On a very warm night at the Ricoh which ended up cold, a bit like the skyblues performance to be honest. With the CET stand mostly closed you could just tell it was going to be a dire game and atmosphere, which it was. The first chance of the game fell to Cody McDonald who didn’t stop his pursuit of winning the ball off defender Aaron Webster who then was able to slip past him and fire a tight angle shot at Burton keeper Ross Atkins which was comfortably saved. As the game went on Burton found there attacking boots with Billy Kee taking a shot and Joe Murphy having to flick it round the post, with Cleaveland Taylor who caused all sorts of trouble for Chris Hussey also going close. The Coventry leftback showed how popular he really was when he was booed by a few fans every touch he had. The best attack of the half came from the home side with Gary McSheffery floating ball in came to Carl Baker who headed it goalwards only for keeper Ross Atkins to make a flying one handed save which was then cleared.
On to the second half and from the start Burton substituted the goalkeeper who was quality for them so I presume he was injured. On came goalkeeper Dean Lyness who made some terrific saves in the second half, only to become villain at the end. Coventry also made a sub with Cody McDonald coming off for Stephen Elliot. The second half started pretty much like the same, dull. That was until Stephen Elliot played Carl Baker in who fired a shot at the keeper who had to get his hands right in which way the ball would move. The best chance came to Burton when Billy Kee caught on to a Cleveland Taylor cross which struck the post which was later cleared. The home side thought back with new loanee David McGoldrick who was very impressive with his exciting flick passes nearly scored when his long range shot was parried away by the impressive substitute keeper. With the game ticking away the next big chance came to a very selfish Gary McSheffery who fired over the bar as he picked up a loose ball, there were plenty of players in the box but he chose the wrong option which angered the home crowd even more. The crowd settled for a penalty shootout when Stephen Elliot was played through and his shot was tipped over by the machine in goal Dean Lyness, nothing was getting past him today! Young Billy Daniels had a shot well saved and that was it for 90mins. With there being no extra time due to JPT cup rules it went straight to a penalty shootout. They surely made up for a dire game of football as 22 spotkicks were took with it ending 10-9 to Coventry with Joe Murphy scoring the winner so eveyone having to take a penalty each, didn’t realise we had some decent penalty takers, only miss for City was my favourite player Richard Wood and for the away side goalkeeper Dean Lyness who harshly became the villian and captain Marcus Holness all being saved easy by there respective keepers. So the Skyblues are through and the Brewers are out, not a good game at all, no wonder there was only 5437 with 269 Burton fans, who were woeful vocally there. Better performance required Sunday in front of the Sky cameras please City! PUSB!
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