The pre-game ramble: Swindon
I shan’t lie. I’ve had a few babyshams tonight, and the world seems awfully swirly out the window.
However, much like that Mark Zuckerberg guy from the Social Network (and real life), I’m not the kind of person to let a little bit of inebriation get in the way of progress. Plus, I presume I can’t be held fully accountable for the words that exit my fingertips at this moment in time.
Hence, therefore, und alles, und so weiter; let’s get this writ’.
We’re about to play a team that’s oozing momentum – I don’t necessarily mean their recent form (although that’s bloody brilliant too), but in the general scheme of English football, they’re most definitely giving a lot of people what-for with their rise back up the ladder.
Coventry on the other hand are in the midst of one of the darkest periods they’ve ever known, but whisper it quietly, may be about to take a few steps towards a revival.
Have we got it in us to beat Swindon Town Football Club?
How are they getting on?
They’re fourth in the league and have a boss who’s being linked with all sorts of higher league jobs. They’re doing well.
Having been promoted last season after their bigger-bosses decided to make a concerted effort to get a bloody move on up the football league, they’re one of the most take-notice teams in the country right now. Not least because of Paolo Di Canio.
He’s a card, ain’t he? Some people hate him, and continue to shake their fist at him for pushing over Paul Allcock. Personally – I think he’s a wondrous kind of fella. Swearing and going mental at his players all the time is a brilliant strategy, but this is all a sideshow for what he represents – high footballing standards.
They know he won’t take any nonsense, because if they do, he’ll haul them off before half time. And this shows. That is why they are where they are. Because he knew how to enforce his standards, and didn’t settle for anything less.
What a guy.
I’m aware of my obligations as an opposing fan to call him a miserable bastard, but that’ll have to wait until after Saturday, and if he actually does something to annoy me.
More closely related to what this section of the ramble is supposed to be about, they’ve won 5 out of their last 6, although they did lose their last home game to Colchester.
So they’re good, but you never know…
Who could cause us trouble?
A lot of the talk is about striker James Collins, the lad from Coventry who’s starting to gain a reputation for himself. He’s already had a magic moment so far this season with a hat-trick against Stoke in the 4-3 victory against Stoke, but has he scored yet in the league? I’m not sure he has, you know.
Actually, he got his first last week didn’t he.
Christ, this really is a ramble.
Matt Richie is their top scorer and is doing a bloody good job seeing as he’s a right winger-type. He won League Two player of the season last year, which in itself is a great achievement. We should recognise the potential quality he can bring.
Sky Blues team news
Mark Robins is keeping his cards close to his chest and won’t let us know who’s available and who is still struggling. I’d imagine Billy Edge is back, so even if Wood is still having issues, we’ve got a ready-made replacement on the left-side of the defence alongside Nathan Cameron.
Following the 4-0 win away during the week, you’d imagine Robins will probably do his best to keep a similar line up and develop that consistency and momentum amongst the squad.
Chris Hussey had a fun impact in midfield against York, and Robins has already hinted that he’s got enough to provide an option down that side. He probably won’t start, but we may start to see a bit more of Christopher again. That’s no bad thing, if you ask me.
It’s probably our hardest game of the season so far, and that’s including the home match to Birmingham. It’s likely to be a right struggle, but I’m insanely confident and reckon we could actually get something.
Check this prediction out – we’re going to win 2-1. In your face, obligatory concern.
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