Wednesday, 13 April 2016

My Thirty-Eighth 15/16 Game - Blackpool vs Coventry City

Four defeats on the bounce for the Sky Blues going into the big away day of the season, Blackpool. Our game in hand and opportunity to move back into the play offs had completely gone, times were tough for the Sky Blues. Blackpool however would be the perfect opportunity try and get back on track due to their awful season and past couple of years. It's quite sad what has happened to that football club, I won't go into too much detail but if you want to know more, my good friend Matty Roper has a post on it:

 Aside from Blackpool's dramatic decline in recent years, the Sky Blues fielded a positive squad:

Ricketts Stephens Martin Stokes
              Vincelot Fleck
            Murphy Maddison
           Armstrong Fortune


 Fortune's performance against Shrewsbury warranted him another match and maybe this time he could match that and bag a goal to add to his lets face it, very empty bag. Starting two strikers is an interesting decision but hopefully they can play off each other very well. Murphy and Maddison on both wings could also be key, something needs to be done to stop our current slump and maybe dropping Joe Cole to the bench is just that.

  The 3,000 Sky Blues fans were in their seats, accompanied by beach balls and inflatables alike, if ever the fans could win the team a game, it was now. The first 20 minutes of the match were quiet, the sky blues were getting more of the possession, and had a few half chances such as Vincelot's header or Jacob Murphy's 25-yard attempt which sailed wide. No proper chances were being carved out.

 That was until the 26th minute when a corner was put into the box which Doyle flapped at, the ball landed at the one and only Fortune's feet, he smashed home from 2 yards out to put the Sky Blues 1-0 up and send the fans into scenes of jubilation. Almost immediately after, the Sky Blues were nearly on the receiving end of a potential goal of the season candidate but the volley was hit narrowly over the bar.

  A Coventry break almost resulted in a second after a break from Murphy down the left side saw him play a ball into Armstrong where a deflection took his shot around the post. The second half didn't see much action to talk about at all. After we had made all our three subs one of the worst things possible happened, Chris Stokes was stretchered off injured with 10 minutes still to play. This was made even more agonising when 7 minutes were added on at the end.

 The final talking point of the game came from a free kick for the Seasiders in the 97th minute, a ball was lumped into the box. A mini game of head tennis occurred before Uche Ikpezeau poked over Reice Charles-Cook, literally, the goal was ruled out for handballed and city recorded their first win in nearly a month.

 A very much needed win, quite scrappy, but 3 points nonetheless. This win reignites play off hopes and the Sky Blues will be wondering whether their team can still finish in the top 6 come the end of May. Personally I still don't know, but there is a chance we could do it. The next 'A View From The Stands' is our home match to Swindon Town where a win could really give us hope of promotion again.

 My Man Of The Match - Marc-Antoine Fortune - He matched his performance against Shrewsbury and this time added a goal to his (n)ever growing tally, this takes him to 2 awards, could we potentially be seeing a late charge for the Man of the season award at the end? Only time will tell.

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