Saturday, 3 September 2016

My Twelfth 16/17 Game - Fleetwood Town vs Coventry City

After a nice week abroad I'm back in the country raring to go with my reports, since we last met at our 6-1 loss away at Norwich in the cup we have played 2 games. The first was in the league at the Ricoh against Northampton Town, we drew 1-1 but were apparently dominant. The next was the the Checkatrade EFL Trophy where we defeated West Ham United u23s 4-2, I probably wouldn't have gone to that game even if I was able to because in my opinion the fact that Premier League B teams are allowed in our competition is disgusting.

 Coventry City Starting XI:

Charles-Cook

Willis
Harries
Turnbull

Sterry
Gadzhev
McCann
Bigirimana
Page

Agyei
Sordell

Coventry City Substitutes:

Burge
Ricketts
Stevenson
Tudgay
Wright
Lameiras
Reid

  The first 10 minutes of the game were quite dull and even, Fleetwood were
probably edging it slightly but the first chance of the game came to the Sky Blues. A defensive ricochet left McCann 20 yards out with the opportunity to strike, he side footed it with his left past the post on the right. From that distance you have to st the very least get it on target.

  We were nearly caught out on 18 minutes when Charles-Cook came out to deal with a ball forward but possibly misjudged how close the striker was to the ball so had to dive in with his head. It was wasn't deal with properly however, the ball came out to David Ball who lobbed RCC so new signing Sterry had to deal with it via a goal line clearance.

 A boring patch of the game ensued which was ended by McCann being substituted off due to injury and was replaced by Tudgay. I assume this was an attempt to try and get some more attacks flowing because nothing was going on up front at all.  On the stroke of half time Sordell went on a blistering run down the middle, he slotted it past the final defender through to Agyei. He should have scored by Neal managed to get a hand to it to keep it away and the ball was cleared taking the game into half time.

 At half time we were still in with a shot of getting 3 points but we needed Lameiras on the pitch, personally I think he has the ability to change that game. He was not brought on however and we came on for the second half with the same side. It's like we didn't turn up, we were going forward quite well but we couldn't get that final ball in from Sterry or Page on either wing. Both centre midfielders were switching the play well.

 We had a corner which we piled men forward for with only Sterry back, the corner went wrong, Fleetwood broke. Harries tried tracking back but it was no use, Chris Long was played through on goal. He cut back on to his left and hit it past Charles-Cook into the far post. 1-0 Fleetwood. We looked broken from the point onwards, Mowbray made the bizarre decision to take off Gadzhev for Ben Stevenson. It confuses me why he did this unless it was an injury.

  With 20 minutes to go Sordell gave the ball away to Dempsey whom played it through to Woolford. He should score from there, and did. But from what I saw it looks like Charles-Cook parried it into the net and should have done a lot better. We tried our hardest to scrape back what we could by giving Andre Wright his debut from the bench. He had no impact though, our only half chance was Sordell who forced a good save out of Neal but the offside flag was already raised.

 This chance marked the end of an abysmal performance, I have always been a fans of Mowbrays but I'm beginning to turn on him. This wing back system isn't working in the slightest, something needs to be changed otherwise it may have to be goodbye. I'd love to be proved wrong though, the table means nothing at this stage. Give it a month at least.

 I'm not exactly sure if I can make Millwall next weekend, I would love to but it may not be possible at this moment in time. We shall see though because it's always a good away day. I'll try and get another post up in the week. If you're interested then I have started another blog called 'Review of the 92' where I review all aspects of the 92 football league clubs when I attend them. It's a challenge for me, I have until the end of 2017 to make it all 92. The preview is already up and depending on when you're reading this the first post - Fleetwood Town, will be up. A read would be appreciated.

Review of the 92 - reviewofthe92.blogspot.com

My Man of the Match - Gael Bigirimana- BigiBack seems to be the right decision currently because he played very well today. The midfielders third spell at the club seems to be starting well so hopefully he can cement his place once more and be at the club for years to come. Preferably not in League 2.

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