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PREVIEW: COVENTRY CITY (A)

29 January 2016

The Iron travel to Coventry on Saturday and will be looking to make it back-it-back wins under caretaker managers Nick Daws and Andy Dawson.

They head into the game on the back of a comfortable 3-0 victory against Colchester, with Paddy Madden scoring twice.

Meanwhile, Coventry lost their last match 3-0 against Southend, which was their second defeat on the bounce.

They remain in the top six though and find themselves six points off the top two, as well as boasting League One’s top scorer.

A win for the Sky Blues could help them close the gap on the top, while a victory for the Iron could lift them into the top half.



The Iron are pleased to have seen Tom Hopper and Gary McSheffrey both completing their returns from injury.

Hopper returned to the side against Colchester and grabbed a goal, and he will hope to continue where he left off.

McSheffrey featured for the development side in midweek and could feature in the squad against his former club.

Kevin van Veen has returned to training after a knock ruled him out of the Colchester game.

Niall Canavan is a doubt after an ankle injury forced him to miss the development team's game against Rotherham on Tuesday.




Top scorer Adam Armstrong is an injury doubt for the game, so the Sky Blues will hope that Jacob Murphy can return and continue his good form.

The former Iron loanee has missed the last few matches with injury, but is expected to return on Saturday.

Murphy has netted nine times this season since his loan switch from Norwich and is effective playing on either flank or as a striker.

The 20-year-old has made two appearances for his parent club, but has enjoyed a couple of successful loan spells.

He joined the Iron last season, before enjoying a successful spell at Colchester towards the back end of the season.

Murphy will hope that his impressive performances this campaign can help him break into the first team at Norwich. 



The Iron drew 1-1 on their last trip to the Ricoh Arena, with a late goal denying them all three points last season.

Gary McSheffrey gave the Iron the lead against his former side, netting from a free-kick just outside the area in the first half.

It looked like that would be how it stayed, but the hosts grabbed an equaliser in injury time to deny the Iron a crucial victory.

Marcus Tudgay latched onto John Fleck’s ball over the top and lifted it over Luke Daniels to salvage a point for the hosts.



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