Corr, my brain.

I trust everyone else had suitably riveting New Year celebrations? If not, well done by not falling for it. You’ve certainly got your head screwed on.

What better way though to welcome in 2013 than with yet another match for our currently excellent Sky Blues.

MK Dons was an incredible game to win; next up we welcome to the Ricoh a team that handed Mr Shaw an almighty 4-1 spanking back in September – Shrewsbury Town.

That did not feel nice. Henceforth, ergo, forthwith, therefore – revenge is required. Or something.

How are they getting on?

They’re drawing games like nobody’s business. 4 out of their last 5 games have been draws, with the other result being a victory at home to Carlisle. So you know what I was saying about draws the other day? That victory places them in good form, because it’s unbeaten in 5. If they lose today though, the coin of judgement will immediately flip and you’ll start to hear stats about no win in four, and the negative spin that can be placed on constant one-pointers.

More generally, they’re not pulling up any trees this season. They’ve only won five games, with ten draws (joint highest in the league).

You’ll currently find them in 19th place, which is actually an improvement after they’d dropped all the way down to 23rd, just last month.

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Who could cause us trouble?

Paul Parry’s a name you may recognise, and he’s fighting to be ready for the game having missed their previous match against high-flying Brentford through illness.

Luke Rodgers used to play alongside Thierry Henry for New York Red Bulls, so he certainly should be capable of adjusting to a higher quality on occasions. Saying that, he’s only netted twice all season.

There’s currently a good spread of goals among the team, with four players having scored five league goals this season. Marvin Morgan plays up top and would appear to provide the main goalscoring threat.

Do also note big Jermaine Grandison who returns to the Ricoh. He has played right back plenty of times, although I can’t be too sure on where he’s going to line up this time out. Those lengthy legs of his could cause trouble if he ever gets involved in the attacking side of the game.

Sky Blues team news

The team’s gone mad, and everyone is desperate to get a piece of the action. It’s more than likely going to be David McGoldrick’s final game of his spell with us, so he’s an absolute banker to come back into the side. Robins must decide whether Stephen Elliott’s brace against MK Dons is enough to keep him in too. They played well together against Stevenage, but the team and formation has evolved since that point – attempting to accommodate both will require some shuffling.

Another player who came into the starting line up the other day and performed well was John Fleck – but with the return of Bailey, we’re running out of numbers. Flecky can count himself unfortunate if he doesn’t make the starting eleven, but all things point to a place on the bench for him again.

Unless Robins confuses us all and actually decides he wants to stick with the winning line up, that is. Given the faff and flustering that’s going on with keeping Bailey and McGoldrick in the team, that seems highly unlikely..

Prediction

I can only predict a win, surely? We’re absolutely loving life right now, and fresh off a morale-rocketing sixth away win in a row, the logical thing would be to come back home and continue our progression.

It’s the idea of coming back home that’s niggling at me, though. The Walsall game apart, we’ve not really done anything conclusive at the Ricoh just yet, so it’s going to be very interesting to see how the team turns up for this one. It’s a good test of where they are.

When it comes down to it I do think we’ll win – mainly because we’re bloody brilliant at the moment – but don’t rule out some tricky moments to get us there.

How about 2-1..

2 comments

  1. another highly rationale post, like you, my natural sky blue instinct is to be cautious, yes we are in great form, however our great form has been away from home. those expecting a walk in the park are in a great place, i wish i could be there, but i think this will be a tricky fixture……….and they will be eyeing a league double or another draw!.

    today there is a different kind of expectation /pressure, will the players respond by grabbing a home win?

    prediction: a nervous victory by the odd goal

    1. .. and a nervous victory by the odd goal will not be a bad thing! If we’re genuine about a promotion push, we need to build on this away form, so it’s all about the win today.

      We’ve already shown we can fix the coming-from-behind hoodoo. Let’s get this home monkey off our backs too.

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