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The Big Match Preview: Coventry vs Wycombe

All you need to know.

12 October 2018

Team news, tickets, travel and more...

Coventry City vs Wycombe Wanderers
Saturday 13th October 2018, k.o. 3pm
Ricoh Arena
Referee: Nick Kinseley

A point at Fleetwood, a deserved home win over Burton and a team-building day at Rush Trampoline Park have restored the feelgood factor around Adams Park in the month of October; now the Chairboys are looking to continue momentum with another positive result from a previously unhappy hunting ground.

Gareth Ainsworth declared City as the best footballing side in League Two last season, having seen his side twice beaten by Mark Robins' men, who were also successful in both Checkatrade Trophy encounters the previous year.

Coventry followed the Wanderers in League One via the play-offs and have made an assured start to life back in the third tier, recording notable victories over Barnsley and Charlton in recent weeks.

However, they've stumbled on a few occasions against lower-placed sides which have hampered their drive for consistency, and Ainsworth's men will be keen to take full advantage, buoyed by the recent upturn and the return to fitness of a number of key players.

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Tickets
Wanderers have sold around 550 tickets in advance; Chairboys fans can buy on the day although there is a slight price increase.

On-the-day prices are:

Adult: £25
Senior (60+): £18
Young Adult (18-21): £18
Student (NUS): £18
Under 18: £13

Tickets will go off sale at 12pm on Friday 12th October. Pre-booked tickets can be collected from Adams Park before that time, or from the Ricoh Arena from 1.30pm on the day of the game.

Team News
Sido Jombati returns from suspension and Adebayo Akinfenwa is fit despite his knock against Burton, while Darius Charles is also available after declining an international call-up from Grenada. Sam Saunders is back in contention after illness, Adam El-Abd has returned to full training and Marcus Bean is also in the frame, leaving just Nathan Tyson and Anthony Stewart as the slightly longer-term absentees.

Coventry boss Mark Robins has a decision to make in attack after Amadou Bakayoko netted twice after coming off the bench at Charlton last week, and could call him into the starting line-up alongside Conor Chaplin at the expense of Jonson Clarke-Harris. Another option would be to switch from a 4-4-2 setup to a 4-2-3-1, enabling the inclusion of all three along with Jordy Hiwula.

Man in the Middle
Nick Kinseley sent off Wycombe's Michael Harriman on the opening day of the season, and has shown 24 yellow cards in his eight games in charge so far.

Kit
Wycombe will be in their orange and grey change strip.

Travel
By Adrian Wood

POST CODE: 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 (approx. journey time 1 hour 45 minutes)

Recommended area for car parking
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. On street car parking within 2km vicinity of the Ricoh Arena on matchdays is for permit holders only.

Travelling by coach?
OWWSA will be running a coach that will leave Adams Park at 12.00. 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 Thursday 11th October at 5pm.

Using the train?
Coventry railway station is about three and a half miles away. The stadium though does have its Coventry Arena Station that is on the local line between Coventry and Nuneaton. Note though that it is only an hourly service and the 2-carriage trains do get very full. There is no special matchday schedule. After the match the first train back to Coventry is at 17.28 hrs.

Facilities for away fans
The ground capacity is 32,609 (all seated). Away supporters visiting the Ricoh Arena are located in the South Stand - this is behind the goal. The leg room is adequate and the stadium has good acoustics. CCFC operate ticket barcode scanners on entry, so you need to have your ticket ready and ensure it is in good condition. Food and drink (soft drinks and alcohol) are available within the South Stand concourse from 1:30pm. Card payments are accepted. The matchday programme PUSB is priced £3 for league games and is available around the ground.

Spare time on your hands?
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. Another option if you like your ale is the recently opened Dhillons Brewery on the Hales Industrial Estate. This is about a 5-minute walk from the visitors’ turnstiles. Located in an industrial unit, it offers a number of real ales and bottled craft beers. 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.

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Report: Coventry 1-0 Wycombe

Blues fall to defeat at the Ricoh.

13 October 2018

A second-half header from Conor Chaplin was enough to give Coventry a narrow 1-0 win over the Chairboys at the Ricoh Arena on Saturday.

Both sides had had their chances on a windy afternoon though a draw looked the likely result before Chaplin found himself well-placed to guide home Dujon Sterling's cross, with Wycombe running out of time to find a response.

Gareth Ainsworth was forced into one change from the side that defeated Burton seven days earlier, with Darius Charles missing out due to an injury, which meant Adam El-Abd returned to the side following a two-month absence.

Blustery conditions inside the Ricoh Arena threatened to play a part from the off, with both sides opting go direct early on, with City having the advantage of the gust behind them.

Curtis Thompson had the game’s first shot but saw his volley sail over the bar after Randell Williams’ long throw momentarily caused a panic in the home backline, particularly due to the presence of Adebayo Akinfenwa who was seeking goal number 201 in English football.

Then Luke Thomas did superbly to skip away down the right for City and feed Conor Chaplin, whose shot looked to be heading on target before Jason McCarthy made a timely intervention to block it to safety.

Action swung to the other end and Michael Harriman dragged a volley wide from Thompson’s clever chipped pass, and then Jordy Hiwula’s cross was met by the head of Jonson Clarke-Harris, but his effort was too close to Ryan Allsop, who collected comfortably.

Midway through the half the visitors were dealt a blow when Matt Bloomfield picked up a knock after testing the home defence inside the box, and although he was initially okay to continue, Wycombe were caught cold after the delay for treatment and went close to falling behind. Coventry worked the ball neatly to Hiwula who cut inside and unleashed a fierce drive, which was superbly kept out by the fingertips of Allsop.

Then came the substitution, with Bryn Morris taking the place of the Wycombe number 10, but City were on top and it needed some calm spells of possession from the Wanderers to take the sting out of the game.

From one clever move came a half-chance for Akinfenwa, who glanced a header wide from Michael Harriman’s cross under pressure from two defenders, before Chaplin threatened again, collecting Clarke-Harris’s knockdown and shooting towards the bottom corner, seeing his effort beaten away by a strong palm from Allsop.

Coventry came on strong again and Wycombe had to dig deep to keep the ball out as it pinged around the area, eager to get to half-time with a 0-0 scoreline knowing the wind might work in their favour after the break.

But they almost took the lead when Jason McCarthy stayed forward from a long throw and found himself unmarked to flick Williams’ cross on target, requiring a quick reaction from keeper Lee Burge to tip it behind.

Michael Doyle fizzed a long-range free-kick over the bar before Craig Mackail-Smith’s first-time shot from 20 yards was held by Burge, at the end of a counter-attacking move.

0-0 at the break was just fine for the Chairboys, who’d been grateful to their keeper for two fine saves but also created a couple of openings for themselves, despite not being able to dominate their opponents.

And the break did Wycombe good. In the early exchanges of the second period, they were the better side, keeping the ball, organising themselves professionally and pushing further into Coventry territory. The first opening came for Mackail-Smith, who meet a deep cross with a downward header which skipped up into the arms of the keeper.

Back came the Sky Blues, with Luke Thomas darting into the box and being denied well by Michael Harriman, before Hiwula scooped a shot over the bar from a difficult position.

Akinfenwa headed a Williams cross wide on 66 minutes with the game finely poised, and both sides looking capable of just finding the extra gear needed to take all three points.

Dominic Gape collected the first yellow for a foul on Chaplin before Clarke-Harris drilled wide from 30 yards, and then came a flash point with Williams and Thomas booked after a confrontation in the middle of the park.

It cranked up the tempo, and an end-to-end passage ensued, with Allsop keeping out Hiwula’s fierce effort on 77 minutes.

Then came a double substitution for the Chairboys, with Fred Onyedinma and Paris Cowan-Hall arriving in place of Mackail-Smith and Williams.

Thomas bent a low cross-shot past the post for the hosts and Conor Chaplin clattered a free-kick into the wall with the game now being played at a frantic pace, and the Sky Blues made the breakthrough with less than 10 minutes remaining.

Dujon Sterling collected the ball from the keeper and surged down the right flank unchallenged, eventually creating the space for a pinpoint cross to find the head of Chaplin and – despite his lack of height – the forward guided the ball expertly into the corner, giving Allsop no chance.

Clarke-Harris hit the target as City looked for a second, but Allsop saved, before Akinfenwa flashed a header across goal from a Jacobson corner but saw it scrambled to safety.

The hosts made a change in the closing stages with Amadou Bakayoko replacing Jordy Hiwula, and he played his part in holding the ball up sufficiently to see out the win.

However, there was almost a late twist when Ryan Allsop volleyed a chance wide with the last kick, going forward to meet Jacobson's corner and miss the target when the ball landed in his path.

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Ticket News

Tickets and travel: Coventry (A, 13/10)

Follow the Chairboys to the Ricoh Arena on Saturday 13th October.

17 September 2018

Tickets are now on sale for the Chairboys' visit to Coventry City on Saturday 13th October (k.o. 3pm).

Wanderers have received an initial allocation of 1000 tickets for the fixture, with more available on request. Tickets will be available to purchase on the day of the game with a £3 price increase.

Advanced prices are as follows:
Adult: £22
Senior (60+): £15
Young Adult (18-21): £15
Student (NUS): £15
Under 18: £10

Buy tickets online, call 01494 472100 or book from the shop at Adams Park (10am to 5pm, Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays).

Tickets will go off sale at 12pm on Friday 12th October. Pre-booked tickets can be collected from Adams Park before that time, or from the Ricoh Arena from 1pm on the day of the game.

To view ticket information for our upcoming games, please click here.

Travel
By Adrian Wood

POST CODE: 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 (approx. journey time 1 hour 45 minutes)

Recommended area for car parking
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. On street car parking within 2km vicinity of the Ricoh Arena on matchdays is for permit holders only.

Travelling by coach?
OWWSA will be running a coach that will leave Adams Park at 12.00. 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 Thursday 11th October at 5pm.

Using the train?
Coventry railway station is about three and a half miles away. The stadium though does have its Coventry Arena Station that is on the local line between Coventry and Nuneaton. Note though that it is only an hourly service and the 2-carriage trains do get very full. There is no special matchday schedule. After the match the first train back to Coventry is at 17.28 hrs.

Facilities for away fans
The ground capacity is 32,609 (all seated). Away supporters visiting the Ricoh Arena are located in the South Stand - this is behind the goal. The leg room is adequate and the stadium has good acoustics. CCFC operate ticket barcode scanners on entry, so you need to have your ticket ready and ensure it is in good condition. Food and drink (soft drinks and alcohol) are available within the South Stand concourse from 1:30pm. Card payments are accepted. The matchday programme PUSB is priced £3 for league games and is available around the ground.

Spare time on your hands?
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. Another option if you like your ale is the recently opened Dhillons Brewery on the Hales Industrial Estate. This is about a 5-minute walk from the visitors’ turnstiles. Located in an industrial unit, it offers a number of real ales and bottled craft beers. 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.

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