The Sky Blues entertain Lincoln City this weekend, in their final scheduled home fixture of 2019 before the turn of the New Year.
It will be the first time City will come up against the Imps in League One, since their promotions from League Two.
There will be a new man in the dugout, as Michael Appleton continues to stamp his mark on Lincoln since the departure of the Cowley brothers earlier this year.
City boss, Mark Robins is expecting a tough challenge against Appleton’s side, who come into the game on the back of wins in their last two fixtures.
He said: “Lincoln came up the year after us and they’ve had a real good go, the previous management were backed really, really well and rightly so because they’ve earned their way through the divisions and they’ve had good cup runs and things like that.
“Certainly, the Cowley brothers were outstanding, got them back into the league and made them challengers in the first season and then obviously promoted season two.
“They’ve made a good start to this campaign and the change in management means there’s a change in, not necessarily the ethos because Michael Appleton is an experienced manager and he’s held a few positions and again had a promotion with Oxford and done pretty well and he’s gone in there and again he’s trying to stamp his authority but it just takes a little bit of time.
“They’ve got good players there, they’ve got capable players and they’ve got the ability to change things, they’ve got the ability to bring players in if they want to give people a rest.
“They’ve got a good way of playing because they’ve started to change the way that they play and that will continue I think and they’ve got off to a pretty good start.
“They come into the game with two wins back-to-back with no goals conceded. They’re a good side there’s no doubt about that but like I say it’ll be about us and be about what we do as usual, but we have to be better than we were last week in the second half.”
Last weekend the Sky Blues suffered just their third defeat of the season, after being on the wrong end of a 2-1 score line.
The clash against Lincoln this weekend gives City the perfect opportunity to get back to winning ways at St Andrew’s.
“I think losing the game obviously focuses your mind on what we need to do in the next game.
“This is a chance to put that right going into Christmas where we end up getting a little of a breather because of the fixture list and the next game after tomorrow is obviously the 29th against Wycombe away. I
“t’s two really good games and it’s strange because we haven’t had a cancellation on boxing day for a long long time, if ever and it’s a chance to play and put last week’s result behind us and put a good performance in.
“The weathers changed, it’s been raining a hell of a lot, so the pitch changes and it’s soft, it’s had a couple of games on it last week with Birmingham at home, but for us it’s just about getting back on it, getting working and getting ready for the game.”