Watford return to Boreham Wood's Meadow Park to face Leagye One side Coventry City on Wednesday evening

Watford head coach Beppe Sannino brings his Hornets to Meadow Park on Wednesday evening. Picture: Action Images

Watford head coach Beppe Sannino brings his Hornets to Meadow Park on Wednesday evening. Picture: Action Images

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Watford will play their second match in six days at Boreham Wood’s Meadow Park ground when they face Coventry City on Wednesday evening.

The Hornets continued their preparations for the new Championship season with a 5-0 win in scorching conditions at St Albans City on Saturday afternoon, following on from a 1-0 victory over the Wood 48 hours earlier.

For Steven Pressley’s Sky Blues, Wednesday’s clash is their sixth of pre-season after a 1-0 defeat at Newport County on Tuesday evening.

Pre-season began with a washout at local side Nuneaton Town; freak weather causing the match to be abandoned midway through the second half with the Conference side leading 1-0.

A three-match tour of Italy followed, with a win, a draw and a loss against Roma ‘B’, Chievo and Greek side, AEL Kalloni, respectively.

Pressley has been active in the transfer market, bolstering his squad with seven new faces. The most recent of those additions is former Nottingham Forest forward, Marcus Tudgay, who was signed on Tuesday evening.

The Derby County trainee joined the Sky Blues on a free transfer after finding playing time increasingly hard to come by at the City Ground.

In the past two seasons, the 31-year-old has played just 176 minutes of Championship football for the Tricky Trees, spending time out on loan at Barnsley (twice) and Charlton Athletic.

A return of 52 goals in 211 appearances in all competitions was enough to persuade Forest to take the then-Sheffield Wednesday frontman on loan before signing him for undisclosed fee a little over a month later.

Creative midfielder Danny Swanson has arrived from League One rivals Peterborough United on a free transfer, whilst forward Shaun Miller has joined from Sheffield United following a frustrating two-year stay at Bramall Lane.

Benin defender Reda Johnson – capable of playing at left-back or centre-half – has also joined following the expiration of his Wednesday contract, beefing up the City backline.

Former Celtic, Motherwell and Barnsley winger Jim O’Brien will inject some creativity and unpredictability into the wide areas after leaving Oakwell at the end of the season to move to Sixfields.

Between the sticks, former Arsenal and Bury goalkeeper Reice Charles-Cook will be keen to step into the boots of outgoing number one, Joe Murphy, who has joined Championship side Huddersfield Town.

Reice-Cook will face stiff competition from young Bournemouth stopper Ryan Allsop, who has joined on a six-month loan deal until January.

Versatile former Manchester United, Leeds United, Preston North End and Stoke City left-sider, Danny Pugh, signed on a free transfer after being released by the Whites at the end of his contract.

The main departure for City, who will play outside of Coventry once more this season, was striker Callum Wilson.

Twenty-two-year-old Wilson top-scored for City with 21 league goals in 37 starts last term, prompting interest from Bournemouth, who paid out to bring the talented young forward to the south coast.

Defender Cyrus Christie – also a product of the club’s academy system – has stepped up to the Championship too, joining Steve McClaren’s Derby County for an undisclosed fee.

Christie had made more than 100 appearances for Coventry at the age of just 21, joining the Rams after his contract with his hometown club expired.

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