Saturday, 13 August 2016

My Eighth 16/17 Game - Coventry City vs Shrewsbury Town

 Through to the 2nd round of the EFL cup where we face Norwich City, the Sky Blues were now back focusing on the League campaign. Returning to the Ricoh today would be Jim O'Brien and Gary Deegan on the side of Salop. Gary Deegan certainly didn't get the warmest of welcomes, one reason for this would be his sending off against City during his spell at Southend United. We all remember O'Brien throwing his toys out of the pram due to his limited game time last year. His welcoming was quite underwhelming compared to what I was expecting.

Coventry City Starting XI:

Charles-Cook

Willis
Ricketts
Harries

Rose
Gadzhev
Stevenson
Page

Jones
Reid
Lameiras

Coventry City Substitutes:

Burge
Finch
Haynes
Kelly-Evans
Spence
Tudgay
K Thomas

 It is a very brave decision to not start at recognised striker on the pitch, having pacy wingers who will tear up the defence is all well and good but you need someone there who will convert your chances. Unless we either get Sordell scoring or a new great striker in there then we will struggle to get the goals we need.

  I'm someone who usually says it how it is, and this game was dull. There were few chances for either side, so unfortunately this isn't going to be the longest and most in depth of reports. I will try my best however. Gadzhev played a cheeky ball into the box for Reid who blasted over the bar. Lameiras had a half chance from the right-wing but could only stab straight at the keeper after some very good work to beat 2 defenders.

 The best chance of the half came when Andy Rose headed agonisingly wide of the goal. The second half substitutions saw, Jones, Lameiras and Reid being replaced by Tudgay, Spence and Kwame Thomas. Thomas came off injured only 10 minutes after coming on leaving us to player 13 minutes plus 7 minutes of injury time with only 10 men.

 During this back against wall spell Shrewsbury hit the bar and missed a sitter from a couple of yards out so in the end we were lucky to only keep it to 0-0. Like I say, I apologise for the length of the report but it's a very dull game to write on as well as me having commitments tonight. However I will be back raring to go for our home clash against Bury on Tuesday night.

My Man Of The Match - Ben Stevenson - The young midfielder has really shown he deserves a spot in the first team with his performances first on Tuesday against Portsmouth and now against Shrewsbury. We could have the ideal playmaker right under our nose, let's hope he keeps up these performances throughout the season. This takes him to one award.

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