Another Win And Another Step Forward For Coventry
It has been another positive week for Coventry City on the field with a 2-1 win against Morecambe in the FA cup second round.
It was by no means a classic FA Cup tie but it was a game that was all about us getting through to the next round. Despite the fact we had a slightly weakened side we were in control for the majority of the 90 minutes and created more than enough chances to have won the game more comfortably.
With the team being without the likes of David McGoldrick and James Bailey in it there was a chance for others to make an impression. O’Donovan a man who has been a bit of an outcast at the club since his arrival was given a rare start. However despite a hard working performance from him there was a distinct lack of quality there and at times it was easy to see why he has not been in and around the team a great deal.
More positive though was to see McSheffery get himself another goal this time from the penalty spot. His recent improvement could be something to get excited about. We have all seen what he can do and know that he can be a player of real quality. We have not seen this since his return to the club and it is about time that he shows us fans why we adored him so much in his previous stint with the club.
Another player in the goals again was Carl Baker and many a time I have slated Baker who has never really recreated the form he showed for Stockport. Just maybe he is finding his feet again and one thing I am sure of about him is that he is very much a confidence player. The fact he is getting himself a couple of goals along with having some real influence on games should mean his confidence is receiving a massive boost. This can only be a good thing and I hope that this new found confidence continues and he keeps getting himself in and amongst the goals.
All in all it was a good day at the office for everyone involved at Coventry and the draw for the third round made for a perfect weekend for the Skyblues. A repeat of the 1987 FA cup final as Coventry face Tottenham Hotspur away at White Hart Lane.
I for one cannot wait for this match and a first trip to White Hart Lane is going to be something to savour. Tottenham are a top side with world class players and we all know that a victory is unlikely but it is the FA Cup and anything can happen.
This will undoubtedly be a great occasion for all involved and I’m sure it will bring back some great memories for those supporters lucky enough to remember the famous triumph of 1987. Unfortunately I am not one of them and I am hoping that Coventry can create another historic FA cup moment which can be celebrated by the club as a whole and all of us long suffering fans. With the drama that unfolded in the 1987 Final the script could already be written and another historic victory could be on the cards.
This cup tie is definitely one to look forward too for fans and players alike but there are plenty of important games to think about before it, starting Tuesday night against Sheffield United.
It’s another cup match and a real chance of some silverware for the club. Robins has already shown his intentions with his team selections that he wants to go all the way in the Football League Trophy and I don’t expect this to change. It is a chance to instill some much needed pride back into the club and would be a huge step forward in terms of changing the mentality at the club to a winning one.
Now Sheffield United will be no easy task with them being one of the clear favourites to win the trophy themselves but we more than matched them early on in the season and we have improved significantly since then. In my eyes we have a real chance and I’m excited about the prospect of potentially going to Wembley.
Many will say the Football League Trophy doesn’t matter and is a bit of a nothing competition but I like it as it gives the smaller teams in the country some real hope of not only winning something but to play at the best stadium in the country. Its every players dream to play at Wembley, its every managers dream to manage a team there and its every fans dream to watch their team play there. This trophy makes them dreams come true for clubs who wouldn’t otherwise get that chance and for that I am grateful that it exists.
This game also gives us another chance to improve our stuttering home form. We are currently in the middle of four consecutive home games having drawn one and won one.
The fact we are unbeaten and that we were seconds away from winning both games is positive . However we need to try to continue this and make the Ricoh a place that other teams fear. We can go some way towards achieving this over the next two matches and if we do then the rest of season could be bright for the Skyblues.