It's always been said "The magic of the FA Cup", where David can face Goliath and beat him thanks to a dodgy tuft of grass or a two footed ankle breaker. In recent years we've been on the receiving end of a few shocks ourselves against the likes of Worcester City or Northampton Town whilst they were not only in League 2 but also in financial turmoil. You don't however quite imagine it to be a 2,175 attendance in a replay against Morecambe which costs £15 to get in...
Coventry City Starting XI:
Coventry City Substitutes:
We started pretty horrifically being completely honest, it just looked like we assumed they were going to roll over and let us batter them. Obviously though they came to win, which we saw when Dian Winnard poke one under Burge from the edge of the six yard box after a free kick. A very poor start for our standards if we wanted to face either Dover or Cambridge in the second round.
However this goal knocked us into shape and we turned up the dial on attacks, Reid blasted one from about 35 yards when Bigi laid it off to him however it was right into the arms of Roche. Gael himself had a crack but Roche once again denied the equaliser, this time by tipping it round the post. Jodi Jones struck wide on the half hour mark, I was beginning to get the feeling it would be 'one of those nights.'
I was proven completely wrong however when Sordell beat his man and put the ball beyond the keepers reach in the bottom corner from a solid 18 yards. All of this came from a City counter attack following on from a Morecambe corner, proving that our pace up front can ruin defences at times. We nearly made it 2 before half time when the goalscorer laid off Jones, he took it on his stronger foot but smacked it wide. You really have to be doing well from these sorts of positions in the box.
The half time substitution saw skipper Jordan Willis come off for Andy Rose, displaying that we were switching back to our trusty old faithful 4-3-3. After 15 minutes off high pressure we took the lead for the first time in the game through the man himself Marvin Sordell. Extremely similarly to his first goal, he took it onto his right and guided the ball into the far corner.
Now that we were in the lead we toned it down slightly, which is a shame because in my opinion we could have done them 3 or 4-1, I can see why though, because now that Barkhuizen has gone, they didn't offer much up top. Stevenson replaced Gadzhev after he picked up a slight knock, to me he didn't at all prove he should be one of the 3 starting centre midfielders in the time he played. For me it still has to be Stevenson, Bigirimana and Rose. They were key in seeing out the result tonight.
I didn't feel nervous in the slightest in the 6 minutes of injury time because we were playing such composed football, a nice sight to see. Jodi Jones made way for George Thomas just before added time again, he didn't have any time to do anything because before you could say cupset the full time whistle was blown.
We'll have to wait until Thursday to see whether it'll be Cambridge or Dover we face in Round Two but we do know a few things. It's on Sunday the 4th of December. It'll be on TV. Finally, I'll be there reporting it like always. Next match though is against Oxford on Saturday in front of a sell out capacity of 1,500 Sky Blue Army. I can't wait.
My Man of the Match - Marvin Sordell - A nice and cheeky brace for big Marv tonight, he continues to give me the right to pull a smug face given I have backed him all season. Let's not play down the quality of the goals either, lets pray he sees this third award of the season (Highly Unlikely) as motivation and continues scoring goals. This puts him level second place with Willis and Stevenson I believe, both behind Bigirimana on 4.