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Admit it, you didn’t see that result coming did you?

Not that Coventry City shouldn’t be capable of beating Sheffield Utd, I’d never have that. But we were mostly rubbish the previous game against Cardiff – rubbish – so winning the next game doesn’t really make any sense. But who’s going to argue? This is just another bit football that doesn’t make sense. Why try and rationalise it?

They say that teams like Sheffield Utd are better than us. They say that immediate form is a useful indicator. They also say that we concede sloppy goals every game (which is fairly accurate actually).

Well we somehow managed to prove all of that logic wrong and put in a solid and competent showing. So it is possible. Nice one.

The trick now is figuring out how to sustain, and heaven forbid, improve upon that. Can we manage that in tonight’s game against Barnsley? Let’s see.

How are they getting on?

It’s been a very similar start for Barnsley. They lost their opening two games, although those were both at home, and then managed to get immediate revenge on their League Cup nemesis Crewe Alexandra as they won the league version of the game just a few days later at Gresty Road.

Who could cause us trouble?

They’ve quite the intriguing mix of players, have Barnsley.

He won’t cause us trouble as such but lovely defender Martin Cranie is still playing for them, and even scored a goal the other day like a maniac.

The hilariously self-involved Leroy Lita has just joined the team and as funny as his obsession with himself is, he’s also fairly capable. Just watch out for the celebration if he scores. I assure you it will make Marco Tardelli look positively sedate.

Former Sky Blues sexpot James Bailey has also just signed for them, immaculate Rugrats hair and all. I was always a big fan of him when he played for us. Some said he was a pansy, which had some truth – but can you truly expect the same physical qualities from each player? I’m not so sure. His qualities lie in his vision and control over the midfield – so we best not give him too much room as he’ll be able to hurt us.

A final mention goes to Keith Treacy, former Blackburn player whose notorious in my mind at least for one hell of a detailed photo posted of his harris on Twitter. I’ll leave you to Google that filth.

Sky Blues team news

In comes Simeon Jackson to offer a jinky option up front. He had a really good period which saw him earn a move from Gillingham to Norwich, and he got 17 goals in 73 games for the Canaries which felt decent enough.

Since then he’s struggled to get himself going again, with a fruitless spell in Germany followed by half a season with Millwall where he scored two goals.

He may be brought straight in to help Tudgay up front, who received some praise for his showing at the weekend. Beyond that, you’d imagine the team staying mostly the same, with Ryan Haynes continuing to impress at left back in place of the injured Pugh.


The games have come slightly too closely together to gather another set of Lamptey predictions, so you’re left with me.

Typically, with a victory under our belts, I now fancy us to go on and grab another one. Nothing too fancy, but once again solid enough to take the points.


Neil: Coventry 2 – 1 Barnsley

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Episode 70 – The Nii Lamptey Show

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