A draw against Peterborough and a loss against Bristol City is probably every Coventry’s fan worst nightmare come true. The loss at Bristol has put us four points adrift of safety with 12 points still to play for, meaning this fight is by no means over but it has just become a hell of a lot harder. Realistically now we will probably have to get 8 or 9 points from our remaining four games which is definitely possible. If we perform like we can in our home games against Millwall and Doncaster then six points is a real possibility which will give us a hell of a chance.
However, we do know that we are going to have to rely on Bristol City’s results and looking at the fixtures for both teams, Coventry do have the easier run in especially in the next 2 games where we have Burnley and Millwall and they have Birmingham and West Ham; so there is every reason for Coventry fans to not be too downhearted just yet. After the result and disappointing performance against The Robins we can hope for some sort of response from the players in the next game and let’s just hope that the response is a positive one and shows that we are still up for the fight.
At the pivotal point in the season we are also facing a bit of a defensive crisis. With Wood, Cameron, and McPake all unavailable for differing reasons we only have two fit centre halves in Keogh and Cranie. Possibly even more worrying is that Hussey left the Bristol City game having had to come off due to injury which then leaves us with the two previously mentioned centre halves and then Clarke and Christie. After that we are down to inexperienced youngsters which could be a real problem. Hopefully though the injury to Hussey isn’t too bad and he will be ok to play on Saturday and then we just have to hope that we don’t get unlucky with anymore injuries in the remaining four games.
For me there is one player that needs to step back up to the plate and that is Alex Nimley. He has been very quiet for the last few games and his goal scoring record of 1 goal in 16 appearances for us is to say the least disappointing. He has dazzled us with his fancy footwork and ability to beat players but the question has to be asked as to why this has basically just stopped in the last few games. He clearly has the ability because it was there for us all to see when he first arrived, maybe he has become a bit complacent in that he has, apart form Keogh been the first name on the team sheet in every fans eyes. This wasn’t the case against Bristol and he had to wait until 10 minutes from the end of the game to come onto the pitch. I am hoping that this will bring out a response in him and get that motivation back to prove he is a good player and put in a real full hearted performance against Burnley on Saturday where I would imagine he would be restored to the starting line up.
Looking back at the relegation fight the majority of people would say that Nottingham Forest are now pretty much safe as they are seven points ahead of us but personally I think they are still very much in the battle to stay up. They have got Blackpool, Reading and Hull as their next three games and they are three really tough games; there is every potential that they could lose all three. They have been incredibly inconsistent all season as have all the teams down at the bottom but they have had good form recently and I feel like it is time for that form to drop again. We as Coventry fans just have to try to stay positive and keep backing the boys till the very end. It is still possible and we just have to keep believing.