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[14 MAY 99] COVENTRY CITY NEWS
Coventry City v Leeds United - Preview

Coventry City defender Richard Shaw steps out against Leeds United tomorrow hoping to maintain one of the most outstanding records in the Premiership.

Central defender Shaw, just voted Coventry's player of the year, has appeared in 42 games for the Sky Blues this season but has been yellow carded just twice.

The 31-year-old former Crystal Palace player has been an outstanding influence in another mediocre season for the Midlanders, and is aiming to escape a caution in the final game.

He said:

"I am pleased not to have been suspended this season but one of the two bookings was for dissent which is a bit annoying. That was in the 91st minute of a game and I was booked by Graham Barber who lives very near me. Next time I see him in the supermarket I shall have to mention it to him!

"I don't think there is any great secret really, just making sure I don't go diving in. Nowadays you get booked for silly things and if that keeps happening you end up missing games and that is of no benefit to anyone.

"More than ever you have to adapt your game. The idea of giving the centre forward a kick in the first five minutes just to let him know you are there, has long gone. If you are booked then you have to tread water for the next 85 minutes."

Coventry made certain of a 33rd year in the top flight with a point at Derby last week but fell below expectations after Gordon Strachan had guided them to mid-table safety in the last campaign.

Shaw added:

"I certainly expected us to be pushing for top 10 place. We have some very exciting players here - the likes of Darren Huckerby and Noel Whelan - who would walk into most teams. Individually we have played well but collectively we haven't done ourselves justice.

"We have had great support all season and we want to go out on a high on Sunday."

Coventry look set to give Swede Roland Nilsson his last game for the club before he returns as football director at Helsingborg, while David Burrows is set to return after a thigh strain.
    

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