Saturday, 21 May 2016

My Forty-Eighth 15/16 Game - Oldham Athletic vs Coventry City

 45 league games, all of it, had led us here, Oldham Athletic on the final day, the only thing we would be playing for today however was pride. We have picked up our form in recent games to prevent a bottom half finish. As for where it's possible for us to finish, a win here and Millwall beating Gillingham would mean we finish 8th, our joint best finish in any league since dropping out of the Premier Leagur back in 2001. But could we do this with such a different team?

Starting XI

Vincelot Stephens Harries Hunt
              Fleck Bigirimana
                Rose Lameiras
            Thomas Armstrong



A couple of things to note about the team facing Oldham, Cian Harries made his first senior start for the Sky Blues, I was really happy to see this as he is one of the best prospects we have and deserves a chance, this is also the case with Ben Stevenson who made the bench. Dion Kelly-Evans also got his chance on the bench, maybe he could make it onto the pitch at some point.

 Early on Charles-Cook was forced into a couple of saves by the Oldham attack, whilst Stephens had the chance to put us 1-0 up but stabbed just right of the goal. The biggest chance of the half came when a ball was hoofed into the box from the right side. The resulting header meant Charles-Cook had to save to his top right corner and tip over the bar.

 Towards the end of the half we pressed on a bit more, Adam Armstrong rounded the keeper but couldn't get past the last defender. Then George Thomas missed a chance from about 6 yards, in fairness to him it was a tough chance to take, whatever way you look at it, it was the last action of the half.

 Around 10 minutes in to the second half and Vincelot had 2 bites at the cherry to try and stick it in the back of the net but Coleman pulled off an incredible double save before it was hoofed out for another corner. The Frenchman got his revenge just seconds later, he flicked the ball passed Coleman into the back post corner from the resulting corner. The breakthrough had finally been made, thankfully, it was for us.

 Then just 7 minutes later, Jacob Murphy slipped the ball through to Armstrong, he sprinted through and turned the defender. It was a heart in mouth moment, we wanted that goal to go in so much, he struck on his weak foot to the near post and saw it steam past Coleman. We all leapt up in jubilation, we weren't just celebrating the goal because it put us 2-0 up, we were celebrating it for Adam Armstrong. That 20th goal had been coming for absolutely ages, he deserved it so much so was fitting he did it in front of the Sky Blue Army on the final day. He celebrated it just as much if not more than we did.

 Armstrong's goal was a nice end to the game, and the season. It's been great to follow city around this season home and away, I just can't believe I won't be able to do it again for another 3 months. I'm not done just yet however, my season review is already out and I will still be going to a couple more matches before the season ends just yet. So look out for that! 'A View From The Stands' will live on through the summer.

 My Man Of The Match - Cian Harries - I think it's great to see a star for the future team perform so well on his début for us. He was solid in defence, even ruined the defence of the opposition with one through ball. I can't wait to see him in the side next season and for many years to come. Obviously with this being his first match it is his first award and the last one to be given out this season.

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