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SWINDON TOWN: Wes tips Sky Blues for play-off push
WES Foderingham does not expect Coventry to be flirting with the drop zone by the time the season reaches its climax, instead tipping the Sky Blues for a surge into the League One play-off places.
The Swindon Town goalkeeper admitted to his surprise at seeing the Midlands outfit struggling at the start of the new campaign but, with a new manager in place in the shape of Mark Robins, he feels the atmosphere at the Ricoh Arena will improve at a rapid rate.
And he said he could understand why Coventry began the term so poorly after their relegation from the Championship.
“It’s difficult for any club when you get relegated,” he said.
“It’s difficult financially, it’s difficult for the morale in the changing room, the squad probably changes quite a lot, the manager might change.
“I don’t think they’ll be down there come the end of the season.
“I think when they get things right they’ve still got good quality in the squad, a few good young players as well and I think over the coming months you’ll see them pick up a few more points and maybe get into the top half or even the play-offs where they probably belong.
“They’re definitely a massive club and they’ve got everything to get themselves back into the Championship and even the Premier League. If they get things right off the pitch I’m sure it will start going right on the pitch.”
Foderingham and the rest of his Swindon teammates go into tomorrow’s clash at the County Ground desperate to make amends for the 1-0 home defeat to Colchester 10 days ago.
Following that match, Town boss Paolo Di Canio criticised the Robins stopper for the positioning of his wall, as Michael Rose bent the ball around the home defence to hand the U’s all three points.
But Foderingham revealed that discussions within the dressing room since then have convinced him, if he needed any convincing, that he had set up the blockade as best he could.
“We’ve looked at it quite deeply,” he said. “After the game the gaffer said to me the wall should have been further over and I said to him ‘100 per cent the wall was in the correct place’.
“I spoke to the goalkeeping coach (Domenico Doardo) and he said ‘I trust you Wes, if the wall was in the right place it was in the right place’.
“I spoke to Simon Ferry afterwards and he’s told me that, after I set the wall up, the wall shuffled a bit because they try to nick a few yards when the referee’s not looking and that took the wall out of place.
“Fair play to him (Rose), it’s a great free-kick, getting it round the wall is not easy but it’s probably the shift in the wall that caused the goal.”