Tuesday, 27 October 2015

My Eleventh 15/16 Game - Coventry City vs Blackpool

 My Eleventh game of the season following the Sky Blues took me to the Ricoh Arena to watch us face recently relegated, struggling and poorly owned Blackpool, and in my opinion Oyston is ruining their club and needs to leave to stop a club whom were in the premier league 6 years ago, from dropping into the fourth tier of English football however this is looking unlikely as the seasiders sat in the relegation zone.

 During my review of the Fleetwood game I promised that I would be back up to date, now this hasn't happened as since then I have been to see us play Swindon away since writing that, however I PROMISE that I will be up to date for the Peterborough game coming up. Before I review the actual game, OH MY GOD. JOE COLE. JOE. COLE. We signed Joe Cole on an emergency loan from Aston Villa, it may only be for 35 days but Joe Cole is literally my childhood in a footballer and I may or may not have bought this seasons home kit with his name on the back.

 Cole however wasn't eligible to play in the game so Kent played alongside Armstrong and Murphy, all behind Fortune. Fleck and Vincelot in the middle, both playing in front of the usual back four of Stokes, Ricketts, Johnson and Martin. And good old Reice Charles-Cook (Cookie Monster) started once more in net having still not conceded a league goal this season. George Thomas started on the bench after winning us the game against Fleetwood ( even if the goal wasn't his) however today he would not get a chance in the first team,

 Now I'm not going to sugacoat it, the game was horribly boring, there was 2 talking points of the entire match, the first was after a bit of good play by Jacob Murphy down the wing and he clipped the ball into Adam Armstrong who had an easy chance from 5 yards which you would expect him to smash home however he completely fluffed his lines and the ball went out for a throw. He obviously seemed devastated that he hadn't managed to put the Sky Blues ahead.

 The second big talking point was the injury of Reda Johnson. He perhaps tried too hard in a tackle to stop Blackpool from scoring but he limped off and on came Aaron Phillips in his place. It looked a bad one as he was on the floor for a while and it has since been revealed by the club that he suffered a detached hamstring tendon and is likely to be out for threst of the season. This has hurt our promotion chances deeply as Reda is our known talisman, but Reda himself has insisted he will come back from this stronger. He went off to choruses of "Reda Johnson Baby, Reda Johnson Ohhh" Rumours that his contract would be terminated were dismissed by Coventry on Twitter immediately saying CCFC stands by their players. Get Well soon Reda.

 Reda's injury was a bad end to a bad performance, we didn't deserve to win. Blackpool are a team we definitely need to beat to keep up our promotion chances so when the game finished 0-0, I was bitterly disappointed. However in a way we got away with it, Walsall lost at home to Chesterfield 2-1, Burton lost 4-0 away at Steven Pressley's Fleetwood, I'm happy to see him doing well as the new boss. We sat 5th but still had that all important game in hand which at this point it time would take us 2nd, 1 point behind leaders Gillingham.

 That brings the most boring game that I have reviewed to date to an end, 'A View From The Stands' will return for Swindon Town away, as I have said, and I promise I will do it before the Peterborough game.

My Man Of The Match - Sam Ricketts - An unsung hero would probably be an overstatement and it was definitely a case of who doesn't deserve it rather than who does but Ricketts had a solid game in defence, keeping out all that the Blackpool attack had to throw at him.

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