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Preview | Coventry City (h)

6 October 2017

EFL Sky Bet League Two - The Hive London - Saturday 7th October 2017 – KO 12:30pm

Team News:

Shaquile Coulthirst is a doubt for the fixture after a tight hamstring picked up away at Wycombe last Saturday.

John Akinde (hamstring), Jamie Stephens (knee) and Curtis Weston (knee) are still on the road to recovering from their injuries.

Long-term injuries to Dave Tarpey (knee), Elliott Johnson (knee) and Richard Brindley (foot) mean they all remain on the sidelines.

 

Last Time We Met:

This is our first ever competitive meeting with Coventry City in our 129-year history, making the appearance of the Sky Sports cameras more special.

 

Manager: Mark Robins

After a playing career in which he scored over 100 goals in nearly 400 appearances in the Football League, Robins' first steps into management came with former side Rotherham United in 2007.

He initially took over as caretaker manager and led the Millers to three wins from six games, moving the club off the bottom of the League One table, and was subsequently made the permanent manager shortly after.

A late dip in his first season denied the club an unlikely promotion, and in his second year in charge, the club were hit with a 17-point deduction before he moved on to fellow Yorkshire side Barnsley in 2009.

Taking over with the club at the bottom of the table, Robins guided them nine points clear of the drop zone and on a run of eight games unbeaten, finishing in 18th place.

The 47-year old joined the Sky Blues in 2012 and soon became a fan-favourite, catapulting them up the league from relegation candidates to playoff contenders. He led the club to the Area Final of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy and had the highest win percentage of any manager in the club's history with 52.5% at the time of his departure.

Robins left for Huddersfield Town in February 2013, guiding the club to safety on the final day of the season after a 2-2 draw against former side Barnsley. A two-year spell at Scunthorpe United followed, before a return to the Sky Blues.

 

Connections:

Coventry goalkeeper Liam O’Brien joined The Sky Blues in July 2017 from Portsmouth. Barnet signed O’Brien, also from Portsmouth, in 2011, making 21 league appearances in two years at the club. He’s gone on to make six appearances in all competitions so far this season, keeping two clean sheets.

 

Dangerman:

Starting his career at Dagenham and Redbridge in 2009, Jodi Jones stayed at the club until 2016. Joining Coventry on an emergency loan deal in March 2016, the deal was made permanent at the end of the season.

After 40 appearances at The Daggers, the 19-year-old has certainly found his place at the Ricoh Arena. With this being his second full season at the club, he’s already made 64 appearances for The Sky Blues, picking up six goals and 13 assists across all competitions.

Despite his young age, he’s already established himself as one of the top talents in the league. With a reported rejected offer from League One side Oxford United in the summer, it’s highly doubtful that we won’t be seeing Jones playing at a higher level in the future.

 

Last Time Out:

In their last league fixture, Coventry City beat Crewe Alexandria 1-0 at the Ricoh Arena.

The only goal of the game came early on, Jodi Jones getting very lucky after a ball looked like it was going out for a goal kick, just to be stopped by the corner flag. Jones picked up the ball and played in Duckens Nazon in the 9th minute.

The closest Crewe came to an equaliser was during the second half, Brad Walker clipping the top of the crossbar from a well thought out free-kick.

Crewe had Dave Richards to thank for keeping the deficit at one, a double-save first from Rod McDonald’s log ranged effort, the second palming away Nazon’s rebounded effort.

After wins in their previous two fixtures against Swindon and Exeter, this took The Sky Blues to three wins and nine points in a week, leaving them three points off the summit.

Coventry City: Burge; Grimmer, Willis, McDonald, Stokes, Kelly, Doyle (C), Jones, Nazon, Dev. Kelly-Evans, Biamou (Beavon 72').

Unused Subs: O'Brien, McNulty, Davies, Di. Kelly-Evans, Shipley, Stevenson.

 

On the day:

Our U18's take on Dagenham & Redbridge in a 10am kick off up on the Showcase Pitch. All bars will be open and serving alcohol from 10:30am following our success licence extension. 

 

Ticket info:

Supporters can find out more about tickets details here.

 

Keep up with the game:

Full match commentary from every game is available on iFollow. However, as this match is being broadcast live on Sky Sports, there will be no iFollow video stream for Overseas Subscribers.

You can also get live match updates on Twitter throughout the afternoon. We are also on Facebook and will go behind the scenes on our Instagram.

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Match Reports

Report | Barnet FC 0-0 Coventry City

7 October 2017

Barnet and Coventry shared the points in front of the Sky Sports cameras, where some fine goalkeeping from Craig Ross saw him keep his first clean sheet of the season.

Coventry had the first real chance of the game, a floated free-kick by Jodi Jones met the head Max Biamou who, despite having plenty of space, headed wide.

Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro’s low cross across the box just needed a final touch but was just ahead of Andre Blackman.

Akpa Akpro then created another chance, sending through Mauro Vilhete in the 9th minute, but Coventry managed to clear their lines. Jack Taylor shoots from the rebound but was just wide of the post.

Vilhete then turned provider, a free-kick put into the area was headed back across the face of goal by Charlie Clough, but Jack Taylor couldn’t get a clean touch on the ball.

In the 33rd minute, Devon Kelly-Evans’ shot was comfortable blocked before Jodi Jones’ speculative effort curled over the bar.

A few half-chances throughout the half, but nothing too clear-cut gave both managers a lot to think of at half-time.

Coventry came out in the second half much stronger, Jones played a lovely ball in, but evaded everyone.

Marc McNulty was played through in the 61st minute, but a fantastic block Clough stopped a potential goal. Jones had another chance but blazed his effort over the bar.

A double change by Rossi Eames in the 67th minute, bringing on Simeon Akinola and Ephron Mason-Clark was Barnet’s attempt at freshening up the game.

Vilhete played a corner in in the 73rd minute and found the head of Clough, but he couldn’t make a sweet connection before The Sky Blues managed to clear their lines.

Jack Grimmer produced a lovely solo run, dodging tackle right and left, but his effort could only find the hands of a comfortable Craig Ross.

Shomotun had only been on the pitch for a minute when he had the chance to take the lead, but his volley was straight at keeper Lee Burge.

A break in play in the 80th minute, due to an Akinola head injury, allowed both managers a chance to talk tactics with their teams and try to find that killer goal to snatch the game.

Biamou made a chance out of nothing, taking a touch before his half-volley was dragged wide of Ross’ right-hand post, the first real opportunity of the half.

Jones had yet another effort, this time blocked by The Bees back line and out for a corner, taken by Jordan Shipley, but couldn’t find a man in blue.

Liam Kelly, however, came closest to scoring in the 87th minute, a sweet strike looked destined for the top left-hand corner, only for a diving Ross to parry it away.

From the resulting corner, the initial header was saved by Ross, but in the tangled legs a shot hit the post and was cleared off the line by Vilhete.

With three minutes of additional time to play, neither team brave enough to plie men forward, so a draw and a point a piece was all that came of an exciting game.

Man of the Match (as chosen by matchday sponsors St Bernadette’s Catholic Primary & Nursery School): Jack Taylor

 

Attendance: 4041 (1390 away)

 

BARNET: Ross, Clough, Santos, J.Taylor, Tutonda, Bover (67’ Akinola), H. Taylor, Fonguck (67’ Mason-Clark), Vilhete, Blackman (78’ Shomotun), Akpa Akpro.

 

Unused: R. McKenzie-Lyle, Nelson, Kyei, Mars.

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Ticket News

Tickets | Members ticket update for Coventry City

3 October 2017

Following Sunday’s deadline, we are processing the free tickets for members for this Saturday’s match against Coventry City.

As you can appreciate, we are currently going through the hundreds of requests which is a long process. Thank you to everyone who emailed, we hope to start issuing e-tickets from this afternoon onwards.

We have had a lot of requests for seating arrangements and we shall try our very best to accommodate these.

 

General tickets are still on sale for the live lunchtime kick off, our first ever meeting against Coventry. They can be purchased here.

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