Mark Robins is weighing up his defensive options as he attempts to plot a Coventry City victory over bottom of the table Wycombe Wanderers.
The Sky Blues boss is forced to make at least one change to his starting line-up after centre-half Kyle McFadzean’s appeal against his red card at Luton on Tuesday night was this week rejected by the FA.
That means Robins can either draft in Michael Rose or Josh Pask to make up the three at the back or switch to a back four with full-backs rather than wing-backs.
City started with a flat four in three games at the end of January and early February, beating Sheffield Wednesday and drawing with Birmingham with a 4-3-3 formation.
The third game saw Robins switch back to three and wing-backs at half-time in the 2-1 St Andrew’s defeat to Nottingham Forest.
The obvious man to come into a three to replace McFadzean is Rose, who was missing from the matchday squad on Tuesday night while recovering from a groin strain.
“He’s fit so I have a number of options available and I am still considering those,” said the manager who, understandably, is keeping his cards close to his chest.”
Asked about the option of a four, he added: “That’s always a consideration. As I said there are options open to me and I will consider all of those and hopefully make the right choice.
“It’s a brilliant game for us, and brilliant opportunity. They are a really difficult team, competitive, and we need to be competitive.”
As for losing the appeal and therefore McFadzean, who has been a mainstay of the back three for most of the campaign, Robins said: “There’s no point wasting time on it. We asked the question and it got turned down.
“That’s it. We move on.”
Striker Matty Godden, meanwhile, is perplexed by the decision, reflecting the mood of his team-mates and the fans.
“I have seen pictures of it and I saw his shirt when he came in, and that’s why it took Fadz so long coming off the pitch I guess, because he was pointing to the referee and showing him the ball mark, which is clearly on his shirt,” he said.
“Someone needs to explain to me the new rules because I always understood that the shirt sleeve down (on a short sleeved shirt) is handball, and anything above is not.
“His mark is clearly on his shirt. OK his arm is away from his body but you can clearly see the ball hitting his shoulder, so someone needs to explain to me what the new rules are because there’s confusion as to why that’s not been overturned.”