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"I feel in any league it is vital that you build on a strong home record, and that’s no different here." - Coventry City's Mark Venus

21 October 2016

Mark Venus on this weekend's opponents, as the Sky Blues set to play Rochdale at the Ricoh...

Mark Venus believes the Sky Blues’ home form will be key as they aim to achieve back-to-back home wins against Rochdale this Saturday. 

City remain unbeaten at the Ricoh this season and picked up their first home league win against Oxford on Tuesday night, as goals from Ben Stevenson and Marvin Sordell made it three wins in four games in all competitions. 

Venus said: “Anytime we play at home it should be a chance to win a football game. As I’ve said previously, I feel in any league it is vital that you are able to build on a strong home record, and that’s no different here. A team’s home form is usually imperative to how successful a side can be. 

“We have to perform well at home and continue with the idea of winning every game at the Ricoh. We’ve drawn a few too many so far this season, but the overall play has been positive here.”

The Sky Blues face a Rochdale side who have won five of their last six games in League One, and Venus is under no illusion of the task ahead. 

“I think they’re a good team. I can see why they have won the games they have as they have a real purpose and direction. They have some good footballers for the size of the club.

“It will certainly be an interesting game. I’m sure Rochdale coming to a stadium like the Ricoh can be an incentive, but it can also go both ways.”

He added: “If we can continue what we’re doing and start brightly, those personal battles suddenly become harder for the visiting team, so we know if we perform as we can we should do well.”

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