The Glorious 12th
By The West Terrace
Thursday 10 Jan 2008 17:57:49
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The Glorious 12th

Fresh off the back of their confidence boosting F.A Cup victory away to Blackburn, Coventry City take on Championship strugglers Leicester City, who’s early exit at the hands of Southampton in the same competition piled on the misery for new manager Ian Holloway and the long suffering Leicester fans.

It seems that the only Respite  Leicester fans have had in recent times is the annual visit to the Walkers Stadium by Coventry to hand over points to the Foxes without even a fight leaving the Sky Blue Army to travel the short journey back up the M69 wondering why we bother.

After last season, remember the game, just after Micky Adams departure. Adrian Heath was promised five games in charge to prove himself and found out from the press the morning of the game that he was to be replaced by Iain Dowie after only three games, Coventry fans are expecting more, having never seen their team win at the Walkers in the four times they have played there.

Incidentally, this was also Milan Mandaric’s first game as owner of the club, telling the adoring fans at the time that he would “Do everything humanly possible to take the club to the highest level of football as soon as possible.”

Fourth from bottom Leicester are expected to make wholesale changes after last weeks defeat after signing highly rated ‘keeper Ben Alnwick on loan for the rest of the season from Premiership outfit Tottenham along with new Hungarian loanees, Zsolt Laczko and Gabor Bori joining new team mates, strikers Steve Howard and Barry Hayles. Holloway has made his intentions quite clear after telling seven of the current squad they are not good enough and to find another club.

Coventry, on the other hand, after all the hype of the takeover and the speculation of millions to spend, find themselves standing on the sidelines watching as other teams around them begin to strengthen their squads for the final push towards the Premiership, Dowie being told he will have to wheel and deal if he wants to bring fresh blood into the club.

It’s almost 11 months to the day that Coventry snatched Dowie from under Leicester’s nose with the promise of money to spend and he is now being told that money won’t be made available until the summer but that debate’s for another day.

With Mifsud on fire Dele finding a bit of form, Tabb playing out of his skin and Thornton pushing for a place, City (there’s only one City) could and should end the jinx of the Walkers Stadium. With Doyle suspended Dowie could give a chance to S. Hughes or Cairo although if Leicester start with their new Hungarian signings Cairo could be caught for pace pushing forward.

More tickets have been requested by Coventry so it looks like the Sky Blue Army will be out in force to cheer on a Sky Blues.

For the first time in a long time it looks like the people who matter at the club recognise how importance the clash is to the fans. Quoting Tim Flowers "We have got Leicester coming up- a big local derby- and if you need lifting for this one then you're in the wrong game. The message is, fill your boots. I played for Leicester against Coventry when there was a bit of feeling both ways, so if they are not charged up for that one we are wasting our time." With Iain Dowie calling it a "massive game."

With five points between the two teams it’s a great chance for Coventry to move eight points clear of Leicester with a game in hand making my 50 quid bet that Coventry would, once again finish above the Foxes that little bit more secure. Roll on the glorious 12th.

©2008 The West Terrace

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