Sunday, 1 May 2016

My Forty-Third 15/16 Game - Wigan Athletic vs Coventry City

If we cast our minds back to the reverse fixture on the opening day of the season, we went in as underdogs but came out 2-0 victors and looked like serious contenders for promotion in the league once we'd got a few more wins under our belt. Here we were with 6 games to go and all that promise was gone, we were heading towards yet another mediocre mid-table finish. But we had to give the Latics our best effort if we were to have a go at getting 6 points out of them for the season.

Phillips Martin Stephens Ricketts
            Bigirimana Fleck
       Armstrong Tudgay

Cole (54)
Murphy (63)
Fortune (63)

  I'm not exactly sure what formation we played but it looked something like that, Armstrong and Tudgay is a good partnership up top but they haven't had enough minutes together to show this. Gadzhev made it into the squad for the first time, which is a good sign for next season when other players undoubtedly leave. Darius Henderson however seems to have been completely worked out of the side which is a good sight to see.

  The first passage of play in the game came for Fleck, his 20-yard effort forced a very good save out of veteran goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen down to his left. Good early signs. We very nearly made the breakthrough once again when Jodi Jones made it round the back of the defence and his shot nearly went in but equally nearly made it into the path of Vincelot. Recent tactic changes were really paying off.

 Wigan are top of the league and top for a reason however, so hit back, a nice passage of play put Charles-Cook to work just before the break. In the second half however something was different, for the first 10 minutes we were under the kosh, just not attacking. You could sense what was coming as we were under so much pressure, and sure enough, after Cole's substitution, Will Grigg stabbed home a cross into the roof of the net. 1-0 Wigan.

  It then got worse for the Sky Blues when John Fleck put in a reckless challenge in the area but the attacking Wigan player did go down very late, but who knows. The resulting penalty was something I hadn't seen in so long, Charles-Cook guessed right and saved it! Coventry City kept a penalty out, it must be a miracle. Unfortunately however, we couldn't take control of the game using this momentum so unfortunately it ended 1-0 to the home side.

 Poor result, but once again, positive signs from the match. Forgetting the loss, a very good away day, the fans at half time were incredible to say the least. Still, on we go, as we near the end of the season the next 'A View From The Stands' will be at home to Millwall, maybe, just maybe, we can get back to winning ways.

 My Man Of The Match - Aaron Phillips - The right back has had a quiet season but keeping Wildschut out for most of the game is enough to get him an award this time around. This is his first award of the season, and most likely his only one, but thank you Aaron, and well done for making it on the 'scoreboard' this season.

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