Sunday, 25 September 2016

My Fifteenth 16/17 Game - Gillingham vs Coventry City

  The last week has been marred by off field events regarding SISU, with Coventry Telegraph starting a petition to tell owners SISU to sell up which ended up resulting in the CT being banned from talking to Tony Mowbray and the players ahead of today's clash. It's a complete outrage but it tells us that SISU now about it s the more attention it gets the more likely it is they will up sticks and leave. If you want to sign the petition (please do) then you can do so here:

https://www.change.org/p/sisu-put-coventry-city-football-club-up-for-sale

Coventry City Starting XI:

Charles-Cook

Willis
Ricketts
Turnbull

Dion Kelly-Evans
Gadzhev
Bigirimana
Page

Wright
Sordell
Reid

Coventry City Substitutes:

Addai
Harries
Stevenson
Lameiras
Jones
Agyei
Tudgay

First Half

 The first 20 minutes were fairly even, neither side really had a clear cut chance. Sordell blasted one straight at Nelson from 20 yards. But on the 20 minute mark, a lot of 20's right, the ball fell to Reid on the edge of the box and he volleyed straight into the bottom corner to put us 1-0 up which sent us Coventry fans into absolute raptures.

  Gills hit back though almost immediately via Max Ehmer, it was a scrappy goal which Cookie should have almost definitely done better with. Either way though, a goal is a goal. 1-1. We almost went straight back in to the lead though, Sordell blasted one across goal from the byline. The ball was begging for a touch but no one had gambled on it so we saw it agonisingly roll out for a throw.

 Turnbull nearly "turned" the ball into his own net when Jackson's cross deflected off his left boot. Charles-Cook recovered from going to where he thought the ball was going to save it well. Out of frustration of no one shooting, Sordell blasted one from 30 odd yards. Remarkably, Nelson had to pull out an acrobatic stop to deny it dipping in.

Second Half

 Out for the second half, we showed we obviously mean business, Jodi Jones replaced Kelly-Evans meaning we would revert to our 4-2-4 system with Reid on the left, Jodi on the right, then Wright and Sordell up top. Gills should 100% have been 2-1 up on the hour mark when ex Sky Blue Codi McDonald was played through 1 on 1 with RCC. He lost his nerve and stabbed into the side netting, we got very lucky.

 Gadzhev had a decent attempt saved, but it was obvious we were lacking that spark to get us a goal. Which is why I was surprised to see Andre Wright be replaced by Ben Stevenson. Almost immediately, as if it was scripted, McDonald played through Billy Knott in a similar situation to before. This time, Gillingham made no mistake, Knott blasted past Cook. I vented my frustration at going 2-1 down by hitting one of Gillingham's "temporary" scaffolding away stand seats repeatedly and almost breaking my finger.

  Agyei came on for Gadzhev as we went back to the 4-2-4 once more. We had 2 late chances, the first was Ben Stevenson with 2 minutes remaining. He was allowed to advance as far as the Gillingham box through the middle, chances like that are never gifted to you on a plate, that's why you need to take them when they are. Or at least get them on target, Stevenson blasted over the bar. I was once again furious.

 The second chance was through Sordell, his volley had to be turned round the post by Nelson who might I say had an astonishing match. But this marked the end of the match, we are now 3 points adrift at the bottom of the league. I certainly wouldn't say we deserved to win the match, but a draw probably would have been a fair result.

 It doesn't matter what we deserve, the fact of the matter is we are in deep trouble. Now there is a slight rumour that an American company are looking at buying us and that something BIG will happen in the next 2 weeks. I'm praying with every fibre of my body that this is true but we will just have to wait and see. The first step will have to be on Wednesday against AFC Wimbledon, a must win game. I shall also be reporting it on 'A View From The Stands'.

  My Man of the Match - Gael Bigirimana - You knew it was coming, the Bigirimana streak continues. Today he once again the best player on the team, the way he moved on the ball and the way he intercepted, he reminds me of N'Golo Kante. The one thing that is gutting me currently is that he is only here on a 1 year deal and I can't see that being extended in the way we currently are. This is his FOURTH award in a row, already equalling last years winner Chris Stokes. Who knows what he could end on come April.

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