The Dugout - Mens' First Team: Issue 12Date: 05 April 2019 at 13:33 by Liam Cook
The Red and Greens of Coventry United embark on their final away day of the season on Saturday, with a trip to Sporting Khalsa. United assistant manager Luke Morton previews the tough fixture at the Aspray Arena, and looks back on the win over Dunkirk, with CUTV’s Liam Cook, in The Dugout.
Liam - Wednesday’s win over Dunkirk was a welcome result for an ever improving Coventry United. A game of patience with the winner coming in added time. Talk us through your thoughts on the game?
Luke - I thought it was a very average game, where we were nowhere near our best and Dunkirk gave everything they had as they were fighting for their lives. I thought we edged the 1st half, but once again failed to take our chances.The 2nd half was a bit of a dull affair, but we stuck at it and grabbed the winner in injury time. We have played much better this season and lost, so we'll take a scrappy 1-0 win and move on.
Liam - Back to back wins for the Red and Greens have seen Coventry push up the table. Has the hard work of recent weeks started to pay off?
Luke - We have always had the ability to pull off a good run of results, but it hasn't happened as often as we would of liked. The lads are a credit to themselves, they been grafting really hard as of late and they have got their rewards in the last 2 games.
Liam - Survival could be mathematically certain after Saturday’s game. Are the squad looking above rather than below in the MFL table now?
Luke - We're not daft to the situation we are in, so yes, we been keeping an eye on the results below us and 1 more win will get us mathematically safe. Saying that ,we want to win every game and finish as high as possible, and we will do all we can to achieve that.
Liam - One of the stand out performers over the last month has been Joe Cairns. How crucial has the ex Walsall youngster been to the recent upturn?
Luke - Joe has been excellent since he joined us, and the last month or so his performances have got stronger and stronger. He has tremendous ability, and as a management team we really believe in him. We hope he continues his good form till the end of the season.
Liam - United’s final away day of the season is a trip to Sporting Khalsa on Saturday, always a challenging task. What are your expectations heading into the game?
Luke - An extremely tough game is what we are expecting. Khalsa are an exceptional side and it's gonna be a really tough encounter, but it's a game we look forward to and are ready for. I have a lot of time for Ian Rowe (Khalsa manager) and he has done exceptionally well at Khalsa. He is a top manager, but tomorrow we'll be hoping to get one over on him.
Liam - Coventry seem perform well on artificial surfaces. With a 4G pitch awaiting at the Aspray Arena, can we expect more of the same on Saturday?
Luke – We have played 4 times on 4G this season, and we have won 2 and lost 2. Playing on 4G surfaces has it’ advantages and disadvantages, but we look forward to the challenges that every surface and arena brings. Tomorrow will be no different.