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NEWS: “The players have to believe in how we play, how we can win and it’s important they have a voice.” - Coventry City’s Tony Mowbray

22 April 2016

Tony Mowbray takes his side to play Doncaster Rovers this Saturday in the first of three final League One matches for the 15/16 campaign...

The Sky Blues are fresh from back-to-back wins, while Doncaster beat table toppers Wigan Athletic 3-1 in their previous league fixture.

Mowbray’s side will be searching for a third consecutive win, with the Sky Blues six points adrift of the play-off places entering the clash at the Keepmoat Stadium.

Mowbray commented on the weekend’s opponents: “It looks to be a more difficult game now than it may have a few months back. They beat Wigan 3-1 at home, no mean feat. 

“They are fighting for their lives, only a win for them will be suitable. Naturally they are desperate for a win and adrenalin levels will be high, working extraordinarily hard all over the park - we have to match that.”

The Sky Blues have come through the past two fixtures relatively unscathed, with an additional six points and no fresh injury news. Mowbray has also been given a boost by the return to fitness of James Maddison and Andy Rose, with the latter netting the winner against Bradford 11 seconds after entering the field as a substitute.

Mowbray commented on Rose’s contribution: “There is no bigger physical test than Bradford and Millwall in this league and we have managed to come out on top. We saw the raw materials when Andy came and trained with us. 

"He is tall, athletic, great passing range, good right boot. We're not 100% how he fits in to the team, but we're looking at where his best position in this team will be. He's desperate to do well and make a name for himself. Hopefully we can give him the platform to do that."

The City boss adapted his formation against the Bantams, electing to utilise Aaron Phillips and Sam Ricketts as wing-backs and drop Romain Vincelot in to a central defensive role. 

Mowbray finished by commenting on his side’s change in system: “I don’t necessarily change formations to stop the opposition. It's a very tactical thing. Some managers play out of possession football, I have never done that. Over the passed few weeks we have been looking at ways of developing the team to move forward.

“We'll finish off our setup today and look forward to the challenge. My job is to sell the game plan to the team. The more experienced players have a voice, we discuss things. There is always a logic behind it. 

“Every club needs two or three versatile footballers, Romain is naturally one of those. The warrior like qualities are important for the team.”


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