Wednesday, 13 September 2017

My Sixteenth 17/18 Game - Coventry City vs Carlisle United

A scrappy but important 1-0 win at home to Port Vale on Saturday halted the blip we had been going through to begin the season, and with barely any time to rest we were back out once again to face Carlisle. The away side came in solid number considering they practically had to come down from Mordor to see their side play us.

Coventry City Starting XI:

Burge

Grimmer
Willis
Davies
Stokes

Vincenti
Doyle
Kelly
Jones

Nazon
Beavon

Coventry City Substitutes:

O'Brien
Hyam
Bayliss
Maycock
Dev. Kelly-Evans
Biamou
Ponticelli

Probably the best side we could have put out given the little mini crisis we suffered in the Vale game with injuries and suspensions. Mark Robins has revealed that Marc McNulty will miss a couple of weeks whilst 'Big Tone' has suffered an ACL tear and will miss the rest of the season. That news was something which nearly brought me to tears. Get well soon Tony.

Rod McDonald's one match suspension has given Deadline Day signing Tom Davies another chance to shine. We have taken pride in our defence so far and statically have the steadiest back line in the division having only conceded 3 goals all season. Tom Bayliss managed to make the bench with Stevenson being injured and Jordan Ponticelli got a spot once more, with his fan club praying he make an appearance at some stage.

First Half

Whilst the first half could easily be described as poor, there were a few glimmers of quality. Jodi Jones was proving a menace to their back four as he usually does. Their full backs looked scared to tackle him incase they were left for dead as he pranced on into a scoring position. Even though he looked a constant threat it was Jack Grimmer's work on that right flank which first pierced that line.

He managed to round his opposite number and play Stuart Beavon into a great position, instead however he scuffed the shot straight at the keeper. Kelly had another opportunity a few minutes later but sent it into orbit from the edge of the box. But it was our old mate Beavon whom has the best chance of the half close to the break.

He was played in about 12 yards out, still with a large amount of work to do. But he did exceptionally well to get the shot away through the legs of a defender, all that stopped us from taking the lead was a great save from Shamal George. It was a half which lacked creativity, but the visitors had just the one chance, which Burge dealt with comfortably.

Half Time - Coventry 0-0 Carlisle United

Second Half

Barely 2 minutes after the second half kicked off and The Duck went on a brilliant run after taking the ball on from Liam Kelly. Once he got past the last defender he slotted it above George to give us the lead. My celebrations had to be slightly nullified whilst I put the Balti pie down safely before joining in. That thing cost £4 and is the best thing about the club these days, I'm not sacrificing it for any man or indeed duck.

The hero of the hour had to leave the field for Biamou for what was a suspected hamstering injury but the man himself has since confirmed it was only cramp. With 20 minutes remaining Jodi was played through by Beavon but his trickled shot was agonisingly cleared off the line by Liddle. Grimmer also had a great opportunity a few minutes later. The game should've been put beyond doubt a lot earlier than it eventually was.



Jodi finally managed to make getting past their defence count as his chipped ball across the area found Vincenti. The comedic midfielder shot into the ground but the effort looped over George. I'm so glad it was Pete who put the game beyond doubt, he's been in need of confidence and a couple of good performances considering the stick he's been getting.

With just a couple of minutes left Devon Kelly-Evans came on for his league debut, replacing Stuart Beavon. The 33 year old wasn't horrendous but you'd like to have another option there, perhaps staring Biamou on Saturday would be a viable option, but as they say, it it's not broken, don't fix it. I can't see Mark Robins making any changes for Cambridge unless he's forced to.

Burge proved why he's possibly the most underappreciated player we've had in a while at the death with a fantastic touch on a log range Carlisle effort to take the ball onto the bar. Had that gone in we may have entered squeaky bum time but it wasn't to be, and the final whistle confirmed we kept our fifth clean sheet in just seven games.

Full Time - Coventry City 2-0 Carlisle United

My Thoughts

Given the troubles we've faced with injuries and all it was a very routine and solid 2-0 win. But what really counts is trying to carry that form on on the road, more specifically on Saturday at Cambridge United. The Duck may finally be coming into his element now he's been officially made first choice, something which we're all welcoming with open arms.

My Man of the Match - Liam Kelly - Picking a man of the match was especially hard because everyone was equally solid. I went for Kelly because he's come on very well since signing and we're finally seeing signs of the attacking centre midfielder we were promised as well as the solid rock. Still, Ben Stevenson can't believe what's happened from his injury table.

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