, is suspended allowing Noel Whelan the man Aloisi
replaced to come back from injury.
"John has been excellent in training since he joined us but has had to wait. He
knew the score when he came here Noel Whelan and Darren Huckerby were the first
choice strikers. They had done well and people were calling for them to play for England.
"If I had suddenly dropped one for a player who cost £650,000 and it didnt
come off, people would have been screaming for my head. He had to wait. Chances can come
in different ways and his arrived through Noels injury. It looked for a while as if
Noel would play against Villa but then the pain got too much, so John was in.
"Noel is better now and we will have to look at the shape of the team Noel
is a terrific all round player and has the physique and intelligence to play in a number
of position so I might do something different."
That, however, seems unlikely and Whelan is favourite to start wide on the right of
Coventry managed a draw at The Valley earlier in the season but Strachan knows that
however his side perform against Charlton this weekend, and Blackburn in seven days time,
they are in for a traditional Sky Blues fight to the death.
"I always say that after the first 10 games you can see how the season will go and
I have been proved right. When you are down near the bottom it is very hard to really pull
"To do that you need an exceptional run like we had after Christmas last year but
time is running out for that and it is the teams who are the bravest and luckiest
who will stay up."