Preston North End and Coventry City ready to meet for the first time since February 2015

Preston North End and Coventry City will renew acquaintances this evening at Deepdale, nearly six years since their last meeting.

Tuesday, 29th December 2020, 12:31 pm
Updated Tuesday, 29th December 2020, 2:06 pm

They lasted played one another in February 2015, North End winning 1-0 with a Kevin Davies goal.

PNE were promoted that season via the play-offs, the Sky Blues remaining in League One until they were relegated in 2016/17.

Their stay in the bottom tier was brief, with them promoted a year later after beating Exeter City in the play-offs.

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Coventry City manager Mark Robins

A second promotion came last season when Coventry finished top of League One, the campaign having been curtailed after 34 games.

Mark Robins’ side have settled quite well into the Championship. They sit in 18th place with 23 points ahead of their visit to Lancashire.

On Boxing Day they drew 0-0 with Stoke City at St Andrew’s – the ground they are having to share with Birmingham.

Reflecting on the game, City boss Robins said: “It was a good point against really strong opposition.

“I thought we moved the ball really well, there were certain times when we played one pass too many.”

Robins was able to start leading scorer Matt Godden against Stoke for the first time since November.

But he will be without Godden’s fellow striker Tyler Walker for the next few weeks.

The referee for tonight's game is Keith Stroud from Hampshire.

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