First things first, I did go to England vs Scotland last night but to stop the page being cluttered I will upload it on Monday. Now be prepared for not your usual report as well as a hefty slice of bitterness today because I am fuming with what I saw out there today, more so than when we got slaughtered by Norwich in the cup. Considering we lost 6-1 that night, that is saying something!
It's that bad I had to wait a day to write it, if I'd have done it when I first got back then you would have got so much worse than what you're about to read. To see some anger at the result then look on my Twitter "@youngHandsey" If you're a Scunthorpe fan reading this then I'd grab some popcorn, I have a feeling you're going to enjoy this...
Coventry City Starting XI:
Coventry City Substitutes:
We have three strikers and three wingers right? So surely instead of playing all three of the strikers we should have Jones and/or Lameiras on the wing, because whilst Agyei and Wright are decent players, they aren't wingers. Sordell has played there and done alright but surely he'll be more effective in his natural position up top? I'm really liking our midfield three at the moment of Stevenson, Rose and Bigi. I dare say I even prefer it to the Fleck/Vincelot partnership of last season.
The first half was a very defensive battle, but personally I think the Sky Blues edged it. Scunthorpe had the first big chance of the game 10 minutes in however when a deflected cross flew straight to Paddy Madden. Luckily Lee Burge was there to pull off a fantastic point blank save to keep the scores level.
Andre Wright was fed the ball by Agyei just 5 minutes later and had 2 chances to put us in the lead, both had the same result though, blocked. The best chance of the half came when Agyei shook off his marker to cut inside, he opened up his body well but his shot ballooned over the bar. Right on the stroke of half time Sordell was allowed to run at the Scunny defence, his 20 yard attempt was pushed around the post.
Now the second half was when I started to get angry, it all started around the 56th minute, we'd really been putting the visitors under the knife and it didn't seem like long before we would make it 1-0. That was until Madden lumped the ball into the box for league top goalscorer Josh Morris to stab into the roof of the net. Obviously I wasn't best pleased that we had conceded but still knew there was plenty of time to come back into the game.
Then it just seemed like every single decision was going the way of Scunthorpe, they were going down ridiculously easy, and so called PREMIER LEAGUE referee Jonathan Moss was buying everything they were doing. Take Jamie Sterry for one, he was three yards away from Luke Williams when he went down but Moss still gave it as a foul. He obviously couldn't have been used to the physicality of League One football.
Credit where credits due, the defence we were trying to break down was solid. We ended up bringing on Reid, Jones and Lameiras for Wright, Agyei and Rose to try and attack them via pace. However one of the most ridiculous things I've seen supporting Coventry City was playing Lameiras as a lone striker for about 20 minutes when we had Sordell on the wing. I have no clue what that was all about but it evidently wasn't working.
We brought the pacy players on to try and run at the tired full backs but we just reverted to a 4-2-4 playing long ball. Which blatantly won't work when you have Ruben Lameiras and Jodi Jones up front. But we kept at it though, weirdly our best chance of the half was a diving header by Jamie Sterry which forced a good save. Lameiras also had a chance which trickled past the post but we just couldn't get the goal despite slaughtering them in the second half, so it finished Coventry City 0-1 Scunthorpe United and Jonathan Moss,
I'm still quite annoyed with what happened but as I'm stupid, I'll keep going every week. Next up we have Morecambe at home on Tuesday night in the FA Cup 1st Round replay. The winner gets a tie at either Cambridge or Dover. If we turn up then we have a great chance of making it to Round 3 with only National League and League Two teams standing in our way. I think most City fans would give their first born to see us get Villa away or indeed at home.
My Man of the Match - Jordan Turnbull - The fact he was even in a postion where he was nearly sent off is ridiculous. His yellow card wasn't a bookable offence, however the one where he was nearly sent off probably was. That just shows how bad Jonathan Moss was, either way, Scunthorpe may have defended well, but Turnbull kept them out single handedly a couple of times himself. This is his first reward since joining from Southampton on a 3-year deal.