Good afternoon. Here I am again, rambling (swiftly).
Since my last ramble over a month ago, we may have had a small blip prior to Christmas but for all intents and purposes we are nicely back on track now. Unfortunately, a couple of injuries have taken hold so there’s no predicting how that’ll influence this match. I’m guessing at this point we’re expected to be worried?
I’d rather not be. We’ve proven time and time again that we’re one of the top six teams in the division, even with disrupted line-ups. I know as a race of people us Coventry fans are uncontrollable worriers, but there’s plenty to suggest we don’t have to be on the pitch. Even if we are up against the League One super force of Crawley Town.
How are they getting on?
They’ve picked it up recently after a rotten run. Two league wins out of three has brought them back into line, but their general form over the last month or so has been altogether quite poor with a lengthy spell without victories.
They had a nasty result against Bristol Rovers in the FA Cup last week which could also prove a set back, but as far as the league goes they appear to have sorted their collective heads out a bit. Does football work like that? Will these players be able to adjust their mindsets back into Recent League Form Mode? Who knows? I don’t even know why I’m asking. It could go either way. Useless conclusion, but exactly how the world of football works.
Who could cause us trouble?
They’re not prolific going forward, in fact they’re barely mediocre. Just 25 league goals this season, but it’s likely they’ll fancy themselves to bump that up today against one of the worst defences you’re likely to see in League One. Let’s be honest, we’re bloody useless at prevention.
Picking out names from their bag of players who’ve barely scored has proven difficult. But if you were to press me I’d warn against new-loanee and former player Matt Tubbs – OK he may be lacking match fitness but is used to impressing on the League One stage, so look alive defenders.
Sky Blues team news
Callum is out for quite a bit with a jippy shoulder. That’s a blow, because they may give it a timescale but as you’ll remember with Scott Dann, there’s really no telling how long it’ll take to fix itself. I’m guessing we need to identify a new approach which doesn’t rely on his blistering pace.
Unfortunately Leon is also carrying a groinal issue, meaning we could be without our two blockbuster strikers for the first time in a while. The wise money is on Franck and new boy Denzel to create a new look striking partnership.
Conor Thomas has just about recovered from a bruised brain but is getting close to a return, while Adam Barton has been told he can sling his hook (if he and another club wants to). This leaves first choice midfield options a little light. Billy Daniels and Fleck sound about right, but then what do we do with the wings? Leave Carl on the right, or bring Cyrus in his place and send Carl over to the left?
It’s a conundrum but I’m sure Pressley has something nice and inventive up his sleeve. Whether Leon Clarke agrees with it or not is another question, but that’s what he’s paid to do, and so far, he’s managed it quite well.
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I wasn’t involved in the show this week but having listened to another informative preview, I sense victory. Nothing too exciting mind, but victory nonetheless to nudge us into 10th place and within four of that top six.
Go for it City.
Neil: Coventry 2 – 1 Crawley
Joey: Coventry 1 – 1 Crawley
Paul: Coventry 3 – 0 Crawley