The pre-game ramble: Notts County
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There’s been a week since the disappointment of Swindon, but after a full week of training in preparation, hopes are still high that the Sky Blues can continue their good form against another one of the league’s best teams; Notts County.
How are they getting on?
Extremely nicely. What sort of a team has a +10 goal difference? We’ve never known such a thing. The mad high-scoring maniacs.
They’re doing really well, and their away form in particular is extremely impressive. 3 wins, 3 draws, scoring 12 goals in the process, only conceding 5. Bit worrying, isn’t it?
Who could cause us trouble?
We know one person who isn’t going to – Lee Hughes, who apparently is well away from starting, or being in the squad. I absolutely refuse to discuss what happened, it was a terrible thing and not something for a football blog.
They’ve managed to spread their goalscoring this season, with five players having scored 3 or more league goals already. Ivorian Francois Zoko tops the pile with 4 so far, following his summer move from Carlisle. At the time, he claimed Championship ambition was the reason behind the change, and that reasoning appears to be well founded as his team shows formidable attacking intent this year.
Jamal Campbell-Ryce is another name you’ll know, given he’s caused us difficulty a few times before during his Barnsley and Bristol days. He’s a spritely and tricky player, who also moved to County during the summer. With 3 goals in his 9 league appearances so far, it’s positive start to his time with the Magpies.
Sky Blues team news
The first half against Swindon was magic, but a lot has been made about the impact that losing Wood and Fleck in the second half had on us. While I don’t fully agree, here’s the good news – both of them are expected to be fit, having taken almighty conks to their respective head type-things. Richard Wood’s nose is squashed beyond belief, so we’ll see if he’ll take any precautions against this.
David McGoldrick and Callum Ball are developing a neat partnership up front so should remain as the starting option, but a point of concern is captain Carl Baker, who has shown a distinct lack of quality over the last few games. His desire is unquestionable, but when you give the ball away as regularly as he has been, you do wonder how much the captain’s armband can shelter you from standard managerial shuffling. Robins is keen on developing the consistent unit, so he’s likely to persevere with him..
Kevin Kilbane, Adam Barton, Conor Henderson, Roy O’Donovan and Kevin Malaga all turned out for the development squad game last night, so the chances are they won’t be appearing (from the start at least) against Notts County.
It feels like a defining game. For forty-five minutes against Swindon, we were brilliant. We looked a brand new team, with top-quality periods of play.
The worry is that losing a 2-0 lead will have a negative effect on their progress, but I’m hoping that after a week of training leading into this match, we can just forget about it. Yup – just forget about it. That’s easy to do. Honest.
I’m positive about the impact that Robins is having however, and reckon that we’ll come out in a similar way to the Swindon match.
Scoreline? The mini-revolution continues – 2-0.
Crazy confident, right now.