A Capital One Cup win at Dagenham & Redbridge can set Coventry up for a successful season, says manager Andy Thorn
Coventry City manager Andy Thorn has left nothing to chance in preparation for Tuesday evening’s Capital One Cup first round tie at Dagenham & Redbridge.
Though the Sky Blues were relegated from the npower Championship last season they will be clear favourites to come out on top against opponents who finished just four places above the League 2 drop zone a year after falling down from League 1.
But Thorn, determined to get the Sky Blues campaign off to a positive start, said: “We’ve had Dagenham watched a few times, they play some good football and they’ve had some good results in the pre-season.
“So we know it will be tough and we’ll have to be right to get the result we want. But we’ve worked really hard in pre-season and our last three friendlies have been away to competitive League 2 sides [Bristol Rovers, Port Vale and Accrington Stanley].
“We won all three and I feel that we’re getting better and that things are coming together at the right time. We know what to expect against Dagenham having had them watched, and that’s exactly what we’ve been preparing for.
“We want to win down there and then have a nice Cup run. Over the last few years our supporters haven’t had an awful lot to cheer about, so we want to give them that.”
It has been a long time since Coventry fans had anything to cheer about in the League Cup, their team having failed to get past the first round since the 2008/09 campaign.
The fact that the Daggers have never won a League Cup tie in the five seasons they have so far been a Football League club will be of no consolation – though it may be a point of encouragement – to the Sky Blues followers as they head south for the tie.
Supporters of the Ricoh Stadium club have also had little to enthuse about in the League, Coventry finishing in the bottom eight of the Championship table in each of the five seasons before last term’s relegation as the 23rd-placed club.
But Thorn and his much-changed squad, which has seen several key players depart but seven new men drafted in, are aiming to put the smiles back on the faces of the long suffering supporters in what will be the club’s first season of third-tier football since 1964 – 33 of those seasons having been spent in the top flight.
Thorn said: “We’re a big club with terrific supporters and we want to get back to where we were and then kick on from there. We want to go straight back up [to the Championship] and be as successful as we can to bring some pride back to the club.”