Saturday, 26 August 2017

My Twelfth 17/18 Game - Yeovil Town vs Coventry City

Right, this is how today's report is going to work. I'm going to kick off with the usual civilised, blatantly awesome report for today's game, and then everyone's favourite section "My Thoughts" is making a long awaited return, so I can convey my wonderfully compiled opinion. By which I mean I'm going to do a really angry rant and make comments I don't really mean and will later go on to regret. You just have to stick with City through the bad times as well as the good, the same goes with these reports...

Coventry City Starting XI:

O'Brien

Grimmer
Willis
Hyam
Stokes

Jones
Doyle
Kelly
Nazon

Andreu
McNulty

Coventry City Substitutes:

Burge
Di. Kelly-Evans
Pearson
Stevenson
Vincenti
Beavon
Biamou

Positive changes were made by Mark Robins ahead of the fixture, fans called for Beavon and Vincenti to be dropped which was exactly what occurred. The ideal replacements were also put in. If it weren't for Dominic Hyam having to come in for Rod McDonald, who missed out through injury, this would be the ideal side for a very large portion of the fanbase.

First Half

Yeovil conceded 14 goals in their first three games, so my original thoughts of how to play were just run at them and scare the living day lights out of their fragile defence. Just 30 seconds in this is how we appeared to be doing it when Jodi Jones found himself through on goal, forcing a brillaint save from Krysiak.

Despite noticing the flaws in our opposition we didn't press down this avenue but continued to pass it about and send an endless number of balls into the box with no intentional destination. Michael Doyle had his 'Michael Doyle' moment of the match when we went to ground holding his face after barely being touched, it was indeed a foul but Doyler made a meal of it. The offender Olufela Olomola was booked. I'm honestly so glad we got him back in to the fold.

Marc McNulty had an opportunity and was onto the last defender, he decided to try a long range strike which hit the roof of the stand. He fell over when taking it to put into perspective how wayward the effort was. Soon after he had another, better opportunity but he shanked it agonisingly wide.

Less than a minute after we nearly took the lead Yeovil went one better. Against the run of play Rhys Browne went forward. I'm not too sure what the specifics were, but O'Brien messed up leaving him with an easy tap in. Whether it was massively his fault or just a slight mix up in the defence it was very costly as we went a goal down going into the break.

Half Time - Yeovil Town 1-0 Coventry City

Second Half

It's a tricky situation when you're losing but all of your so called "Game Changers" are on the pitch. Obviously something had to change but it's very hard to know who to bring on. Andreu took a somewhat surprising bow out for the game on the hour mark just 5 minutes after he rattled the post with a free kick.

The man, the myth, the Stuart Beavon came on in the newest signings place. This very much looked like a "Yeah, why not" substitution from Robins. However it was strike partner McNulty who was having all the chances, one of which curled just past the post and another a couple of minutes later forced a brilliant save out of the eventual man of the match Krysiak.

With 15 minutes left any hope of a comeback was brutally crushed when Yeovil doubled their lead. Again it was ever so slightly against the rub of the grain. Poor defending let Olomola through on the right, he found the opposite corner of the goal with relative ease. Max Biamou was brought on but by this point it was too late. McNulty was also turned down a stone wall penalty to rub salt in the wounds.



Full Time - Yeovil Town 2-0 Coventry City

My Thoughts

Before today Yeovil had conceded 14 goals in 3 games. That's 1 every 19 minutes. We couldn't put one past them. Frank Nouble got 3 in 13 minutes for Newport. In no way is that relevant but Frank bloody Nouble. I'm not sure if they suddenly grew a defence or if we were exceptionally poor in front of goal. In fact I am sure, we were dreadful.

A one off mistake is fair enough, everyone is allowed that, but today there was no excuse for Liam O'Brien's performance. He was at fault for the first goal and continuously spooned goal kicks into the stands. When you've got such competition for one space he needs to be dropped. It's Lee Burge's turn to stake a claim and go in net. It'll be interesting to see who gets the nod on Tuesday night against Shrewsbury.

4 hours 20 minutes it took to get to Yeovil, and the return journey is likely going to be a considerable amount longer. It's things like this which make you think, "Why do I bother?" Because to be frank, today was not good enough. Things need to change before Chesterfield, whether that be a new tactic, an angry team talk or a new signing, perhaps a 34 year old from Portsmouth.

I should be back for three or four posts next week, including the beginning of the Checkatrade defence and the face off versus Chesterfield. Then maybe a couple of other pieces along the way. Fingers crossed those performances are a truck load better than whatever the shambles was that we saw today otherwise I may cry.

My Man of the Match - Jack Grimmer - If you're a defender who can shine in a side which loses 2-0 then you must be good. This is exactly what we have on our hands with Jack Grimmer. He's a real asset on the right flank and times 99% of his tackles to absolute perfection. Long may it all continue.


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