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Strachan Positive For Leicester Clash

Negativity is a dirty word at Coventry as they go into their big local derby match against Leicester City at Filbert Street.

Coventry’s manager Gordon Strachan says:

Gordon Strachan, Covetry City FC"We will be going for a win. If you try to play negative you get into a negative frame of mind, then if you concede a goal it is hard to shake off that negativity.

"It did not surprise me that Leicester ran Arsenal so close on Saturday because they have strength and ability. They are capable of doing that to any team because they are a very good side. We have to try to stop their wide men playing. I think Guppy and Impey are very good players.

"But to do well against Leicester you have to compete. You have got to be brave in heading and tackling and the real bravery of keeping the ball and passing it.

"If you do not compete Leicester will bully you. I mean bully you in a nice way, not a nasty way. But they will bully you into submitting to their high tempo of quality football. They have quality all over the place.

"We have to try to nullify them without taking too much away from our own strengths.

"Our back four played well on Saturday but one lapse of concentration killed us off. They feel as badly as anyone, but if the players up front had been on fire we would have got three or four goals."

Strachan has to decide whether to make any changes up front. He replaced Darren Huckerby with John Aloisi in the 70th minute and later explained:

"There has to be someone around the penalty spot and Aloisi has definitely got that. If Huckerby has a fault it is that he is all over the place and I don’t think he had a shot or header on target. I think that sums it up."

Coventry were unbeaten at Filbert Street last season. They beat Leicester 3-0 in the FA Cup and forced a goalless draw in the Premiership.

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Staying Up by Rick Gekoski

CWN / Sport / Football / Coventry City FC / 10 Aug 99

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