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PREVIEW: Sky Blues return to action as they travel to the MKM Stadium

The Sky Blues return after the international break...

15 September 2023

Match Previews

PREVIEW: Sky Blues return to action as they travel to the MKM Stadium

The Sky Blues return after the international break...

15 September 2023

The Sky Blues return to action after the international break, as they make the trip to the MKM Stadium to face Liam Rosenior's Hull City.

Meet The Tigers:

A strong start to the season sees Hull City come into tonight's fixture 5th in the Championship, with three wins, one draw and one defeat in their opening five fixtures.

Liam Rosenior's arrival last season saw an up turn in results for the Tigers, as they ended the season with five defeats in their final 25 fixtures, picking up some impressive results along the way.

A summer rebuild was the next challenge, with 18 new faces coming through the door at the MKM Stadium, with the likes of Liam Delap, Tyler Morton, Scott Twine, Ruben Vinagre and Aaron Connolly coming through the door.

Despite defeat on the opening day away to Norwich, Hull have kicked on, picking up victories against Blackburn Rovers, Sheffield Wednesday and most recently Leicester City, before the international break.


Thoughts of Mark Robins:

“Liam's (Rosenior) done brilliantly well both at Derby and now at Hull.

“There’s a lot of similarities to the way Brighton play and similar movements to Man City and he's obviously a student of the game that likes the games to be played in certain way they will.

“They will try and boss the game in terms of possession. They'll try and put players into positions that that make it difficult for you to get out and when you go after them, they've got players there that can hurt you.

“They are looking confident and have got the ability to move the ball from back to front, methodically but quickly and they've got players that can score goals.


Liam Rosenior's thoughts:

"We've got two great home games and hopefully we fill the stadium.

"There's a real, good positive environment, a real positive atmosphere surrounding the club.


"Our home form, I think we've lost one in the last 14 or 15 games so we're on the right track. That's not coincidental since the fans have been coming back in.

"I keep saying how important having a full house, how important having a vocal backing is so important to us on the pitch - the stadium has got to be a fortress for us this season. We've got to have teams coming here thinking 'this is going to be a tough one today' and the fans have a massive, massive part to play in that.”


Hull's last six:

  • Leicester City 0-1 Hull City
  • Hull City 1-1 Bristol City
  • Blackburn Rovers 1-2 Hull City
  • Hull City 4-2 Sheffield Wednesday
  • Hull City 1-2 Doncaster Rovers
  • Norwich City 2-1 Hull City

Sky Blues' last six:

  • Sky Blues 3-3 Watford
  • Sky Blues 0-0 Sunderland
  • Swansea City 1-1 Sky Blues
  • Sky Blues 3-0 Middlesbrough
  • AFC Wimbledon 2-1 Sky Blues
  • Leicester City 2-1 Sky Blues



Historic head-to-head:

Sky Blues wins - 37
Draws - 10
Hull City wins - 20


Match Officials:

Tony Harrington has been appointed as the referee for Friday night's away game against Hull City.

Teesside born Harrington last took charge of a Sky Blues game in April 2022, when he refereed City's 2-1 defeat at home to Huddersfield Town. During the same season, he was also the man in the middle for the FA Cup tie at Southampton when the Sky Blues lost in extra time. He has refereed Coventry City on a total of seven occasions.


So far this campaign, Harrington has refereed two matches - handing out his yellow card three times in each of those games, but keeping the red card in his pocket on both occasions. Last season in his 11 games there were 39 yellow cards given with no reds.

Assistant referees on Friday night will be Gary Beswick and Adam Nunn, while the fourth official is Rebecca Welch.


Ticket information:

Tickets for Coventry City's away game against Hull City are now sold-out.

The Sky Blues will be backed by an away following of 2,239 supporters at the MKM Stadium.

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