Shaun Derry predicts Coventry City to be stern test for Cambridge United
Sky Blues are have new-look from FA Cup defeat
Shaun Derry has warned Cambridge United to expect a different Coventry City to the one they faced in the FA Cup last season.
The Sky Blues return to the Cambs Glass Stadium tomorrow (September 16) in Sky Bet League Two, where they were put to the sword 4-0 by the U’s last November.
But after last season’s relegation, they have found their feet under Mark Robins and are currently fourth.
And U’s head coach Derry is expecting a different proposition from 10 months ago.
“It was a good day. A 4-0 win at home in the FA Cup was a real positive but I don’t think you can compare last year’s Coventry team to this year’s (team),” he said.
“I thought last year’s Coventry team, at that point, were disjointed and had a lot of problems that took them a while to get right.
“With the new manager, Mark Robins, at the helm, we’re going to see a different Coventry arrive at our stadium this weekend.
“They’ve made a good start and I think it just poses the problem for this weekend. But I think at the same time, you look at the start we’ve made and 10 points is a good return.
“We’re delighted with the last five results, with the three wins and a draw – and a loss in there. I think that’s been a pretty steady start.”
Coventry have been through a difficult spell in recent times, including playing home games at Northampton Town during the 2013-14 season, and are in the fourth tier of English football for the first time since 1959.
But they have maintained their good support, especially on the road.
“They are a huge side and will be travelling in great numbers as well,” said Derry. “They travel perhaps more than they have at the home stadium.
“We all know the problems that have surrounded them for a number of years now, but at the same time, I think myself, the coaching staff and all of the players fully respect Coventry City in their own right.
“They are a massive football club, and it’s going to be a massive difficulty for us. But what we have to make sure is our game plan is observed and delivered in the same way Tuesday’s game was [at Crewe].
“I thought the way that we approached the game on Tuesday night gave us that platform to continue in the same vein in the second half and get the three points.”
He added: “It was a fantastic win for us and we’re going to be arriving at home and we want to put on a show.
“I said before the season started that we wanted our home results improved and we want to back up the last home fixture (against Colchester) which was three points.”