I think it’s fair to say we just left it too late. It looked an uphill battle after the first leg with it being 3-0 but not scoring an early goal and both goals coming in stoppage time gave us too much to do. But I can’t fault the players effort, I thought they played okay and at least they didn’t give up, wasn’t a very good performance in my opinion. Fair play to Crewe they defended well considering that’s all they needed to do. I think we were the better team first half, second they were much better. With us out of the cup hopefully we can capitalise and go for the play offs.
In his second game in charge Lee Carsley kept the same team that beat Bury on Saturday. The skyblues nearly started the comeback as a Carl Baker cross was headed towards goal by Leon Clarke beating goalkeeper Steve Phillips but the angle of the header just sent it a little wider than needed. It was Phillips goal again who was tested as a clearance fell to James Bailey who fired in a half volley but it was harmlessly over. It was all Coventry as Baker took a shot which was fumbled by Phillips with Leon Clarke waiting to tap in, but the ball was travelling to fast for him so it just clipped off his head. Danger man Clarke must have been thinking what he had to do to score as Gary McSheffrey cross was hit first time by the striker but it just flew wide. Crewe could see that Coventry were dangerous on the break, which led to Abdul Osman being booked for a late tackle on Bailey in the first half. McSheffrey was involved in the next City chance as his cross come shot on the left hand side flew across the face of goal clipping a skyblues players , think it was Stephen Elliot, it just wouldn’t go in for them. Half time came and all my confidence had gone, needed a first half goal which never came.
Crewe were the first ones to test in the second half as a header at the back post from Mark Ellis just fired over the bar, first real warning sign by the railwayman. It was Crewe again who tested Joe Murphy goal as AJ Leitch-Smith was played in and his shot was parried by the Irishman. It was quite funny being so close to the action as Murphy’s shouting was hilarious. Coventry changed it with Jordan Clarke and Callum Wilson coming on for Richard Wood and Stephen Elliot. It was nearly Clarke who pulled a goal back as his long range effort just flew wide with Phillips diving to his left, not a bad effort. I’d say Baker had the miss of the night as the ball fell to him deep inside the box but he fluffed his shot and it went embarrassingly wide, taxi for Baker! Leon Clarke and Joe Murphy were next to be booked, not sure why Murphy was though, must have missed that. Leon Clarke and Baker both had other clear cut opportunities but Phillips was there to keep anything from going past him. Coventry made their final substitution with Bailey coming off for John Fleck whilst Crewe made their only sub of the game with Leitch-Smith going off for Byron Moore who I thought was very good in the first leg. Heading into stoppage time and Coventry finally got a goal they were most craving as Mark Ellis headed over Phillips and into his own net, rather embarrassing goal to concede! I thought it was Preston all over again as Leon Clarke put us 2-0 up with 3 minutes to go as he as well headed in a cross from the right hand side, a great bullet header. The travelling support of 2,268, 8,325 overall were sent into a mass shock of a comeback on the horizon. The spur from the fans got to the Crewe players as Bradden Inman was booked as City hit them again. It was too much to ask though as the away side couldn’t pull it back.
Gutted to say the least, I didn’t think we could do it but getting close has made me even more annoyed, our own fault though as we didn’t take our chances as well as we left it too late. All credit to Crewe, did all the work in the first leg so sitting back was all they needed to do. Hopefully we can kick on now and push for the play offs, only thing left in our season, not sure if we can do it but hey it just me being negative. Back to the league Saturday, oh Crewe again! This time…REVENGE!!! PUSB
Also this is a idea for a flag I want to make, any ideas, cheers!