AUG 01] COVENTRY CITY NEWS
City Won't Chicken Out To The Bantams
Blues travel to Bradford tonight looking to be the first team to
break through the Bantams’ defensive barrier this season.
Jim Jefferies’ men are
unbeaten in their first two games and are yet to concede a goal, but
Gordon Strachan believes his side can take all three points as long
as they stop Bradford taking control of the game.
The Sky Blues manager
identifies former Coventry midfielder Eoin Jess as a possible
threat, but is more interested in what his own players can do.
“I have been to see
Bradford play and they used a 4-3-3 formation which suits them.
“We’ve identified what
they’re good at and we need to stop that so we can play
“Jess is playing well. He
scored a good goal with his head and he’s playing a nice
position that suits him. He’s a fantastic football player and
looks like he has got himself together at Bradford.
“But we want to make sure
we are braver on the ball and more positive in our thinking.”
Strachan will hand midfielder
Youssef Safri his debut in midfield alongside Lee Carsley, who was
today linked with a move to West Ham.
Magnus Hedman continues in goal
as Chris Kirkland is still recovering from a knee injury he picked
up training with the England under 21s.
Andy Goram has signed for the
Sky Blues for a month and will take his place on the bench tonight.
Julian Joachim and Gary Breen
are still out injured, so Jay Bothroyd will continue up front
alongside £5,000,001 man Lee Hughes and Richard Shaw will partner
Paul Williams at the heart of the Sky Blues defence.
And Strachan expects to see his
team playing to his forwards’ strengths.
“I have been saying to the
players that we need to take two or three passes through midfield
instead of trying to get the ball straight to Jay and Lee.
“We have got to be more
positive in our play and try to win the game tonight by what we do
and not leave it up to chance.”
Coventry City (probable):
Hedman; Nilsson, Shaw, Williams, Hall; Thompson, Safri, Carsley,
O’Neill; Bothroyd, Hughes.
Substitutes from: Goram, Edworthy,
Chippo, Quinn, Zuniga, Martinez, Gavin Strachan.