Thursday, 20 August 2015

My Third 15/16 game - Coventry City vs Crewe Alexandra

  After not conceding a single goal in our opening 2 fixtures against Wigan and Millwall, we sat impressively at the top of the league one pile, level on points with Rochdale. We came into a game against Crewe Alexandra, Tony Mowbray insisted that the boys hadn't looked at the table ahead of the game, and weren't going to be until January to assess where we were and what needed improving in the transfer window. I also didn't want to get carried away and Crewe are meant to be our supposed 'bogey team',which was a thought that was at the back of my head pre-match.

After a delay of 15 minutes due to high crowds at the ticket office, the game began. It looked as if we took control instantly and after only 12 or so minutes the ball found its way to John Fleck on the edge of the box who smashed it on the half volley in to the back of the net. There was a minutes applause on the 15th minute to mark the age of Jayden Parsons who was a Sky Blues fan who died suddenly this week and there were choruses of "Jayden Parsons he's one of our own".

 Around the 30th minute mark crew scored a beauty in the far corner, however it looked as if Lee Burge could have done slightly better if he had dived at full stretch. We seemed a bit shocked after the goal went in, as if Crewe hadn't read the script, but after a dull 5 minute period we looked to take control of the game again. The score stayed the same at half time and I was impressed with our performance so far, we just needed to get 1 or 2 goals to see out the game.

  Barely into the second half, the one and the only Adam Armstrong scored a beautiful goal in the bottom corner to beat the Crewe keeper. This put us 2-1 up and there were feelings of jubilation all around, I don't think we'd even finished celebrating the goal when Crewe equalised once more through a good chip through ball and an easy finish past Burge, Reda Johnson looked furious with the Sky Blues defence after conceding that goal.

 Despite that goal going in, we looked fired up to go on and win the game. We were having so many chances, on in which some great play in the midfield and a flick on from Chris Stokes led to Jim O'Brien smashing into the side netting. Another chance from Adam Armstrong 6 yards out which looked a certain goal was saved brilliantly by the Crewe Goalie. We kept having chance after chance and it began to look lie it wasn't going to happen for us.

 8 minutes to go and Jim O'Brien took a shot on the half volley from about 25 yards out, it wasn't the most powerful of shots but it still managed to find it's way into the bottom corner to make it 3-2. We had finally made our third breakthrough, we made sure we didn't repeat what happened with the other 2 and we didn't concede and we saw out the game.

 A brilliant game with a lot of drama, at times I didn't think we were going to but in the end, the best team won, and that's not me being biased with 29 shots to Crewe's 6 and 63% possession you really couldn't argue otherwise. and incredibly, we are still top of the league, 2 points clear of Gillingham in second. The fourth instalment to 'A View From The Stands' will be our away trip to third placed Walsall in which we have sold out all 2,200 tickets given to us. It should be a cracker.

My Man Of The Match: John Fleck - A brilliant goal and some great play maker work in the midfield really helped him towards this prestigious award. He also helped the defensive line out with some great tackles further back. This gets him off the mark with 1 award, just behind Adam Armstrong on 2, all going towards the holy Man of the season award...

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