Arguably, this Bury away game was our most important this season, as both teams came into the game in a play off place. I wasn't sure how this game would turn out, however a win would really help us with our impressive start to the season. One talking point before the match was Leon Clarke's first game lining up against the Sky Blues since putting in a transfer request and moving to Wolves in the January transfer window of the 13/14 season. Coventry fans had been warned by current City player Aaron Martin that Clarke will use the booing as ammunition to haunt his former club. If I'm being completely honest, I still held bad feeling toward Leon and was part of the boing crowd.
Despite not being Clarke's biggest fan to say the least, I was hoping he was show the travelling Sky Blue Army some respect and not respond to any comments made toward him. Now aside from returning players, we fielded pretty much our strongest side with Ricketts, Armstrong, Johnson and Kent all starting, and my least favourite player Jacob Murphy started also. I would say the Sky Blues started the better with 3 early corners in our favour, however we made nothing of the small amount of chances we had.
Perhaps somewhat on the break, 20 minutes in Chris Hussey, another former City player, won a free kick on the left just outside the box. Hussey was stood on the free kick. He was expected to take a shot on goal, however, the Coventry defence was caught out when he squared it across the box to find, guess who, Leon Clarke, who slotted home into the top corner. So after poor defending the Sky Blues found themselves 1-0 down at Gigg Lane, Clarke celebrated really proudly, Which was the first thing that annoyed me about what he did in the game.
The second was 5 minutes in to the second half, another piece of poor defending, this time from Chris Stokes let Leon Clarke run through on goal down the right side of the pitch however he was being chased down by Aaron Martin who was winning the 50/50 battle, now this my sound bitter and controversial, but Clarke knew this was happening and that he was losing so felt the only option was to go to ground, now I saw it wasn't a penalty, all Coventry fans AND Bury fans saw it wasn't a penalty, even the referee saw it wasn't a penalty! But the linesman in "the best place to make the call" gave the penalty so the referee had to take his word for it...
Leon stepped up and Burge really should have saved, but all he could manage was a palm on it so it just carried on in to the net for Bury, and Clarke's second. At this point we really needed a saviour to get us back into the game, we had brought on Marcus Tudgay and Marc-Antoine Fortune for Jacob Murphy and Jim O'Brien respectively. But it was neither of those that would give us a chance, after a corner was put into the box and flicked on, fan favourite and former captain Reda Johnson knocked home with a bullet header to give us a chance.
This made it 2-1 with a good 25 minutes plus injury time left to play and we began to dominate, we were having all the chances and Bury couldn't even get a look in. No matter how many chances we had, we just couldn't make the breakthrough. Perhaps the most notable of chances came with 5 minutes to go when Sam Ricketts of all people ran through and belted a shot from 25 yards which struck the bar. We also had a penalty appeal turned down, which in my opinion if you give the Leon Clarke penalty then you would have to give this one. Unfortunately this marked the end of the game. We could not manage to even steal a point when in my opinion we deserved at least a draw if not all 3 points.
However at the end of the day, moaning about it won't change the fact that we lost, all we could do was look ahead to the next game, which is Shrewsbury at home and will be A view from the stands number 9.
Man Of The Match - Reda Johnson - The fact that he got the goal and gave us a boost when we really needed it contributed massively to Reda's 'award' if you can call it that! He adds to the 1 point list who still trail Adam Armstrong on 2 as we move one step closer to seeing who gets the coveted Man Of The Season award.