With just a week left until the full season starts we began our final test with the first day of the Nuneaton Tournament. Along with the aforementioned hosts and of course Coventry City, sides were sent by Liverpool, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Glasgow Rangers and PSV Eindhoven. A 2 day contest where each team plays twice. Our matches would be against Liverpool first, and then the following day Nuneaton Town.
Coventry City Starting XI:
Coventry City Substitutes:
Trialist (Your guess is as good as mine)
What you can see happening is we're playing one eleven against Liverpool today and another tomorrow against Nuneaton. This is the stronger of the two, I'd say 9 out of the 11 that started today will be on the pitch against Notts County on Saturday. The bench was purely made up of u23s to potentially give some game time to a few off the bench and to basically make up the numbers.
Before I begin, I'd like to apologise in advance for how short this report is going to be, it was a very much dull affair. I would even go as far as to say it was one of the most boring matches I have ever seen, there wasn't a single clear cut chance all match. So the plan is, I'll do a brief overview and then just thoughts on the current situation.
Early on Kelly tried an acrobatic volley which sailed miles over the crossbar. Stokesy of all people had a go from 25 yards out of frustration more than anything and his effort surprisingly was on target, but George still comfortably saved. McNulty and Vincenti both had half chances before the first period was out.
Half Time - Coventry City 0 - 0 Liverpool XI
If anything the second half was even duller, it was sideways passes galore. The best chance of the match came when Peter Vincenti's header forced a fairly good save and made actual noise come out of the Sky Blues' fans collective mouths regarding the game. Well, non sarcastic noise I should add onto that.
But honestly other than Vincenti getting involved in an almost scrap with a Liverpool winger that was pretty much it. We barely created anything. But onto my thoughts as our 'first team' played their last friendly before the season begins.
Full Time - Coventry City 0 - 0 Liverpool XI
We aren't scoring from open play, but it's not a goal scorer we lack, we are pretty much set for strikers with McNulty, Biamou, K Thomas, Beavon and Ponticelli. What we missed today and have done the last couple of matches is some creativity. Jodi Jones was our best player against Barnsley but has missed out on the last two through injury.
We have lacked the spark he brings on the wing but that can't all be put on his shoulders, which is why Ben Stevenson should be brought back into the side. That's not to say Doyle or Kelly are bad footballers, more that they are too similar to be playing alongside one another. Perhaps if we moved Kelly into the number 10 role where we can utilise his goal scoring talents better, with Stevenson dropping into the centre of midfield.
We also need one more winger who is a playmaker, Reid is obviously wanting out and at this point I couldn't care less, but he needs to be replaced. Devon is doing a good job but he has 20 minutes of competitive football to his name. With Ryan Haynes injured for at least another month the left wing needs more depth. As does the right wing to be honest because Vincenti isn't a "winger", more a "right midfielder".
I enjoyed dictating my feelings, I should do it more often, and I'll be back tomorrow for the final pre-season match now that Leamington has been cancelled. Hopefully the Nuneaton match has more action because I don't think I could physically put myself through what we had to today,
My Man of the Match - Devon Kelly-Evans - It's quite hypocritical to say he's not ready and then give him man of the match award but Devon did the job pretty well today. However I just don't think he's experienced enough to maintain it across a season. However I very much hope I'm wrong.