Coventry fan preview – Nick Robinson

Rovers Chat talks to life-long Coventry fan Nick Robinson about tomorrow's Carabao Cup tie.


Q: What do you make of your team’s transfer window so far?

A: I believe Mark Robins has been very shrewd in the transfer market up to this point, signing a blend of leaders (players who have been captains at other clubs and have proven experience in winning promotion) and hungry players in Maxime Biamou, who looks hungry to succeed in league Football. Michael Doyle has been the missing element in our team since he left the Ricoh previously and it's good to see 'Doyler' home.

Q: What do you think of Blackburn Rovers’ summer deals?

A: Blackburn in many people's opinions have the biggest budget in League One this coming season, but that doesn't always guarantee success, up to the time of writing however Tony Mowbray and Blackburn, have done really well in the market signing proven players like Bradley Dack and Ben Gladwin, while enticing Championship players like Paul Caddis and Peter Whittingham to the Club. Dominic Samuel, have been on loan at Coventry previously, is one player I believe will have a fantastic season at Rovers.

Q: Who is your team’s player to watch and why?

A: Jodi Jones, if Jodi can stay fit and get a consistent run of games I believe he will be very hard to stop in this division, it would be fair to say that Jodi has yet to hit the heights of which many hoped he would, however a full pre-season under Mark Robins and playing in a confident team can only boost the young winger. Look out for Jordan Ponticelli too, who we all hope can break into the first team this season!

Q: How do you see your season going?

A: The minimum expectation from Coventry City supporters is promotion, however as Portsmouth have shown falling into this league and then bouncing straight back can be difficult, therefore as fans we have to remain realistic. My hope is that we achieve the play offs as a minimum, with Mark Robins and the squad he has assembled I believe we can achieve that goal.

Q: How do you think the game will go?

A: This fixture has all the ingredients of an interesting game, two good sides on paper, both managers like to play a decent standard of Football, with an added spice of Tony Mowbray and Mark Venus' first returns to the Ricoh Arena, where some fans believe the former's poor recruitment policy last season contributed to relegation.

Q: Score prediction?

A: My heart says City can pull off a 1-0 victory, however my head tells me that Blackburn will win 2-1, likely to be the latter.