Dejection, pain, underachievement, and more pain. There was nothing new in the world of Coventry City heading into Chesterfield away, somewhere just 8 months ago I sat with my head in my hands as I knew that was it and we were down. Fortunately, we took them with us, and made them the only side to finish below us in the table.
The Spirites started as the side bottom of the table, just in a different tier to last time, whereas we came in at a fairly lowly tenth coming off the back of two abysmal performances and results. Still, we brought in Tom Davies on Deadline Day as another option to sure up the defence. Despite what I may have said on Twitter throughout the day, Carl Baker didn't join him. Long story short I now owe a Portsmouth fan one of my kidneys.
Coventry City Starting XI:
Coventry City Substitutes:
Tony Andreu changed the game on Tuesday night, so the natural decision which Mark Robins chose was to drop him from the starting eleven in favour of everyone's favourite "work horse" Stuart Beavon. Vincenti also rocked up on the right wing with a look in his ye like yer da turning up to the Pizza Hut free salad bar.
In the first half we were bad, and I don't just mean slow to get out of the blocks, I mean seriously, seriously bad. If it weren't for Chesterfield being close to equally horrific we'd have been 3 or 4-0 down by the time we heard the relieving half time whistle. Saying that, it was certainly the home side that were on top.
The most notable of their chances came via a free kick from Jordan Flores. Considering Lee Burge saw it very late given the ball dipped back and towards the top corner he did exceptionally well to scamper across and save it onto the post. Kristian Dennis was proving to be tricky towards the end of the first period.
For those final few minutes it really was, backs against the wall, hold out until the break and regroup. Because we were an absolute shambles from top to bottom. Michael Doyle was having an especially poor game and considering most of the time everything revolves round him and goes through him, you're going to be in trouble.
Half Time - Chesterfield 0-0 Coventry City
Even though we'd played horrifically so far Robins felt no urge to take off the main offenders i.e and Vincenti. Saying that we did look considerably sharper throughout the side, which showed early on as McNulty's long range effort struck the bar thanks to a brilliant Tommy Lee save. Less than a minute later Jodi's cross was met by no one, which meant it almost crept into the far corner, instead it went agonisingly wide.
On the hour mark Robbie Weir was given a second booking for a foul on Jodi Jones. To be honest it looked a massive dive and I can't believe he wasn't booked for it. Then again, it was a decision which very much worked in our favour. Andreu was brought on 10 minutes later to help spread the play more with the extra man.
We looked to have made the breakthrough when McNulty was played through on goal down the left but he bottled the 1 on 1 and shanked it wide. He really had to score. Vincenti then had the ball in the back of the net but it was pulled back for offside (Eagerly waiting for iFollow to see if I have another opportunity to moan.)
After this Vince was replaced by fan favourite The Duck. With 10 minutes to go we bottled the biggest chance of the game. Andreu's whipped cross found McNulty a couple of yards out, the keeper was nowhere to be seen. All he had to do was simply head the ball into the empty net. That wasn't the case however as he somehow managed to nod it wide. At the time I physically couldn't see that as possible.
Chesterfield looked happy to play out for the draw at this stage and we'd been given so many chances that by this point we didn't even deserve the win. A poor effort from most of the players on the pitch. So after the six minutes of injury time were played out the final whistle was met with choruses of boos.
Full Time - Chesterfield 0-0 Coventry City
I've come away from a City match feeling angry yet again, we had so many chances yet couldn't muster up a single goal. Just to prove how ridiculous the situation is, some fans were calling for Mark Robins' head. That in itself could be testament as to why karma isn't on our side. Had McNulty scored that bloody header everyone would've been fine, instead there was fighting amongst fans.
I don't think I've seen the fanbase this disjointed since Sixfields. But the situation wasn't helped by the fact Tim Fisher was on the same platform home as the fans. That's a whole different story however. If you want to see what occured, then the video is on my Twitter '@Handsey'. I've never seen anything like it and it has received mixed opinions from fans.
Once again we're left licking our wounds, next up we have Port Vale at home, who knows what the future will hold and how many chances we'll choke. In all seriousness, that fixture has now become a must win match. Not only because we've not won in three, but also because the period coming up looks like some of the hardest we will face all season.
My Man of the Match - Jodi Jones - I tell you what, I can't wait until Ryan Haynes comes back, because Jodi on the right and Haynes on the left would be a force to be reckoned with. Jodi is the only creativity we have at this current stage and it's poor. Saying that, he's brilliant on the ball and showcased that perfectly today. Long may it continue. (Just next time let's hope someone does a goal).