Sunday, 30 April 2017

My Sixty-Seventh 16/17 Game - Scunthorpe United vs Coventry City

45 games of pain, anger, bottling and rage have all led to this excruciating moment, a pointless trip to Scunthorpe when we're already relegated. How I enjoy following the City around the country. A free Saturday and a trip to Fulham taught me what a football club and stadium should be, well that's true if you ignore the clappers.

Coventry City Starting XI:

Burge

Dion Kelly-Evans
Willis
Turnbull
Camwell

Bigirimana
Gadzhev

G Thomas
Lameiras
Jones

Tudgay

Coventry City Substitutes:

Charles-Cook
Thompson
Shipley
Devon Kelly-Evans
Reid
K Thomas
Folivi

Obvious changes to last weeks squad include the introduction of yet another academy product in the form of Chris Camwell. Both Kelly-Evans brothers were in the squad for only the second competitive time. The fourth Jordan in the squad, this one ending in Thompson managed to make it into the eighteen for the first time as well.

First Half

We started out on the attack, with Jodi Jones cutting in and sending one sailing over the bar on his weaker foot. However just moments later we had to be saved by Lee Burge when he managed to latch onto a loose ball which was just inches away from being struck home by Van Veen. The score however remained 0-0.

Later on Burge was called upon once more, with Paddy Madden being the attacker this time. Although on this occasion the save remained a lot more comfortable. Madden had another attempt on goal towards thee end of the first half but the Sky Blues' number one was on hand again to stop the home advances.

Somewhat against the run of play, Jones laid the ball off to Gadzhev. In one of the funniest goals I've seen this season, he had a go from 20 yards and with the help of a massive deflection, found the other corner. It didn't mean anything whatsoever but it was pleasant to see we had the capability of managing to go in front against a play off side, and take that lead into half time.

Half Time - Scunthorpe United 0-1 Coventry City

Second Half

It would be, putting it literally, a down right lie to say we were battering the Iron. They proved their dominance by coming out for the second half fighting, it took them a whole 7 minutes for their pressing to pay off. Kevin Van Veen opened his body up to curl the ball into the top corner from just outside the box.

In an attempt to try and grab a second goal, Kwame Thomas replaced Jodi Jones with 25 minutes left on the clock. We nearly managed to go ahead when the other Thomas, George forced an exceptional fingertip save from Anyon. This was a sign that we were coming back into the game, but as with most things Coventry City related, it all came crashing down in a ball of fire.

The Scunthorpe stand is rather close to the pitch...
Neal Bishop scored the second peach of the match with five minutes left on the clock, a long ranger which fund the top corner. Then something astounding followed, we all learned that Mark Robins has infact got quite a good sense of humour because Michael Folivi was allowed to play the last four minutes. There could be no possible reasoning behind this other than pure banter, which I rate in a manager.

What would have killed me with laughter would be if he bagged the equaliser, but unfortunately he didn't and we conceded a third in the last minute. He'll go back to Watford with 6 minutes played, and a Checkatrade Trophy medal thrown in as well because why not. He's just another hilarious contributing factor for this sad excuse for a season which was concluded by the fifth pitch invasion of the season, very apt.

I've got at least one more match planned before the season officially finishes, Leamington's Play Off Final match against Hitchin Town. My Sixty-Eighth and potentially final game of the season, and the third in 3 days. I'll be slightly disappointed not to reach 70 matches for the season but after tomorrow I'll be up on last year by 17.

As for the Sky Blues, I'll refrain from going into a massive rant now as I'll be saving it all up for a season preview which should be out in the week. Hopefully the retained list will be included by then so I'll have even more fuel to do a whole essay on why we're going to the dogs currently. But until then, enjoy the aftermath of whatever that season was.

My Man of the Match - Chris Camwell - To be fair to him, the u18 star was very good on his debut. Although him starting has made me slightly aware of the Aaron Martin syndrome flying around, he didn't play on the last day verses Oldham last season and no one knew why. That was until he was released the next day. Going off this, players in the firing line include Stokes, Haynes, Stevenson (sold) and Harries (sold). Unless of course they are just injured, but remember I said this...




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