Notts County came to the Ricoh, put on an average performance, and were handed the result on a plate. There’s always hope that we’ll soon be afforded similar fortune on our travels, but as we look to take on a nifty looking Brentford team at Griffin Park, it’s still proving difficult to gauge which direction the Sky Blues’ season is heading.
How are they getting on?
You will currently find Brentford in 10th place, four points off the play offs. They may have lost their last game, but they’d only lost twice before that, and have just been on a 6 game unbeaten run.
With Uwe Rosler at the helm, they were well-fancied at the beginning of the season, and they’re showing the sort of form that you’d expect of promotion hopefuls. They even had the nerve to stop Tranmere from winning at Prenton Park.
Their home form is looking pretty formidable with only one defeat so far, and ten goals in six games making for a respectable tally.
Who could cause us trouble?
Clayton Donaldson is their main man this season, with six so far this term. He’s no stranger to scoring, and has been a consistent goalscorer in the lower leagues for a fair few years now. Some players just know how to score at this level – he’s one of them.
Sky Blues team news
Saturday didn’t go as planned, and following the Swindon capitulation, Robins has work to do. He’s wanted to play the same team, but it’s likely to be time for change.
El capitano Baker was finally hauled off against County, meaning a space may potentially open up. It’s not quite that clear-cut though. While he was having another nightmare, the change on Saturday came as we were chasing and made alterations to our formation. Was it purely tactical, or did Robins feel he had no other option but to remove Baker and save him from himself?
Steve Jennings made his return in the midfield, and as much as I like him, I can’t see Robins playing both him and Bailey in the centre at the same time. Bailey was feeling a bit iffy at the weekend, but showed a superb level of quality for the time he was on the pitch. I’d imagine he will keep his place.
It was also interesting to see Reckord replaced with Hussey. Robins mentioned some players really pushing for the first team – you do wonder whether that’s one position where he has a decision to make.
As a sidenote, David Bell (or David, as he’s taken to being called on Twitter) is starting to work his way back to fitness. He’s still a while off appearing, but watch this space..
I’ve come to the conclusion that supporting Coventry is nothing but a huge sham. It’s literally impossible to predict how we’re going to play. Why do we even bother trying to understand it? There’s simply no logic about anything they do.
I know what I think this squad should be capable of. They should win this game. There are enough players, with big enough egos, and big enough weekly wages, for us to be entitled to expect better.
However, our recent fragility and sporadic uselessness – so clearly demonstrated against Notts County – has left me concerned about my own understanding of what’s to be expected. Don’t misinterpret me – things are certainly better than the Shaw fiasco, but the tameness of the last 135 minutes has left me struggling for optimism.
Therefore, the sods might very well lose this one.