Sunday, 20 August 2017

My Tenth 17/18 Game - Coventry City vs Newport County

Two wins from two, Aston Villa bottom of the table, all I could feel was deja vu from the 15/16 season. The difference being both sides are in a lower division and that we're playing Newport County. Which is just painful in itself to hear, no disrespect to Newport. Only a win would do if we were to continue our perfect start.

Coventry City Starting XI:

O'Brien

Grimmer
Willis
McDonald
Stokes

Jones
Kelly
Doyle
Vincenti

Beavon
McNulty

Coventry City Substitutes:

Burge
Hyam
Pearson
Stevenson
Andreu
Nazon
Biamou

First Half

However you try and spin it, today was painful to endure. To go from the highs of a brilliant away victory at Grimsby to whatever was on display today is mental. The first half was very dull in terms of action but you could see where the problem lied. Every single pass seemed to be incredibly sloppy. If the two people who are supposedly supposed to be running the midfield can't square the ball two yards then it's always going to be tough.

Frank Nouble was touted as the danger man not only because of the former club syndrome but also as he's scored 2 in 2 to kick off the season in County's two draws. We decided on an unchanged squad which appeared to be a mistake. Last time out at Grimsby despite winning the first 45 minutes was poor.

Half Time - Coventry City 0-0 Newport County

Second Half

Not long in to the second period and we saw the first howler of the season going against us. Reece Cole struck a weak effort from 20 yards which shouldn't have troubled O'Brien at all. Instead however it somehow merged it's way through his upper body and squirmed into the net. Everyone was fuming to say the least.

The fightback substitutes were then made, Andreu and Stevenson came on for Beavon and Kelly. From here we went on a 20 minute spell of pure domination, on the turn Andreu made an almost instant impact by forcing an unbelievable save out of Day. He got a strong hand to the effort which appeared destined for the top bins.

League Two is going to be tough this season as we're going to see teams park the bus on us an awful lot. Newport are a big example of this, which is why we need to learn to break sides down more. It's painful to watch us go forward not knowing what we're doing and cheaply give the ball away. By lumping it in because we can't create anything else.

Full Time - Coventry City 0-1 Newport County

Today was poor, and I feel dejected writing about it but what's done is done and all we can do is pick ourselves back up and go again. Next stop being Yeovil away next week, a four hour coach journey I honestly can't wait for. If we slip out of the top 7 I may cry and have a Twitter rant, and those are two things no one ever wants to see.

My Man of the Match - Jordan Willis - In attack we were poor, in defence we were bang average and only conceded due to a howler from O'Brien. One player who did look confident on the ball unlike last week was former captain Jordan Willis. Still young but one of the longest standing members in the side, today wasn't the best day overall but at least there were players doing something right.

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