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PREVIEW: Accrington Stanley v Coventry City - The Sky Blues head to the Wham Stadium

Mark Robins' side look to continue their run against Stanley...

13 October 2017

Venue: The Wham Stadium

Competition: SkyBet League Two

Date: Saturday 14th October, 2017

Kick-off: 3pm

The Sky Blues head to Accrington Stanley's Wham Stadium as they look to continue their unbeaten run in SkyBet League Two.

For the first time in a while, Mark Robins' side have had all week to prepare for this one and will also welcome on-loan Wolves striker Duckens Nazon back into the side after international duty meant he missed last week's trip to Barnet.

Stanley sit sixth in League Two, one place being City on goal difference with an identical record and a win for either side is likely to see them jump into the automatic promotion place.

In 2014, John Coleman began his second spell at the Crown Ground. He first took charge in 1999 when Accrington were playing in the Northern Premer League Division One before leaving for Rochdale in 2012 with the club a regular in League Two. 

The Opponents

Striker Billy Kee will be Accrington's main attacking threat on Saturday. The 26-year-old has scored 37 goals in 95 appearances for Stanley ever since joining form Scunthorpe United in 2015 and has always been a danger at this level.

A familiar face in defense for the travelling Sky Blue fans will be Farrend Rawson. Rawson played 14 times last season for City on loan from Derby and will be at the Crown Ground until January.

Former Shrewsbury and Barnsley midfielder Jordan Clark will also be one to keep an eye out for. The creative wideman was a regular for the Shrews in League One before stepping down last season to make 42 appearances for Stanley.

Previous Meetings

Coventry City 2-1 Accrington Stanley - 13th Feb 1960 - Division Three

Accrington Stanley 0-2 Coventry City - 26th Sep 1959 - Division Three

Coventry City 2-1 Accrington Stanley - 27th Feb 1929 - Division Three North

Accrington Stanley 3-1 Coventry City - 17th Oct 1925 - Division Three North

Tickets

Sky Blues fans can buy tickets at the Wham Stadium tomorrow - 1400 have been sold in advance. Details here. 

Pre-match interviews

Read what Mark Robins had to say here, and the pre-match comments from Michael Doyle here

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REPORT: Accrington Stanley 1-0 Coventry City - City's unbeaten run comes to an end at the Wham

Sean McConville's first half strike sinks the Sky Blues...

14 October 2017

The Sky Blues have been beaten 1-0 by Accrington Stanley at the Wham Stadium thanks to a first half stike from Sean McConville.

The home side nearly took an early lead on five minutes. Sean McConville's long range lob caught Lee Burge off guard in goal for City but thankfully the nummber one was saved bt his crossbar. 

Burge was called upon again moments later. Liam Nolan in central midfield for the Stanley charged forward before forcing a strong right handed save from Burge, luckily for the Sky Blues Kayden Jackson was offside when he raced onto the rebound.

The game was end to end. Coventry came close twice moments later. Duckens Nazon scored twice for Haiti during the international brace and his confidence was for all to see when he turned his man and almost found the top corner from 30-yards.

Next it was Jodi Jones' turn. The teenager played a brilliant one-two with Michael Doyle before chipping Stanley 'keeper Aaron Chapman but unfortunately his effort floated agonisingly over the crossbar.

Accrington would take the lead moments later, however. McConville had already came close once before and was this time on the end of some impressive link-up play in the area to slot the games opener past Burge. 

The second period took far longer to get going. Nazon tried his luck from range on a number of ocassions forcing a strong save from range, sparking a spell of Sky Blue dominance.

Marc McNulty's introduction added a new attacking option and he played his part is sending Nazon into the area but the striker could not get his shot away. 

Next it was McNulty's turn to go for goal. Jones twisted turned his way past Janoi Donancien before crossing onto the head of the former Sheffield United striker but he could not keep his close range header down.

As the game grew older Jones began to ever increasingly get the better of his marker and twice managed to wriggle inside a curl dangerous efforts at goal. The first was saved well by Chapman, the second floated into the 1,494 Sky Blue fans behind the goal. 

 

Goals: McConville (14'),

Reds:

Yellows: Stevenson (31'), McConville (63'), Thorniley (87'), Grimmer (90)

Attendance: 2,828 (1,494 Away)

Coventry City XI: Burge (GK); Grimmer, Willis, McDonald, Stokes, Stevenson, Doyle, Dev.Kelly-Evans, Jones, Nazon, Biamou.

Subs: O'Brien (GK), Davies, Shipley, Vincenti, McNulty, Beavon, Ponticelli.

Accrington Stanley XI: Chapman (GK), Hughes, Donacien, Richards-Everton, Nolan, Clark, Jackson, McConville, Thorniley, Conneely, Kee.

Subs: Wolland (GK), Brown, McLeod, Sousa, Wilks, Johnson, Rawson. 

Referee: Sebastian Stockbridge. Assistants: Darren Strain, Paul Newhouse. Fourth Official: Alan Clayton.

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