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Coventry Look to QPR...Stern John is Back

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Adams wants some christmas cheers
Dec 16 2005
By Andy Turner

MICKY ADAMS is looking to cash in on Christmas by attracting floating supporters back to the Ricoh Arena.
And the Coventry City boss knows that could all start on Monday if his players put on a good show in front of the Sky TV cameras to prompt a few armchair fans to take a look at the new stadium over the festive period.
The Ricoh gate slipped to its lowest to date against Millwall last weekend, with just 16,156 attending, but Adams sees the team's current form as a great opportunity to get punters flooding back.
"Generally you find that the games over the Christmas and New Year period are well supported," he said looking ahead to a busy holiday period.
"Obviously we would like to see more people coming to see us at the games against Crewe and Wolves at the Ricoh. But we are not daft and we understand that we have to put on winning performances to draw the crowd in. They go together.
"We have got to get a winning team out there to fill the stadium, and maybe we can help with a good performance in front of the TV cameras."
He added: "There is a little edge to training and I would think that they all want to play. Confidence is high and they are working as hard as they possibly can, and the QPR game being live on telly will be a boost to them all.
"Players enjoy showing themselves off if they are winning. It gets a little bit embarrassing if they are not, and if they don't play well.
"But we have got to forget about the TV cameras and go down there and be professional, and try to get a result."
Adams has mixed fortunes on the availability of players. Although young midfielder Kevin Thornton is rated as 'doubtful' with a groin strain, City welcome back Don Hutchison who was ineligible for the Millwall game.
Matt Heath remains a doubt with his rib injury and although Marcus Hall (calf), Stephen Hughes (Achilles) and Neil Wood (knee) are ruled out, James Scowcroft has returned to training following a week out with a sore neck.
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Stern returns to city
Coventry Evening Telegraph Dec 16 2005

THE SKY BLUES welcome Stern John back to training tomorrow after the striker was released from his loan spell at Derby County on Thursday.
John is likely to be on the bench for Monday's game at QPR, and manager Micky Adams is urging him to make the most of the second half of the season in a City shirt to ensure he is in good form going into the World Cup.
"Stern has got fantastic ability and you hope that anyone who is in the frame for the World Cup, whoever they are, would pick up their performances between now and the end of the season just to guarantee their place."
And John's club and international team-mate, goalkeeper Clayton Ince, is delighted he is back, saying: "Having any player back is always good, especially someone of Stern's calibre. He has been down and out so far.
"Both of us have been out of it so we need to cheer each other up and try to support each other to get ourselves back in the frame.
"I have kept in touch with him while he has been at Derby and we have been trying to give each other words of confidence to get ourselves back in it, and if we can't then both of us need to go somewhere else to play football http://iccoventry.icnetwork.co.uk/0300coventrycity/0100news/tm_objectid=16492383%26method=full%26siteid=50003%26headline=stern%2dreturns%2dto%2dcity-name_page.html

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