Mow­bray: Let’s make the Ri­coh a fortress

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Char­lie Tay­lor

TONY Mow­bray is run­ning low on re­cruits at Coven­try City but the boss still in­sists his side can con­tinue to turn the Ri­coh Arena into a fortress with vic­tory over Southend United to­mor­row.

Midfielder James Mad­di­son and de­fender Jor­dan Wil­lis are ruled out with long-term in­juries while Chris Stokes’ an­kle prob­lem is a cause for con­cern.

Throw in the fact that on-loan duo Adam Armstrong and Bryn Mor­ris will both be on Eng­land Un­der-19s duty when the Sky Blues travel to Bur­ton Al­bion next week­end and Mow­bray’s squad are feel­ing the squeeze.

Coven­try saw their 100 per cent start to the sea­son ended by Wal­sall last week­end and the for­mer Celtic boss is des­per­ate to get back to win­ning ways against newly-pro­moted Southend.

“Our ex­pec­ta­tion is three points, but you have to be re­spect­ful of the op­po­si­tion,” said Mow­bray. “Southend are adapt­ing to a new di­vi­sion but they have shown that they are up for the chal­lenge. They are dif­fi­cult to beat and I’m sure we’ll find that on Mon­day.

“This is a very im­por­tant game – if we can win it, that will be four out of five and I think we would all have taken that at the start of the sea­son.

“Our am­bi­tion is to try to make the Ri­coh a fortress for all the op­po­si­tion and we also want to make it good for the sup­port­ers who will hope­fully be en­ter­tained by a good per­for­mance and three points.”

Phil Brown’s Southend, mean­while, have two points from their first four games and have only scored one goal so far.

But de­fender Adam Thompson – who signed a new one-year deal with the Shrimpers this week – is con­fi­dent his side are ready to tackle all-com­ers in their new sur­round­ings.

“I love the club and the team here is like no other. The team spirit here is un­be­liev­able,” said the 22-year-old.

“The per­for­mances have been there early on and we’re not far off. It’s a harsh league at times.”

KEY MAN ADAM ARMST

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