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COVENTRY City striker Freddy Eastwood admits he fancied a move to Cardiff City in the summer.

The former Southend striker's protracted move to the Sky Blues often looked set to derail for good during a prolonged transfer switch.

And, with the Bluebirds circling, Eastwood admitted that he fancied a move to his maternal grandfather's
country of birth.

The Essex-born star told the Sunday Mercury that the FA Cup finalist's interest got no further than newspaper talk and he's grateful that his long-awaited move to the Ricoh Arena worked out.

Now he's relishing this week's showdown at the notoriously-hostile Ninian Park because he admits it's one stadium where he doesn't attract boos from the home fans.

FREDDY EASTWOOD says both him and ex-Wolves bench buddy Jay Bothroyd are desperate to prove a point this season.

The striking duo will face each other for the first time since they both escaped their Molineux misery when the Sky Blues head to Cardiff in the Championship on Tuesday night.

Eastwood was first to leave through the Wolves exit door when he headed for Coventry in July and Bothroyd jumped the old gold and black ship less then a month later to head for the Welsh capital.

The attackers have enjoyed plenty of match action with their respective clubs during the current campaign but they were used to cosying up alongside each other on the substitutes bench last season.

Bothroyd, who started his career at Coventry, made just 13 starts for Mick McCarthy's side last term while Eastwood endured further frustration with just 10 appearances from the off.

Eastwood admits Bothroyd is in the same boat as him this season because having both found pastures new, they're eager to make their mark in the Championship this season.

"Me and Jay didn't play a lot at Wolves, he's moved on to Cardiff now and I'm looking forward to playing against him," Eastwood, 24, told the Sunday Mercury.

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COVENTRY City boss Chris Coleman declared himself happy with a fourth successive game unbeaten.

The Sky Blues had to come from behind to earn a point in the sunshine by the sea but could well have won.

Yet again they controlled long periods of the match without scoring and in the end Freddy Eastwood notched his second goal of the season in the 69th minute to cancel out a second-half opener by Ben Burgess.

A satisfied Coleman said: "We have come to a ground where the home team lost only four times last season and got a draw.

"Blackpool beat Birmingham 1-0 at St Andrew's last week and are playing with confidence.

"We did well in the first half but things just weren't falling for us in front of goal. Then, for 25 minutes after the break, they came at us strongly, hit the bar and then scored their goal.

"To be fair they could have stretched their lead.

"But we got back into it and Freddy scored a good goal while Clinton Morrison and Michael Mifsud had golden opportunities.

"Freddy has been doing everything but scoring of late. In fact in the \rst half the referee told him that if he had gone down in the area he would have awarded the penalty but Freddy wanted to score.

"He and Clinton have scored goals throughout their careers and they will continue to get to get goals.

"But they know they have got young Leon Best breathing down their necks and they have been rather snatching at things because they have been so desperate."

COVENTRY CITY boss Chris Coleman was forced to wear the wrong trousers as he prepared his Sky Blues players for their trip to Blackpool.

His trusty side-kick Steve Kean had put on Coleman's club issue tracksuit bottoms by mistake after training and shot off, leaving the manager with no choice but to wear his assistant's.

And given the height and waist differential between to two, Coleman was left walking round with slightly short baggy trousers while Kean's would have fitted a bit tighter and been considerably longer in the leg.

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SKY BLUES' supporters may have been surprised and some even disappointed to hear that Kevin Thornton is set to go out on loan to Brighton.

But a run of first team football has got to be a good thing for the 22-year-old nearly man who has impressed and angered successive managers who have seen him not make the most of his talent.

Year after year we want the exciting midfielder to finally make his mark in the first team.

And season after season something always happens to send him off course, whether it be injury or leaning towards self destruction.

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RELIEVED Elliot Ward says he couldn't wait to step up for Coventry City's decisive penalty against QPR.

The in-form defender missed a spot kick at Bramall Lane in the Sky Blues' 1-1 draw with Sheffield United.

However, when Jay Tabb won a spot-kick on Saturday, the centre-back had no doubts about stepping forward again for the crucial kick.

He told the club's official website: ""It was nice to get it so soon after the one I missed on Tuesday when it was a real disappointment not to hit the target.

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I HAD some pleasing news this week when a specialist informed me that the tear in my left Achilles has fully healed.

It has obviously been a very frustrating time for me over the last six weeks, being out injured after just joining Coventry in the summer.

I worked really hard in the pre-season when I was training with the club and was delighted to put pen to paper just before the start of the season.

We had a terrific first game and then unfortunately I started getting some pain in my Achilles in the second game against Aldershot in the Cup.

It came on with about seven minutes to go and I knew I had to go off, and believe me, I wouldn't go off for any little thing.

I thought it was a bit of stiffness at the time after playing two games in a week, but it was still very sore the next day and I travelled up to Barnsley and told the manager that I didn't think I would be able to play.

I agreed to a late fitness test but I knew in my own mind that it wasn't right.

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CHRIS COLEMAN today urged the Sky Blue Army to fill the Ricoh Arena - after a new three-match ticket deal was announced by the club.

Coventry City are offering fans a special ticket deal - three games for £50.

The cash will pay for tickets against Southampton on October 4, Burnley on October 21 and Midlands rivals Derby County October 25.

And Coleman is adamant that the City fans can become the team's extra man at home.

"The positive effect of good home support should not be underestimated and it would be fantastic to see the Ricoh buzzing over the next few games," he added.

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DANNY SIMPSON says the only time he's been given the infamous 'hairdryer treatment' from Sir Alex Ferguson was after Coventry City humbled Manchester United at Old Trafford.

The Sky Blues - then led by former manager Iain Dowie - won 3-0 in the Carling Cup clash last season - with Michael Mifsud grabbing two goals.

And, as the Sky Blue Army celebrated in the Old Trafford stands, Sir Alex was giving his young side a hell of a rollicking - for being turned over by a Championship side at home.

Simpson, who was making his United first team debut on that night, admits it was one of the worst moments in his young career.

He told Tribal Football: ""Everyone gets it at some point in their United career.

"I admit it wasn't a good day for me and United.

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CHRIS COLEMAN believes his Coventry City backline is one of the best in the business - despite being one of the youngest in the Championship.

The Sky Blues defence took a battering against QPR on Saturday - but held firm for a superb 1-0 victory against the big-spending Londoners.

Coleman was delighted with the result, which took his side to eighth place in the Championship, and hailed the contribution of his back four and goalkeeper Keiren Westwood.

He told the club's official site: ""If we're going to do well in this league we are going to have games like that where you've got to grind it out.

"Most people could see what the three points meant to the players after the game."

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