Friday, 29 July 2016

My Fifth 16/17 Game - Coventry City vs Nuneaton Town

  Ever get the feeling of deja vu? Well for the second time this pre-season, the Sky Blues lined up at Liberty Way to face Nuneaton Town. This report isn't going to be as long as the usual one, because it's obviously very similar to the one I did only 3 weeks ago.

Coventry City Starting XI:

Charles-Cook
Willis
Harries
Leahy
Dion Kelly-Evans
Haynes
Rose
Gadzhev
Thomas
Lameiras
Sordell

Substitutes:

Skuza
Whitmore
Shipley
Devon Kelly-Evans
Tudgay
Jones
Stevenson
Maycock
Trialist (Robert)

 We only won 2-1 first time around, and although pre-season results don't matter, I wanted something bigger now that the squad has had more time to gel as a bunch. It looked like this would happen as early on we were gifted with 2 goals, first Lameiras cut in from the right on to his left foot to smash in to the top corner after just 3 minutes. Dion Kelly-Evans then doubled lead before the 10 minute mark by looping the goalkeeper with a header. I don't know how he did it either, he's 5 foot 5. To put that into perspective he's shorter than my mum. Thankfully though, it was 2-0.

 The rest of the first half was rather dull, going into the second half we proceeded to make changes, the entire subs bench came on except Skuza. I'll say that rather than go through them all. Sordell nearly put the ball in the top corner before being replace by Tudgay. I feel sorry for Marvin, he has been on the verge of scoring ever since joining but hasn't managed it just yet. I think once he does get that goal it might snowball, we live in hope.

 However making a big claim for a starting spot against Swindon, Marcus Tudgay made an immediate impact by lobbing the keeper making it 3 goals to nil. Shaq McDonald got a consilation for Nuneaton, an out of the blue chance but he took it well by smashing it past Charles-Cook into the far corner. These were the last actions of the game. But not the last action of the evening, I managed to make a 35 minute walk to the train station in just 18 minutes and make the train by a split second. When I sat down as I got on it, it honestly felt like one of the proudest moments of my entire life.

 I told you it wasn't going to be as long as the usual ones but thank you for reading a slightly more light-hearted post on 'A View From The Stands'. You could perhaps say this game was "the calm before the storm" as the next match I will be writing about is the Swindon fixture, the first league match of the season. But before that, my season preview should be up some time in midweek.

 My Man Of The Match - Ruben Lameiras - It's no secret I'm a big fan of Ruben's, he played some great football on the wing tonight. It's been thrown about quite a lot, but his combination on either wing with Jodi Jones and with now competition in Kyel Reid, I can really see him shining in the upcoming season. Let's hope I'm correct.

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