Saturday, 22 July 2017

My Fourth 17/18 Game - Coventry City vs Milton Keynes Dons

Arguably this fixture is the most accurate representation of what we'll be coming up against, so whilst pre-season results don't really matter too much, I was going to be keeping the corner of one eye on the end score. Saying that, had we been battered 4-0 I'd be dismissing it as pointless and that the only results that matter are the ones from August onward.

MK Dons is always a fixture that provides me with memories, whether it be Chris Maguire's two free kicks or Ben Stevenson's screamer. This one however at Nuneaton Town didn't promise to be as glamorous, just another test as we edge closer to Notts County on the fifth of next month. Just a couple of non league fixtures to go.

Coventry City Starting XI:

O'Brien

Grimmer
Willis
McDonald
Stokes

Vincenti
Kelly
Doyle
Dev. Kelly-Evans

McNulty
Biamou


Coventry City Substitutes:

Burge
Trialist (Pearson)
Hyam
Leahy
Di. Kelly-Evans
Stevenson
Shipley
Finn
K Thomas
Beavon
Ponticelli

From what I've seen that looks like our first team side which started the match, aside from perhaps Devon Kelly-Evans. When he's back from injury I'd slot Ryan Haynes straight in at the left midfield position. Instead though we'll have to be dealing with the more attacking of the DKE twins, whom looked very good at Barnsley on Tuesday night.

First Half

The first action of the game came early on through some good work from Marc McNulty, he chased down Lee Nicholls but his block from the keeper's clearance looped over the bar. 6 minutes later though he got a real chance after Liam Kelly was brought down in the area by Cisse. The resulting spot kick was put into the top right corner by the makeshift number ten.



It was quite astonishing how dominant we were over a MK side which seemed to be close to full strength. Later on in the half Vincenti found his way behind the back line but the subsequent cross was stopped well by Nicholls.

Not long later and arguably we produced our best move of the half, Grimmer made his way down the right wing before playing a peach of a cross into the box. Maxime Biamou attempted a Keith Houchen-esque diving header, the result however this time was more central in the goal. He probably should have netted but we'll put it down to a great save from Nicholls.

Half Time - Coventry City 1-0 MK Dons

Second Half

Two changes at the break saw Chris Stokes and Peter Vincenti make way for the villain of Tuesday night Darragh Leahy and Kwame Thomas. The last we saw of Kwame was his injury towards the end of last season but Robins has made it clear he wants to include the former Derby County forward in his plans for the following season.

On the hour mark, McNulty was this time himself brought down in the area but the result was the same, he himself stepped up and buried the spot kick. This was his third penalty conversion from three attempts through this pre season since joining. So you'd assume we've found our first choice taker for he foreseeable future.

After he completed his brace he left the field, with Stuart Beavon coming on in his place. Throughout the second half, the rest of the squad was switched up, from Biamou all the way to O'Brien. The new team were happy to see out the 2-0 win, defending well and attacking tentatively, just passing around the back. Not taking risks.

Full Time - Coventry City 2-0 MK Dons

A good win against a side you would expect to dispose of us with relative ease, but whilst it's hard not to get carried away, it's only pre-sea- you know what I'm sick of saying that. Lets face up to the facts, we're going to win the league and there's nothing any of the teams in this league can do to stop us.

In all seriousness, we're back at it again on Tuesday night as we travel to Mickleover Sports with our pre-season drawing to a close. Before that though I''ll be heading to Griffin Park to see Brentford play Southampton, mainly to tick off another ground and see some decent quality football.

My Man of the Match - Jack Grimmer - In his first full outing in what you would expect to be our first choice back four he was nothing short of exceptional. Darting runs, pin point crosses, clearances, slide tackles, you name it, he did it. I look forward to seeing more of what Shrewsbury fans were raving about when he signed.


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