Monday, 15 February 2016

My Twenty-Seventh 15/16 Game - Coventry City vs Burton Albion

4 days after the 1-1 draw with Walsall and we were in a tricky situation, we were under pressure to beat top of the league Burton. 4 points from 6 in games verses Walsall and Burton, as well as doing the double over the brewers would put us in a great position, and with our home record, you could put in a good case that would see us do so, it all depends on which Coventry City side turns up.

 I'll start off this section as I always do, Charles-Cook began the game in goal, new man Peter Ramage started his first game in the infamous Sky Blue shirt alongside Sam Ricketts in the centre back positions. Chris Stokes and Aaron Phillips were on either side of them, Fleck and Vincelot started in the middle of the park, Lameires got a rare start with Maddison and Murphy. League top goal scorer Adam Armstrong began as the lone striker.

 The games first piece of action to note was a free kick 25 yards out in favour of the city, James Maddison stepped up to take it and everyone was on the edge of their seat ready to jump up and celebrate given his set piece track record, but it wasn't to be, the keeper made a good save but wasn't tested too badly, still 0-0. Next it was Burton's turn to have a chance on goal, a ball was played over the top for Stuart Beavon to stab at goal but Charles-Cook made a good save to keep it out.

 Not long later and James Maddison danced past 2 defenders and from 20 yards struck and it looked destined for the top corner but was kept out by an acrobatic save from McLaughlin. Charles-Cook made a similar save when the Sky Blues were fooled from a corner to leave a free chance 20 yards out with none of our players challenging but it was turned round the post which took the game into half time.

 4 minutes into the second half and a ball over the top presented no real danger but Aaron Phillips attempted to chest back to the goalkeeper but ultimately miss judged it so it was straight in the path of Callum Butcher who tapped past Cook to put the brewers 1-0 up, another cheap goal to give away due to defensive mistakes to add to list. This goal killed off most of our confidence, just a few minutes later Stuart Beavon was un-marked from a free kick and was allowed to run right into the box to strike at goal but the Sky Blues got lucky when the ball cannoned back off the bar.

 It was a long ball over the top once again that caught out our defence when Beavon was played through but this time we weren't as lucky, he smashed into the roof of the net but put Burton 2-0 up. We had already made 2 substitutions, taking off Lameiras for Marcus Tudgay and Gael Bigirimana replaced Aaron Phillips. In a last roll of the dice, just after Beavon's goal Joe Cole came on for James Maddison but ultimately it wasn't enough the came ended 2-0 and our uneaten home record was gone.

 Those 2 results had hurt us, we really needed to pick up the pace in our away trip to Southend United a week later, and that will be 'A View From The Stands' number 28, all games from this point onward are pretty crucial to our season, but soon thee will be another non-Coventry game to look out for, and perhaps the most "glamorous" game yet.

My Man Of The Match - James Maddison - The best of a bad bunch, but at least he was able to get shots away on goal and came closest to scoring. This takes him to 2 awards for the season, despite barely playing through injury. He's one of our own...

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