Thorn warns Southampton of Coventry threat ahead of final day drama
21:30 GMT, 27 April 2012
Coventry manager Andy Thorn insists his side will not roll over against promotion chasers Southampton.
Thorn’s side were relegated from the Championship last weekend but their manager is tired of people thinking the Saints are guaranteed a victory.
‘I’m absolutely sick of people saying, “It’s only Coventry,” and dismissing us,' Thorn said. 'It’s really starting to get on my nerves.
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‘If they think we are going to go down there and lie down, that’s just not going to be the case.
‘We’re going to give everything we can. I promise you that. We aren’t on holiday and we aren’t going there to lay down.
‘I hate things like that. We’re going to go down there and stand up for ourselves to put some pride back into this shirt – for our own fans.
‘We might be going out of this league but we can do it with a bit of dignity.’
Thorn’s stirring rhetoric will give hope to fans of Southampton’s promotion rivals West Ham as they play Hull at Upton Park.
However, the reality is Coventry have won only once away from home all season and are rapidly running out of players.
Regular centre half Richard Keogh is suspended and Thorn is considering handing a debut to teenager Jordan Willis. He is also recalling fellow academy graduate Joe Henderson back from a spell with non-League Nuneaton.
Down and out: Coventry have already been relegated from the Championship
Thorn even joked about naming training-ground chef Dean Kirk among his substitutes
‘There’s no-one else but Jordan,’ added Thorn. ‘That’s no disrespect to him but there are no other defenders here.
‘I’ve pulled Joe back from Nuneaton. In fact, I was lacking fit players so I brought another teenager, Aaron Phillips, into the squad this week. He did his knee in a freak accident.
‘However, there is some good news. Deano the chef is coming in on the bench.’
Meanwhile, Cardiff manager Malky Mackay hopes a pep talk with Sir Alex Ferguson can inspire Cardiff City to play-off glory.
Cardiff play Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Saturday knowing that a point will secure a top-six spot. United have been staying next to the Bluebirds’ training ground and Mackay said: ‘Sir Alex did say he would come in for a cup of tea. He gave me a call before the Carling Cup final and offered some advice, which he didn’t need to do.
‘He has always had time for other managers.’