Following the Crawley match from a Tenerife hotel, on departure day, via Twitter, with snails-pace internet, proved to be no fun.
As far as opening days go it sounds and looks as though the away fans turned out in typically enthusiastic numbers. Things spilled over though, and with a mini pitch invasion causing a temporary halt to proceedings, the anger from fans was there for all to see.
Or was it? I’m a cynical so and so, and when I look at that, all I see is one angry person entering the field of play, followed by a bunch of people taking the opportunity to join him. Was this fans overflowing onto the pitch in protest, or are we simply adding this reasoning after the event, and actually, it was just a load of people doing it without any real motive?
It caused division between fans – some backed them to the hilt; others felt they were “making a right show” of themselves (which is a real favourite statement of mine).
It served little purpose if you ask me. It may have seemed to be some sort of protest, but it just seemed that way.
Nevermind though. In the end it had no real bearing on the result. The players went 2-0 down after 20 minutes in calamitous fashion, but credit is due as they fought back to parity through Callum Wilson and the oft-forgotten Franck Moussa.
This all proved academic a minute later as Crawley cut through our flimsy defence with nonchalant and predictably ease to claim the victory.
So what next? Well, not put off by Saturday’s result or the opening League Cup fixture last season (which was appalling), a midweek trip to London is on the cards for those fans trudging down to Leyton Orient for some League Cup action.
How are they getting on?
They won 5-1 at the weekend, the maniacs. Orient are a side whose trajectory up until March last season mirrored ours. Naff to start the campaign, they got in a new boss, and began to climb the table steadily. But they weren’t struck by a points deduction and finished the season well, and that’s where there’s a sharp change in direction. The very early signs suggest they are looking to continue in the same vein.
Who could cause us trouble?
He really shouldn’t have done so, but Kevin Lisbie has come back to life recently. He knows how to annoy us does Kev, so don’t be surprised if he pinches himself a goal against our young defence.
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Pressley doesn’t have many options does he? We may have lost at the weekend but I can’t see too many alterations to the starting line-up. Jordan Willis had to be replaced come the end of the Crawley game, but that shouldn’t keep him out of this. I’d imagine Callum Wilson will also keep his place alongside Clarke, which could be worse. He’s turning out to be a decent option for us.
Joey: Orient 1 – 0 Coventry
Paul: Orient 1 – 0 Coventry
Neil: Orient 2 – 0 Coventry