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NEWS: “We want to go and show we can compete with a team at the top of the league.” - Coventry City’s Tony Mowbray

8 April 2016

The Sky Blues boss is confident his side are capable of competing with the league's top teams as City travel to leaders Wigan on Saturday...

Tony Mowbray takes his team to top of the table Wigan Athletic on Saturday afternoon as the Sky Blues look to claim a second win of the season over Gary Caldwell’s side.

City were the victors in the reverse fixture on the opening day of the 2015/16 season, with Adam Armstrong netting twice in a 2-0 win.

The Coventry boss will be boosted by the additions to his squad for the away tie, as James Maddison has returned to full fitness and Joe Cole and Adam Armstrong are in contention after both were rested against Gillingham. 

The Latics are on a run of 19 games without loss in League One, dating back to the freak 1-0 defeat against struggling side Blackpool back in December ’15. But Mowbray will be hoping his side can put a dent in Wigan’s chances of claiming the League One title and end the opposition’s impressive unbeaten streak. 

The Sky Blues boss said: “What I do is I look to the next game. There is no real reason to suggest that we will go on a run, but it can happen in this league.

“Fine margins in football, it isn't falling our way. Let's remain positive, we beat Wigan at the weekend and we have a few home games coming up. 

“It's a game we will be looking forward to, we want to go and show we can compete with a team at the top of the league.”

Talking about the dip in form suffered by City in the latter stages of the season, Mowbray added: “If you break it down, we haven't scored enough goals in games of late.

“But we go to Wigan and try and ask questions of them, try and score a goal or two.

“They have scored the most in the league, good challenge for us. But equally, we'll try and express ourselves.” 

The Sky Blues manager also gave an update on the progress of contract talks with Bassala Sambou, after it was revealed that the young striker had received offers elsewhere.

“It's disappointing for us, he's [Sambou] scored some good goals in the FA Youth Cup this year,” the manager added.

“There is a window of opportunity there. We made him a good offer, beyond what we would offer a normal scholar. 

“I think the route would have been better for him here. But he's taken the decision to move on.”

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