Admiring Boothroyd knows he's in for a battle with Adams

COVENTRY City manager Aidy Boothroyd has spoken of his respect for opposite number Micky Adams ahead of Sheffield United's visit to the Ricoh Arena tomorrow

Despite the South Yorkshire club's poor record in Championship competition this season, Boothroyd predicted that Adams' presence in the away dug-out means City's play-off credentials are about to undergo a stern test.

"Micky has got a really good record," he said. "He's been around a lot longer than a lot of people think.

"He started at Fulham and did really well at Leicester where he made his name, if you like, along with Dave Bassett. I think he's a guy who doesn't mince his words.

"I like him; he's a little battler and he wants his teams to fight and play hard. Plus, he's a Sheffield United fan, so I'm sure it's going to be a tough game for us.

"I'm sure, though, that they'll think this is going to be a tough one for them too."

Adams, who made more than 100 appearances for United's latest opponents as a player before returning to take charge as a manager, admitted "showing pride in the shirt" was a pre-requisite for selection after accepting his "dream job" following Gary Speed's departure last month.

Boothroyd is cut from similar cloth and, despite their recent downturn in form, has guided City to within four points of sixth-placed Watford.

"Micky has obviously just gone in there and he'll be renewing acquaintances coming back to Coventry as a player and a manager so it will be quite an occasion for him," admitted Boothroyd. "But for us we've just got to make sure that we play the game.

"They've got players who can score goals, they are a team who just missed out on the play-offs last year and have been regularly at the top of the Championship. Very dangerous on their day.

"We've got to respect that and respect the fact that Micky has gone in there and will want to change things for himself so it's going to be a tough game for us. No doubt about it. But it's a game that we are going to want to get something from and we will be looking to get three points."

That is a feat Coventry have not achieved in the league since Marlon King's penalty saw them edge past Middlesbrough on December 4. The controversial striker is still ineligible for selection due to suspension but captain Lee Carsley, who sat out last weekend's FA Cup triumph over Crystal Palace, is expected to start.

Boothroyd, who was appointed as Chris Coleman's successor in May, said: "If we can take our performance from the first half against Palace then it should be a really positive game for us.

"Every manager puts his own stamp on the club depending on how long they are there.We are in the second phase of me arriving and they are in the first phase."

In a bid to accelerate Coventry's development, Boothroyd has asked City's scouts to spy and compile detailed reports on his players as well as the opposition.

"You can sometimes get too caught up in things and so it's good to have an objective view of what's going on," he said.

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