Tony Mowbray discusses this weekend's opponents Gillingham as the Sky Blues head down south...
Manager Tony Mowbray insists his side must be prepared for Saturday’s game at the Priestfield stadium, as Gillingham look to respond to their heavy midweek defeat in the EFL Cup.
The Gills lost 5-0 to Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur, but will be hoping for an immediate bounce back as they return to league action against the Sky Blues tomorrow.
Mowbray said: “We’ve been there this season as well in the cup, where a higher division team has shown their class and it’s about how you react to that.
“Inevitably they will be chomping at the bit to put that right and we have to be ready for that reaction. We know they’re a good team with a lot of quality so it will be a tough game.
“It was a difficult night for Gillingham but it is a new game in front of their own fans. Our performances on the road haven’t been too bad but we need to turn the chances we’ve had into points.”
Gillingham's frontline of Jay Emmanuel-Thomas, ex-Sky Blue Cody McDonald and Bradley Dack have nine goals between them this term, and Mowbray has acknowledged the importance of frustrating their oppositions attacking threat.
“They’ve got some individuals who shown last year they can be some of the best in the division. Bradley Dack was a big player for them, and despite him struggling a little with injuries he is very influential for them.
“They have got some strength and athleticism throughout the team, but we’ve looked at a lot of areas where we think we could have success against them, it’s just about implementing that now.”
He added: “We’ve done all the preparation and worked hard all week to try and take three points away from Gillingham, now we just have to show that on the pitch.”