Here we are then. The Sky Blues sign off at the Ricoh (for just this season, we presume). It’s a nice sunny day. A nice day for football.
Saying that, it’s also a nice day for the beer garden, or a stroll around Draycote Water with the missus. But we’re here now. We’ve committed to just one more game, and much like these ever declining rambles, we might as well see it through.
The final visitors are Leyton Orient, a club whose season has mirrored ours in many respects. Well, up until our partially-enforced capitulation over the last month.
Welcome to sunny Coventry, my oriental friends. You have a funny name.
How are they getting on?
As I say, it’s been very similar to ours. It also seems as though the defeat to us was the catalyst for their season. They weren’t very good that day. They looked primed for the drop. But since then, the performances have improved, and the results have followed.
They do still have a chance of making the play-offs. It’s a slim one and reliant on others messing up, but it’s still a chance, so however you look at it they should be doing all they can to take things to the last day.
Who could cause us trouble?
Top scorer Kevin Lisbie is the obvious threat having managed 16 goals for them this season, with his last coming in the 90th minute against MK Dons last week.
Sky Blues team news
Tony Blair Adams is getting closer and closer to a return, so might make the bench if he’s lucky. The noises from Pressley suggest that he’s happy to give some of our kids additional time in the lime-light, so expect to see a little bit of Billy Daniels, Conor Thomas and Callum Wilson during the 90 minutes.
It’s likely to be many players’ farewell appearance at the Ricoh, so keep your eyes peeled for extra-long waves and claps from Wood, McSheffrey and Bailey, you’d have thought.
Part of me is starting to worry about Billy Edge too. It’s hard not to read into his tweets lately. He seems sad.
One man I presume we will not see is Kevin Malaga. Which is a massive shame. I need closure.
As you are all aware, we don’t do very well in our final home game. The last time we won one was back in 2006 against Cardiff.
We’re all pretty worn out by this season, even though the bits in the middle were great and are worth remembering. All the signs point to the players strolling towards the finish line I’m afraid, and I can’t see much happening other than a weary defeat in the sunshine.
0-1 defeat so send us on our merry way.
Cheery, ain’t I.