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Fleck: Pushing for midfield start

Fleck: Pushing for midfield start

Mark Robins is likely to have close to a full-strength squad as he starts his Coventry tenure with a home clash against Carlisle.

Robins was appointed as Sky Blues boss on Wednesday and he will hope for an immediate response from his players as they aim to turn around a four-match losing sequence and record a first league win of the season.

The 42-year-old was not present at Shrewsbury on Tuesday night to see City's worst offering of the campaign to date - a 4-1 defeat - but he did have a scout in the stands at the Greenhous Meadow and will immediately get to work on the problems at hand.

Midfielder David Bell (hip) is set to be the only absentee as he continues his long-term recovery.

Fit-again John Fleck will be pushing to start in midfield while the likes of Gary McSheffrey and Cody McDonald will also be keen to impress as everyone starts on a clean slate.

Carlisle midfield pair James Berrett and Liam Noble return to contention following suspension.

Noble has missed the last three games following his straight red card in the recent Johnstone's Paint Trophy defeat to Preston, while Berrett sat out the goalless midweek draw with Crewe after reaching five yellow cards.

But both players have been told not to expect to walk straight back into the starting line-up and with teenager Brad Potts turning in an accomplished display alongside Paul Thirlwell on Tuesday night, manager Greg Abbott faces a selection dilemma.

Striker Joe Garner, re-signed on loan from Watford in time to make the substitutes' bench against Crewe, is pushing for a place in the starting line-up, while forward Jake Jervis is hoping to feature in his last match on loan before returning to Birmingham.

Goalkeeper Mark Gillespie is expected to keep Adam Collin on the bench, while striker Lee Miller (knee) remains a long-term absentee.

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League One Fixtures

Friday, 18 April 2014
15:00
Brentford v Preston  
Bristol C v Notts Co  
Carlisle v Walsall  
Colchester v Oldham  
Coventry v Swindon  
Crawley v Leyton Or  
Gillingham v Tranmere  
Port Vale v MK Dons  
Shrewsbury v Crewe  
Wolves v Rotherham  

Sky Bet League 1

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Wolves 42 51 93
2 Brentford 42 29 87
3 Leyton Or 42 39 80
4 Rotherham 42 28 79
5 Preston 42 23 79
6 Peterboro 42 10 67
7 Swindon 42 5 60
8 MK Dons 42 1 58
9 Port Vale 42 -13 57
10 Walsall 42 2 56
11 Sheff Utd 41 -1 56
12 Crawley 41 -5 52
13 Bradford 42 1 50
14 Bristol C 42 0 50
15 Coventry 42 -1 49
16 Gillingham 42 -19 48
17 Oldham 41 -11 47
18 Colchester 42 -11 46
19 Tranmere 42 -22 46
20 Notts Co 42 -15 43
21 Carlisle 41 -26 43
22 Crewe 42 -29 43
23 Shrewsbury 42 -14 41
24 Stevenage 42 -22 39

Updated Tue, 15 Apr 2014

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