The second of two home games in a row brings the challenge of struggling Coventry City at home. Having failed to register a single win this season and sitting in the relegation zone with three points, Tony Mowbray will be challenging his players to register their first win at The Den on Saturday.
Having worked for our point against Bradford last time out, a win against Coventry would provide quite a promising sequence of results for Neill Harris. The response to Peterborough away has been perfect and the faith shown in his players by Harris has clearly paid off.
It’s a distant memory, but in this fixture last season back in August we were turned over by a rampant Coventry, running out 0-4 winners. However without form man at the time Adam Armstrong, goals have well and truly dried up for the visitors, registering only two goals scored so far in the five games played in the league this season.
Enough focusing on the opposition for tomorrows match, as always pre game below is my preferred XI which I’d like to see going into tomorrows game:
The majority of the team picks its self, especially the back four and goalkeeper with Archer in goal. Committing his future to the club, Archer has returned to the form we now expect from the keeper, making two crucial saves last time out against Bradford including the save right at the end from Romeo’s untimely mistake.
The back four stays the same, however I’m sure Harris will be hoping for a clean sheet with our last in the league coming on the first day of the season against Oldham Athletic. Craig and Webster is a solid enough partnership for the level we’re at, and to be honest I’m more than thankful that Armstrong is no longer with Coventry, as he would’ve been rampant against Craig for sure.
Romeo and Martin had a lot of work to do last time out against the Bradford wide men, with Martin specifically struggling to get to grips with the pace of the Bradford attack. Of course, Martin made up for his mistakes in the first half with a timely goal to get us back into the game. You’d think Romeo’s crazy moment at the end of the game will never happen again, with the full back probably putting the ball out for a throw next time.
In midfield I would make one change with Ferguson coming back in for new arrival Wylde, Wylde probably put on the best game we’ve seen of him so far this season. However with Ferguson’s superior ability to deliver a telling cross, I’d rather have the impact of Wylde in the second half off the bench to stretch the Coventry defence on the break.
The other three positions again probably pick themselves with the partnership of Thompson and Williams in the middle and Worrall on the right hand side. Both Thompson and Williams struggled to make a noteworthy impact in the first half last week, however our dominance in the second was due to both being first to the ball and getting the better of the Bradford midfielders. If Thompson and Williams can get on the ball and dictate play, it would go a long way to getting the three points we’re after.
Finally up front my second change to last weeks team is the introduction of Onyedinma in place of O’Brien. With Gregory not 100% and only an outside chance of featuring opportunities have been offered to O’Brien and last time out he looked a little off the pace, perhaps due to starting every game so far this season. I feel like with Onyedinma’s pace we’re more likely to put pressure on the Coventry backline and force a mistake.
Love him or hate him, Morison continues to show his importance to our team and Harris’ style of play. Up for player of the month nomination due to scoring 6 times last month, Morison has filled the void left by Gregory due to his niggling injury problems so far this season.
So that’s my XI for tomorrow’s match, what would your team look like?