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24 March 2018 Venue Ricoh Arena Attendance

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Coventry Preview

Andy Phillips previews Saturday afternoon's trip to the Ricoh Arena.

22 March 2018

Town head to Coventry City on Saturday afternoon (3pm) as new boss Michael Jolley looks for his first victory in charge of the Mariners.

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The Mariners will make their first ever visit to the Ricoh Arena at the weekend, and will again be looking for that elusive victory that will help the side move away from the relegation zone and towards safety.

However, it will be a tough test against a Coventry side that are in good form as of late and find themselves in the play-offs, so Town will have to be focused to get a positive result from the fixture.

Town without several players through injury

Town will continue to be without Luke Summerfield, Karleigh Osborne, Paul Dixon and loanee Simeon Jackson will continue to be missing and are yet to return to full training despite making progress with their recoveries this week, whilst Andrew Fox and Mitch Rose are also doubts after picking up knocks.

Leeds United loanee Malik Wilks has put himself into contention after recovering from his injury and scoring a brace for the Reserves earlier in the week, whilst new signing Gary McSheffrey could also be in line for a start after coming through his first full week of training with the club.

Coventry have been without the lively Jodi Jones for most of the season after the explosive winger picked up a cruciate knee ligament injury back in November, whilst another important playmaker in Frenchman Tony Andreu is also out for the rest of the campaign with a knee injury. The Sky Blues should have a largely fully fit squad other than this. 

Coventry aiming for promotion

Coventry were one of the favourites for promotion at the start of the season under manager Mark Robins following their relegation from League One, and they are 

Robins took over in March 2017 for a second spell in charge after a successful few months in charge at the Ricoh Arena back in 2012.

Althoug he was unable to stop the almost unavoidable slide into League Two, the former Huddersfield Town and Scunthorpe United boss has built a side that look like they know what they are doing this season and are still doing well despite two of their most important players being missing in Jones and Andreu.

The Sky Blues have let in fewer goals than any team in the division after conceding 31 goals in 3 games, whilst they also have a potent goalscorer in Scottish striker Marc McNulty, who has hit 16 goals so far this year.

Coming into the game on Saturday, Coventry are unbeaten in their last five league games and won 2-1 at Crewe Alexandra last time out thanks to goals from Jonson Clark-Harris and Tom Bayliss, so it is expected they will be in and amongst the race for promotion come the end of the season.

Defeat for the Mariners back in August

The reverse fixture between the two sides back in August was the first encounter between Town and Coventry in 15 years.

Town's first home game of the season ended in a 2-0 defeat at Blundell Park thanks to goals from Marc McNulty and Jack Grimmer, so a different result would be very welcome this time out.

Both sides have met each other 26 times in the past, with Coventry winning 14 and the Mariners winning eight along with there being four draws. 

Managers in summary

Michael Jolley: ''We've watched Coventry and analysed thme. like every team they have strenghs and areas not quite so we have to make sure we play on areas they're not quite as strong and use the players we've got to try and expose them. We've got eight games, we need to gi int oeach game with a positive mindset and I'm sure if we do tha and peform well, te points and wins we deserve will come our way.'' 

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Match Report: Coventry City 4-0 Grimsby Town

Town fall to heavy defeat

24 March 2018

Anne Boyers
Harry Clifton and Sean McAllister in action v Coventry City

Grimsby Town fell to a heavy defeat against promotion-chasing Coventry City at the Ricoh Arena.

The Mariners were undone by a Marc McNulty hat-trick which followed Peter Vincenti's opening goal.

After an encouraging opening to the game from the visitors gave their 878 travelling supporters some hope, Vincenti's header on 38 minutes had Coventry in the lead at half-time.

And they pushed on after the break, with leading scorer McNulty's treble ensuring Grimsby's winless run moved to 18 games.

Five changes were made to the Town side that lost to Lincoln City last week, with Zak Mills, Siriki Dembele, Sean McAllister, Mallik Wilks and Gary McSheffrey the ones to come into the starting XI.

James McKeown started in goal, with Ben Davies, Mills, Danny Collins and Andrew Fox forming the defence.

Dembele, McAllister, Harry Clifton and Martyn Woolford were the midfielders, with Wilks and McSheffrey making up a new-look strike partnership.

Nathan Clarke, James Berrett, Jamille Matt and Reece Hall-Johnson all dropped to the bench after starting against Lincoln last week.  They were joined as substitutes by Ben Killip, Diallang Jaiyesimi and Scott Vernon.

Coventry began the afternoon in the final play-off position in League Two and were looking for three points to continue their promotion push.

Town began brightly and won a corner on five minutes, which turned into another after McSheffrey's delivery was heaed behind.  This time, it was headed clear at the near post.

The home side's first attack of note came on nine minutes and led to a chance for McNulty but his curling shot glanced off the head of Collins for a corrner, which was directed off-target by Vincenti.

Another Grimsby corner was won by Wilks two minutes later and after the ball from it broke back to McSheffrey, his delivery was met by Fox but the defender could only divert it through to home keeper Lee Burge.

Dembele and Wilks both almost had opportunities to get a shot in as Town's encouraging opening to the game continued but both were thwarted by good defending from the hosts.

A foul by Dembele gave the home side a free kick on 24 minutes but it was cleared, before another Coventry attack ended with a foul on Dembele.

The hosts attacked again through Jack Grimmer on the half-hour but after he crossed, McNulty's header was saved by McKeown.

Town's next corner came soon afterwards but when McSheffrey's delivery from the flag was headed towards goal by Mills, it was inadvertently blocked by Wilks.

Tom Bayliss made some space for a shot on 35 minutes but was caught out by the pitch as the ball bobbled in front of him and as a result, he sent his effort well wide.

A free kick for the hosts came soon afterwards after a Town handball and it eventually led to another one after Mills was adjudged to have committed a foul.  This time, the Mariners were to fall behind as Jordan Shipley's delivery was headed into the net by VINCENTI.

Town's response saw McSheffrey swing a ball into the Coventry penalty area but nobody in black and white was able to get on the end of it.

One additional minute was signalled to be played at the end of the half and with no further chances coming for either side before the referee's half-time whistle, the home side held their single-goal advantage at the interval.

No changes were made before the restart and the first action of the second half saw Dembele set off on a run but his cross was headed away.  Woolford's rebound was blocked and Coventry launched a quick break which led to McNulty heading down for strike-partner Jonson Clarke-Harris, who shot over the bar.

McAllister fired wide from the edge of the box, before a Coventry free kick was cleared by Mills for a throw-in.

A shot from Shipley deflected off Collins for a Coventry corner on 55 minutes but the ball from the flag beat everybody and was retrieved by Mills near the touchline.

But soon afterwards, it was 2-0 to the hosts when a ball over the top from Michael Doyle saw Clarke-Harris get in behind the Town defence and after he squared it, McNULTY had a simple tap-in.

Vernon replaced Wilks as Town made their first substitution of the game after the goal, before Jaiyesimi came on for Woolford and McAllister made way for Berrett as all three changes were made in quick succession.

Clifton fired over the bar from the edge of the box after good play by Jaiyesimi and Vernon as Town looked to haul themselves back into the game.

Vernon then managed to get an effort on target from a narrow angle but the ball was headed off the line.

A double substitution for the home side saw Bayliss and Vincenti replaced by Kyel Reid and Liam Kelly on 74 minutes.

McKeown made a good save after Clarke-Harris beat Mills to a ball inside the box on aftrwards but from the resulting corner, Coventry did stretch their lead.  The keeper managed to get fingertips to a header from McNULTY but could do nothing to stop the striker when he pounced to convert the rebound.

Max Biamou replaced Clarke-Harris in the home side's third and final substitution, before Reid brought a save out of McKeown after running at the Town defence.

Appeals for a penalty from McNulty went unrewarded as he went down under a challenge inside the Grimsby box, before Biamou was adjudged to have committed a foul as another attack broke down.

The hosts did get a fourth goal with three minutes to go though, as a ball from Reid on the right was headed by Collins but it fell for McNULTY, who finised well to complete his hat-trick.

Three added minutes were played at the end of the game before Coventry's victory was confirmed, as the Mariners were left to count the cost of another defeat.

Town are next in action on Good Friday, when Stevenage are the visitors to Blundell Park.


Coventry City

1 Lee Burge 
2 Jack Grimmer 
24 Ryan Haynes 
15 Dominic Hyam 
5 Rod McDonald 
30 Tom Bayliss 
7 Peter Vincenti 
8 Michael Doyle (C) 
26 Jordan Shipley
18 Jonson Clarke-Harris 
10 Marc McNulty

Subs

13 Liam O'Brien 
3 Chris Stokes 
27 Josh Barrett 
6 Liam Kelly 
32 Kyel Reid 
9 Maxime Biamou 
38 Jordan Ponticelli

Grimsby Town

1 James McKeown 
2 Ben Davies 
23 Andrew Fox 
12 Zak Mills 
6 Danny Collins (C) 
4 Sean McAllister 
15 Harry Clifton 
10 Gary McSheffrey 
25 Martyn Woolford 
18 Mallik Wilks 
27 Siriki Dembele

Subs

30 Ben Killip 
5 Nathan Clarke 
31 Reece Hall-Johnson 
7 James Berrett 
20 Diallang Jaiyesimi 
29 Jamille Matt 
21 Scott Vernon 


Attendance: 8755 (878)


Referee: Ollie Yates


Next Up: Stevenage - Friday 30th March

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Travelling To Coventry? Read This Before You Do

Our essential guide ahead of Saturday’s game.

23 March 2018

Coventry City Vs. Grimsby Town - Saturday 24th March, kick-off 3pm.

Capacity: 32,500 (all seated)
Address: Phoenix Way, Coventry, CV6 6GE
Telephone: 024 7699 1987
Pitch Size: 115 x 74 yards
Club Nickname: The Sky Blues
Year Ground Opened: 2005
Undersoil Heating: Yes

Town supporters will be housed in the South Stand - this is behind the goal. This is a dedicated stand for away fans, with separate turnstiles (6-9) and concourse.

Tickets

We have received an allocation of 1,500 tickets for this all ticket game.

Tickets are priced as follows:

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

Turnstiles open from 1:30pm. Barcode scanners will be in operation on entry, so please make sure you have your ticket ready and it is in good condition.

Book your tickets here

Where to Eat & Drink

The Grosvenor Casino Bar at the ground does admit away fans but has a strict over 18 policy. 

Celebrity Watch

Lady Godiva rode a horse in her birthday suit through Coventry in the 11th century to protest about taxation. Music makers Pete Waterman, Frank Ifield, Vince Hill, The Specials and Hazel O'Connor all hail from these parts. Actors Nigel Hawthorn and Clive Owen originate from here too. The Penny Farthing bicycle was invented in Coventry by James Starley in 1871.

How to get there

Travel by car and car parking:

The full address of the stadium is:

Ricoh Arena
Judds Lane
Foleshill
Coventry
CV6 6GE

By Car

If travelling by car the North, it is advised to use either the M6 or M1. If using the M1, join the M6 at the Catthorpe Interchange and leave the motorway at Junction 3 before joining the A444 (South). For the M6, exit at Junction 3 and join the A444 (South).

For fans travelling by car from the South, the advice is using the M1 and joining the M6 at the Catthorpe Interchange and leaving the motorway at Junction 3 before joining the A444 (South).

Car Parking

Please read this important information

By Train

Coventry is on the main line between London and Birmingham.

Coventry train station is located in Coventry city centre, around 4 miles from the Ricoh Arena.

There is an on-site train station at the Ricoh Arena - 'Coventry Arena'. There is no special matchday schedule, and trains run as per timetabled.

Please visit nationalrail.co.uk for details.

Previous Meetings

14 Sept 2002: Coventry City 3-2 Grimsby Town
08 Sept 2001: Coventry City 0-1 Grimsby Town
14 Oct 1989: Coventry City 3-0 Grimsby Town 

Town Kit

Shirts: Black & White
Shorts: Black
Socks: Red

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