Well that was absolutely diabolical, worst performance of the season. Just nothing was going for us, such a drab match and effort by the players. Just very confused how we can play with the same team from Friday who played well to being battered today, very puzzled. Steven Pressley kept the same side that grafted out that 1-0 win over league leaders Doncaster Rovers.
Coventry City: Joe Murphy (GK), Cyrus Christie, William Edjenguele, Aaron Martin, Jordan Stewart, James Bailey, Adam Barton (Steven Jennings 65), John Fleck, Carl Baker (c), Franck Moussa (Jordan Clarke 65), Callum Ball (Callum Wilson 62)
Subs: Chris Dunn (GK), David Bell, Gary McSheffrey, Cody McDonald
Walsall: Sam Johnstone, Andy Butler (c), James Chambers, Jamie Paterson, Febian Brandy (Ashley Hemmings 87), Paul Downing, James Baxendale (Romaine Sawyers 87), Adam Chambers, Connor Taylor, Sam Mantom, Craig Westcarr
Subs: Liam Roberts (GK), Dean Holden, Nicky Featherstone, Ben Purkiss, Malvind Benning
Attendance: 7,504 (2,459 away fans, great effort considering the awful football!)
GOALS: Paterson 33’, 87′Westcarr 54’(pen), 74′
Booked- Stewart X2, Christie, Ball, Clarke, Westcarr
Sent off-Stewart-second bookable offence
Opening chance of the game fell to the home side, with Adam Chambers shooting straight at Murphy, whilst at the other end Ball had a header saved well by on loan Manchester United keeper Johnstone. Walsall brought out the first real save of the half, Paterson firing towards goal causing Murphy to flap at the shot, but he managed to stop any real danger. Edjenguele also had a chance for the away side, heading just over the bar from a Cyrus Christie cross. Coventry born Paterson broke the deadlock for the home side, going through 2 defenders before firing across Murphy into the bottom far corner, great effort! That goal woke the away side up as Moussa fired in a low shot which was pushed around for a corner; Captain Baker also had a chance, his shot being parried by keeper Johnstone and on loan striker Callum Ball failing to get a good touch to tap home. The home side had the last effort of the half with Andy Taylor long range effort from a free kick bringing out a great save from Joe Murphy.
I was hoping that we would come out with more desire to win the game and we shown that with controlling the early stages of the second half, also Baker heard towards goal was tipped over by the giant Johnstone once again, great dead ball specialist cross by Cyrus Christie, I can see him playing in the Premier League I think he is that good. That good early pressure for the skyblues was left in tatters by some stupid defending and decision making. Stewart for some reason through the throwing into the box and not down the line, causing Martin to panic and lose the ball which led for him to stick a leg out on the oncoming attacker, blatant penalty. Craig Westcarr stepped up and sent Murphy the wrong way. We let our anger out after that which led to Stewart being sent off for a second bookable defence, so whatever would happen City will probably be hit on the counter which they were throughout. The game was wrapped up with 15 minutes to go as a Paterson free kick was parried by Murphy but Westcarr was there to head home the follow up. Coventry kid Paterson was having an excellent game, having another two strikes at Murphy’s goal before beating him again as he was played through with only Murphy to beat, showing his composure poking it past him.
Thank goodness the game was over. Absolute write off that was, hope we can just get results from the last 4 games. Roll on Brentford Saturday PUSB