Thursday, 24 March 2016

My Thirty-Fifth 15/16 Game - Coventry City vs Fleetwood Town

 So here it is, the overdue Fleetwood Town home match report from the end of February. Two weeks had passed since our 6-0 demolishing of Bury and the Sky Blues were obviously eager to carry on that form that we had been so desperate to see. A couple of talking points prior to the game starting were as follows, Jim O'Brien had somewhat been controversially loaned out to Scunthorpe United of his own accord as he just isn't getting the football he used to and has to commute from Barnsley just to sit on the bench.

 The other talking point is Fleetwood boss Steven Pressley's return to the Ricoh Arena, his first game as manager and the reverse fixture had ended in the Sky Blues stealing it in injury time thanks to a Richard Wood own goal. Charles-Cook started in goal for the Sky Blues, Ricketts, Stephens, Cargill and Stokes made up the back four. The favoured central midfielders of Vincelot and Fleck both started. Murphy, Maddison and Cole were in the attacking midfield slots playing just behind Adam Armstrong.

  The first half wasn't the best of affairs neither side could carve out an attack that is worthy of talking about. The second half however was more lively and the first goal of the game came just 11 minutes into the second half. A break down the right hand side from David Ball who put in a cross to an unmarked Wes Burns on the back post, he tapped in from a yard out. Jack Stephens or Sam Ricketts could both be blamed for not having their man marked leading to the goal.

 The Sky Blues looked very eager to get back into the game as soon as the goal went in. The way they instigated the fightback was with a triple change. Marc-Antoine Fortune replaced James Maddison, Ruben Lameiras replaced Joe Cole and Marcus Tudgay came on in place of Jacob Murphy. I wouldn't say they had an instant impact but you could certainly feel a difference in the way we played.

 A mix up in the Fleetwood defence occurred in the 77th minute, a ball was played through the defence and one of the centre backs let it run through to the keeper not knowing Armstrong was bursting through, he picked up the ball and squared it to Tudgay who forced the ball past Chris Maxwell. Not the best of goals but they all count, and the game now was a case of who can grab a winner, the momentum with Coventry.

 Just 5 minutes later and the third and final goal went in, against the run of play in my opinion, David Ball had the 'ball' 25-30 yards out. He struck beautifully into the top corner, an unstoppable goal which brought an end to a disappointing match when a draw probably would have been a fairer result. But all we could do was pick ourselves up and go again in our next match against Barnsley which I wasn't able to make it to, so the next match on 'A View From The Stands' is our home match versus Rochdale.

 My Man Of The Match - Chris Stokes - The left back picks up yet another award, however this time he was the best of a slightly below average bunch. Either way, this takes him joint level with Adam Armstrong in first place on four awards as the season is drawing nearer and nearer to a close

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