After the previous week and it's disappointing loss to Bury, the Sky Blues faced Shrewsbury Town at home in a must win game. Shrewsbury stood 16th in the table after having beaten recently relegated Blackpool 2-0. This was a game we should definitely win as City were 12 places above the Shrews. One major difference in our line up was the fact that Reice Charles-Cook started instead of Lee Burge as he wasn't match fit due to an illness he had sustained. All season I had wanted to see how Reice could perform in a league game and was finally getting his debut and his chance to shine.
As well as Charles-Cook starting, we had our usual back four and Midfield. However Marc-Antoine Fortune got his first league start playing alongside league one top scorer Adam Armstrong. The first big talking point of the game was when Ryan Kent ran through on goal and got brought down in what looked like a stone wall penalty which wasn't given, we weren't too phased by this and carried on attacking. 25 minutes in the ball found itself to Adam Armstrong who struck beautifully on the edge of the box right into the far corner to put the Sky Blues 1-0 up.
This really set the game alight, we were attacking and attacking, we had a second penalty appeal turned down, this time it maybe could have been given either way so I wasn't surprised to see the referee wave it away. We had a third appeal, this one was perhaps the biggest shout of them all, Kent had his legs taken out from behind, the linesman was in the perfect position to make the call but gave a corner, the foot of the defender was about a yard away from the ball, in my opinion a shocking decision.
We finally had a decision go our way when Fortune wrong footed Nathaniel Knight-Percival whom completely blocked him from getting the ball. After 4 times of asking, we finally had a penalty awarded, Fortune stepped up after the ball had been given to him by Armstrong who seemed happy to give Marc an opportunity to score his first goal in a city shirt. He did that exactly, beating the keeper ,who dived the right way, in the same corner that Armstrong scored his goal 20 minutes previous.
This was scored on the stroke of half time and we went in 2-0 up after a brilliant first half. I was hoping for more of the same when the boys came back out, the first 15 minutes were quiet but after 65 minutes we had another chance to put the game out of sight, Armstrong struck a beautiful striker for 18 yards past the keeper to do exactly that. The pressure was off and we had put it beyond doubt that we were going to win the game, Shrewsbury needed a miracle.
Not much happened for the remainder of the game, solid defensive work made sure we kept the clean sheet, Charles-Cook had a very good debut, not having much to deal with but comfortably dealt with what he had, leaping to save corners put in to the box, and being quick to start counter attacks when players were far forward.
The 10th 'A View From The Stands' will be Fleetwood Town away, obviously I've already been, and it's a cracker to mark number 10 to say the least, as it is Steven Pressley's first game as Fleetwood manager, and he faces his former club.
My Man Of The Match - Adam Armsrong - Despite Charles-Cook's bright league debut, 2 great goals from the on loan Newcastle United striker mean that he gets his third award this year and pulls away from the chasing pack all on one, can anyone stop him?