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PREVIEW: Sky Blues Entertain Fleetwood Town In Midweek Clash

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23 October 2019

The Sky Blues look to get back to winning ways in the League against Fleetwood Town at St Andrew's on Wednesday night. Here is all you need to know about the opposition.

Fact File

Name- Fleetwood Town Football Club
Nickname- The Fishermen/ The Trawlerman
Founded- 1908
Stadium- Highbury Stadium
Address- Park Avenue, Fleetwood, FY7 6TX
Capacity- 5,327 (2,672 seated)
Pitch dimensions- 100 x 67

The Opposition

Since being promoted to the Football League for the first time in 2012, Fleetwood Town have established themselves as one of the stronger sides in League One. They come into the game with just one defeat in their last six outings, coming against table toppers Ipswich Town.

Fleetwood are a dangerous attacking force and have scored two or more goals in nine of their league games so far this season. Frontman Paddy Madden finds himself near the top of the scoring charts with nine goals already to his name this season.

The Lancashire side have looked to build on a solid 11th place finish last season by retaining the core of their squad and improving in key areas.

Manager

Fleetwood boss Joey Barton took on his first managerial role at the club in the summer of 2018 after a fifteen-year playing career, the majority of which was spent in the Premier League.

Barton was known for his aggressive and passionate performances which made him a regular at the highest level for many seasons and he made his solitary appearance for England in 2007 during his time at Manchester City.

Fleetwood had a decent first season in management and Fleetwood consolidated themselves with an 11th place finish that they will look to build upon this season. Barton has a win percentage of 36.2% so far in his fledgling managerial career and is hoping to make a name for himself as a manager with a successful campaign this time around.

Last Six Games

D 3-3 vs Southend (A)

W 2-1 vs Rochdale (H)

D 1-1 vs Liverpool U21’s (H)

W 3-0 vs Shrewsbury (A)

L 0-1 vs Ipswich (H)

W 4-1 vs Burton (H)

 

Last Time We Met

The last meeting between the two clubs came in the March of last season when both clubs were looking towards a late play off challenge.

The Sky Blues took an early lead through Amadou Bakayoko inside six minutes after he charged down Alex Cairns’ clearance and the ball bounced fortunately into the unguarded net.

Fleetwood equalised on the 32nd minute thanks to forward Ched Evans, but City regained the lead on the stroke of half time as Jordy Hiwula received the ball from full debutant Morgan Williams before beating numerous players and smashing home the goal of the season to seal a valuable three points for the Sky Blues.

 

Head to Head

Coventry wins- 3

Draws- 1

Fleetwood wins- 4

 

Club Connections

Claus Bech Jorgensen

Central midfielder Claus Jorgensen is best known by Sky Blues fans for scoring the first goal at the Ricoh Arena in the maiden game against QPR in 2005.

Claus joined the club on a free transfer in 2003 after leaving Bradford and went on to make 61 appearances during his three years at the club, scoring 6 goals in the process.

In the twilight of his career, Jorgensen joined then Conference North Fleetwood in September 2009. He made 5 appearances for the club before moving on just a month after signing.

Richard Wood

Initially joining on loan in 2009 from Sheffield Wednesday, Richard Wood went on to make over 100 appearances during five separate seasons at the club.

The centre half endeared himself to Sky Blues fans with many impressive performances, the majority at Championship level, before leaving to join Charlton after one season in League One for the Sky Blues.

Wood joined Fleetwood on loan during the 2015/2016 season and made 6 appearances, one of those coming in a 1-0 win for the Sky Blues at Highbury Stadium during which Wood scored a late own goal to gift the Sky Blues victory.

Match Officials

Michael Salisbury will be in charge for the game on Wednesday night.

Salisbury has taken charge of 9 matches so far this season, dishing out 21 yellows and three reds, as well as awarding 1 penalty.

Ian Smedley and Christopher Ward will be the referee’s assistants, and Daniel Middleton will be the fourth official.

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