A sunny week­end in Sh­effield...

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO -

CHRIS STOKES was weigh­ing up a week­end away with fi­ancée Re­becca last Fri­day and the left-back got just that – Sh­effield United away!

The For­est Green Rovers de­fender got a late call that his loan move to League One out­fit Coven­try City had gone through.

So the 23-year-old made a quick dash to meet up with his new team-mates and less than 24 hours later was mak­ing his Sky Blues de­but in the 2-2 draw. Stokes, who has ini­tially signed for a month, said:“I trained at For­est Green on Fri­day and thought I had an­other week­end re­lax­ing in store so I’d bet­ter do a run­ning ses­sion to keep my fit­ness up.

“A cou­ple of hours be­fore the call came I was hav­ing a chat with Re­becca and think­ing if we should we go away some­where.

“She was like,‘Flip­ping hell, an­other week­end of putting up with you!’

“But I got the call, got my stuff ready and I was on my way. I didn’t have much time to think about what was hap­pen­ing.

“It all went so quick, I can’t re­ally re­mem­ber the game. I sat down to watch it and an­a­lyse my per­for­mance, and I couldn’t re­mem­ber what had ac­tu­ally hap­pened!”

His whirl­wind week­end con­tin­ued when boss Steven Press­ley was sacked af­ter the club dropped into the rel­ega- tion zone. Neil Mac­Far­lane and Dave Hock­a­day, the man who took Stokes to Rovers, were in the dug-out for yes­ter­day’s game with MK Dons – and Stokes scored the opener in a ex­cel­lent 2-1 victory for the Sky Blues.

“I’m gut­ted the boss went but it doesn’t re­ally af­fect what I’m do­ing here,” said Stokes, who had been train­ing with the club be­fore sign­ing.“I’ve got to im­press who­ever comes in.”

CHANGE: Stokes

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