Never a dull moment at Coventry City
WHAT difference a game makes.
Heading into Saturday's match all looked rosy in Camp Sky Blue. The bitter and ultimately distracting dispute between owners and fans took a backseat as it often does when results take a turn for the better, resulting in an optimistic and somewhat upbeat atmosphere that has been notable by its absence from The Ricoh in recent weeks.
A spirit-lifting victory against a Nottingham Forest side who, although smothered by the blanket of backroom turmoil, remain a team full of quality players, provided a significant boost to confidence.
Add to that the joy of a last minute equaliser (a joy that is only bested by that which accompanies a last minute winner) and you've got a team who when faced with a side who've lost two on the bounce have to be looking at taking all of the spoils.
It's hard to put your finger on just what went wrong...
Actually, no it isn't.
One only has to treat themselves to a viewing of Burnley's last minute winner to see exactly what went wrong. Air kicks, poor marking, miscommunication and lax positioning all combined to create a microcosm of all that was wrong with our performance.
It's impossible not to sympathise with Gael Bigirimana; a genuinely likeable character who had a memorable 18th birthday for all the wrong reasons. In fact it could be argued that Andy Thorn was perhaps too harsh in his criticism of the young midfielder, however you can understand his frustration after yet again watching his side grab defeat from the jaws of victory.
It was a tackle made with zero malice, but by the letter of the law it was a sending off. If I was thirty years older I could perhaps embark on a rant about how "back in my day players would punch each other square in the face and receive nothing but a firm telling off from the referee", but I'm not so I won't.
So right now we're faced with a trip to Doncaster that now becomes a daunting venture, whereas had we managed to win on Saturday we'd be making the trip with strong ambitions of a much needed away victory.
The imminent return of both Carl baker and Gary McSheffrey lifts spirits somewhat, but as ever it's practically impossible to ascertain just how Coventry will apply themselves. All aboard the good ship Sky Blue.