Adams wants no excuses
By Simon Fudge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Coventry City hope they can christen the new Ricoh Arena with a win over QPR.Coventry City boss Micky Adams says playing in the new Ricoh Arena should not be seen as an excuse, should they lose on Saturday.
The Sky Blues open their brand-new 32,500-capacity stadium (pictured) when they host Queens Park Rangers, having come into the match on the back of a 4-0 drubbing at Burnley last weekend.
The trip to Turf Moor last Saturday was the third away match in a row for the Midlands club, as delays in the completion of the Ricoh Arena meant Coventry were forced to play away from home in the first week of the season.
Draws at Norwich City and Millwall were followed by a poor showing against The Clarets and Adams will want a vast improvement against QPR.
"The players let themselves down and the club down last weekend and while some will have a opportunity to put that right against QPR, others will not," Adams said.
"Because the Ricoh Arena is so new to us, you could almost say it's like a fourth away game but I wouldn't want that to be seen as an excuse if we don't do well.
"If we can get a win in what will be a great occasion in our first match at the Arena, it would be fantastic.
"So I'm looking forward to really roaring away and playing attacking football against QPR.
"We're the only club in the country to play three away games in the first week and the travel we had to incur, it was difficult week for us," he added toSky Sports News.
Veteran Sky Blues defender Richard Shaw thinks the club have the platform to challenge in The Championship this season.
"As you see looking around the changing room facilities, it is second to none," he said.
"Hopefully, we just need a team that can perform and push ourselves up the league."