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Coventry City Preview

27 December 2014

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With no time to wallow in that back-to-back victorious feeling, the Spireites head to Coventry City for their next League 1 fixture on Sunday afternoon.

After over a year of tenancy disagreements and home matches in far-off Northampton, the Sky Blues are now back at their Ricoh Arena home and welcome Chetserfield there for the first time.

The Spireites will arrive in the West Midlands with the tails up after their second consecutive 3-2 win, the second the win over Peterborough United on Boxing Day.

The form of Sunday's visitors contrasts with that of the Sky Blues, who lost their post-Christmas contest 2-0 at Doncaster Rovers - and besides the result they had further setbacks from the game.

Midfielders James Maddison and Adam Barton were both dismissed for second yellow cards in the match and will both be suspended for Sunday's visit of the Spireites.

In Spireites team news Sam Morsy will serve the final game of his three game suspension in the game, though defender Dan Jones made his own return from a ban off the bench on Friday and is likely to feature again at the Ricoh.

After Chesterfield's own high-octane affair with Peterborough there were also several knocks evident and needing to be assessed.

Jimmy Ryan sat out the game with a minor thigh complaint, while Armand Gnanduillet was substituted before the hour mark with another knock to cause worry with the next game so close at hand.

Spireites assistant manager Leam Richardson says his team will look at the injured players in the day between the two matches.

He said: "There are a couple of injuries, we'll be in and we have the hydropool booked across the way and we'll have a head count.

"The treatment room was quite busy after the game but we'll dust ourselves down, take stock of what's going on but we won't really know what's what for Coventry before then.

"Because the gap is just a day or two there are a few walking wounded. They all want to play, but even during the game the manager and myself were conscious of the Coventry game in the back of our minds."

Richardson conceded that in the Boxing Day fixture and 3-0 up, thoughts did turn to preparations and freshness for the away atch 48 hours later.

He said: "We were up in the game at a certain period and we started to think about Coventry, and then suddenly we were up against it again."

With the Sky Blues having spent a decades-long run in the top flight Sunday's matchup with the Spireites is the first since 1961, and despite City's lowely league position Richardson expects a tough battle.

He said: "With the depth of squad, the quality of players they have and the management they're a match for anyone in this league.

"We'll be going there full of respect, fully prepared and hopefully we'll give a good account of ourselves."

The Coventry attacking line is likely to be led by Gary Madine - on-loan from Championship side Sheffield Wednesday- and the Spireites management are well-aware of his threat.

Richardson said: "Gary's a player we know well from being just down the road from us. He's a goalscorer and he knows the game and we're fully aware of that.

"They've got depth and qulity throughout the team so he's just one of the players we'll touch on and work on before the game.

"Hopefully the fans will travel off the back of back-to-back wins and hopefully we'll get a postive result for them down there."

Supporters unable to make it to the Ricoh Arena on Sunday can listen to live full match commentary of the game on Spireites Player, follow minute-by-minute coverage on Twitter or see score updates on Facebook.

 



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