A Potential Turning Point For Coventry City?
Well what a weekend that was for Coventry City with a new signing and a 5-0 rout at Hartlepool.
Now no Coventry fan in their wildest dreams would have predicted that at the start of the week.
In terms of the new signing well I personally had not heard the name Blair Adams before but a player coming from a Premier League side is nearly always a good sign. He is a left back who is described as being equally capable as playing as a winger. This worried me a little when I first heard it as it is very much defensively that we need improvement in but getting a brief look at him over the weekend and he seems very capable defensively.
I think the way Robins describes him sums it up perfectly in that he suggests he has a bit of nous which for his age and lack of experience is a real bonus. So often this season we have had naive players at the back who have allowed the opponents attackers to get in behind far too easily. He showed us on Saturday that there is clear potential that he is going to be a good addition to this squad and that just maybe defensively we can think of becoming a little more solid.
It is also positive that the lad chose to come to us over other clubs although I obviously don’t know who the other clubs interested were. For all I know it could have been Plymouth Argyle in which case it wouldn’t have been a hard decision for the lad. Still it is another good addition from Robins and adds even more competition ready for the busy Christmas period ahead.
From one positive to another with the unbelievable result we managed to achieve on Saturday. I unfortunately missed the match this weekend as I was working but I remember the moment I found out the result. I went to my locker and took out my phone to find a text from one of my friends telling me Coventry had just won 5-0. Like any Coventry City fan I didn’t believe it until I saw it with my own eyes. I checked once and even double checked just to make sure it was true and even then it still took time to for it truly sink in.
It sounded like it was a great game and I have only heard good things about the performance. The stats of the game also tell the story of a very dominant performance from the Skyblues who not only monopolised possession but also created far more chances than their opponents. I think a personal favourite stat was that the majority of the chances created ended with shots that were on target.
This suggests a change in confidence and belief around the attackers at the club. For such a long time we have had attack minded players who were afraid to shoot at goal because they lacked belief in themselves that they could score. This is looking like it is changing with shots coming in from all areas in the game against Hartlepool and well the score line shows how successful this made us.
It is hard to say what a result like this will do to Coventry going forward. It should in the perfect world act as a catalyst and mean our season now truly starts here. We should take so much confidence from both the result and the performance and the players should now be chomping at the bit to get back out on that field to try and recreate that result and winning feeling every week.
I can’t however help but think it may be a bit of a one off result. The typical Coventry City thing to do would be to go to Colchester and not turn up and end up leaving their having been beaten by 3 or 4 goals.
Positivity is rare when it comes to Coventry City and we often have to clutch at single results and performances in order to have anything to be happy and excited about. I pray that this isn’t going to once again be another one off and that we go to Colchester and put on the same level of performance and come out of there with a positive result.
If we can get another positive set of results over the next five games or so leading into the Christmas period then we give ourselves a real chance of making significant movement up the table. This is often the hardest part of the season to be consistent with games coming thick and fast so if we can be one of the few teams who mange it then its onwards and upwards for the rest of the season and hopefully beyond.
This currently feels like a pipe dream though and until I witness the performance on Tuesday at Colchester I refrain myself from getting excited at the prospects ahead.
This 5-0 result could be the turning point in what has so far been a disappointing season but I fear that it might just be a positive blip and i am hoping that normal service does not resume against Colchester.