Thursday, 8 December 2016

My Thirty-Fourth 16/17 Game - Coventry City vs Crawley Town

 Right, I have a bit of explaining to do. The last match report I did was the 1-0 defeat to Bolton, my thirtieth game of the season. You'll notice this is the thirty-fourth. This is because I was so disenheartened after the MK Dons and Cambridge United defeats in the league and the cup that I couldn't even bring myself to report on them. That may sound lazy of me but it's the truth for which I apologise.

  You'll notice there is still one game left to be accounted for, well that was last night when I went to see my local side Rugby Town get smashed 3-0 by Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Birmingham Senior Cup. Be honest, would you read a report on that? Anyway, it's not the most glamourous of comeback fixtures, but even though I have a chest infection I pulled myself down to the Ricoh to see if we could overcome the mighty Crawley Town in the Checkatrade Trophy.

Coventry City Starting XI:

Charles-Cook

Bigirimana
Willis
Turnbull
Page

Jones
Rose
McCann
G Thomas

McBean
Sordell

Coventry City Substitutes

Burge
Harries
Gadzhev
Maycock
Reid
Lamieras
Tudgay

 What myself and a lot of other Conventry fans couldn't work out is, what on earth is Venus doing here? We couldn't tell what formation he was playing, was Jones a wing back or was Bigirimana playing full back? No one could tell, I took a punt on a 4-4-2 with George Thomas playing on the left. A very weird selection from the underfire caretaker boss.

First Half

 It soon became evident that even though Bigirimana was next on the team sheet after Charles-Cook that he was playing in the centre with Rose at full back. In fairness unless he plays u23 right-back Jacob Whitmore he has no other options in that position with Sterry and Kelly-Evans both being out. I wasn't too bothered with tonight, obviously I still want us to win but I'd rather we stayed up than put our focus into this trophy.

  As I've said it's not exactly the most glamorous of fixtures, and the quality of football certainly adhered to that idea. It was a dull affair. We dominated possession but that failed to result in a clear cut chance. Sordell curled a half chance around the post from 18 yards but soon redeemed himself close to the half hour mark. George Thomas ran down the right wing (I thought he was meant to be playing on the left...) fed the ball into Sordell who poked under Beeney making it 1-0.

 Honestly, that was the last real action of the half, it looked as if Crawley didn't really want to go through because they weren't even trying. To be fair I don't blame them, but even then we were below par but were still ahead at the break. All thanks to Marvin Sordell's 7th goal of the season, albeit 3 were in the cup.

Second Half

 We made our odd team even odder when we decided to sub Lewis Page off for Callum Maycock, meaning we had 2 defenders on the pitch and 2 centre midfielders at both full back positions. The way I'm saying it makes it seem like a miracle we managed to keep a clean sheet. Adi Yussuf tried to stop that from happening however when he went through on goal but Charles-Cook made himself big to pull out a tremendous save.

 Our second and third substitutions saw Tudgay and Gadzhev brought into the fold. But really the match just fizzled out. We sat back, Crawley were barely even attempting to get back into the game which meant it was just sideways passes in the end. It finished as a nice and routine 1-0 victory, although it has forced me to question why I got back at 11:45 at the hands of a boring Checkatrade Trophy match. That's the Coventry City effect I suppose.

 The draw for Round 3 occurs tomorrow at 11:30 am, let's hope for a home tie because I don't fancy going to Swansea u23s away on a Tuesday night. As for my next match, it'll be Southend away on Saturday. I hate being the pessimist but I really can't see us coming out with much given our recent form...

My Man of the Match (MK Dons) - Ben Stevenson - Until he decided to two foot someone he was the best player on the pitch.

My Man of the Match (Cambridge) - Marvin Sordell - He seemed like the only one who tried.

My Man of the Match (Crawley) - Reice Charles-Cook - The goalkeeper made one or two key saves to keep our clean sheet as well as commanding his box very well. I'm not too sure how many awards he's got so far this season but I think this is the first, I'll certainly sort out the tally at some point.

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