Coven­try are good pros says Buchanan

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Chris Dunlavy

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.”

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