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Coventry City Preview

18 September 2015

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Chesterfield head to Coventry City on Saturday with plans of shrugging off recent last-minute Proact disappointments to record a third straight away victory.

Last season this fixture ended in a 0-0 festive season draw and the 1,600-strong away following that day showed the strength of the travelling Spireites, a strength they hope will be in evidence from their team at the Ricoh Arena this time around.

Team News

The Spireites have been buoyed by another week without any new recruits for the treatment room. Furthermore, Saunders spoke positively about the chances of trio Liam O'Neil, Sylvan Ebanks-Blake and Sam Hird recovering from injury in time to play in the match.

Drew Talbot misses out as he serves his one-game ban for the red card against Colchester United, while latest signing Chris Herd is fit, ready and in contention to make his first Spireites start.

Sky Blues boss Tony Mowbray has few injury headaches to worry him ahead of the game, midfielder Jim O'Brien likely to return having shrugged off the illness that saw him miss last weekend's match.

That leaves City with only the long-term injuries of Jordan Willis and James Maddison to contend with as they look to get back to winning ways and they also have this week's loan signing of centre back Adam Jackson from Middlesbrough to add to the mix if required.

Form Guide

Spireites supporters will need little reminding of the cost of late goals after losing two-goal leads in the two recent home matches, but remain well poised in the top half of the early Sky Bet League 1 table.

Coventry are perched two points above their Saturday opponents and have struggled for consistency after kicking-off the season with three impressive victories.

Following last weekend's 1-0 away defeat at Scunthorpe United Mowbray bemoaned the lack of good individual performances within his side, but has the young talents of Adam Armstrong to call upon.

The teenage striker - on loan from Newcastle United - has started life in League One like a train with five goals and a league player of the month award already to his name.

From the Dugout

With goalkeeper Tommy Lee winning successive man of the match awards he was singled out for special praise by his manager, who feels his number one is playing in a good side.

"He's playing out of his skin and If there's a better 'keeper in the league I've not seen him," said Saunders. "The team's playing well: we're creating lots of chances and scoring lots of goals and hopefully at the weekend I'll have everyone fit to play."

After the early loss of a man last Saturday, Saunders handed a debut to his one remaining defender: West Brom teenage loanee Jack Fitzawater.

"I didn't expect to play Jack and have to stick him in after only a day's training. We were supposed to be just monitoring him but he's had to go in the lion's den with us only having ten men as well."

Referring to Saturday's Sky Blues opposition Saunders said he thinks that his main focus needs to be on his own side.

He said: "We've got to be frightened of nobody, we go there to play our own game. We've got to get out there and do our thing, though you do need a bit of luck as well.

"Coventry have got some good players and they will be there or there abouts, but that makes it a good challenge for us."

As always, you can follow every kick of the action from the Ricoh Arena through the club's media channels. There will be live full match commentary on PlayerHD, minute-by-minute coverage on Twitter and updates on Instagram and Facebook.

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