Following a peculiar FA Cup tie on Saturday, it’s back to the nitty-gritty of the league for the Sky Blue bums. Crawley Town visit the Ricoh fully expecting to carry on the form that has seen them soar into third place, while City will be desperate to build on consecutive wins.

How are they getting on?

They’re doing very well in every respect. They’re on a tremendous run of form, are having a great season, and all this off the back of promotion and an impressive rise up the footballing pyramid in recent times. The show offs.

With 5 league wins out of 7, they’re looking as though they’re hitting peak form, and after 23 goals, they’re also one of the league’s highest scorers.

However, they did draw their last game 1-1 to Oldham, if you can believe it.

Who could cause us trouble?

They’ve got plenty of handy players. I was going to start with Hope Akpan, but he’s just started a four game suspension, so he won’t be bothering anyone for a while.

They’ve done a good job of spreading the goals around the team, with Nicky Adams (6), Billy Clarke (5) and Gary Alexander (4) making up their scoring chart. Loan front man Jonathan Forte has come in from Southampton and looks likely to be involved. He’s a tall so-n-so and has been known to pop up with goals at this level.

Fancy-Dan Sergio Torres tends to make his appearances from the bench nowadays, but I’ve always thought he’s got something about him, so he could still cause some issues for us if he gets on the pitch as well.

Sky Blues team news

You’d imagine there will be some changes to the team from Saturday as Robins welcomes loanees McGoldrick and Bailey back into the squad. Gary McSheffrey didn’t have the greatest of times, but as ever, the reaction was disproportionate to the crime. He wasn’t really any worse than rest in what was a sloppy team performance for the opening hour. Ball’s goal may just be enough to see him given the nod to partner McGoldrick in McSheffrey’s place, though.

Following his first goal for the club on Saturday, Cyrus Christie began to swagger around a bit in the final quarter of the game is looking set to retain his position at right-back, while Richard Wood will be itching to return after been given a chance to rest his jumbled-up face.

From where I was sitting (which was a squishy posh seat next I really had no right to be in) Steve Jennings impressed in the middle of the park against Arlesey, while Moussa picked up his game once he realised he was a professional and expected to be better than plumbers and PE teachers. This is probably the most intriguing decision to be made; will Bailey return to rekindle his defensively-minded partnership with Jennings, or will Moussa stick around to offer an attacking balance? Personally, I reckon we may see Franky boy drop to the bench.

Carl Baker had his mandatory calamitous moments, but I doubt that’ll have much of a bearing to his position in the team.

Prediction

I’ve spent the last 500 words taking the piss out of my own team, but after all that, I do feel they can win this one. Forget the opposition for a second – it’s two wins in a row for us, and this is the point where the mental momentum will usually begin to gather some pace.

I predict a similar start to the Swindon match, as the players come out of the blocks with signs of confidence. Crawley are a good team though, and the big test will be how we deal with the quality and pressure that they will inevitably display. Will that unnerve us, or will we hold firm and stay assertive for once?

Don’t ask me why, but I think we might do. A tense 2-1 to us please, Bob.

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