Tuesday, 3 November 2015

My Thirteenth 15/16 Game - Coventry City vs Peterborough United

 After being devastated having conceded 2 goals in the final minutes of the game against Swindon, we really were looking to redeem ourselves at home to 'the best in form team in the league' they had just beaten Doncaster 4-0 and were backed by well over 1,000 fans so were definitely not to be messed with. And we very much needed to redeem ourselves, as we had slipped to 6 points off leaders Gillingham, which we were anyway, but 4 points off Walsall and Burton in 2nd and 3rd so we needed a win to bump ourselves up. Walsall and Gillingham were playing one another so obviously they couldn't both take maximum points but this was a real chance to do so.

 I was very, very close to not going to this game due to not being able to get there, but giving away no spoilers, boy I'm glad I did. Joe Cole was nowhere to be seen in the first team or reserves. But he hasn't played football in a very long time so I can understand that. Fortune started behind Armstrong but aside from that and Jacob Murphy playing ahead of Ryan Kent, we played a usual 11. And just 2 minutes in Murphy had a wonderful chance to give the Sky Blues an early lead but smashed straight into the arms of Jak Alnwick, this was a chance he really could not afford to miss but did unfortunately.

 We were made to pay when after a good spell of dominating, Peterborough got the ball on the edge of the box and slotted past Reice Charles-Cook to put posh a goal ahead. We sort of looked to get back in the game, and Armstrong nearly levelled, beating Alnwick however hitting the near post, but on the counter attack Oztumer scored a screamer to double their lead and continuing our unbeaten home record was looking even less likely. The last 10 minutes of the half were Peterborough taking control of the game and us showing no signs of us getting back into it.

 I joked on Twitter saying "Armstrong hat trick and us to win 3-2" when I wasn't that confident we would get anything out of the game at all in reality, however a thought at the back of my head told me that we were the same scoreline down to Peterborough last season and we ended up going on to win 3-2, so we might do it again, why not? We made 2 half time substitutions, bringing Jim O'Brien on for Fortune, and Ryan Kent was brought on for Ruben Lameires. The second half began and the dream could be on was my thought as we just began dominating the game. The chances were just beginning to arrive and everything started to happen for us.

 We made our dominance pay off when after John Fleck struck the post from 25 yards, Vincelot was quick to follow up and with an acrobatic volley, The Sky Blues had got one back with over half an hour left and had every chance of getting points out of it. O'Brien was really changing the game and playing balls to the flanks. 10 minutes to go and we were carrying on pressing when Jacob Murphy did the best thing he's ever done in a city shirt, ran past the last defender, almost falling over in the process, and playing Armstrong in who tapped into the empty net, we were level, it was incredible. We had made up for throwing away a 2 goal lead by coming back from a 2 goal defecit. The best bit was that there was another 8 minutes left for us to snatch a winner.

 Ryan Haynes played the ball to Armstrong with only 3 minutes left and after some Ronaldo-esque skill, he was one on one with the keeper and smashed home on his weaker foot to complete a beautiful comeback and after seeing out 6 minutes of injury time, we had won the game. Most likely my favourite game of the season, along with Fleetwood.

 The next 'A View From The Stands' will be Barnsley at home in our all important game in hand which potentially could take us within one point of top. Lets hope for another win to add to the unbeaten season at the Ricoh Arena in such an Important game.

My Man Of The Match - Jim O'Brien - Yes, I know. He came on as a substitute but he changed the game and I can look no further than him for this weeks award, even if it means he beats Adam Armstrong with his brace.

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