Thursday, 22 October 2015

My Tenth 15/16 Game - Fleetwood Town vs Coventry City

The magic tenth game I'm writing about, don't know why it's magic but still, we faced Fleetwood Town away from home and it was a big one due to the fact that Steven Pressley was managing his first game as Fleetwood manager having been announced as the new boss during mid week, and what a first game to have, against his former club. At the time I was sad to see good old Elvis go, however I wouldn't change the events since, Mowbray definitely seems to be the right man for the job and that has shown with our impressive league form.

 Reice Charles-Cook once again started but this time ahead of a fully fit Lee Burge, implying that he's taken his place in the first team, perhaps permanently. I was happy he was getting another chance, as I believe he is  better than Burge and is also taller, and as everyone knows, the taller you are, the better keeper you are as height is a great trait for a keeper to have. Also, Armstrong and Kent were both away on international duty so Fortune started with Lameiras behind. Murphy and O'Brien began on the wings.

 Aside from 2 early Fleetwood chances, which went just past the post, the first 20 minutes was fairly boring. After this we began to get into the game more and we had a chance which Jacob Murphy should have definitely put away. However this did not hide the fact that the first half  was incredibly dull. My highlight was another city fan intimidating Fleetwood striker Hunter and taking the mickey out of his height. The funny thing is was that he's actually 5 foot 10. When Fleetwood had first half corner opportunities and Richard Wood came up for the attack he also got a rather large piece of the banter being served by the Sky Blue Army.

 I, like everyone else, was hoping the second half would be more entertaining than the last, and it was exactly that, both sides were having chances, but we definitely had the better of those chances. We were just having constant attacks, making runs into the box but not actually making the final ball to get the all important goal, it was obvious that we missed Ryan Kent and Adam Armstrong. Fleetwood had an attack on the counter which was passed across the box and Charles-Cook scrambled across to see the strike hit the outside of the post. He had it covered, that's what you tell people...

 For the entire of the second half, the Coventry fans were 'bullying' the Fleetwood goalkeeper Chris Maxwell, this all stemmed from Maxwell chatting back to the same supporter whom was having a go at Hunter. It's all very confusing but funny at the same time. In an unlikely turn of events, all this seemed to pay off. Substitute George Thomas took the ball passed two players to have a shot from 20 yards which Maxwell parried straight onto the chest of the one and only Richard Wood whom saw the ball into the net with nothing he could do about it. By the way, all of this happened in the 90th minute! Which meant we saw out the game to pick up a massive 3 points at the expense of former city Centre Half Wood.

What a game to mark the tenth 'A View From The Stands' and Number 11 was the following week, versus Blackpool at home and if I write it in time for Swindon away. I will FINALLY be back up to date with these. And as I say number 11 is Blackpool but the day before, the Sky Blues announced one of their biggest and one of their best signings in years...

My Man Of The Match - Richard Wood - No? Ok maybe not...

My ACTUAL Man Of The Match - Reice Charles-Cook - Since giving George Thomas the award for 12 minutes of football would be a bit suspicious. I am giving Reice a well overdue award which he deserved against Shrewsbury but could not be given to him due to a brace from Adam Armstrong, so he gets one this week after another superb clean sheet.

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