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The Big Match Preview: Coventry vs Wycombe

All you need to know.

21 December 2017

Team news, tickets, travel and more.

Coventry City vs Wycombe Wanderers
Friday 22nd December 2017, k.o.7.45pm
The Ricoh Arena
Referee: Tony Harrington

The Chairboys head back out on the road in their final game before Christmas, and a top seven clash awaits Gareth Ainsworth’s side at Coventry.

Wanderers head into the game looking to take their impressive home form away from Adams Park and also wanting to build on a strong performance in the last away fixture at Stevenage, where Wycombe were perhaps unlucky to come away with just a point.

In opposition, the Sky Blues go into Friday’s match on the back of a victory themselves, after a 2-1 win at home to Cheltenham Town last weekend. Mark Robins’ team currently sit 7th in the standings; two places and two points behind the Chairboys.

The last time the two sides met at the Ricoh Arena was back in February in the Checkatrade Trophy semi-final; where the hosts came out on top to win 2-1 and reach Wembley, where they would of course go on to take the crown.

Team News
Nathan Tyson came through over 70 minutes last weekend vs Chesterfield and Scott Kashket has come through another week of training and is closer to a return to action.

Marcus Bean will be assessed ahead of the game after missing the last game due to injury, and long-term absentees Michael Harriman and Josh Umerah remain out as they continue their rehabilitation.

Coventry will be without Jodi Jones (ACL), Tony Andreu (ACL) and Liam Kelly (heel), though Rod McDonald is thought to be in contention after picking up a knock last weekend.

Man in the middle
Tony Harrington will take charge of his first Wycombe since April 2015, when he oversaw a 2-1 win for the Chairboys at home to Cheltenham.

He has shown 65 yellow and three reds in his 20 games so far this season.

Kit
Wycombe will be in their away orange and gunmetal grey strip for the trip to the Ricoh Arena.

Tickets
Tickets are available on arrival at the Ricoh Arena at the following prices:

Adult: £25

Senior (60+): £18

Young Adult (18-21) £18

NUS: £18

Under 18: £13

TRAVEL
By Adrian Wood

Postcode: CV6 6GE

Using the car? These are the recommended road directions
From Wycombe take the northbound M40 signed Birmingham. At Junction 10 take the A43 signed Northampton, to pick up the north bound M1. At Junction 19 bear left to take the M6 exit sign posted Coventry / Birmingham. Leave the M6 at Junction 3 and take the A444 (South) towards Coventry City Centre. After one mile you will reach the stadium on your left.

Mileage from High Wycombe = 94 (average journey 1 hour 40 minutes)

Suggested car parking area
On-site car parking is available for £10 in car parks A, B or C, while official off-site car parking is available from £3 at www.ricoharenaparking.co.uk. Car Parks A and B are located on-site at the Ricoh Arena and can be accessed via the main entrance on Judds Lane. Car Park C is located adjacent to the stadium, and can be accessed from the A444. It is advisable to book these through CCFC in advance. The Club also make use of a number of car parks within walking distance of the stadium, in such places as factory units and local schools. The cost of these car parks varies but is usually around £3-£5 per vehicle. Further details are available on the Ricoh Arena Parking website.

Travelling by coach?
OWWSA will be running a coach that will leave Adams Park at 16.00. Travel prices are £17 for adults, £16 for seniors, and £15 for juniors. The price for non-members is £22 (no refund if game is cancelled and the coaches have left their depot). If you wish to book by phone (Rena 01494 520179, Graham 07876 267301) or by e-mail (bookings@owwsa.co.uk) you need to do so by Wednesday 20th December at 5pm.

Fancy using the train?
This is not recommended. Virgin Trains are planning industrial action on that date. In addition the last train back off Coventry is at 21:25 hrs. Coventry Stadium is about three and a half miles away from the stadium. The Arena does have its own station but there is only one single carriage train which runs just once an hour on match days.

Facilities for away fans
Away supporters are mostly accommodated behind the goal in one side of the South Stand (Blocks 6 & 7) towards the corner with the West Stand. This area can accommodate around 3,000. The angle of the stand is quite steep, meaning a fair bit of effort to climb to the top. There is a red coloured track surrounding the playing area and the stand itself is further set-back from the pitch. You are some way therefore from the playing action. The leg room is adequate and the stadium does have good acoustics. Entrance to the stadium is through automatic turnstiles, where you have to put your ticket (which has a bar code on it) into a slot reader, which then allows the turnstiles admit you. Behind the stands there are spacious concourses and a number of food and drink outlets.

Spare time before or after match?
At the stadium, near to the Club Shop, is the Grosvenor Casino. This has bars inside and also shows televised sport. Both home and away fans are admitted. This does have a strict over 18's policy. Alternatively alcohol is also available inside the stadium. It is a bit of a walk to the nearest hostelries. About a fifteen minute walk away is Longford where the “JK English Pub”, the “Longford Engine” and the “Coach & Horses” all welcome away fans. Around a ten minute walk away from the away turnstiles is the Arena Shopping Centre. As well as having a large Tesco's that has a cafe, there are also a Greggs, Subway, Marks & Spencer’s Cafe, Pizza Hut, Starbucks, Burger King and a Frankie & Bennies.

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Report: Coventry 3-2 Wycombe

Read the report from the Ricoh Arena.

22 December 2017

Wycombe went down 3-2 at the Ricoh Arena, as a controversial Marc McNulty penalty sealed the win for Coventry City.

Michael Doyle gave the hosts the lead with a cross-turned shot from distance, before McNulty doubled the advantage with four minutes of the first half remaining.

Dan Scarr got Wycombe back in the game in added time before Joe Jacobson completed the comeback in the second half with 49 minutes played.

But it was another spot-kick that would steal the headlines and see Wanderers suffer defeat – ending a run of five unbeaten in all competitions.

Gareth Ainsworth made two changes to the starting XI with Dan Scarr coming in for the injured Adam El-Abd and Matt Bloomfield replacing Ebere Eze who dropped to the bench.

The game flew into life early-doors and Coventry almost had the lead inside the first minute when McNulty was played in and denied by Brown. The rebound then fell to Max Biamou in the box who shot off-target.

Up the other end Adebayo Akinfenwa latched on to a Joe Jacobson cross with five minutes gone. The Beast could only get a glance on it and it went wide of the far-post.

Coventry opened the scoring on 14 minutes, as Michael Doyle found the net from 40-yards. The ball was cleared to the midfielder who curled a long-range effort beyond Scott Brown to give the hosts the advantage.

That gave the Sky Blues a lift and they went close to doubling their lead as Chris Stokes hit over on the edge after a low cross was half-cleared by the Chairboys defence on 25 minutes. Shipley would then clip the crossbar from a corner soon after, before Peter Vincenti nodded wide to complete a hat-trick of opportunities within ten minutes.

They did have another with less than five minutes of the first half remaining. A diagonal ball was nodded out to McNulty by Anthony Stewart, who hurt himself in doing so. The striker then got a yard after cutting in and found the right corner.

That was to be Stewart’s last action as he limped off and was replaced by Will De Havilland. That and an injury to Vincenti who was replaced by Devon Kell-Evans meant that there was five minutes of stoppage time.

With three of the five added played, Wycombe had one back and it came courtesy of a first Wanderers goal for Dan Scarr. The defender got the ball on the edge, and found the corner on the volley to reduce the deficit.

Half-time: Coventry 2-1 Wycombe

The Chairboys came flying out of the blocks after the restart and Akinfenwa was sent tumbling in the box with the half barely a minute old. Referee Tony Harrington felt Bayo had gone down too easily however, and booked the striker for simulation.

Harrington would be pointing to the spot a few moments later though. Tyson burst through with pace and was brought down by Kelly-Evans. Jacobson was reliable as ever from the spot and brought Wanderers level after slotting into the left-corner, sending Lee Burge the wrong way.

The Ricoh Arena crowd were baying for blood when Luke O’Nien caught Tom Bayliss late on the halfway line. A yellow card was his punishment.

O’Nien would be involved in the drama again on 53 minutes as he was adjudged to have tripped McNulty and Harrington yet again pointed for a penalty. The Chairboys were furious at the award and Scarr received a booking for his protests. The delay did little to put off McNulty who lashed home the spot-kick into the roof of the net.

65 minutes gone and Wycombe had Sam Saunders to thank that they remained in the contest after he hooked Jack Grimmer’s shot off the line after he met a corner drilled into the area.

Wycombe refused to give in and brought on Cowan-Hall and Eze in place of Mackail-Smith and Tyson as they looked for a moment of magic on a surface that was anything but. As they pushed more men forward they left gaps at the back, and Brown had to be on hand to keep his team in it after McNulty wriggled in from the left and was denied a hat-trick by a smart stop from the Wanderers stopper at his near-post.

Then another moment of supposed simulation as McNulty was played in one-on-one as the Sky Blues broke. The forward nudged the ball beyond Brown and went down, which the referee viewed as a dive, and was booked for his actions.

Six minutes were raised and Wycombe threw the kitchen sink at it. The biggest chance fell to Cowan-Hall after Burge dropped one. Scarr hooked it goalwards which was headed off the line before falling to the Wanderers forward who nodded over.

Time eventually ran out for the Chairboys, and they will have the chance to quickly bounce back on Boxing Day, in a home clash against Newport.

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Ticket News

Tickets on sale: Coventry (A, 22/12) - includes new group ticket offer

Get your ticket for the trip to the Ricoh Arena.

18 December 2017

Tickets are now on sale for the Chairboys' Sky Bet League Two clash at Coventry City on Friday 22nd Decmber, 7.45pm kick-off.

Away fans will be housed in the South Stand of the Ricoh Arena and tickets are priced as follows:

Adult: £22
Senior (60+): £15
Young Adult (18-21) £15
NUS: £15
Under 18: £10

Please note: Ticket prices will increase by £3 on the day of the game.

Call 01494 441118, buy online, or visit the shop at Adams Park to book in advance.

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UPDATE

Wanderers fans are able to benefit from a special deal for group bookings for Friday’s match at Coventry City (k.o. 7.45pm).

The Sky Blues publicised an offer of 10 tickets for £10 each – or six tickets for £15 each – to their own supporters last week without sharing such information with Wycombe, who had already sold more than 150 tickets to their fans.

Wycombe have taken the necessary action to ensure that fans who have already purchased tickets but would have benefitted from this new group booking offer can contact the Wycombe Wanderers ticket office from 10am on Monday to have the relevant discount applied to their order and refunded.

The two group booking deals will also be available for Wycombe fans who have yet to purchase their tickets; call 01494 441118 or visit the shop at Adams Park from 10am on Monday to take advantage.

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TRAVEL
By Adrian Wood

Postcode: CV6 6GE

Using the car? These are the recommended road directions
From Wycombe take the northbound M40 signed Birmingham. At Junction 10 take the A43 signed Northampton, to pick up the north bound M1. At Junction 19 bear left to take the M6 exit sign posted Coventry / Birmingham. Leave the M6 at Junction 3 and take the A444 (South) towards Coventry City Centre. After one mile you will reach the stadium on your left.

Mileage from High Wycombe = 94 (average journey 1 hour 40 minutes)

Suggested car parking area
On-site car parking is available for £10 in car parks A, B or C, while official off-site car parking is available from £3 at www.ricoharenaparking.co.uk. Car Parks A and B are located on-site at the Ricoh Arena and can be accessed via the main entrance on Judds Lane. Car Park C is located adjacent to the stadium, and can be accessed from the A444. It is advisable to book these through CCFC in advance. The Club also make use of a number of car parks within walking distance of the stadium, in such places as factory units and local schools. The cost of these car parks varies but is usually around £3-£5 per vehicle. Further details are available on the Ricoh Arena Parking website.

Travelling by coach?
OWWSA will be running a coach that will leave Adams Park at 16.00. Travel prices are £17 for adults, £16 for seniors, and £15 for juniors. The price for non-members is £22 (no refund if game is cancelled and the coaches have left their depot). If you wish to book by phone (Rena 01494 520179, Graham 07876 267301) or by e-mail (bookings@owwsa.co.uk) you need to do so by Wednesday 20th December at 5pm.

Fancy using the train?
This is not recommended. Virgin Trains are planning industrial action on that date. In addition the last train back off Coventry is at 21:25 hrs. Coventry Stadium is about three and a half miles away from the stadium. The Arena does have its own station but there is only one single carriage train which runs just once an hour on match days.

Facilities for away fans
Away supporters are mostly accommodated behind the goal in one side of the South Stand (Blocks 6 & 7) towards the corner with the West Stand. This area can accommodate around 3,000. The angle of the stand is quite steep, meaning a fair bit of effort to climb to the top. There is a red coloured track surrounding the playing area and the stand itself is further set-back from the pitch. You are some way therefore from the playing action. The leg room is adequate and the stadium does have good acoustics. Entrance to the stadium is through automatic turnstiles, where you have to put your ticket (which has a bar code on it) into a slot reader, which then allows the turnstiles admit you. Behind the stands there are spacious concourses and a number of food and drink outlets.

Spare time before or after match?
At the stadium, near to the Club Shop, is the Grosvenor Casino. This has bars inside and also shows televised sport. Both home and away fans are admitted. This does have a strict over 18's policy. Alternatively alcohol is also available inside the stadium. It is a bit of a walk to the nearest hostelries. About a fifteen minute walk away is Longford where the “JK English Pub”, the “Longford Engine” and the “Coach & Horses” all welcome away fans. Around a ten minute walk away from the away turnstiles is the Arena Shopping Centre. As well as having a large Tesco's that has a cafe, there are also a Greggs, Subway, Marks & Spencer’s Cafe, Pizza Hut, Starbucks, Burger King and a Frankie & Bennies.

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