January 2011 Archives
COVENTRY CITY fans are just like any other around the country they get down with their teams performances, but they try their best to look for the positives and just hope and pray their optimistic outlook comes good in the end.
You only have to read some of the blogs on our site to see how some fans see the good things, whilst others see only the negative stuff,you can call this naive on the one hand or just being a true supporter on the other.
In other words some see things through rose coloured glasses,whilst others see grey clouds and dark skies,it's down to the person looking on to make their own judgement because at the end of the day the results will decide who is right.
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AIDY Boothroyd wore a Respect scarf at St Andrew's in support of the campaign to stand united against the 'ugly side' of the game.
WHEN you look at a player you quickly work out their strengths and weaknesses. King excellent touch good finisher, Doyle was a hard worker passing not a strength, Carsley good tackler but slow, McPake reads the game well but too brave etc.
But one player I can't workout is Lukas Jutkiewicz.
At six foot one he is ok in the air, is not slow but hasn't got blistering pace, works hard but his first touch is heavy at times.
Signed as a striker and you would expect him to score goals. But with one goal from open play all season and more shots than any other player, he never really looks like he is going to score.
City fans love a trier and to his credit he works hard but as a striker this is not his main job.
Looking back through his career he has never been prolific.
WITH our season looking to be over (again) before the end of January, apart from a miraculous end of season push or relegation battle, is it time to take stock of what might have been?
AB arrived with little fuss and no fan - fair, but with a seeming willingness to cajole the best out of an average bunch. he got us working together as a team and organised all over the park. A difficult back four to break down, a combative midfield and the odd goal thrown in made us an outside play-off bet, so what has changed?
The back four are suddenly leaking goals, the midfield looks lightweight and lacks both bite and the killer pass, with the wingers looking leaden footed and lacking direction.
The lack of pace out wide has been evident all season and needs addressing, a new keeper looks likely now, and a ball winning/play making midfielder is required, all these positions need attention somehow, but HOW?
The crowds are dropping, alongside the lack of results, so money will probably not be made available, the loan market is an option, but i can't see Shaun Wright Phillips heading to the Ricoh any day soon.
We desperately need to get key players back from injury, with Ben Turner & Carsley being missed the most, but until they return??????
What's Dennis Wise up to these days?
AS Richard Wood's header nestled into the bottom corner, the feeling of ecstasy that accompanied it was somewhat overshadowed by a crippling fear for the safety of the two goal lead that we'd just acquired.
I replied to multiple (premature) congratulatory texts expressing my awareness of the inevitability of our demise. I would love to say that correctly predicting the outcome of the game softened the blow, but I would be lying.
THE controversy surrounding the comments of Andy Gray and Richard Keys remind everyone of the outdated sexist attitudes that still exist in modern football
Over a decade into the twenty first century with the game increasing it's reach around the world British football must get up to date.
The women's game has become a great success story,and the England women's team tends to achieve more in their field than the men's
And there's no reason why a woman cant be perfectly competent as a match official. We all remember the great performance by the woman ref at the Ricoh last year
WELL I was up for a positive Sunday afternoon experience as I settled down to watch the QPR game on TV
Two hours later I left the Casino after another deflating away performance. There's been so many down the years and the first refuge of the City fan is as always LOOK FOR THE POSITIVES.
Well I am struggling a bit. We took the lead way against the run of play and basically were battered by QPR throughout the first half
Freddy Eastwood's half hearted drag past goal when he should have at least hit the target seemed to symbolise our lack of self belief in the big away games
A SPIRITED perforormance on Sunday against the leaders Q.P.R. but we still came away without even a point for all that effort, so yet another winless game added to our current list.
And looking at the games coming up after the Birmingham cup match even the most optimistic Sky Blue fan like my fellow blogger T.J.L. would be secretly thinking blimey can we honestly see us winning any of the next three games ?
Like T.J.L. i try and stay as positive as I can where The City are concerned, but you sometimes just have to face football reality and accept we just aren't there yet.
Much like a piece of Lego, today's defeat at the hands of QPR was hard to swallow.
Surrendering a lead, albeit one that was earned against the run of play, is never easy to take, and it's unfortunate that the Sky Blues couldn't return home with at least a point after producing what was ultimately an admirable performance.
Flair was the dish of the day, with Taarabt and Routledge oozing "swagger" from every orifice. Even the sturdiest of defences would be pushed to breaking point when faced with two of the Championship's fiercest tricksters, and for all their hard work it was eventually two pieces of magic that ultimately undid Coventry City.
FELLOW blogger Ian Palmer wasn't very happy at the Sheffield United game last Saturday not just because he lost his bet, but also because of the Sky Blues woeful finishing and lack of goals.
I mentioned in a previous blog that I'm currently laid up with my leg in plaster and can't go to any games,which is so frustrating because I hate missing matches especially at home,so I'm making do with listening to games on the radio and reading reports.