One month down, eight to go. I can’t get enough of being 2nd in the league – I’ve spent far too long this week just gawping at the table – but today we head to Scunthorpe United with the chance to make things even better with top firmly in our sites.
Football is good right now. Let’s take a look at the latest team who are looking to spoil that for us.
How are they getting on?
Football is good now, but it’s also a fickle swine. It’s hard to believe it’s been three years since Mark Robins joined, sending us all bandy with the belief that we were actually going to get out of this league. Then, the almightly Huddersfield came calling, he couldn’t wait to bugger off, and the rest is rock and roll history.
After making a pigsear of things in the Championship, he’s back in League One with Scunthorpe, and starting to come under some pressure. Now, I’m not saying that we’re better than Scunthorpe, but… no, actually that’s exactly what I’m saying. There’s something inherently satisfying seeing him struggle while we’re winning games like they’re going out of fashion.
Six matches in and they’re loitering above the relegation zone in 19th place with just a solitary win under their belts. This opening month isn’t going to define their season, but if they don’t sort themselves out in the next few games, it could well define Mark Robins’.
To make matters worse they managed to lose to Blackpool last time out giving the Seasiders their first win in 24 games and first away victory since the 2013/14 season, if you can believe it. Midfielder Neal Bishop described the defeat as a “scandalous” result. When you look at the stats you can see why he might be cross. 61% possession and 23 shots suggests that they were the dominant team and should have found a way.
Who could cause us trouble?
The Coventry connection continues onto the pitch with Gary McSheffrey and Jordan Clarke both currently on the books at Glanford Park, although how relevant that is to this section is debatable. McSheffrey can’t seem to find his way into Robins’ team at the moment even after a strong performance last season, while Jordan Clarke is filling his boots within a back three. I was reading this week that some Scunthorpe fans don’t seem to agree with that, but in Clarke’s defence we all saw his attempts at wing-back under Pressley and he never really got the hang of it. Full back or a composed centre-half – that’s Jordan.
Anyway, enough of Cov links – Paddy Madden is clearly the threat. That man knows how to cause us grief and has been a real pain in the arse over the years.
Sky Blues team news
From a team that picked itself in August, we’re now back to not having a bloody clue how they’re going to line up, and it’s all for the very best reasons.
Armstrong and Morris have returned from international duty, but only Armstrong is really going to trouble the starting line up as Tony figures out whether to stick with Tudgay or switch it back. There’s also the option to play both, although I’m not sure Tone’s into adjusting the formation too much.
At the back, we could stick with the side that inexplicably managed to concede just the one goal against Burton, although I’m far more comfortable with a Ricketts and Reda central pairing. Aaron Martin actually had a solid game (own goal aside), but I sense his fate is going to be determined by Mowbray’s current thoughts on fellow Aaron, Mr Phillips. On the face of it you’d go with the youngster at right back, but something fishy’s going on there and I’m not sure the manager is feeling him at the moment.
The final selection headache (it’s not really a headache) comes in the form of Liverpool starlet Ryan Kent. That’s right, we’ve managed to bag yet another Premier League starlet this week as the attacking midfielder joins us for a few months to fill the creative void left by Maddison. He’s a genuine (American accent please) gem according to people who have watched him and a lovely compilation of YouTube videos, not just Football Manager stats.
We’re all going a bit mad. Beating Burton elevated our expectations even more, which is strange as it wasn’t the most convincing performance you’ll ever see. If we play the same way today, we might struggle, but at least this week we’ve got an abundance of additional attacking options for Tony to bring on, which we all know is his favourite thing to do in the world.
Personally I think we’ve got this one in the bag. So do the other Niis. Copying.
Neil: Scunthorpe 0 – 3 Coventry
Joey: Scunthorpe 0 – 3 Coventry
Paul: Scunthorpe 0 – 3 Coventry
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