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BIG MATCH PREVIEW: Sheffield United v Coventry City - 2013/14 League One season

1 May 2014

Read our full match preview ahead of the final game of the League One season against Sheffield United...

Venue: Bramall Lane
Kick-off: 3pm
Competition: SkyBet League One
Date: Saturday, May 3rd

Coventry City travel to Sheffield United for the final game of an eventful 2013/14 League One season.

City travel to the Blades having assured themselves of League One safety with an impressive point in the 1-1 draw against champions Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Having started the season with a ten-point deduction and a small squad, City boss Steven Pressley called it 'a brilliant achievement' to stay in League One and they will be looking to end the season on a high note against Nigel Clough's side.

Sheffield United have enjoyed an incredible resurgence under former Derby boss Nigel Clough since his appointment in October 2012.

The Blades had an incredible run of form during February and March with nine straight wins and the Yorkshire club reached the FA Cup semi-final where they lost against Premier League side Hull City in a 5-3 defeat.

They made a late run for the play-offs but after the early season form under former Everton defender David Weir, it was always going to be difficult and they are set to finish in a mid-table position.

Sheffield United are currently in 8th position in League One, nine points off 6th place Peterborough United and will be looking to make another promotion challenge next season.

Jose Baxter

The former Everton forward has enjoyed a great season at Sheffield United and has been the shining light of the Blades side.

The 22-year old has made 49 appearances this season, scoring ten goals, and has also attracted attention from a few Championship clubs having impressed during the FA Cup campaign.

Baxter was highly thought of at Everton during his youth career and he was offered a extended deal to stay at Goodison Park but opted to get first-team football with the Blades last summer.

It seems his choice is a good one having had a terrific break-through season with the Yorkshire side and the Blades will be hoping he is one of the players to lead their promotion charge next season.

The Sky Blues have a narrow upper hand in this fixture having recorded 19 wins over the Blades since the two sides first met in 1936.

City are unbeaten against the Blades in their last five fixtures having recorded an impressive 3-2 win over United in October this season.

Last five meetings

13/10/13 Coventry City 3-2 Sheffield United, League One
01/02/13 Sheffield United 1-2 Coventry City, League One
04/12/12 Coventry City 1-1 Sheffield United (4-1 pens), Johnstone Paint Trophy
21/08/12 Coventry City 1-1 Sheffield United, League One
15/01/11 Coventry City 0-0 Sheffield United, Championship 

Micky Adams

The former Coventry City player and manager has also recently had a spell as Sheffield United manager.

Currently at Port Vale, Adams made 90 appearances for City during 1983 to 1987, scoring nine goals during that time. He rejoined the club as manager in 2005 and had relative success in his two-year spell before leaving the club.

After his first spell at Port Vale, Adams moved to Sheffield United but only stayed at the club for a year after overseeing the side get relegated to League One in the 2010/11 season.

Adams is currently manager of Port Vale and has guided his team to a mid-table finish in League One this season.

Peter Ndlovu

The retired Zimbabwean striker had very successful spells at both clubs and is still held in very high regard by high sets of fans.

After moving from Highlanders in his homeland to Coventry City, he made 176 appearances for the club, scoring 39 goals in a six-year spell.

He moved to Birmingham City after his spell at Highfield Road ended and then went to the Blades in 2001. He went on to make 135 appearances at the club, scoring 25 goals.

Paul Furlong

The journeyman striker started his professional career at Highfield Road after then City boss Terry Butcher brought him from non-league Enfield. 

He only stayed one season with the club, making 37 appearances but scoring just four goals, and he was transferred to Watford soon after.

Whilst at Birmingham City, he had a short loan spell with the Blades in 2002 where he made four appearances and scored two goals.

Tickets are on general sale for the final game of the 2013/14 League One season against Sheffield United.

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