We all know things are bad at our club at the moment and there are real possibilities that things could get worse both on and off the pitch. We are however in a period of transition on the pitch and this young squad under the guidance of Stephen Pressley is showing some signs of real promise.
Last weekend brought about the Skyblues second straight victory in the league and reduced city’s 10 point deduction to just 4. After the drama of the match from the weekend before against Bristol we were all wondering what to expect.
We came up against a Carlisle side who were really struggling at the start of this new season. It was the meeting of two teams who were leaking goals on a worrying scale. It was clear from the off though who was going to come out on top in this game as City took an early 2 goal lead through Clarke and Moussa. It was the perfect start and the fans turned on the home side from the off.
From there we never looked back and continued to press forward looking to increase our lead. Carlisle were not bereft of their own chances but it just looked like it would be our day. On the half hour mark young midfielder Billy Daniels scored city’s 3rd and all but ended the game as a contest. After spurning multiple chances city looked a little edgy as the second half began with memories of the week before creeping into the players minds. However after missing multiple chances to extend their lead it was Leon Clarke who eventually got City’s 4th after some really poor defending from Carlisle.
Coventry had once again scored goals for fun but this time had managed to do it alongside keeping a clean sheet which showed some real progress. It wasn’t the most convincing clean sheet but it was a clean sheet and another great win for the Skyblues.
Between this match and the weekends game at Preston saw one of the so called ‘bomb squad’ depart. An agreement was reached to allow William Edgenguele to leave the club and he ended up joining Bury where he will play alongside another ex-city defender in the form of Nathan Cameron.
In a lot of ways it is a shame Edgenguele has had to leave. He was far from being a great defender but having a year’s experience in League one he was the most experienced centre half we had at the club and was a character that the other payers seemed to love. Dressing rooms often need that character who brings the squad together and I think Edgenguele was that player who could do this.
In actual fact though this squad seems ok without him. It is a team which includes a lot of players who have grew up together through the clubs academy and it is clear to see the bond that is between them. Mix this with the right kind of experience from the likes of Clarke, Baker, Webster and Murphy and it begins to look like a real team. Pressley does seem to have been very selective in the players he has brought into the club and has made sure that each one has really added something to it.
Webster has obviously brought much needed experience at the back and hopefully he can guide our young defence through the season and beyond. As for Manset our other new signing this season well he has brought competition for our two strikers. Manset seems to be getting fitter and stronger each time I see him and he could become a real asset to this club.
City’s next test was against Preston in their second ‘home’ game of the season and City were once again brimming with confidence after their victory against Carlisle. It was a bit of a frantic start from both sides who looked hungry for the win. The first blow in the game was dealt by Preston who took the lead through Tom Clarke. City were level 15 minutes later through their own Clarke and the game remained at 1-1 well into the second half.
It was Preston who once again took the lead but their lead didn’t last for long. A brace from Callum Wilson who thoroughly deserved his two goals gave the Skyblues the lead for the first time in the game. The match looked to going in the Skyblues favour but it all went horribly wrong with 3 minutes of normal time still to go. Preston levelled and the pendulum swung back in their favour.
A draw looked on the cards but then just as the match entered stoppage time Preston took the lead for the third time in the game. It was a goal that never should have been as a clear foul on Webster prevented him from heading the ball clear and allowed Humphrey’s a free route to goal. It looked to be a really harsh end to a game where City had once again played some good football but the drama was not yet over.
With a minute of stoppage still to play and the Skyblues playing with 3 strikers it was the turn of Manset to be the city hero. It was a goal which made the scores level at 4-4 and resulted in a well-deserved point for the Skyblues cutting their deficit to minus 3 points.
The Skyblues are in free scoring mode right now and whilst it is still concerning to see the side ship so many goals to see us scoring so many is becoming a real treat and one I could definitely get used of. It is a season of entertaining football so far, it is just the biggest shame that for the majority of us city fans that we are not getting to see this exciting brand of football that Pressley has got us playing.
This city squad with maybe one more quality addition to it could turn this season of demise into a successful one. Promotion itself is more than a long shot but if we can keep scoring goals as freely as we have been then the only way is up for this team and long may that continue.