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3 dilemmas that Mark Robins will have ahead of Coventry City v Rotherham United

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Coventry City will be hoping to record their first league victory of the season when they take on Rotherham United tomorrow afternoon.

The Millers made a respectable start to life back in the Championship with Paul Warne’s men holding Swansea City to a 1-1 draw, though they may be disappointed not to have held on after managing to take the lead against the Welsh side.

Still, this point has given them a platform to build on ahead of this tie in the Midlands and they will relish the label of underdogs with another three points to play for.

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The Sky Blues, on the other hand, will be grateful that they managed to get a point on the board against Sunderland last week after being behind for most of the game at the Stadium of Light.

A real moment of quality from Viktor Gyokeres managed to rescue the game for Mark Robins’ side – and they will be hoping the forward can produce many similar moments throughout the 2022/23 campaign.

Looking at their team as a whole though, we discuss three dilemmas that manager Robins faces ahead of tomorrow afternoon’s tie against another recently-promoted side.

Eccles or Dabo?

Soccer Football – Championship – Derby County v Coventry City – Pride Park, Derby, Britain – March 19, 2022 Derby County’s Lee Buchanan in action with Coventry City’s Fankaty Dabo. Action Images/Paul Burrows EDITORIAL USE ONLY

With Todd Kane seemingly out of the picture, it looks as though Josh Eccles and Fankaty Dabo will be competing for the right wing-back spot.

Eccles was the man to start there on Wearside last weekend – but Dabo is arguably the more orthodox option on the right-hand side and it could be argued that the former should have done more to prevent Jack Clarke’s goal.

He didn’t exactly disgrace himself against Alex Neil’s side and Robins may want to retain stability with the same back five – but Dabo is certainly someone who should be considered going into tomorrow’s game.

Moore or Wilson?

Soccer Football – Championship – Blackburn Rovers v Coventry City – Ewood Park, Blackburn, Britain – October 16, 2021 Blackburn Rovers’ Ben Brereton Diaz in action with Coventry City’s Simon Moore Action Images/Paul Burrows EDITORIAL USE ONLY

Moore had a mixed performance against the Black Cats.

He didn’t exactly enjoy his finest hour for Sunderland’s goal with the shot-stopper arguably needing to stay at home – and this opening day mistake is a small concern with his decision-making not paying dividends.

However, the 32-year-old did contribute positively on Wearside as well and was a reliable figure for the Sky Blues last season, adapting well from sitting on the sidelines at Sheffield United to being one of the first names on the teamsheet.

With Ben Wilson able to step in as a stopper in the second tier, this potentially provides a dilemma for Robins but it may be harsh if Moore was dropped at this stage following one minor mistake.

Style of play?

Soccer Football – Coventry City v West Bromwich Albion – Coventry Building Society Arena, Coventry, Britain – December 4, 2021 General view outside the stadium before the match Action Images/Andrew Boyers EDITORIAL USE ONLY

The current state of the pitch at the CBS Arena is no secret, with a pitch inspection taking place at 6pm this evening to determine whether it would be right for tomorrow’s tie to go ahead.

If the pitch does get the green light, Robins needs to think about the style of play he wants to go with tomorrow.

Usually, the Sky Blues would want to keep the ball on the floor but that may not be wise this weekend, with the hosts potentially just needing to do everything they can to take all three points, by hook or by crook.

Robins will also be wary about the risk of injuries if the pitch isn’t in the best condition – and that could also have an impact on the brand of football they want to play against the Millers.


A 21-year-old Reading FC fan and writer who graduated from the University for the Creative Arts in the summer with a degree in Journalism and Media Production. Other topics written about include politics, mental health and education.

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