After what could only be described as two of the most disappointing weeks for the club this season a win at bury was the only thing that could put smiles back on people’s faces. The team duly delivered though and a 2-0 win saw City climb closer to them potentially lucrative playoff spots.
It was a performance of a team that despite the loss of their manager was still full of confidence and after taking an early lead with an assured finish from Clarke, the team never looked back. It wasn’t all our own way but we were pretty comfortable throughout the game. City continued to push throughout the match and a clever little turn and shot from Baker secured the 3 points.
It was a match against a side who are really struggling and look highly likely to be relegated come the end of the season. Most people would have looked at that game and said it was one that we had to win and they were probably right but we had to turn up and do a job which we did.
It is a good advert for any new potential manager as it shows the squad is good enough to cope with the loss of a great manager. A few potential candidate have been snapped up by others but my personal favourite is still out there. I am of course referring to Nigel Adkins who I still can’t quite believe lost his job at Southampton.
The realistic favourite for the job is still Phil Brown in my eyes, he came close last time round and the board clearly liked what his plans were. I still remain a little sceptical if we were to make this appointment but I think he is a manger who someone needs to take a gamble on and maybe that gamble will pay off for us.
Another name that has entered the fray is that of Di Canio. Personally I don’t like his management style and whilst he did do a good job at Swindon he did it with a lot of financial backing something which Coventry clearly don’t have. As a match I don’t think he is the right man for this club and I personally feel that we will end up taking steps further back if he was to be appointed.
A final name that I feel is worth a mention is that of the man currently in charge. There is no doubting that Lee Carsley was a great player and a leader on the pitch and whilst this can lead to a successful career in management I’m not sure this is the right time for him. He is doing a great job with the youngsters right now and I feel that time spent as someone’s number two would be better for him. I wouldn’t be totally against his appointment but it would be a huge gamble from the club and one I don’t think we need to take right now.
Turning our attention back to football matches and Wednesday night’s trip to Crewe is going to require another miracle. 3-0 down after the first leg means city have s huge mountain to climb. There seems to be a wide acceptance within the footballing world that this game is over which was confirmed when sky decided to drop the match and instead show the other are final which is more finely balanced at 1-0. This is understandable but is a real kick in the teeth to us Coventry fans.
There are still plenty including myself that haven’t written this tie off yet. Our away record this season has been fantastic. We have not only won more than we have lost but we have scored a lot of goals on our travels with us in fact being the highest scoring team away from home. It is goals that we need against Crewe and having scored 3 or more away from home on 6 different occasions this season I find myself still believing we can turn it around.
This club needs some positivity after all of the recent negativity which has surrounded it in the last few weeks. A miracle turn around in this 2nd leg tie could be just the medicine city fans need. A trip to Wembley for any team in any competition is a truly special occasion and I just feel with everything that has happened at our club in the recent past that it will be that extra little bit special for us Coventry fans.
Realistically I know it is a long shot but as the saying goes it’s not over till the fat lady sings and whilst she might have been warming up her vocals ever since that 1st leg defeat she has not started singing yet. We need to believe, the players need to believe and we can do this, we can win and we can have our day in the sun at Wembley.