World News – GB – Boro vs Coventry City LIVE: updates & analysis of Riverside


After two long trips, Middlesbrough returns to the riverside to extend their unbeaten run in the Championship

Coventry City are the visitors as Neil Warnock’s team look to build on their impressive recent results

The Sky Blues head to Teesside on the back of a home pounding against Blackburn Rovers this weekend, although Mark Robins’ side went down to 10 men with the game goalless

This is the first time the teams have met in the league since 2012, when Coventry lacked a 3-1 winner Former Boro striker Alex Nimely was on the scoresheet that day

Join Dominic Shaw and Craig Johns for Riverside preparation, live updates, analysis and reaction

Boro’s full-backs changed flank, Tavernier moving to the right and Spence moving to the left

The back of the wing stepped in and struck a shot on goal, the visiting keeper beating him

First a cross from the right was treated well by Fry The visitors then had a few set pieces – a free kick and a corner – but Boro held on

As usual, Boro looks quite comfortable and on this occasion the team is in the ascendant here

But Coventry’s promotional campaign last quarter was on solid ground at the back and so far Boro has struggled to find a way

Boro will seek to force them to make the kind of mistake we saw at Ashton Gate a week ago

Good job from Patrick Roberts who started the move, wriggling around three Coventry players He played it at Tavernier who threw a ball in the face

The keeper couldn’t hold him back and the loose bullet landed at the feet of Morsy, who dragged his shot right next to it

Sam Morsy’s shiny little recovery tackle there after his first wide pass attempt to Spence was cut off

Nine minutes and Boro captain Assombalonga has the first of the game’s effort on goal

Boro won a free kick from 30 odd yards Assombalonga lined him up but it would have taken a bit of effort to score from there His effort was high and sailed

You laugh if you have a Blackburn vs Reading both teams to score on your coupon

The Coventry players were the first on the pitch and they were joined by the local eleven earlier with Captain Britt Assombalonga leading the players

Big game for Boro tonight It was a difficult start for them and they negotiated it very well

But tonight, on paper, this is the one you want to see asserted some authority and dominance in

This is the first time he has refereed a game against Boro since his 1-0 loss to Fulham in January

Sky Blues are boosted by the return of key midfielder Gus Hamer for the tough away league game in which star winger Fankaty dabo has traveled but only named on the bench

Leo Ostigard is also drafted in the starting lineup to the right of the bottom three in place of suspended Michael Rose sent off against Blackburn this weekend

Hamer comes back from his three-match ban following his costly red card against Bournemouth, and takes his place in the middle of the park alongside Ben Sheaf on one night when skipper Liam Kelly falls on the bench

Dabo, meanwhile, who has missed the last two matches due to a back / hamstring injury, is named among the subs as Robins stays with Sam McCallum who has been a substitute in his absence

The third change sees Jordan Shipley returning from a game with a concussion, with the Cov Kid deployed alongside Jamie Allen in the attacking midfielder behind lone striker Matty Godden, on a night where Callum O’Hare is rested on the bench

Forward Tyler Walker is also returning to the squad after self-isolating for the past ten days after testing positive for Covid-19 and is also included among the subs, providing offensive reinforcement with Max Biamou as Gervane Kastaneer leaves the mix of the day

I hope the guys wait until the end of the game to get stuck in this cake!

Warnock will obviously be asked about this after the game and whether the summer signing was injured

After Saturday’s game and again in his presser yesterday, Warnock spoke about the change Akpom made last week, so he may just be rested

These are three changes for Boro tonight, with Djed Spence, Patrick Roberts and Britt Assombalonga for Marc Bola, Marvin Johnson and Chuba Akpom

It seems to mean a return to full-backs, with Marcus Tavernier taking another position for the season – left-back

It’s the same back three and middle three Neil Warnock talked a lot about spine last season. Well his spine is now well and truly established

Neil Warnock has revealed he is considering allowing McNair to leave Boro as part of a trade when he is first appointed as boss

And the Boro boss was blown away by the Northern Ireland international’s performance in the friendly 5-1 win over Newcastle United this summer

It’s clear who will make up Warnock’s third midfielder But with the games coming quickly, is the manager going to tinker?

Ahead of the game, Warnock talked about his third midfielder and potentially changing him to get some rest

Sam Morsy arrived late and was slowly getting into shape, so the need to rest seemed less urgent to him, but Jonny Howson and George Saville both played a lot and could benefit from a rest

Warnock will be in a dilemma over whether to do this, however Howson’s discipline has been key to Boro’s stability at the back, with his playing play a big help in front of the back three or four. Saville, meanwhile, is finding some of his best form since joining the club and has two goals in two Would Warnock want to risk stopping that momentum?

Lewis Wing could come from the bench, while Marcus Browne could also, in one fell swoop, play the more advanced midfielder role Saville has held recently.He has in fact played a similar role on several occasions at Oxford last quarter and impressed doing it

It is also possible to move McNair forward, although Nathan Wood is doubtful through illness, it would depend on moving to a full-back four, with only Anfernee Dijksteel and Dael Fry available as other center-backs

What do we think? Will Warnock stay with the 4-3-3 or return to fullback? I guess it would be the last

It wouldn’t be surprising to see Patrick Roberts return to the squad If you missed him yesterday, Warnock spoke at his press conference about the need to be careful with Roberts to avoid injury

Up front, Warnock has repeatedly mentioned the change Chuba Akpom made last week, so Britt Assombalonga can come back to the top

Among Sky Blues’ scorers that day was a certain Alex Nimely Inevitable, really, that his only goal for Coventry came against Boro

What happened next to the former Manchester City striker? Well he had stints in Romania, Norway and Finland before returning to England and signing for Kettering

We know Boro is running pretty well, now unbeaten since opening night at Watford And they are back at Riverside after two impressive away performances

As for tonight’s visitors, they have been winless since mid-September, a 3-2 win against QPR their only league win to date

And they had a punch this weekend, 4-0 at home against Mogga’s Blackburn But they came down to 10 men with the scoreless game, so Neil Warnock says he doesn’t read this too much. result

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