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[05 FEB 99] COVENTRY CITY FC NEWS
Coventry City v Tottenham - Preview

The last time Coventry City played at Tottenham, manager Gordon Strachan asked the fans nearest the dug out how much they had paid to watch such rubbish.

He is expecting a better match this time around from two sides who have hit some form. Coventry have won four of their last five matches scoring seventeen goals and White Hart Lane is a lucky ground for them. They have won there four times in six visits and lost only once.

Strachan clearly believes there will be goals.

"We have been dominating games and we are in the top four in the country for the number of corner kicks we have forced and shots which have hit the woodwork.

"We do not play sideways, we know where the goals are."

And City’s young strikers Noel Whelan and Darren Huckerby have points to prove. They outshone Robbie Fowler and Michael Owen in the victory over Liverpool in front of Glenn Hoddle last week, yet still missed out on an England call up.

Whelan in particular will be keen to show his mettle against his former England under-21 team mate Sol Campbell to impress Howard Wilkinson his former manager at Leeds Utd.

Strachan said:

"I have been keeping fairly quiet about the two boys but I was the first one to look on Teletext to see if they had been picked.

"I was disappointed when I did not see them in there, but it was just not to be this time. If they keep plugging away their dream will come true to play for their country."

Strachan will recall Paul Telfer on the right side of midfield in place of the suspended George Boateng while Marc Edworthy is expected to deputise for David Burrows, who is also suspended.

"Having George missing doesn’t help at a time when he is playing so well, but Paul Telfer has been excellent when he has played recently, and he has picked up a couple of goals."

Strachan watched Spurs beat Wimbledon in their Cup replay in midweek and says:

"They did well. They are very organised and feeling better about themselves. But we are going there to win. There is a feeling in our camp that we can beat any team at the moment and it is a feeling to be cherished by any football manager."
  

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