So I have a little bit of explaining to do... Yes, it's been a month since my last post and the Walsall game, and also over a month since the game I'm about to review, after some influence to carry on and being armed with my laptop, an amazing memory and a stack full of the always prestigious Man Of The Match awards to dish out I'm ready to do all 4! Here's number 1!
We'd just come off the back of a disappointing 2-1 away defeat to Walsall, and we wanted to bounce back straight off with a win against recently promoted Southend. Now I have a slight affiliation to Southend, I wouldn't go as far as to saying they are a second team but I like to see them win, however I ditched those feelings for this night and wanted us to demolish them, and I went in with a cool 3-0 prediction.
Now the first Half an hour was quite dull, neither team looked like taking control of the game. I would have to say that we were fairly lucky to go 1-0 up through Big Reda Johnson on 34 minutes. I genuinely thought that we would take control of the game now that the all important first goal had gone to us. Unfortunately we conceded straight away, caught out with our own tactic of the short corner and a free header gifted to Noel Hunt meant that Southend equalised within 2 minutes of us going 1-0 up. We needed to pick ourselves right back up again which we didn't exactly do.
I don't want to go into much detail about the penalty decision, it seemed like a 50/50 challenge and whoever it was seemed to be looking for the challenge. Controversial penalty or not, Southend went 2-1 up. Burge should have definitely saved it, he got something on it but it wasn't nice to see us behind when we probably shouldn't have been, the scoreline stayed this way as we went in to half time a goal down. We really needed to come out fighting and if possible take all 3 points away.
Once we came out, almost out of nowhere, Sam Rciketts drew a penalty early on. This seemed like the perfect opportunity to draw level and possibly even go on and win the game. Jim O'Brien stepped up confidently and looked as if he was going to break the net with his shot. He started his run up and smashed it straight ho- Oh wait, no he didn't, it was one of the crappest penalties I've ever seen. Easily saved. We seemed broken after this and needed a saviour, but I didn't think it would come this way...
This began the birth of a Coventry song which has been sung in every game since, our rendition of Bob Marley's 'Three Little Birds' despite not having the game going our way, the Sky Blue Army carried on. We got a corner, but we chose not to opt with the short corner tactic. The ball was placed on the corner of the 6-Yard Box and Sam Ricketts, whom had slipped away from his marker, leapt like a Salmon to rise and smash it in through a header. 2-2.
This lit a fuse somewhere, because all of a sudden everything started to click. We were pressing and pressing looking for the winner, our biggest chance came from substitute Marcus Tudgay in the 94th minute, where he should have scored but an incredible save by Daniel Bentley meant we were held to a draw.
The next A View From The Stands is Scunthorpe away as I couldn't make it to Burton. Obviously it's already happened but I won't give any spoilers.
My Man Of The Match: Sam Ricketts - Winning a penalty and scoring a header was enough to get the captain my vote for todays award. This puts him on the group of players on one vote. just behind Adam Armstrong. One step closer to my 'Player Of The Season'...