Tuesday, 1 December 2015

My Eighteenth 15/16 Game - Coventry City vs Doncaster Rovers

 Still unbeaten at home going into the game and off the back of the Gillingham win, Doncaster seemed easy compared to what we've been doing as they sat in 16th place, but Darren Fergusons men were not to be underestimated, as they were still a strong side. Since the 4-1 victor over Gills, we faced Bradford City away on Tuesday night, I wasn't able to make it so obviously I was unable to write on it. However we ground out a fairly dull nil-nil draw.

 The teams on the other hand differed slightly to Bradford, Charles-Cook started in goal. Predictably, the back four stayed the same as it had for Gillingham and Bradford, Stokes, Martin, Turner and Ricketts lead the line. Fleck returned after being out with a sore hamstring and was accompanied by Vincelot. Kent found his way back into the team with Jim O'Brien and hat trick hero Murphy. Armstrong started once again.

 Still Joe Cole is not managing to make it into the team, having extended his loan, but his fitness issues mean he hasn't gotten in since 'that goal'. But Bigirimana began on the bench. I thought we would take control of possession as we usually do at home, but this was not the case. For me, Donny were on top for most of the first half and we were lucky to get the goal when we did, Ricketts of all people shot from 20 yards but was poorly cleared and was bouncing everywhere imaginable in the box until it came to Armstrong whom slotted home his 13th of the season. This gave us a very important one goal lead on the half-hour mark.

 We took this lead into half time, but by no means did we look convincing, we needed to tighten our defence and not assume we'd already won. My suspicions became true when just 7 minutes in to the second half a scrappy shot and a poor save from Cook meant that Nathan Tyson had an easy tap in to give Rovers the equaliser. From here we began to take control, and only another 7 minutes later from a cleared corner we did when John Fleck smashed home from 25 yards. However there was some poor goalkeeping involved so we got a bit lucky.

  I hate our tactic of when we're winning, just passing it round the back and inviting in pressure, because teams figure it out, like Swindon did, and now Doncaster when John Fleck wasn't concentrating and gave the ball straight to Donny and for Nathan Tyson to stick past Cook to put them level for the second time this game. Poor from Fleck, gifting them a goal. We tried attacking to get a winner again but it didn't come and we drew our second game in a row.

 Technically we're still top for now, but a win from Burton and a big win from Walsall could see us drop as far as 3rd. Unlikely, but lets hope we're still top by our next game in 2 weeks time away to Sheffield United, which will not be the 19th 'A View From The Stands' but the 20th, as for the first time, I will be doing a non Coventry City game. Wait and see to see which game I'm going to!

My Man Of The Match - Romain Vincelot - He had good competition from Fleck but after the mistake it has to go to Vincelot, he played good football at either end of the pitch so he gets his first award, he has really been an unsung hero this season and deserves recognition.

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