After what can only be described as an abysmal pre-season, the Sky Blues locked horns with Wigan Athletic at home for the first game of the new campaign. To be completely honest, I was pessimistic about our chances against one of the favourites to clinch promotion back to the Sky Bet Championship, me and my friend got to our seats in a rather packed singers corner claiming that a draw will be a good result. However we were really looking to be proven wrong as there was excitement in the air for the new season.
When the game began our hopes began to pick up, the sky blue army were in full voice and roaring the team on, we dominated the first 10 minutes and were denied a couple of opportunities by the Wigan defence but in only seemed like a matter of time. 15 minutes in, new loan signing Adam Armstrong made a brilliant run through the middle and a killer ball from Jim O'Brien spilt the Latics open for Armstrong run on to and slot past Richard O'Donnell in the Wigan goal to make it 1-0 to the Sky Blues. The mood in the Coventry end went from excited to ecstatic. Personally I was overwhelmed by our performance but didn't want to get too carried away as it was still very early on.
Once the goal went in, Wigan started to look increasingly frustrated and it was showing, Ruben Lameires was brought on the edge of the box in what looked like a yellow card foul, we gave the referee the benefit of the doubt and with a scuffed free kick the play carried on. Jim O'Brien was next to have an opportunity and was sprinting down the left side looking poised to put a ball in or even go on to goal himself, but was again brought down near the corner of the area in what also looked like a yellow card-foul but the referee looked scared to go into his pocket and brandish a colour.
The crowd were chanting "Reda Johnson baby, Reda Johnson Ohhh". So when the ball was floated into the box from the resulting free kick, it had his name written all over it but it wasn't to be, he rose and headed just over the bar. A similar situation occurred when we had a corner just a couple of minutes later, the ball crossed into te box but was headed straight in to the arms of O'Donnell. The rest of the first half was fairly boring, Wigan had a chance which was comfortably saved by Lee Burge.
The second half began the same as the first. The Sky Blues were dominating, it looked as if it was only a matter of time. With half an hour to go we won the ball back inside the Wigan half and were pressing forward. The ball was played into Adam Armstrong and from 10 yards he finished beautifully in the bottom corner. From where we were standing it looked like a wayward pass had found its way into the net but replays showed the new man with a great finish.
After the goal went in, Coventry and especially Armstrong didn't look finished, in the 69th minute he went on a run through and when he got to the edge of the area he was egged on to shoot by the crowd and it smashed off the post and went out. The man from Newcastle obviously was hungry for his hat-trick. Jim O'Brien was subbed off for George Thomas who showed promise for the last 10 minutes.In added time James Maddison matched Armstrong's attempt from earlier on but hit the other post.
. That marked the end of the game and I may be slighty biased as a Coventry fan but I thought that 2-0 flattered Wigan slightly, with us hitting the woodwork twice and them not having a clear cut chance for a shot on goal. I came back from the Ricoh Arena feeling overjoyed. Adam Armstrong was simply suberb. I'm most likely not able to make it to the Rochdale game in the Capital One Cup in which Steve McLaren has asked Tony Mowbray to not play so we could struggle to make it through to round 2.
The next insert to 'A View From The Stands' will be our trip to Millwall on Saturday the 16th of August which will be tricky as they are another relegated team but if we play as well as we did against Wigan then I don't see why we can't repeat and get a win from the new den.
My Man Of The Match: Adam Armstrong (Surprisingly)