Highfield Road, Ricoh Arena, Sixfields, and now St Andrew's, the fact that each of our last four games at Coventry City has taken place in a different stadium shows the backdrop against which Mark Robins has raised The Sky Blues from League Two to the Championship in just three seasons. And having got to the second tier, everyone associated with City are fighting to ensure that they now stay there.

The Sky Blues head into tomorrow's game in 20th position, three points above the drop zone, after a run of one win in seven. Indeed going back further, City have taken just nine points from their last 11 in the league, as well as exiting the Emirates FA Cup at the hands of Norwich City in Round Three.

Despite playing their home games at Birmingham City's St Andrew's Stadium, Coventry's home form is fairly solid. They have lost just four 'home' games this campaign which is fewer than Reading, Cardiff City, Middlesbrough, and Stoke City.

It is defensively where they have struggled, only Wycombe Wanderers and Huddersfield Town have conceded more than them, despite the fact that Coventry are middle of the pack for shots faced per game.

Gustavo Hamer (5) is their top scorer in the absence of last term's leading marksman Matty Godden, who has been out since the New Year.


Given the tight turnaround there's no change in availability for Thomas Frank. Tomorrow's game will just come too soon for Christian Norgaard (ankle) and Emiliano Marcondes (back) while Luka Racic (back), Pontus Jansson (ankle), and Shandon Baptiste (knee) are the longer-term absentees.

For Coventry, skipper Liam Kelly came off the bench in midweek for his first appearance since December. The above mentionned Godden (foot) has just started light jogging as has Fankaty Dabo (knee). Josh Reid (hamstring), Jodi Jones (knee), and Jordan Thompson (toe) remain some way away.


Mark Robins, the man whose FA Cup Third Round goal against Nottingham Forest in January 1990 went down in urban legend as the saving of Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United, played more than 400 domestic games, scoring 124 goals, before stepping into management in 2005. As a player he won an FA Cup, Charity Shield, European Cup Winners' Cup and European Super Cup in the early 1990s at Old Trafford as well as the League Cup with Leicester City in 1997.

The former England Under-21 international began his managerial career with Rotherham United before moving onto Barnsley in 2009. Earning a reputation as a relegation firefighter, Robins led the Tykes away from danger during his first season in charge and performed a repeat act during a short spell with Coventry City in 2011/12. He then kept Huddersfield Town up on the final day of the 2012/13 season before an 18-month spell in charge of Scunthorpe United. A move back to Coventry in March 2017 brought about Robins' first silverware as a manager. He won the EFL Trophy a month later and then earned Coventry's first promotion in 51 years through the 2017/18 League Two Play-Offs. Last season saw a further promotion back to the second tier as well as an LMA Manager of the Year prize for the 51-year-old.


⚖ Stephen Martin will be the man in charge tomorrow

🆚 Coventry Telegraph's Andy Turner previews The Sky Blues



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