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

games remaining.

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

Huish Park.

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.