Coventry boss Mowbray expects twin challenge at Millwall

© Ben Keane
© Ben Keane

TONY Mowbray is predicting a twin bombardment after referee Andy Woolmer blows his whistle at 3pm at The Den this Saturday.

But the Coventry boss expects his players to be able to deal with an “intimidating” crowd and a direct tactical approach from the home side.

The Sky Blues are also chasing a second league win in a row after dismissing Wigan at the Ricoh Arena last week with two goals from Adam Armstrong.

Mowbray told Coventry’s official website: “We know it's going to be tough, it’s always tough when you go to the New Den as the fans there create an intimidating atmosphere and our players have to be men, and rise to the occasion.

“You've seen how we're trying to play but the bottom line is that we're going to have to stand up and be counted on the day.

“They've obviously just came down from the Championship as well so they've got some really good players and some players who are experienced at this level.

“They'll have been disappointed to lose in midweek against Barnet but that first home league game will bring a different atmosphere which you'll have to respond to.

“We've shown already this season that we can take on the promotion favourites but it is a completely different type of game and we expect them to be slightly more direct than Wigan.”

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27 thoughts on “Coventry boss Mowbray expects twin challenge at Millwall

  • August 14, 2015 at 17:08
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    Wouldn't it be nice to completely play em off the park. 2nd game in 1st at home what a chance to ram opo's words down their throats.
    COYLS smash the granny out of em

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        • August 15, 2015 at 10:04
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          @lukesmithmfc: I know mate , most goals are scored from 4 or less passes and let's be honest we don't have too many good passers of the ball , needs must .

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          • August 15, 2015 at 13:16
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            @southstandview: exactly mate that's why I said wouldn't it be nice.
            We don't play the best football by some distance it's frustrating to see little mediocre teems spreading the ball about and showing much more technical ability than our players who seem happy to hoof and hope. I can't wait for us to play decent football with decent results but something tells me it'll be a while yet

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        • August 15, 2015 at 14:22
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          @lukesmithmfc: true we don't have very good technical players at the moment so should just press teams all over the pitch.

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  • August 14, 2015 at 17:51
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    This is going to be a tough game, we need to be patient if it doesn't go right early doors. But I think we have enough and fancy 3 points.

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    • August 14, 2015 at 18:03
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      @harry2310: I agree, still early days yet and the team is still getting use to each other with all the new signings etc I don't think it will be easy tomorrow but still fancy the 3 points COYL!!!!

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  • August 14, 2015 at 18:58
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    I just want a change from the last few seasons-you know all the pre match talk from our players and managers about the importance of winning at home etc, then sitting there and watching the away team race into a two goal lead in front of celebrating away fans, all with a depressing air of inevitability, followed up with nice sound bites from the opposing manager about 'a tough place to come' when really his team have had their easiest away game of the season. I just cannot count how many times that sketch has unfolded before our eyes in the last few years.

    Being honest what I saw against Barnet hasn't filled me with confidence although I'm willing to forget that and move on, I think a bigger crowd may make a difference if we get behind the team. Wouldn't it be good to see us start knocking out nice comfortable 2 or 3 nil wins at home without all the dramas we've become accustomed to, but then again this is Millwall and it's never that simple. Be interesting to see if the pitch size alterations in the summer will benefit us cos it didn't the other night that's for sure, if anything it suited Barnet's style more than ours.

    Oh and keep Martin (L) away from the deadball situations please- the ball boys must still be knackered from the other night fetching his dreadful attempts at free kicks and corners.

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    • August 15, 2015 at 04:01
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      @Still_Wall:

      I don't get down to The Den nearly ad much as I should but I am there tomorrow.

      C'mon you lions. Xx

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  • August 14, 2015 at 19:19
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    I do not think our place is intimidating,maybe because I am thinking back to the real Den,that was worth a goal head start at times even when half empty. I miss that place.

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    • August 14, 2015 at 20:08
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      @LETEMCOME: I know what you mean, but i think the ground becomes intimidating by the way the team plays, we need some 'bullies' in the team, Upson,williams,Abdou are not that type of player, Forde, Craig are, i've seen gregory give out some verbals, and also Morison, but its in the engine room we need a Hurlock/Bailey type of player IMO.

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    • August 14, 2015 at 20:10
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      @LETEMCOME:
      As far as modern football is concerned our ground, when everything's right, can still make for a intimidating place, not like the 'real' Den granted, but definitely a uncomfortable place for other teams. It starts with the team though, if we see 100% effort and the tackles flying in then the fans will respond and can crank up a raucous atmosphere- a good example was the Wigan game at the end of last season. I know that Harris does understand how important that connection is, hopefully the players will learn that from him and Livermore.

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      • August 14, 2015 at 21:05
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        @Still_Wall: Fair play Still but I am not blaming the team or the supporters ,its just that you can not recreate the old Den ,mainly because it was such a sh. it hole (not in my eyes) and the away fans were stuck in the corner surrounded by Wall. A lot of teams now especially in this league come from grounds which are old and not up to much,bit like the old Den but they turn up and think, wow , love this place , we can turn it on here,what a lovely place to play. Thats one reason why our home form has been poor since we moved IMO.

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        • August 14, 2015 at 21:53
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          @LETEMCOME:
          Agree with all of that mate. Any kind of success we've had has always been built on an aggressive unwelcoming atmosphere, even during our resurgence late 90s early 2000s the place wasn't visitor friendly. Since that walkway was built the whole area around the ground has lost its menace, it can't be a coincidence that weve struggled on the pitch much of that time too.

          The power of the Old Den can never be over emphasised, for example I remember playing Cambridge once when during the second half it started to pour torrential rain. The match was stuck at nil nil and everyone had to gather under the roofs, I was in the halfway, when the monk chant started up. It got louder and louder and you could actually see the effect it had on the team, it eventually drove them on to victory, and still the chant was reverberating deafening around the ground, the Cambridge players just gave up! I still get goosebumps just thinking about the sheer noise and passion on that rainy day. What a place the old gaff was.

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          • August 14, 2015 at 22:56
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            @Still_Wall: Love that Still,proper Wall you are.

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      • August 14, 2015 at 23:00
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        @scottwall: Spot on bud. Remember the beautiful urinals we were fortunate enough to p. iss in as well. Proper Wall also Scott.

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        • August 14, 2015 at 23:42
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          @LETEMCOME: some fans hav gone soft as soon has u stand up & start singing they start crying to the stewards or try telling you they can't see. You wouldn't get that at the old den. Coyl stand up & get the ground buzzing.

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  • August 14, 2015 at 21:27
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    It would be good if the supporters don't get on the players case!! And just encourage rather than slate them, ok I'm drunk goodnight, wall to win

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  • August 14, 2015 at 23:33
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    Tony Muppet Mowbray playing mind games, oooo spooky. coyl nolu wdc

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  • August 14, 2015 at 23:35
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    Its all down to how well Morison and greggs play . If there on form im confident in us getting the win. Looking forward to tomorrow

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  • August 15, 2015 at 00:17
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    P off mowbury big nose save your mind games for your kids gold fish we don't care 2. 0 to wall first clean sheet coyl

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  • August 15, 2015 at 07:58
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    Yep the stewards dont help, me perdonally i dont want to fking sit down , we should be in their faces and make them not want to play, stick the away fans lower bloke behind the goal so its not so comfy for them.i would rip the fking seats out ourselves so we can stand Milllllllllllllllllllll

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  • August 15, 2015 at 11:31
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    Why is the tickets still the same price when we
    Was in the championship take the f****** p*** we want 2 bring our brilliant fans 2 the den not scare them away totally ridiculous should be atleast 18 pound not 26 pound COYL sort it out see everyone at 3

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    • August 15, 2015 at 13:20
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      @I fear no foe: and they wonder why some don't go any more.
      The most greediest club in the world. Take take take always have been always will be. Even the spotters look after their own.
      It won't change with the draconian board we have.
      Shame as the potential has been there for yrs

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  • August 15, 2015 at 15:05
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    Personally, I think the intimidating vibe at the ground went when NAD
    introduced this like/dislike nonsense. It rubbed off inside the ground.
    What's happened to walking up to away supporters and
    punching them on the nose, then decide if you like them or not?**

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