So yeah, it’s Crewe, all over again.
I’ve a right mind not to even bother with this ramble. You’d think any normal person would sack it off (especially at 12.45pm on a Saturday), but I ain’t missed one since I launched the new blog so I am compelled to say some words, lest the world ends or something equally annoying.
How are they getting on?
We know exactly how they’re getting on. It’s not changed very much since Wednesday. They’ve lost an extra game.
That does mean they still haven’t won since beating us two weeks ago. But getting to Wembley – that’s surely got to give them a boost. Then you’ve got the added bonus of returning to the scene of where they did all the dirty work for that. It’s still an absolute nonsense that we lost that game 3-0. I fume every time I think back to it.
They are 6 points behind us in the league, with two games in hand, meaning we’d have to be bloody mad to lose this game. A win for Crewe brings them right back into play.
Who could cause us trouble?
Once again, I’m not going to cover old ground (by old I mean the exact same stuff I wrote about on Wednesday). We know them – they know us. Brad Inman, AJ Leitch-Smith, Mathias Pogba and that lunatic of a keeper Steve Phillips – they’re the players I will be keeping my eye on, because they’ve either performed well against us so far, or they’re the brother of Paul Pogba and genetically assured of being somewhat good.
The same bunch of players kept us at bay for 180-plus minutes during the JPT tie – and it was only a silly own goal that broke our duck. OK, they all count, but as the minutes passed by, they will have surely been thinking that they’ve got our number.
Will those quick-fire goals place the seed of doubt into their mind? Let’s hope so.
Sky Blues team news
Richard Wood picked up a groinal nuisance during the week and had to be replaced by Jordan Clarke. As it happened, Clarke covered reasonably adeptly, but Wood’s awaiting news from a scan to figure out whether he’s going to be available again. Mr Edjenguele is also supposedly close to a return so could slot straight in to partner Cameron.
Franck Moussa was left out of the squad entirely the other day due to a hip injury, but he should be available again. We missed him as an attacking option, so that will be a boost.
John Fleck also came off the bench against Crewe and showed some composure to have a positive influence over the game. It’s a bit of a brave call to bring him in alongside either Jennings or Bailey, given their dual ability to at least provide the illusion of stability and presence in the middle.
But maybe it’s time for something different in there..
We won 2-0 the other night, and I want to win 2-0 again. Yes, please. Something nice and solid, convincing and another cheeky clean sheet to push us to within touching distance of some of the teams ahead of us.
It was at these points under Robins where we would have taken a backwards step, or halted. You know, one of those ridiculous defeats to Shrewsbury, or draws that ruined the momentum we’d be trying to create.
We didn’t win three games in a row much – even with the cup run helping that – so it’s crucial we learn how to win regularly if we’ve any intentions of being a part of the play-off hoopla.
Yeovil have done it recently, so have Bournemouth. Two wins in a row are all well and good, but if you then go and lose, you have to start all over again.
Four, five or six on the trot – now that’s something to make people take notice.
There’s no time for let up now. It’s time to perform.