Continuing this blog’s theme of apathy and resentment (even though the bosses are having a go at getting
my our points back), this week’s ramble is going to be brief.
By brief, I mean in effort and time invested, rather than word count, which I have to admit I have very little control over. These fingers just keep typing until I get to the prediction part nowadays. They’ve worn me down, and for this, I apologise.
The season is drawing to a close, and after an inexplicable pounding at the Bescott earlier in the week, we’re struggling to even pretend that an even more inexplicable points reinstatement will actually mean anything.
Next we welcome Brentford to our bleak little part of the world. Can we get a grip of ourselves?
How are they getting on?
Very well indeed. It’s hard to believe these guys were in our sights only a few weeks ago, what with them now sitting 3rd with a couple of games in hand on Bournemouth ahead of them.
I have them and Doncaster as my picks for the automatics. Uwe Rosler has developed a very good team, and while they appear to have a fallen under the radar this campaign amongst the emphatic nature of the Bournemouths and Swindons, don’t be surprised to see them fighting for that second promotion spot come the last day of the season.
Mainstays of the play-off places pretty much since mid-November, they’ve won six of their last ten games, although they did lose their last game, making it three defeats in six. Our form in that period is actually better, if you can believe it, ergo – victory is assured.
Who could cause us trouble?
Clayton Donaldson has scored goals all season long, and should have no qualms with punishing our threadbare defence if the opportunity arises.
Paris-born midfielder Toumani Diagouraga is an athletic character and capable of having an influence in the middle of the park, while former Watford and Villa youngster Harry Forrester is one of the few players to be able to say he turned down a move to Ajax, preferring instead the challenge of League One with Brentford.
You’d be forgiven for thinking he’d run quite mad, but I’m sure he had his reasons. He’s managed 10 goals in all competitions this year, and was always highly rate as a kid. At 22, he should be starting to reach that period that’ll begin to define his career trajectory. Watch out for him.
Sky Blues team news
Regardless of the intense positivity being shown by Pressley, losing like that to Walsall can’t have satisfied him. He left some rather strong hints about the efforts of a couple of players, and if the Lamptey speculation this week is anything to go by, Bailey and Moussa are the ones walking a bit of a tight rope followng their Easter performances. Their one saving grace is that the injuries are starting to pile up, and the fight for places isn’t what it once was.
Jordan Stewart’s only been here five minutes and has already got himself suspended like a dipstick, although there’s plenty to suggest his sending off the other day was not warranted. Young Ryan Haynes has been touted as a possible replacement due to his left-footedness, placing him ahead of the less natural Jordan Clarke. Physically he still has a way to go, but Pressley has spoken this week about trusting the talent in the academy – if he thinks he’s ready, I’m happy to take his word for it.
Callum Ball is the latest player to find himself on the end of grief from the fans, so Cody McDonald and young Callum Wilson – with his ever-increasing reputation – may fancy themselves to come into the team.
Typically, the single man up front has come in for some stick (as we didn’t win with it), but SP has a strategy and style of play he’s trying to develop, and you have to expect he’ll stick with it as he asserts some commitment to his methods.
Oddly, we’ve managed to flip things on their head and it now feels as though we’re far more capable of coming out of the home games with points, while the away form has taken a bit of an abrupt dive.
Mitigating all this however is the salient fact that Brentford are good. I like how they go about things and am worried we might come a cropper in a game against a team with so much to fight for… while we’re there with our hypothetical points feeling sorry for ourselves after Monday.
Unfortunately, I’m going for back-to-back defeats and a disappointing 2-0 to Brentford. Out of order I know, but my Doncaster prediction was so far off, it can’t hurt to try it again.