I think my friend is our lucky omen, on the 3 times he has been to games this season in Birmingham City, Burton Albion and Crawley Town we have won them all!
After the FA cup win on Saturday which I unfortunately couldn’t attend I was told we didn’t play to good which I was worried about. With us welcoming the visit of Crawley Town who lay in 3rd place I thought we were in for a tough game.
On to the game, Mark Robins welcomed back goal machine David McGoldrick who before the game was on 9 goals in all competitions which would go to 11 by the end of the night. Robins also brought in William Edjenguele, James Bailey and Cody McDonald.
The game started out very even but the first real chance was the goal as McGoldrick ran on to a through ball and passed it back to John Fleck who shot just inside of the penalty area fired through the Crawley defence and Paul Jones should of done better with the save but it went under him into the bottom right corner on 9 mins. Crawley then dominated the play as Billy Clarke shot was pared away by Joe Murphy. David Hunt and Nicky Adams came close as Hunt lashed a volley just wide and Adam’s brought out a great save at the far post from Murphy, who seemed to of saved it with his chest. The home team came up next as David McGoldrick and Cody McDonald went up for the same header with it coming off McGoldrick I think who headed wide. Big Frenchmen William Edjenguele nearly headed in from a corner but it was easily saved by Jones. On the edge of half time, City struck gold as John Fleck speculative shot ended up at the far post with McGoldrick tapping I into an empty net with Jones out positioned to make it 2-0 at the break.
Just after the break whatever Crawley boss Richie Barker said at half time it certainly sunk in for a while at least as they dominated the early encounters as on 55mins they pulled a goal back as Billy Clarke’s shot smashed Edjenguele in the face and the centre half fell straight to the floor, within that Clarke fired a shot into the bottom left corner with Murphy beaten at the second time of asking. Following this the home side looked nervy and they let Crawley keep hold of possession which frustrated the home fans. Just over the hour mark Coventry regained their two goal lead as Jordan Clarke played the ball to McGoldrick who curled a classy shot into the top corner of the goal with Jones beaten to send Coventry fans and the coaching staff wild with excitement. The away side who I expected much more from really disappointed me tried to cut the deficit through Clarke again but his shot fired across goal and wide. Richard Wood then poked a shot out for a corner which was certain to be a Clarke goal. That was it for the visitors as they didn’t take their chances in front of goal. Very good win for the skyblues who are finally out of the relegation zone, great win! Roll on Scunthorpe Saturday! PUSB