Back at our fortress as Chris Stokes generously described it, we entertained Port Vale or as what some people are cringily calling it, the Matty Roper Derby. Considering our last three results we desperately needed a win. Last time out at Chesterfield we were denied victory thanks to some horrific finishing from Marc McNulty. Still, as your auntie says on Facebook on a Sunday night after having 3 glasses of wine, today is a new day.
Coventry City Starting XI:
Coventry City Substitutes:
After a warm up injury for Biamou ruled him out from his position in the match day squad, 90% of people in the Coventry City Fans Forum got their wish as he was replaced by Jordan Ponticelli. 'Big Tone' also got a start ahead of Beavon, something which pleased a large amount of people in his fan club, of which I am a fully paid up member.
After a somewhat quiet start we began to come into our element, Peter 'Big V' Vincenti was finally showcasing what Rochdale fans had told us he was good at after coming under fire so much. He wasn't clunky, but instead bringing balls down well and nodding headers back across goal to the strikers.
It would be harsh to call it out of nowhere but it did have a slight feeling about it when Jodi Jones pinged one in from the edge of the box for us to take the lead. The keeper didn't seem to move, I can't tell if that was due to the quality of the strike or his limbs appeared to stop working at the most crucial of points.
Only a couple of minutes later and our penalty merchant pulled up injured with Stuart Beavon being the man who came on to replace him. From here until just before half time we controlled the game and didn't even let them have a sniff. Just prior to the whistle however Anthony Kay's header from a free kick left Burge stranded in no mans land. This left him incredibly thankful that the crossbar came to his rescue.
Half Time - Coventry City 1-0 Port Vale
Jodi Jones continued to prove his super human abilities by dribbling from the edge of our own box towards theirs, his cross for Liam Kelly was headed well over the bar. It was clear we were in control however, Andreu played in Beavon who turned his defender and forced a great save out of Lainton. Beav got his revenge though by injuring him 2 minutes later, forcing Sam Hornby to come on as replacement.
However in our round of this weird game of injury tennis, Tony Andreu went down and needed to be replaced by The Duck. We were the best team for 80 minutes of the match, but then with the sending off of Rod McDonald he momentum switched. It was an odd incident, the attacker just sort of ran into him. I'm assuming we'll appeal. But I couldn't tell you whether it was deserved or not.
The first sub Stuart Beavon left the field for Tom Davies so we weren't left with a hole in our defence. Vincenti also got booked for a dangerous tackle where he got the ball but if he got it wrong could have potentially killed him. Burge then saved our skin on a couple of occasions by making two fantastic saves.
Full Time - Coventry City 1-0 Port Vale
We didn't play amazingly, but we got three points nonetheless, we did exceptionally well considering all 3 of our substitutions were forced and we had a man down for so long. Those are the sort of games where we need to grind out the 3 points even if we don't play the best. This is something we need to take into our game on Tuesday night against Carlisle as we continue our promotion push.
My Man of the Match - Peter Vincenti - Considering the amount of stick he's been getting so far he was excellent. In the air and by foot, he looked a completely different player to previous weeks. If he were to score a header or something. Also, we may have won, but at what cost, four players are rumoured to be injured. Vince will have to step up more than ever if that's the case.