Crawley boss Richie Barker is expecting another tough test at under-achieving Coventry City tonight.

Reds head to the Ricoh Arena with an opportunity to go top of League One if they beat a Sky Blues side currently in the bottom four. But Barker is not taking anything for granted.

Coventry have improved since the appointment in September of Mark Robins, who played with and managed Barker at Rotherham. Since Robins took charge, they have won five out of 12 games in all competitions.

Barker said: “They obviously didn’t have a great start to the season and they have certainly turned it around a little bit since Mark went in. They are probably better than where their league positions suggests, individually they certainly are.

“People like David McGoldrick and Gary McSheffrey, you wouldn't imagine them playing in the bottom half of League One.

“Individually they have got players who can change a game. They are one of those teams who I wouldn't say are not a good team but the sum of their individuals are probably better than what the team is showing at the moment.

“It is a massive test and a fantastic place for us to go. It is a great stadium, a lovely pitch and even though it will look fairly empty there will be a decent crowd there as well. I dare say it is one of the ones the players are looking forward to playing in.”

Claude Davis (thigh) trained yesterday and could be involved after missing Saturday's FA Cup win at Met Police. Nathan Byrne, who came off in that game with an ankle injury, did not train yesterday.

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