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"It's a good game really as it is like a free swing. We're unbeaten in the last four away games though." - Coventry City's Tony Mowbray

17 April 2015

The City boss believes the game will give the Sky Blues a good indicator of where they need to improve to get higher up the table...

Coventry City manager Tony Mowbray has described the trip to Ashton Gate to face promoted side Bristol City as a 'free swing'.

The Sky Blues travel to Ashton Gate to face Steve Cotterill's side who were finally promoted to the Championship on Tuesday night following a 6-0 win over Bradford City.

The Robins could be crowned Champions with a win over the Sky Blues tomorrow but City have plenty to be confident about having won three of their last four away matches.

City need a result to edge further away from the League One drop-zone and Mowbray wants his side to express themselves in the West Country.

Mowbray said: "For us, it's a good game really as it is like a free swing. They are the best team in the league so it would be a good chance for us to test ourselves against them and see how far we've came.

"It will also give us a good sign on how much we've got to improve to be at the other end of the table.

"Players should always look forward to games like this as you get to test yourself and make an impression. I'm sure they'd like to be crowned Champions in front of their fans but that can bring a tenseness and it doesn't always work out the way you want it to.

"For us, it is about getting another result which will help keep us in the division and we've won three out of the last four away games so we aren't just going to roll over for them."

The Sky Blues have already suffered defeat at Ashton Gate this season having been knocked out of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy in the Area Semi-Final in December.

Mowbray admitted he started planning for the game a few weeks ago having watched the Robins against Swindon, and jokingly dismissed starting Reda Johnson up front.

He added: "To be honest, I was picking the team for this game a few weeks ago after watching them on TV against Swindon as they're different opposition which can cause you different problems.

"On the other hand, the players who've done really well for us over recent games, the effort and work they've put in is very commendable. 

"We'll pick a team which we feel can create a few problems for the opposition. Whether it materialises, we'll have to wait and see.

"I won't be starting Reda Johnson up front. We're all aware of his goal-scoring record but he is a centre-back and that's where he will play." 

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