The pre-game ramble: Bournemouth
The attempted rehabilitation continues. We may still be playing like a troop of dipsticks, but for two entire games, we have not lost. This in itself would appear to be progress.
Robins said his aim was to halt the slide, and he’s made a start at that. The next step is to actually earn these results, as opposed to bumbling through our every match. Bumbling is not a sustainable gameplan.
How are they getting on?
Bournemouth are not without their problems. They’re us, 6 weeks ago. Their latest move has been to sack their manager in a desperate attempt to fix their slide.
They’ve only won once this season – that was against Yeovil – and even though they followed this with two more draws, their form of three losses in a row was seemingly enough to send Paul Groves packing.
Stats are great though. Just two weeks ago you could have noted that they’d only lost once in their opening 7 games. But as we well know, that never tells the whole story. For a team that were aiming for play-offs last year and gained a reputation as an attractive and attacking side – being relegated wasn’t on their agenda this time around.
It can all change of course, and with a new caretaker, that can happen mighty quickly.
Unless you’re us, that is. This is our “reality” according the phone-ins. We have to make do.
Who could cause us trouble?
Lee Barnard is on loan from Southampton. He has 3 goals this season in 6 games, and whilst not the most prolific record you’ll see, in the scheme of their season – it’s certainly noteworthy.
Captain Miles Addison is a name you may recognise. He started out at Derby and for a while was linked with big money moves to the Premiership, namely to Stoke City. He made a loan move to the Cherries permanent over the Summer, and has been the one real constant in their side as they struggle to find form.
You should definitely keep an eye out for creative midfielder Eunan O’Kane however, who had a great year for Torquay last season. Crawley and Swindon were said to be interested in bringing him in, but he eventually made the move to Bournemouth, with their style of play being one of the contributing factors to his decision. He’s an ambitious sort of chap, and has his eyes on playing at a higher level.
Sky Blues team news
Edjenguele hurt himself the other night, so he’s unlikely to make it back in time. Dopey Reece Brown had to sit out of the squad, but Nathan Cameron made his long-awaited return. While Woody had a collection of jittery moments, I’d expect him to partner one of those two in the centre of defence. Poor Kevin Malaga has been told to piss off, though. He won’t be available any more.
Following his “impact” against Oldham, the return of McDonald to the starting line-up was delayed in midweek as he was once more unavailable. He’s back in contention now, but will Robins be able to fit him into his favoured 4-4-1-1 formation from the start? I wouldn’t have thought so.
Captain Carl Baker’s form is really starting to dip, so we’re left in a similar situation to that of Kilbane – does he drop his captain? I can’t see him doing that, not when Gary McSheffrey seems like a prime candidate for the bench as well.
McSheffrey was cheered/jeered off on Tuesday. I will say it again – boo and make your feelings known to the team as a collective. That can actually have a positive impact. A whole stadium hooting and whooping at an individual will never lead to anything good. Everyone, including him, is aware of how bad he has been. Victimising him isn’t going to make it any better.
We have to improve our perform levels, otherwise it continues to be a toss of the coin as to whether we gain any points or not.
I can see it going much the same way as Tuesday, only this time we nick an inexplicable 2-1 victory.
Who would make the best captain?
- Kevin Kilbane (7%, 5 Votes)
- Joe Murphy (5%, 4 Votes)
- Gary McSheffrey (3%, 2 Votes)
- Carl Baker (25%, 19 Votes)
- Richard Wood (40%, 30 Votes)
- Steve Jennings (11%, 8 Votes)
- Conor Thomas (9%, 7 Votes)
Total Voters: 75