Coventry are good pros says Buchanan
PRESTON full-back David Buchanan has paid tribute to Coventry’s players for overcoming the off-field chaos that has left them homeless.
The Sky Blues were docked ten points after failing to exit administration and are playing ‘home’ games 35 miles away at Northampton’s Sixfields following a rent dispute with landlords ACL.
Yet Coventry’s waferthin squad have taken six points from their first three games and welcome Preston today as the highest scorers in League One.
“It must be very difficult for the players to play at Northampton,” said Buchanan, whose Preston side have drawn their first three games.
“They’re used to playing in a big stadium and opposition players always found the Ricoh a tough place to go. Now there are only a couple of thousand people watching them every week.
“It’s not fair on them, but you get paid to play football.What goes on behind the scenes has nothing to do with you.
“They’ve shown what good professionals they are with two wins from three. They’ve been chipping away at that points deduction scoring a load of goals. It should be a really good game.”
Coventry’s financial problems – and a threematch suspension for skipper Carl Baker – have given rookie striker Billy Daniels a chance to shine. And the 19-year-old has seized it with three goals in two games, including the winner in a crazy 5-4 victory over Bristol City on the opening day.
“That was my first ever senior goal,” he says. “Being from Bristol, Rovers were my childhood team, so to score my first ever goal against City was a great feeling.
“It was the first time I’d played out wide. But the gaffer just said ‘I know you’re not a winger but tuck in, try and get on the ball and create something’.
“I just hope I’ve done enough to stay in contention.
“Carl’s back next weekend, so I’ll have to see what the manager decides.”