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Strachan Prefers To Be Lucky

Coventry boss Gordon Strachan has concluded it’s better to be lucky than good.

He says:

"People were telling me in the early games that we were looking good and playing well, but we were not getting the points.

"We are now getting a few lucky breaks and getting points, so you have to think it’s better to be lucky than good.

"If people come up to me after matches now and say ‘you were a bit lucky’ I say ‘great’."

But Strachan believes he will be even luckier if he can cut down on his injury list.

Two of his main strikers Noel Whelan and John Aloisi have been out of the side for weeks with no sign of coming back, Laurent Delorge has been out for a year and Runar Normann is also sidelined.

Of the latter Strachan said:

"I don’t know what he does for a living. There have been more sightings of the Loch Ness monster."

"We have six or seven people out injured, but we are starting to get a settled side and what a difference it makes. If we can get all the players fit we have a good squad here."

Strachan is without David Burrows, who is suspended, for the trip to Hillsborough and there is a big doubt surrounding right-back Marc Edworthy who was a carried off against Newcastle with a leg injury.

Strachan said:

"Edworthy is not ruled out."

But he has Mo Konjic and Gary Breen back as possible replacements although he pointed out:

"Breen has not played a game for a while."

He confirmed that Moroccan midfielder Moustapha Hadji will continue as Robbie Keane’s partner in attack, although Belgian striker Cedric Roussel, had an impressive debut in the reserves this week.

"He played well, scoring one and making three, but he is not ready yet for the premiership," said Strachan.

"He has been smashing in training and everyone has been scratching their heads wondering why he could not get a game for Ghent, but that was because Ghent play one up front and five across the middle.

"I think it would be too early to throw him in against Sheffield Wednesday, but if it came to that I would have no qualms."

Strachan expressed concern that his Coventry side allowed Newcastle United too many chances last weekend, but said:

"We have watched sections of the video and the answer was really so simple. I am keeping secret what we saw, but it was nothing to do with technical ability or working hard."

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CWN / Sport / Football / Coventry City FC / 22 Oct 99

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