Saturday, 9 April 2016

My Thirty-Sixth 15/16 Game - Coventry City vs Rochdale

Between this fixture and the Fleetwood match, we had a trip to Barnsley in which we were defeated 2-0 however we still stood in the final play off spot on goal difference with a game in hand still to play but we needed to pick up our form against mid-table Rochdale.

 The Sky Blues fielded a strong side with Reice Charles-Cook in goal, a back four of Ricketts, Stephens, Cargill and Stokes. Fleck and Vincelot played in the holding midfield spots just behind Lameiras, Maddison and Cole. Adam Armstrong was the sole striker up front. Corey Addai made it on to the bench as second choice Lee Burge is out injured for the remainder of the season at the very least.

  The first action of the game came when Ruben Lameiras split open the Rochdale defence to find Joe Cole who only managed to have a snapshot which he only managed to strike straight at the keeper. James Maddison then nutmegged two players before getting a shot away from his weaker foot which was comfortably saved.

 We thought we had gone 1-0 up when Adam Armstrong volleyed home but it was pulled back for offside which turned out to be marginally, but the right call nonetheless. Piling on the attack, Adam Armstrong forced a great save when he shot on the half volley from distance, it seemed like only a matter of time before the Sky Blues broke the deadlock.

 Just a few minutes into the second half and Rochdale got their first chance on the board, from the edge of the box the ball was struck toward the top of the goal but Charles-Cook managed to tip over the bar. From the resulting corner the Sky Blues were dealt a massive stroke of luck. A free header in the centre of the box was blocked off the line by Rochdale's own Ian Henderson, this was a sign we needed to bury our chances or we would be punished for not doing so.

  In the dying embers of the game Rochdale were desperately trying to cling on to a draw so were running the ball into the corner doing everything they could. However all it took was a turn, a pass and a reckless John Fleck challenge to give Dale a penalty in the 89th minute which Henderson converted, consigning the Sky Blues to defeat in the last seconds.

 Heartbreak in losing it that way but when you don't take your chances then that is always going to be happening, it angers me very much. The next 'A View From The Stands' will be the Tuesday night Shrewsbury away game which feels like years ago. For this I can only apologise, but I am determined to catch up all of the ones I am behind. Bare with me!

My Man Of The Match - Jack Stephens - For the most part of the game very solid, not his fault the goal was conceded and whenever he heads the ball it goes back towards their goal than flicked on toward ours, just a shame his partner in crime Baily Cargill was subbed off injured. This is Stephens' first award since joining on deadline day.

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