Charlton away angered a lot of people, the dire performance turned the dial up on the SISU protests higher than it has been in a long time. Especially after Tim Fisher's comments about how the fans need to stop, as well as hinting that since there is no solution to the Ricoh situation and that we might move out of Coventry once again. Mid-table Oxford were the visitors today however backed by over 2,000 fans, it certainly wasn't going to be an easy match.
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It looks as if Burge has retaken his spot as first team goalkeeper for us, I'm still not sure about him, he did however have a good performance today not to give any spoilers. We made one change from the side on Saturday which got battered by Charlton, by swapping Agyei in for Wright.
We nearly took the lead within the first 2 minutes when Gael Bigirimana drove a cross in to Sordell who hit it first time and Eastwood made a great stop to keep it out. The Sky Blues dominated the first 25 minutes so it was to no surprise that we made a breakthrough, the surprise was how the goal came. From 25 yards, Ben Stevenson teed himself up as he wasn't being closed down to shoot and let fly into the top corner.
We seemed to ease off slightly as the break came nearer, it looked as though half time would be coming with the score at 1-0 to the Sky Blues. Then we launched one forward looking to run the clock down, Sordell chased the last defender down, I don't think he realised how lose the striker was getting. Whatever happened, there was a mix up in communication, the last defender nodded it past his own keeper. Sordell ran past the pair of them and scored the easiest goal of his career with the tap in. A nice 2 goal cushion at the break is always better than one.
I don't know what it was, but we took our foot off the gas a bit for the second half. We did defend well though, however it didn't make for good entertainment, there aren't very many talking points for the second 45. Chris Maguire had a free kick for Oxford, I think everyone in the stands had their heart in their mouth, well, those who remember when he came on loan to us and scored 2 free kicks in 1 match away at MK Dons then was immediately recalled. Burge displayed his great reflexes by pushing it round the post.
Marcus Tudgay and Kyel Reid replaced Daniel Agyei and Ruben Lameiras respectively in an attempt to try and see out the game. It looked like it was working, until 2 minutes in to injury time when Cov kid Dan Crowley picked out the bottom corner from 18 yards. 2-1. Part of me really thought we would bottle it after this, but we managed to fend off the Oxford advances to hold on for a crucial 3 points.
The win lifts us off bottom of the table, we're now in 23rd, not the best but better than before, remember we still have that game in hand against Chesterfield which has yet to be rearranged. As for the next match, I will be attending the game against Rochdale on Saturday, some people may frown on that but I've paid for a season ticket so it's not worth not going. I do respect everyone that is boycotting though and hope you are successful.
My Man of the Match - Ben Stevenson - What a player he is turning out to be, an incredible performance was capped off with an absolute thunderbolt of a strike into the top corner. Him and Gael could be the future of the Coventry midfield, unless the inevitable happens and SISU cash in on the opportunity. I hope this doesn't happen once again though. This is his third award of the season, one behind Bigi.