Thursday, 12 May 2016

My Forty-Sixth 15/16 Game - Doncaster Rovers vs Coventry City

 St George's Day, 6 points off play offs with 3 matches to go. Unlikely, but we still have to believe! Doncaster could be relegated if we beat them and results elsewhere went against them, which would be a nice touch, as evil as that sounds! But we still were mathematically in with a shout so couldn't throw youngsters in the squad just yet.

Starting XI:

               Charles-Cook
Ricketts Stephens Martin Phillips
               Vincelot Fleck
          Jones Rose Murphy
                 Armstrong

Substitutes:

Addai
Lorentszon
Gadzhev (58)
Maddison (69)
Lameiras
Tudgay (58)
Fortuné

 Andy Rose starting in a central attacking midfield position is a new sight, but at least we are keeping an eye for the future in some ways as he has a contract until June 2017 and has been referred to as a key figure for next season by Tony Mowbray. Gadzhev found himself on the bench, maybe he could make his debut here as he also might play a part next season. Armstrong still however was stuck on 19 goals, he's been searching so hard for his 20th, could today be the day?

 The Sky Blues started out fairly brightly, Ricketts managed to get down the left wing and put a ball in to Armstrong. 12 yards out and he needed to hit it first time to be in with a chance of making it 1-0. He did this, but defenders were quick to nullify his attack by blocking the ball as soon as he struck it. One of John Fleck's famous 30 yarder a was smothered by the goalkeeper, we needed to be taking our chances.

 Inevitably, this came back to bite us, Gary McSheffrey of all people played the ball into the box for Tommy Rowe to nod in absolutely unmarked in the area. Poor defending, once again, from a set piece. Jacob Murphy almost mirrored Ricketts' earlier work by going down the left, Armstrong's shot this time was saved by the keepers leg. Our mild attempts at attacks were punished once again when Nathan Tyson played the ball into Andy Williams for yet another free header to make it 2-0 to the side in the relegation zones. Abysmal scenes going into half time.

 Even in the second half we showed no desire to try and overturn the deficit, our three subs bringing on Tudgay, Gadzhev for his debut and Maddison didn't seem to work. I don't have much to talk about for the second period, Doncaster shut up shop and we didn't seem to care anymore. This, along with Southend away, was the worst I have seen us play all season, we were absolutely shocking. I genuinely have no words to describe my disappointment.

 Well there was one thing that this defeat told us, it is finally mathematically impossible for the Sky Blues to make it into the playoffs, part of me is relieved, now we can go into Sheffield United and Oldham playing the likes of George Thomas and Cian Harries, players that will be involved next year. That Sheffield United game will be the next 'A View From The Stands' the last home game and the penultimate match of the season.

My Man Of The Match - Andy Rose - I might as well have picked a name out of a hat, someone has to win the award so I'll give it to Rose for his tireless effort when he has played since joining in January. This is his first award of the season. At least he managed to get on the scoreboard.

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