Saturday, 1 October 2016

My Seventeenth 16/17 Game - Port Vale vs Coventry City

 Andre Wright spared our blushes on Wednesday night by equalising in the 94th minute but really it's not good enough. Things wouldn't get any easier though as we made the trip to Stoke-on-Trent to see our no win in 10 side play unbeaten at home and 5th placed Vale. I obviously wasn't expecting much, but maybe, just maybe, the managerial change of Mowbray could be the difference.

Coventry City Starting XI:

Burge

Sterry
Turnbull
Willis
Page

Stevenson
Bigirimana
McCann

Wright
Sordell
Agyei

Coventry City Substitutes:

Addai
Ricketts
Harries
Gadzhev
Lameiras
Jones
Tudgay

 The one obvious difference between recent weeks and now is the absence of Reice Charles-Cook. He must have been injured because I don't see why caretaker boss Mark Venus would drop him from the squad completely. Kyel Reid also missed out through injury, in his place came Daniel Agyei. Andre Wright came in for Tudgay who's form recently has been poor to say the least.

First Half

Before I begin, can I say that today was the best away day I've been to all season. There were 604 of us there and no one stopped singing for all of the 90 minutes. Even at half time the scenes were incredible. Both sides had a bit of early pressure, but the first real chance came in the 20th minute. Gael Bigirimana had a free kick to the left on the goal, he whipped it in for Turnbull to flick past the post.

 It was around the point of Agyei's disallowed goal for an earlier foul that someone pointed out to me that Tim Fisher was sat in a box to the right of the Sky Blues fans. It's fair to say he got absolutely abused by the Sky Blues faithful, and rightly so in my opinion. SISU have ruined us so it's only fair he takes a bit of stick himself.

 Almost immediately after being booked, Sordell put the Sky Blues 1-0 up. After a big Sky Blues attack in the box, all seemed finished as a Vale centre-back won the ball and looked to clear. Out of nowhere though Bigirimana stole the ball from his feet and fed it in to Sordell whom slotted it past Alnwick to get his third goal in five games. Alex Jones had a half chance but the Sky Blues went in to half time leading 1-0.

Second Half

 We got very lucky to not have Vale equalise just a minute in to the second half with Willis clearing a chance off the line. Things went a a bit dry until 25 minutes to go, a miscommunication at the back meant a goal kick was gifted straight to Agyei on the edge of the box. He sprinted forward but Alnwick recovered well from his mistake very well to stop his side conceding a second.

 Even though we were playing well, I could see the inevitable bottle coming. Which is why I was astonished to see Chris McCann double our lead on the 73rd minute after Agyei fed him through by smashing it into the roof of the net. The scenes in the stands were real, we were beginning to believe that we were taking 3 points home with us.

  Lameiras replaced Agyei and Tudgay came on for Sordell in the final 10 minutes of the match to see out the game. Both left to a sea of applause. I almost cried when the board went up to say 6 minutes of added time were to be played, even though we were 2 goals up, as a Coventry fan I was by no means assuming we had won the game. And if it weren't for Sterry's last ditch tackle to stop Vale scoring as soon as the board went up, I am certain we wouldn't have held on. The important bit though, we did.

 Our first 3 points of the season, I lost my voice, we beat a team in the play offs and abused Tim Fisher. A great away day, I just hopes this turns in to a run. I'm most likely going to be going to the Ricoh on Tuesday to see us play Northampton in the EFL Cup. Which will be my Eighteenth game this season. I'm only going for the report may I add, I believe fully in the B Team boycott.

My Man of the Match - Marvin Sordell - I was doubted for getting "that" shirt. People said they didn't like him, some poeple still don't but whatever way you look at it, Marvin has 3 goals in the past 5 games and is doing everything else right too. He made perfect passes as well as runs today. I just hope his form continues so I can carry on being smug. This is his second award in 2 games.

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