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"Chris Stokes is a warrior. We've got to show Burton the respect they deserve." - Coventry City's Tony Mowbray

15 January 2016

The City boss wants his side to wary of the threat Burton pose on the change of possession this weekend...

Coventry City manager Tony Mowbray wants his side to show top of the table Burton Albion the respect they deserve.

The Sky Blues face the Brewers this weekend at the Ricoh Arena as Mowbray's side look to jump ahead of Nigel Clough's side with a win.

City recorded an impressive victory at the Pirelli Stadium earlier in the season as Marcus Tudgay and Romain Vincelot scored in a 2-1 victory.

Mowbray has expressed caution ahead of the tie however, crediting the Brewers with an impressive defence.
The City boss said: "We shouldn't be going out there thinking we're going to stream-roller them. They're at the top of the league for a reason, especially having played 24 games this season.

"It is huge challenge for us but one we're looking forward to. They're a different challenge to Walsall, we've got to be wary about losing the ball on the change of possession as they've benefited from that.

"They're defensively solid and they benefited from that against Gillingham, who are a very attack-minded team. It'll be a game which will require us to be clever and not have to win it in the first 10 minutes.

"We'll maintain the threats we have of course but we need to make sure we respect their threats as they are not top of the league by accident."

Chris Stokes was a doubt after the Walsall game having left the dressing room wearing a protective boot after a robust first-half challenge.

Mowbray confirmed the boot was just a precaution and the 'warrior' has trained today ahead of the game.

He added: "It was a precaution. The medical department always make sure everything is covered so that's why they put the protective boot on his foot.

"We've had some pretty big injuries this year so it's important to be careful but Chris Stokes is fine and he's training today.

"I have to say Chris Stokes is a warrior, he goes through the pain barrier and makes himself constantly available for selection.

"That is an important asset to have as a footballer and he should be in contention for tomorrow's game."

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