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New Season, New Team: Coventry City

13 June 2017

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As part of our countdown to fixture release day on Wednesday 21st June, we take a look at some of our new opponents in 2017/18. Next up: Coventry City.

Who are this lot then?

Coventry are a team looking to make an immediate return to Sky Bet League One following relegation last season. 

The Sky Blues have made six additions to their squad so far this summer, with goalkeeper Liam O'Brien (Portsmouth), defenders Dominic Hyam (Reading) and Rod McDonald (Northampton), midfielders Liam Kelly (Leyton Orient) and Michael Doyle (Portsmouth), and striker Marc McNulty (Sheffield United) coming in.

How did they get on last season?

A 1-1 Good Friday draw at home to Charlton Athletic, confirmed that Coventry would be playing in England's fourth tier for the first time in 58 years.

The Sky Blues finished the season in 23rd position, with 39 points from 46 games (W 9, D12, L25).

By far the most positive thing to come out of an otherwise very disappointing season for the West Midlands side was their 2-1 Checktrade Trophy final triumph against Oxford United in front of 43,000 of their own supporters at Wembley Stadium in April.

Who’s the boss?

Coventry City reappointed Mark Robins as their manager in March 2017 after relieving previous boss Russell Slade of his duties.

Robins returned to the Sky Blues for his second spell as manager, having been in charge between 2012 and 2013 before leaving for Huddersfield.

What happened last time?

A late onslaught from the Chairboys wasn't enough to prevent a 2-1 defeat to Coventry in the semi-final of the Checkatrade Trophy in February 2017.

City stormed into an early two-goal lead through Stuart Beavon and George Thomas, and it proved to be enough - just - as the Wanderers came on strong with a second-half fightback started by substitute Adebayo Akinfenwa, who made it 2-1 10 minutes after the interval. 

What’s their ground like?

The Ricoh Arena is a 32,500 all seater stadium which opened in 2005. 

Away supporters are mostly accommodated to one side of the South Stand where around 3,000 supporters can be seated.

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