Thursday, 14 April 2016

My Thirty-Ninth 15/16 Game - Coventry City vs Swindon Town

  Off the back of a crucial win away at Blackpool, Coventry faced Swindon at the Ricoh arena, it feels like I'm saying this every match but we absolutely unequivocally HAD to in the match to stay within touching distance of the play offs. Swindon came into the match in good form, unbeaten in seven matches. They were certainly be looking to make it 8 against us so we would need to be wary of their attacking options such as new League One top goalscorer Nicky Ajose.

 As for the team, this is how we began the game:

                     Charles-Cook
Lorentszon Martin Stephens Ricketts
                   Fleck    Vincelot
           Rose                     Cole
               Armstrong Fortune

 Armstrong playing up front with Fortune obviously worked at Blackpool as both started alongside each other once more. However switching from Maddison and Murphy to Rose and Cole seemed like an odd move considering we won, but it does seem like Maddison's head has been in Norwich ever since his big money move on deadline day.

 Another thing to note going into the game was the loan capture of Jodi Jones with a view to a permanent deal in the summer, I'm not sure what to make of this deal but he does look like a very bright prospect for the future, maybe he will get some game time from now unitl the end of the season so fans can see whether or not this purchase will be the rumoured £500k fee.

  The first action of the game was a free kick for the visitors, some fans thought it had crept in the top corner but it had in fact hit the net holder and rolled along the wrong side of the net. Sky Blues fans had some fun taunting the 2,500 Swindon following. We got a taste of our own medicine however when Andy Rose's headed goal was pulled back for offside just a couple of minutes later.

  Fortune also had a chance to put City 1-0 up and nearly lobbed Tyrell Belford but the effort went just wide of the mark. This wrapped up a fairly dull first half, hopefully the second would be a lot more entertaining. To be honest, it wasn't. Swindon had a couple of half chances but nothing clear cut, there was only one more moment to talk about, this was in injury time.

 After a corner was cleared only as far as Vincelot, you could see another man readying himself for a shot on goal. The Frenchman played the ball into the box, big Darius chested it down and on the half volley struck it from 10 yards. There was only one place this was destined to go, unfortunately, Belford managed to crush Darius Henderson's dreams by tipping it over the bar out for a corner.

 This was how the game ended, even more unfortunately, results went in our favour so a win could've taken us back into sixth, this wasn't to be however. All we can do is pick ourselves up and try again in the next match. That match is Peterborough away, which will be the Fortieth 'A View From The Stands'.

 My Man Of The Match - Jack Stephens - The centre back had a decent solid game and obviously kept a clean sheet. This is his second award for my little mini thing, as I said, I hope he will be able to bag a couple more before the end of the season as he's been solid since joining in January.

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