City aim to bounce back
12 August 2006
Coventry City face another tough away trip on Saturday as they look to bounce back from defeat at Southampton with a good result against Cardiff City.
The Bluebirds opened their campaign with a win at Barnsley before turning in what was by all accounts a very impressive performance against West Bromwich Albion in Tuesday's 1-1 draw.
Cardiff skipper Darren Purse: 'I think we have an excellent chance of really doing something worthwhile during this campaign and after watching the lads on Tuesday night perform in the fashion they did, only confirmed to me that we can mix it with the big boys at this level.'
Sky Blues boss Micky Adams after the loss at Southampton: 'I've said before that I don't try to kid anybody - I don't say we played well when we didn't - but this was almost the perfect away performance.
'We defended properly, closed them down, passed well and created plenty of chances - but this showed yet again that you've got to take them when they come along.
'The first goal was a wonderful strike, although we will have to analyse it to make sure that we did our job.'
Cardiff City Team News:
Purse missed the West Brom Albion game with a calf injury but could be fit to face City.
Cardiff are still pursuing a deal for Jason Koumas but any move will not be completed in time for this game.
Player to watch: Michael Chopra
The summer signing from Newcastle United is set to play through the pain of a hamstring problem as he looks for his first goal in a Cardiff shirt.
Coventry City Team News:
Robert Page will not face his former club as he is still short of match fitness following a back injury.
City may not have a goalkeeper on the bench with loanee Luke Steele moving to West Brom as part of a deal taking Tomasz Kuszczak to Manchester United.
Player to watch: Michael Doyle
Impressive in City's first game of the season against Sunderland, the Irishman's duel with fellow countryman Stephen McPhail in midfield will be a key battle.
Match Facts & Stats
Last year's fixture at Ninian Park ended 0-0.
The Sky Blues are at home to Leicester City next Friday while Cardiff travel to Leeds United on Saturday.