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PREVIEW: Coventry City v Stevenage

25 March 2014

Read our full match preview ahead of the game against Stevenage at Sixfields...

Venue: Sixfields
Date: Wednesday, March 26th
Competition: SkyBet League One
Kick-off: 7.45pm
Coventry City welcome Stevenage to Sixfields looking to get a crucial three points following the weekend's defeat to Brentford.

Goals from Clayton Donaldson, Marcelo Trotta and Alan McCormack ensured a 3-1 defeat against Brentford at Griffin Park.

City will be looking to claim six points over Graham Westley's side after Steven Pressley's side claimed a 1-0 win at Stevenage earlier in the season.

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 Francois Zoko from Notts County.

Stevenage have struggled so far this season and are currently 23rd in the league looking to avoid relegation to League Two.

The two clubs have only played each other three times with City claiming two wins over Stevenage.

Stevenage did claim victory at the Ricoh Arena but Coventry's brilliant 3-1 win on Boxing Day at Broadhall Way last season levelled it up.

Leon Clarke's first-half strike was enough to seal an important 1-0 victory in October.

08/10/2013 Stevenage 0-1 Coventry City, League One
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.

Reid is now back with Stevenage, after a brief stint with Southend United, but in 10 games, he has failed to find the net.

Francois Zoko

The former Carlisle United man has made a huge impact since signing for the club in August.

Zoko has scored 16 goals for Graham Westley's side this season, despite not scoring in the last five matches.

The Ivorian signed for the Boro in August as a free agent after leaving Notts County at the end of the 2012/13 season.

The 30-year old has plenty of experience at this level having been top-scorer for Carlisle United in the 2011/12 League One season. 

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