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Strachan Waits On Signings

Gordon Strachan brushed aside talk of a new signing today as he started the build-up to Saturday’s home game with Derby County.

County, like City, have just one point from their opening three games making the match an early season six-pointer.

Strachan has denied claims that he is poised to bid for Paris St Germain striker Bruno Rodrigues, and Lee Hughes of West Bromwich Albion and Liverpool’s Karlheinz Riedle remain favourites to fill the gap left by Darren Huckerby’s departure to Leeds United.

He said:

"We are working away but I can’t say when anything will happen. It is never easy to predict what will happen.

"In an ideal world I would like to do something before the game with Derby on Saturday because we do need someone who offers a big threat.

"There are a lot of people with their fingers in the pie and that makes it difficult."

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Gary McAllister, Coventry City FCCity’s result against Wimbedon, courtesy of an injury time penalty from captain Gary McAllister, was fully justified.

City carried more attacking threat but once again their finishing let them down. Moroccan Youssef Chippo was the man of the match and again impressed McAllister with his work rate.

The City captain said:

"We are up and running now. I thought we did enough to win the game but we have to get in front in matches rather than sticking at 0-0 and putting increasing pressure on our back four.

"Hopefully we can build on this result. Chippo has done very well indeed. It always takes time for players to bed in and I think it will be six to 10 games before we see the real ability of the Moroccans but the signs are already very good."

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Former City striker Andy Ducros made a fine first impression with new club Nuneaton Borough. The England under-18 international scored twice as Boro beat Hayes 2-1 at home in their first game in the Conference.

Ducros, who is a graduate of the FA Soccer School at Lilleshall, moved to Nuneaton after Second Division Luton would only offer him a trial.

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There are still tickets available for the home clash with Derby County on Saturday.

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Staying Up by Rick Gekoski

CWN / Sport / Football / Coventry City FC / 16 Aug 99

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