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PREVIEW: COVENTRY CITY (H)

11 September 2015

The Iron entertain high-flying Coventry City on Saturday and will be aiming to bounce back after defeat last weekend.

Mark Robins’ side fell to a 1-0 defeat to Blackpool at Glanford Park, but will relish the chance to return to winning ways at home again.

The Sky Blues head into the game on the back of a hard fought 2-1 win at Burton Albion, with Romain Vincelot’s controversial goal proving decisive.

Coventry have made a good start to the season and find themselves in second place after the opening six games of the campaign.

They have a predominantly young spine to their side, but have some valuable experience in Reda Johnson and Sam Ricketts, as well as some exciting attacking talents.



Iron boss Mark Robins should have a near full strength squad at his disposal for the visit of Coventry, with only his long-term absentees unavailable.

He may look to make some changes after last weekend’s defeat, and was boosted with many of the squad players getting minutes for the reserves in midweek.

Jamie Ness was one of those involved and will be pushing to return to the squad following his recent injury.




Youngster Adam Armstrong has really hit the ground running this season, netting five goals to help put his new side second in the table.

The 18-year-old joined Coventry on loan from Newcastle in the summer and capped his debut with an impressive two goals against Wigan.

Armstrong has been with Newcastle since the age of nine and is a boyhood fan of the club, also making 15 appearances for the side.

The first of those came in March 2014, when he came on against Fulham and replaced Luuk De Jong.

He has also represented his country up to under 18 level, and has a very impressive goal record for England’s youth teams.

Armstrong has 10 in 12 for the under 17 side, while he already has nine in as many games for the England under 18 squad.

His five goals so far in the Sky Blue of Coventry have helped him to become League One’s top marksman so far this campaign.



The Iron claimed a 2-1 victory the last time Coventry came to Glanford Park, coming from a goal down to defeat the ten-man Sky Blues.

Frank Nouble gave Coventry an early lead, but under ten minutes later they were a man down as Reda Johnson was shown a straight red card.

It did not take the Iron long to make their advantage count as Paddy Madden pulled the hosts level on 38 minutes.

Just after the hour mark, United took the lead with Lyle Taylor heading home what would prove to be the winner.

The victory was the Iron’s second win of the season and helped Russ Wilcox’s side into 21st in the League One table.



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