Friday, 22 April 2016

My Forty-First 15/16 Game - Coventry City vs Colchester United

 Coming out of the Easter weekend having lost at Peterborough, the Sky Blues were looking to get back to winning ways, a defeat here would pretty much end all hopes of play offs. One way to do it would be at home to 23rd placed Colchester United, who were conceding goals for fun and are looking like they are almost relegated. However a few players were still away on international duty but on the plus side, Stephens came back into the team.

Lorentszon Martin Stephens Ricketts
                   Vincelot Fleck
               Jones Cole Murphy


Lameiras (63)
Tudgay (60)
G Thomas (71)

 A couple of talking points from the squad selection. The first being Jodi Jones making his first start in the infamous Sky Blue shirt, he showed promise when coming on as a substitute against Peterborough. Hopefully when his permanent deal goes through he can establish himself in the side for seasons to come. Another was George Thomas and one of the Kelly-Evans brothers being re-introduced onto the bench. Since our season is almost over, why not give youth players a chance in the squad?

 Early on Jacob Murphy had a half chance but blazed over from 25 yards, Colchester hit back almost instantly with devastating consequences. A cross put in was parried out by Charles-Cook, but only as far as Massey who tapped into an empty net with 20 minutes played, personally I was furious. This side have conceded the most goals in the league and we couldn't do anything against them, Cole snatched a shot wide.

 Eventually we got our chance, Vincelot was brought down inside the box on the stroke of half time, up stepped Jacob Murphy. The second placed club goal scorer didn't look ready to take it, he wasn't looking at the goal during his run up, just directly at the ground. You could see what was coming. He struck the ball to the keepers left very low and with no power. The man between the sticks guessed right to keep it out and keep the score at 1-0 going into half time.

 We came out for the second half shell shocked, and we only tried  little bit harder to get back into the match, Jodi Jones and Romain Vincelot both had chances but couldn't manage anything with them. Bringing on George Thomas, Tudgay and Lameiras didn't work either. Eventually, the game finished in a horribly dire 1-0 defeat.

 Sorry for not writing much about the second half, it was just one of those games! The next 'A View From The Stands' will be our away trip to Gillingham which might be interesting as we now have nothing to play for as we close in on the season.

 My Man Of The Match - Jodi Jones - The winger was a bright spark in the squad, he played good passes and had a decent attempt on goal. A decent prospect for years to come hopefully. This is his first award for the season, perhaps too late to win the Man Of The Season award. Maybe he will have a charge next season.

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