Saturday, 6 August 2016

My Sixth 16/17 Game - Swindon Town vs Coventry City

 So this is it, the first match. For the next 9 months we will be going through all the emotions, pain, joy, anger and jubilation. It all begins here, Swindon Town are the opposition, they are currently in a similar situation to ourselves due to the fact they also have to start youth players all over the place as well as fans crying out for signings. In that sense pre-match my thoughts were that it was going to be a tough battle and ultimately whoever was best on the day would come out as winners.

 I assume we all vividly remember last years trip to the County Ground? Pushing really hard to go 2-0 up only to then sit back and let them back into the game by conceding twice in the dying minutes. I don't know if I speak for myself here but Aaron Phillips giving that penalty away like that still gives me nightmares.

Coventry City Starting XI:

Charles-Cook
Willis
Harries
Ricketts
Dion Kelly-Evans
Haynes
Rose
Gadzhev
Jones
Sordell
G Thomas

Coventry City Substitutes:

Burge
Finch
Stevenson
Lameiras
Tudgay
Reid
K Thomas

  Still no defensive recruitment really gives me heartache, 2 recognised centre backs in a 3 back formation. 1 of those is still only 19! We still need 2 or 3 defenders before we can honestly say we have a solid squad. Haynes isn't particularly the best wing-back, he can't put a cross in the box most of the time. Anyway, enough grilling of the squad and on to the match.

  The first chance of not only the match, but the season, came to Coventry City. Marvin Sordell found himself running through on goal from the right-wing, his deflected shot hit the post. Good early signs. But I couldn't get the feeling out of my head this might be one of those days where we just don't take our chances. George Thomas then had a half-chance due to Jodi Jones' misfired shot, all he could manage to do however was stab wide.

  Kelly-Evans forced a save out of Lawrence Vigouroux whom tipped over the bar, all city for most of the first half. Sordell put in a rash challenge on the half hour mark and went into the book. The match remained goalless as we entered half time. Due to his hot-headed first half, Sordell was substituted off to make way for Kyel Reid.

 The first chance of the second half came to the Sky Blues when Jodi Jones cleverly skilled past the Swindon left back (Conor Thomas), cut on to his left and forced Vigouroux into an unexpected save with his legs. Either side of him and it's 1-0 to Coventry, frustrating times. Due to a small knock Jones had to leave the field on 66 minutes for fans favourite Ruben Lameiras. This substitution made us really let our guard down, Swindon really started to turn on the style.

 Kwame Thomas made his Coventry debut when he replaced namesake George Thomas with 20 minutes to go. In my opinion he contributed literally nothing in his time on the pitch, Tudgay would have been a much more suited change. With the pacy wingers supplying him. But Kwame offered nothing, jogging when we needed someone to try their absolute hardest. At the moment it all went wrong, Conor Thomas had a chance skied over the bar. Swindon hit the bar from another chance 35 yards out. We all knew what was coming.

 With a low strike Yaser Kasim gave the Robins the lead, the goal annoyed me, but what angered me even more was Lawrence Vigouroux's avid celebrations in front of the City fans. Getting down on his knees and just laughing in our faces, my take on the situation is, you have the best job in the world, don't be disrespectful to the type of people who pay your wages. He repeated his actions when the full time whistle blew to leave the score at 1-0.

 A poor result to kick off the season, it may sound cliché but all we can do is pick ourselves back up again and go into our next league game looking for a win. It's very important to get that first win, Shrewsbury could be ideal opposition to face but before that we face Porstmouth in the EFL cup, I'd love a cup run so will be reporting it on 'A View From The Stands'.

My Man Of The Match - Jodi Jones - In his hour on the pitch Jodi was easily our best player, providing all our presence going forward. If I had to choose a second place I would go with Sam "Go On Sam" Ricketts. His defensive efforts were a silver lining on a poor match.

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