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Posted on 16 March 2001  - 12:00

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There is no doubt about it - Coventry are in a spot of bother, the great survivors of the English top flight have got a real fight on their hands to avoid making an acquaintance with the Nationwide League.

A team scrapping for their Premiership life is perhaps the least desirable team to come up against as George attempts to concentrate minds and focus the squad's attention on the quest for points rather than glittering prizes.

Coventry have not won a League match since Boxing Day, when Everton were overcome, but have managed to take three points from their last three games by virtue of three draws.

Second from bottom, the Sky Blues are four points adrift of Middlesbrough in the first safety spot.

Gordon Strachan has been at pains to point out that it is not a case of his team under performing - more sheer bad luck. Coventry have dominated games this season, but failed to find a finishing touch to put on all their possession.

The cutting edge was severely blunted when Inter Milan came a calling in the summer for the services of Robbie Keane, the sharp-shooting Irishman who is now spearheading Leeds United's attack.

Any team, no matter who they are, would struggle to compensate for the loss of players like Keane and Gary McAllister. Even if the finance was there, talents like that are not readily available on the transfer market. But that is what Strachan has had to contend with.

Filling the boots of Keane was always going to be a tall order for Craig Bellamy, the young Welshman drafted in by Strachan from Norwich following Keane's departure. He has struggled slightly to fill the void, so Strachan recently went out and bought him a heavyweight striking partner to relieve the burden.

Enter John Hartson. The bigger Welshman of Coventry's new strikeforce finally got his move back to the Premiership after relegation with Wimbledon. He had suffered the heartbreak of seeing moves to Spurs, Rangers and Charlton break down for medical reasons and his Highfield Road switch nearly went the same way.

Coventry and Wimbledon found a way around the problem and Hartson is now charged with putting some added impetus into his new club's battle for safety.

Spurs won the corresponding fixture 3-2 last season, a similar result would do our position in the table a power of good, never mind Coventry's.