Still unbeaten at home, and coming off the back of a 5-0 away win at Crewe, the future looked bright for the Sky Blues, but we had 2 crucial games ahead of us, Walsall and Burton at home, get 6 points from these and we go top of the league. Not winning either of these games could prove fatal to our season.
In the 10-day period between fixtures, we had signed Cole permanently on a free transfer until the end of season from Aston Villa, extended Gael Bigirimana's loan until the end of the season, loaned out young defender Cian Harries to Cheltenham Town and finally signed Stephen Hunt and Peter Ramage on short term deals, a busy January so far for the Sky Blues, and more transfers promised.
Once again Charles-Cook started in goal for the Sky Blues, in front of him were Phillips, Ricketts, Stokes and Haynes. 4 full-backs in our defensive line, but Chris Stokes and Sam Ricketts are both capable centre backs if needed and in this case they were. Vincelot and Fleck started as the centre midfielders, O'Brien, Cole and Murphy were attacking midfielders ahead of them, with Adam Armstrong once again as the lone striker.
The first action of the game came half an hour in and we won a free kick on the left side of the pitch, Joe Cole whipped the ball into the box for Chris Stokes of all people to flick on into the far corner to put the Sky Blues 1-0 up. A huge goal for the team and one that took us into half time brimming with confidence. What we needed to do was keep the lead and push for another if possible.
On the hour mark Joe Cole made way for James Maddison. What we began to do from here on in was defend our 1-0 lead. We do this way too much, there are instances where it has paid off, Port Vale being one example of this. But on other occasions, Swindon, Oldham, Doncaster, we lose the lead. This was another of those occasions, 10 minutes to go and Rico Henry crosses the ball in to an un marked Tom Bradshaw who volleyed home into the bottom right corner, Charles-Cook had no chance.
Unfortunately we finished the game and drew 1-1, putting pressure on us to beat Burton Albion just 4 days later, another huge game, and the one which will be 'A View From The Stands' number 27. I am miles behind with these and am really hoping to catch up at some time soon. Soon fixtures include another non Coventry City match, so look out for that.
My Man Of The Match - Chris Stokes - A solid performance at left back was capped off by that flick on of a header which, believe it or not, I called it that he would be first goal scorer, earning him the title of King Stokes, and taking him up to 2 awards for the season.