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"They can play different ways but the group are in good mood and are confident, we expect a tough game." Coventry City's Tony Mowbray

21 August 2015

The Sky Blues boss expects a tough game but expects a full bill of health for the short trip up the M6...

Coventry City manager Tony Mowbray is wary of the threat Walsall will pose in tomorrow's game at the Banks's Stadium.

The Sky Blues will be backed by 2200 supporters who will make the short trip up the M6 in what promises to be another tough test for Mowbray's men.

City do have a good record against the Sadders though in recent years, losing only once in the last 12 meetings.

But Mowbray is adamant that the history of the fixture means absolutely nothing and expects a tough game against Dean Smith's side.

"If they beat us they go above us so that shows how decent a start they have had," Mowbray said.

"Our record is totally irrelevant; they've never played this group of players. They've won three away games on the bounce, they beat Rochdale away and we saw how tough they can be. They're on top of their game at the moment.

"Dean has been changing his formation and tinkering with his shape so we go into the game looking at ourselves. They can play different ways but the group are in good mood and are confident. We expect a tough game."

The Sky Blues boss also believes the squad will travel to the Banks’s Stadium with no fresh injury concerns.

The key to that, Mowbray believes, is managing the players properly through the hectic schedule instead of getting them training at full pelt. The manager has used the down time to continue educating the side on his methods of playing.

He added: "If you ask the players they've practically done no training. That doesn’t mean they have days off. They come in, watch plenty of videos, do a little bit of passing but it's all about recovery. We want to take the load off their legs but keep the education going.

"You have to listen to sports science, how hard they work and take the load off when required. We need to keep the lads fit.

"We're looking healthy, we're managing a few players through it and we're looking OK for the weekend."

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