Citys manager Gordon Strachan pulled no punches after watching his sides
toothless display at Everton yesterday.
He had gone to Goodison Park hoping his side would collect the three points necessary
to keep them in the Premier League. Instead they folded almost without a whimper for the
second time in two months against the Merseysiders and Strachan was not pleased.
"It was a waste of time," he fumed after the 2-0 defeat. "There was no
point turning up to play like that. We came up here in the FA Cup two months ago and
played much the same.
"Now we go into another pressure cooker game against Middlesbrough at the weekend.
We are down among the teams under pressure, when we had the opportunity to get above
The Sky Blues reckon they need 40 points to stay in the top flight. They are three
short of that and victory at Goodison would have been a release valve which would have
allowed them to enjoy their football in the remaining five matches.
Everton finished on forty points last season and stayed up on goal difference. The cut
off point might be fewer this time because so many of the bottom clubs play each other.
Coventry might have to play Middlesbrough without Paul Telfer, who collected a knee
injury at Goodison Park and left the stadium on crutches. Strachan hopes Steve Froggatt
will be fit to return on the left which would allow George Boateng to switch to the right
flank in Telfers place.