I guess my wish for a good performance did not happen like I hoped for in the Burton blog. Another two completely different half performances by Coventry City again. How do I put this into words, first we were good second woeful, end of. The Bury game went through my head all over again with us not being able to hold a lead. No disrespect to Richard Shaw but I really hope he does not get the manager’s job as he has only had one good performance which was against Birmingham. On to today’s game which was live on Sky on a very hot Sunday. Richard Shaw made four changes with Clarke, Edjenguele, Barton and Elliot coming in to replace Christie, Brown, McSheffery and McDonald respectively. The Sky Blues started the better as Frenchmen William Edjenguele nicknamed Edj by some City fans was left free at the back post from a corner who then could only get the slightest of touches which was put wide from only a few yards out and also David McGoldrick who was very good against Burton had a goal ruled out for a push on goalkeeper Chris Day by Stephen Elliot. McGoldrick did find the net after as he controlled a throw then he rifled a shot from about 20 yards out which flew in the top corner with Day only able to get finger tips to it. I was very worried when captain Kevin Kilbane went into a crunching tackle and I thought he was off, thankfully he was only booked which turned out a flourish of cards with 5 yellows being shown. The lead was only temporary though as Adam Barton lost the ball and Stevenage countered with Luke Freeman who shot was parried by Joe Murphy straight to Robin Shroot who could not miss from inside the penalty area. The home side nearly retook the lead as McGoldrick on his weaker foot slashed another long range effort but this time just going over the top of bar. I was angry about the next decision which I thought the goal should have stood as there were a few shots blocked and the last deflection coming off a Stevenage player which landed at Stephen Elliot who after putting it into the back of the ran off to celebrate which was cut short with the raised flag. The best chance came to Stevenage as Lucas Atkins outmuscled Chris Hussey who looked to off brought him down just outside the box with Richard Wood tumbling over as well, Patrick Agyemang picked up the loose ball who shot hit the post then hit Murphy then rolled out for a corner, that was the last big action of the first half.
On to the second half which just went tits up for the home side like the Bury game did. Stevenage made two substitutions straight away with Ngala coming on to replace Ashton in the heart of the defence and Risser coming on for the equaliser Shroot. The restart came across to be a bit slow, the next chance came to McGoldrick again as Richard Wood ran with a ball and his shot was deflected to McGoldrick who header was pushed round the post again, that was the skyblues best chance, from the resulting corner Richard Wood rose highest to loop a header just over the bar. Elliot had the last real chance for Coventry as McGoldrick with the knock down played Elliot in who shot hit the side netting, should really have put it away. Back came Stevenage as left back Darius Charles made a neat one two with Freeman who was away on goal, he went for an audacious chip but it was well saved by Joe Murphy. The resulting corner which Murphy could not do anything about it as it was flicked on at the front post which was then headed in by sub Marcus Haber who came on for former QPR striker Agyemang. Murphy was livid with Jordan Clarke for letting the flick happen in the first place. Coventry tried to change it with Thomas, McDonald and Ball coming on replacing Barton, Hussey and Elliot but it was too late. With a crowd of only 9458 and 461 away who were to be fair very well vocally, I just don’t see where the crowds will come from, and with the manager’s job being interviewed this week, I just hope the new boss can sort us out quickly. Off to Tranmere Saturday, that’ll be a walk in the park, not. PUSB!
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