Date: 16th February 2017 at 10:23am
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With fifteen matches left to play in their 2016/17 campaign and eleven points separating them from safety in League One, Coventry City may already have passed the point of no return on their slide towards the basement division of English football.

If there is to be a great escape then it will have to start in the next two matches as Gillingham and Swindon Town visit the Ricoh Arena.

The Gills arrive this Saturday having conceded a late equaliser to Chesterfield in midweek that leaves them looking nervously over their shoulders at the four-point gap between themselves and Bury in the final relegation place.

Head coach Ady Pennock believes his side will move out of trouble sooner rather than later but wants more ruthlessness from his men when in winning positions with five draws in a row keeping them in the bottom eight of the table.

Pennock’s words will echo with City boss Russell Slade after a stoppage-time goal denied the Sky Blues a priceless victory at AFC Wimbledon Tuesday evening.

For the third time in Slade’s short reign, three points were turned into one by a late lapse although there were elements of the performance that pleased the manager in the wake of the weekend defeat at Oldham Athletic.

Yakubu enjoyed a 30-minute cameo as a substitute at Kingsmeadow and his arrival at the Ricoh Arena is set to be followed by more free agents, according to reports in the Coventry Observer this week which linked Kieran Richardson to the Sky Blues.

The horse (not Geoff Horsfield) has long since bolted, however, and this mini-recruitment drive seems to be another piece of short-term thinking from the club.

As City found out last season, when Darius Henderson, Stephen Hunt and Peter Ramage all struggled, even in a side doing much better than this one, players who have been without a club since the beginning of a campaign find it very hard to get up to speed when pitched in in the final few months.