Walsall v Coventry preview
Bristol City have no fresh injury worries as they prepare for
their huge Championship clash with Sheffield Wednesday at Ashton
Gate on Monday.
The Robins are yet to taste defeat on home soil since head coach
Sean O’Driscoll took charge but their failure to secure a victory
on the road has left them six points adrift of safety with seven
The likes of Albert Adomah and Liam Kelly are pushing for
recalls while Paul Anderson came through 90 minutes following his
return to the starting line-up after injury.
But O’Driscoll is limited when it comes to attacking options
with striker Ryan Taylor (shoulder) back in training but not yet
available, and fellow forward Jon Stead (groin) still
City’s latest defeat on their travels, a 3-0 loss at Derby on
Friday, means a reverse to the Owls would leave the Robins staring
at a return to League One after six seasons on football’s second
Sheffield Wednesday, meanwhile, will be without suspended
defender Lewis Buxton for the game.
Buxton was sent off in Saturday’s derby win over Barnsley for a
second yellow card offence and will sit out a one-game ban, so
Martin Taylor will come into contention for a recall.
Seyi Olofinjana and fellow midfielder Stuart Holden made their
debuts after joining on loan last week from Hull and Bolton
respectively, and manager Dave Jones must decide if both are
capable of playing two games in four days.
Giles Coke, fit again after a foot injury, replaced Holden in
the second half on Saturday, while Rhys McCabe, Kieran Lee, and
David Prutton provide Jones with extra options in midfield.
Jermaine Johnson is in contention to start. He returned to the
bench following international duty with Jamaica, but fellow winger
Michail Antonio (groin) is out for the rest of the season.
The hosts will hope Will Grigg can manage two games in four days
as they prepare to entertain their midlands neighbours.
The Northern Ireland international, who has 19 goals to his name
this season, was a big doubt for Good Friday’s trip to Yeovil but
made an earlier than expected to return to start from the off at
Grigg lasted 78 minutes of the goalless draw and Saddlers boss
Dean Smith, who is not expected to be have any other injury or
suspension concerns, will be hoping he is fresh enough to line up
once more against the Sky Blues.
New loan signing Romaine Sawyers appeared for the closing stages
against the Glovers and will be aiming for a bigger role on Easter
Monday as Walsall strive to stretch their 11-match unbeaten
Coventry manager Steven Pressley will be tempted to keep faith
with an unchanged XI.
Pressley poured praise on his players after they responded from
one of the toughest weeks in the crisis club’s history to inflict a
1-0 defeat on league leaders Doncaster on Good Friday.
The victory would have kept City within touching distance of the
play-offs were it not for a 10-point deduction for going into
administration, imposed by the Football League 24 hours
Pressley made three changes for the clash as fit-again skipper
Carl Baker returned in midfield alongside Adam Barton, with Callum
Ball taking his place in attack.
Gary McSheffrey and Cody McDonald, both benched, will be hoping
for recalls while Steven Jennings will again be assessed having
missed out due to injury.