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PREVIEW: Coventry City

1 November 2016

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The Spireites use up their game in hand on Tuesday evening away at Coventry City, hoping to finally put an end to their recent miserable run of form.

The Ricoh Arena fixture has been delayed for nearly a month after the original date was postponed due to international call-ups in the Spireites' ranks.


Advance tickets for away fans are no longer available from the Proact, however Spireites can purchase admission on matchday at the Ricoh, with further details here.

Team News

Danny Wilson said before the game that he wasn't expecting any new injury returnees for the match, and said post-match on Saturday that striker Kristian Dennis wasn't 100% fit in taking his place on the bench at the Valley.

The Spireites will be buoyed by the return from suspension of Tom Anderson however, the big centre-back ruled out at the Valley with a one-game back for receiving five yellow cards.

For Coventry, midfielder Andy Rose has passed a fitness test to put himself in squad contention after picking up a thigh complaint at the weekend.

Confirmed on the sidelines for City are Vladimir Gadzhev (knee), Chris McCann (hamstring), Kwame Thomas (groin) and Chris Stokes (knee) as the Sky Blues look to continue their upward momentum under caretaker Mark Venus.

Form Guide

The down in the dumps feeling to the Spireites' recent form continued in London on Saturday as former hero Lee Novak scored late-on from the bench to settle another close match that the Spireites would eventually leave empty-handed.

The reverse means the club are now on a five-game league losing run, and as worryingly didn't manage to chalk up a single goal scored in October - with hope of an upturn coming in November with the turn of the calendar.

After a poor start to the campaign, manager Tony Mowbray parted company with the Sky Blues and under Venus the side have seen a rise in fortunes - the caretaker boss overseeing three wins and a draw in his five games in charge.

A 1-1 draw at Walsall on Saturday moves City four points clear of Chesterfield in the league table, with the Spireites arriving at the Ricoh Arena still searching for their first away win of the season.

From the Dugout

With the return of Anderson from suspension, manager Wilson talked through some of the options at his disposal.

"I'm certainly considering Tom, he's a good defender so he has to come back into the equation," he said. "Again, we'll see what's available to us again by the time we go there, we've got one or two little knocks that we'll assess again on Tuesday morning.

"We were back out training on Monday afternoon to look at one or two things and then we''l have a look again."

With the Spireites suffering a recent slump, Wilson addressed his own position and his belief that his team have what it takes to alter their form in a positive manner.

"There's going to be upset from the fans and the players because nobody likes to be in this kind of position, but this is what you get all the time - somebody always wants change for whatever reason.

"Because things might not go all the right way they don't want to stand and fight and stand up to things. They may want to change things and walk away, that's absolutely ridiculous.

"If you're expecting me to stand down then you're asking the wrong person because I'm not going to do it. If people want to throw blame then let them throw it at me, I can take it all day long, but that won't help the players or anyone connected with this club.

"We said from day one it was going to be difficult. Everybody got carried away when we had a good start and thought we could get in the top six, but we knew it could turn round quickly. At this moment in time we're having a bad run, but who says we can't turn it around?"

Near or far, home or away you can keep right up to date with the action at the Ricoh. There will be live commentary on PlayerHD, the usual minute-by-minute coverage on Twitter and updates on Facebook and Instagram.

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