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LEON BEST produced a powerful holding display up front for Sky Blues as they took the game to Sheffield in Tuesday's tussle at the Ricoh.
Strong from the outset and sustained throughout the game City were good value for their 3-2 victory.
With City playing 4-5-1 come 4-3-3 Best proved a handful for Morgan the Sheffield Captain, whilst in reverse, our own steward, hindered the progress of Henderson as Stephen Wright switched to centre back & Cranie moved to full back.
I WOULD be lying if I said I was expecting to take all three points from Tuesday's match.
With Sheffield United coming into the fixture undefeated, and the Sky Blues off the back of a run of 2 losses and a draw, it's fair to say that we were far from favourites.
That said, if the team put in a performance similar to that which saw us dominate Bristol City in the first half on Saturday, we were sure to be in with a shout.
AT LAST the Sky Blues kept going last night, the whole team gave it their all,so we can't have a moan at tiredness or other excuses.
It shows that the team can play for the whole duration, that's the only way you can win a football match, in any division.
Sheffield did come back at us, as was expected, but I had a good feeling that we could hold on, it's all about confidence, without that, your not going to win games.
We played some good football, and got stuck in, especially in midfield, because Sheffield are a very physical side, you have to compete, or get steamrollered !
So let's go to Preston, and carry it on, we must stay confident, and believe in ourselves, because we have shown that there is talent in the side, we just have to do it on a regular basis.
CHRIS COLEMAN appears, in a couple of his recent interviews, to be implying that some of the fan base are fickle.
Some, I am sure, probably are so I am not about to defend all, but I also do feel that there is another core part of the fan base that isn't fickle, just frustrated.
I, with my fellow circa 14,000 other fans last night watched a competitive game of football, some parts showed quality, some frailty and some, albeit towards the end, a little lack of confidence. What last night didn't show, which other games of late have, is lack of effort.
COVENTRY can expect a tough physical battle at The Home Of English Football tonight -
The Blades are a strong side and not very subtle.
Indeed, manager Blackwell thinks flair is a style of trouser and Morgan, the captain is known for seeing red.
Personally, I say, BRING IT ON...
SIX minutes into the the Bristol City game and we have our first shot on goal.
That's followed by half an hour of football I've yet to see this season.
City moved the ball the length of the pitch,hitting passes to feet in forward positions.They kept up a pace that pulled Bristol City back.
Against Ipswich we had six goal attempts in the whole game. This was eight in thirty minutes.
AGAINST Bristol City on Saturday, the Sky Blues played some good football, but as we all know, a football match is played over ninety minutes, not forty-odd ones, and that's why we didn't come away with all three points, because we let Bristol back in the game.
I said to my mate at half-time, you watch us sit back on the lead, and I hate to say it, I was right. We were looking the much better team, and in control, but for some reason we eased off, and that's what niggles me.
ALL too often our performances feature spirit, chance and purpose BUT for only 45 of the regulated 90 minutes.
So it proved again on Saturday with City starting much the livelier.
The team looked balanced and more strident through the midfield.
McIndoe put in his best shift to date - obviously eager to prove a point to his previous employers and Marcus stepped up to his first team recall - gaining an assist for Leon Best's sweet diving header, which gave City a 1-0 lead going in to the break.
NOT for the first time I came away from the Ricoh on Saturday feeling pretty despondent and downbeat.
It wasn't the worst performance ever, we hadn't actually lost, indeed the point we gained was a definite improvement on the tally gained from the past three visits from Bristol City.
The problem is I'm running out of patience. I've sat through the endless mediocrity on offer since we ended up in this awful division 8 years ago and frankly I'm struggling to see the bright future we all so desperately want to see.
THREE WEEKS since the last home game and I'm now looking forward to going down to the Ricoh again on Saturday
That's the nation's only CASHLESS STADIUM. That must have seemed a good idea at the time.