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Thorn wants first win against the Blades

21 August 2012

City boss Andy Thorn hopes for three points in first home game...

Coventry City manager Andy Thorn believes Sheffield United will provide a stern test ahead of the first home league game of the season.

In their first game of the League One season, Thorn’s side grabbed a point at Huish Park after Cody McDonald put City ahead with a brilliant first-half header.

City will play their first game at the Ricoh Arena this season against the Blades who are expected to be chasing promotion.

The City boss believes the game will act as a good benchmark for both teams with them playing Danny Wilson’s side so early in the season.

Thorn said: “Danny (Wilson) has got them well organised at Sheffield and they will definitely be in the fight for promotion throughout the season.

“We go into the game hoping we can grab our first win of the season and improve on the weekend’s performance at Yeovil.

“A lot of boys have never played at the Ricoh before and we’re hoping it can become a bit of a fortress for us this season.

“It will difficult as they have many strengths but I think if we can play to what we can, we will celebrating our first win of the season.

“It will definitely act as a benchmark as it will make us realise where we are at after a tough pre-season. We have plenty of options and we will be looking to use them.

“It is good to have a competitive squad at the moment where almost every position is up for grabs in this strong squad.”

McDonald scored his first goal of the season at Huish Park and he is expected to start tomorrow night against the Blades.

Thorn remarked on the impressive pre-season the striker has had and hopes he can make a real difference this season.

He added: “I thought the way he took his goal was first-rate and he probably could have had a few more as well.

“But it is good he is getting into those areas and if he keeps doing that, he will score a lot of goals for us. He has been really sharp over the last couple of weeks.

“With the bit between his teeth, he will trouble almost every defence in this league.”

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