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PREVIEW: Stevenage v Coventry City

3 October 2013

Read our match preview ahead of this weekend's big game at Broadhall Way...

Venue: Broadhall Way
Date: Saturday, October 5th
Competition: npower League One
Kick-off: 3pm
Coventry City travel to Stevenage looking to get back to winning ways after defeats to Port Vale and Brentford.

The Sky Blues started the season brilliantly but struggled at Sixfields as the Bees took all three points last Sunday.

Clayton Donaldson and Martin Taylor scored either side of the break as Brentford ended City's unbeaten run at Sixfields.

Stevenage have been one of most progressive clubs in Football League in recent seasons and will be looking to continue that development this year.

Graham Westley has returned to the club after his ill-fated spell at Preston North End and after former manager Gary Smith was sacked following a poor run of form in March 2013.

Mark Roberts, Bondz N'Gala and Anthony Grant all left the club in the summer but they have been able to add Jimmy Smith from Leyton Orient and Michael Doughty on loan from QPR.

Stevenage have struggled so far this season, having won just one league game and lost the last three matches against Preston, Carlisle and MK Dons.

The two clubs have only played each other twice and they both happened last season.

Stevenage did claim victory at the Ricoh Arena but Coventry's brilliant 3-1 win on Boxing Day at Broadhall Way last season means the two clubs are level in the head-to-head.

26/12/2012 Stevenage 1-3 Coventry City, League One
09/09/2012 Coventry City 1-2 Stevenage, League One

Watch highlights from the 3-1 victory below...

David Phillips

The right-back signed for the Sky Blues from Manchester City in 1986 and played a crucial role in the side which won the 1987 FA Cup.

The versatile defender was brought in by John Sillett and George Curtis and went on to make 100 appearances for Coventry, scoring eight goals.

Fondly remembered by City fans, he spent three years at the club before moving on to Norwich City in 1989.

He continued his successful career at clubs Nottingham Forest, Huddersfield Town and Lincoln City before ending his career at Stevenage Borough, making 19 appearances for the club. 

Craig Reid

The Coventry City Academy youth product never made an appearance for his home town club before being released in 2006.

Reid went in search of first-team football at Cheltenham Town and Grays Athletic before finally settling at Newport County in 2008.

His form at the Welsh club, 58 goals in 96 appearances, earned him a move to Stevenage in January 2011.

He went on to make 49 appearances at the club, scoring nine goals before moving to Aldershot Town to be reunited with his former Newport County manager Dean Holdsworth.

Greg Tansey

The former Stockport County man moved to Stevenage last summer on a free transfer after leaving Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

Tansey came through the Stockport youth system at a time when the club were experiencing huge problems both on and off the field.

Due to a number of first-team players leaving the club, Tansey was one of several youngsters who got his chance at Edgeley Park to impress. He was the stand out performer in the side, scoring crucial goals in Stockport's failed attempt to stay up.

Tansey moved to Scotland, after Stockport's relegation to the Conference, joining Inverness where he continued to impress, scoring four goals in 36 appearances. 

Despite the SPL club wanting to keep him at the club, Tansey opted to move back down to England with Stevenage. After scoring six goals last season from midfield, Tansey has already netted three in six appearances this season.

City have currently sold just under 500 tickets for the away trip to Stevenage.

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