AUG 01] COVENTRY CITY NEWS
Safri Injury Blow
boss Gordon Strachan was forced to reshuffle his pack last night
just an hour before kick-off as Youssef Safri injured himself in
It was the second time in four
days that the Moroccan midfielder was ruled out of Strachan’s
plans, after his registration was held up by the FA on Friday which
forced him out of the 2-1 defeat at Bradford.
But the Sky Blues received
clearance yesterday morning to play the 24-year-old and Strachan
named him among the substitutes for last night’s disappointing 0-0
draw against Nottingham Forest.
Safri, however, strained his
groin in the warm-up which meant a late call to the bench for Marc
And Coventry could have done
with the former Raja Casablanca man’s passing ability as they
failed to break down their opponents at Highfield Road for the
second consecutive game.
To add insult to injury, Forest
were reduced to ten men for more than half the game and went down to
nine for the final quarter, but City still failed to break their
goals duck at home this season. A fact that led to a chorus of boos
from supporters as the Sky Blues left the field.
But Strachan did not seem too
upset by the crowd’s reaction after the game.
“It is part and parcel of
the job and as long as they vent their feelings about the
performance and myself in a reasonable manner, then I’m all
right with that.
“It was an extraordinary
night and one of those times in your life when it is just not your
“It became very difficult
because the game was condensed into 40 yards of the pitch and was
a bit like a training exercise when you have a back four and
midfield four to do nothing but defend. It becomes hard to go and
score a goal.”
The City manager has a
fortnight to put things right as Saturday’s game at Rotherham has
been postponed because of international call-ups.
And Strachan will hope to have
a full strength squad to choose from when the Sky Blues take on
Grimsby a week on Saturday.
Gary Breen and Julian Joachim
are back in full training and should be fit to face the Mariners,
while Chris Kirkland, John Eustace and Safri could benefit from the
free weekend and become available for selection.