Gordon Strachan is on
course to equal a personal record he would rather forget.
Coventry City travel to play Arsenal at Highbury today (Sunday) without an away victory
for almost a year.
They last won on an opponents ground on 3 April last season when they beat
"I went a year without an away win when I played at Leeds United and we had won
the championship the previous season. I can remember exactly how the run came to an end;
it was at Southampton.
"Benali was trying to see the ball out of play, but I slid in and hooked it back
to Gary Speed and we scored. We won 2-0, but we didnt break the run by brilliant
football or a change of tactics, it was just a piece of luck.
"Maybe it will need something like that for us to break this run."
Leeds failed to win an away match in 1992-93 and they broke the sequence in the fourth
away game of the following season at The Dell on 11 September 1993.
Strachan will warn his players of the tightness of the Highbury pitch.
"It can surprise people," he said.
"It is a tight place to play. The surface is so good that the ball moves quicker
along the deck.
"The surface really is perfect and the next step from that would be astroturf. The
really good players, and Arsenal have a lot of them, dont mind playing under a bit
"They can roll players when they feel crowded and they have the brains to play one
touch, two touch. It is the mere mortals who find it difficult. The lesser players need
more room and more space to work. They tend to get rid of the ball under pressure.
"But we have got to try to take something from the game and the way we have played
over the last couple of weeks I am expecting something from it."
Transfer deadline day produced only two minor movements involving Coventry players.
Reserve centreback Barry Ferguson went on loan to Colchester United to the end of the
season to get experience of first team football and Jamaican international Paul Hall,
completed a permanent transfer to Walsall after a short loan period.