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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2011/12   Sun Apr 29, 2012 9:26 pm

Southampton Vs Coventry City


Got up early for the silly kick off time in our last game of the season. Thankfully the season was nearly over but we had to endure one more game. It was the team with the best home record vs. the team with the worst away record. To make things worse City were down to the barest of bones and had to recall players from Nuneaton Town’s reserves to help out. St Mary’s is one of the few new grounds with a good atmosphere and it was extra special as the Saints needed a win to secure promotion and if they could beat City’s youth team on display today then they would not deserve a place in the top flight. It was a sell out as City fans flocked to see the last rites. The team was in goal Murphy the back four were Clarke, Cranie and making his full debut Jordan Willis with Hussey playing at left back we had five in midfield with Bigirimana, Baker, McSheffrey, Thomas and Norwood leaving the only remaining 1st team forward McDonald up front. The BBC were covering the game and one guest was former manager Gordon Strachen which meant for the first time in history two managers that had relegated City in the same stadium, oh if only Thorne had the fraction of the money Strachen wasted we wouldn’t be going down.

Our biggest fear was a real drubbing by about 5 or 6 goals as the game started. City started reasonably well looking slightly better than Southampton in the first quarter of an hour with McSheffrey getting a shot on target from a corner. The Saints have goal scoring power all over the pitch and against a defence whose games number just around 200 league games for City between them soon conceded when a Lallana shot took a slight deflection in beating Murphy, the keeper complained about a possible off side but the goal stood and The Saints’ fans could relax. Minutes later from a corner taken by Danny Fox a player sold by our wonderful board was nodded in by Fonte to kill the game and the only question was how many? Both sets of fans were in fine voice with the Saints singing, “When the Saints go marching in” and City fans singing “Sisu out.” “Where were you when you were sh**” taunted the City fans towards the bandwagon jumpers in St Mary’s. It the game wasn’t hard enough McSheffrey had to go off with an injury and was replaced by a player I never heard off the Welsh U17 International Will Roberts, nothing to do with the Will Roberts in the 60’s show “Lost in Space”. It was City that was lost in space as the Saints ran the game thankfully Cranie was a rock at the back sweeping up most attacks with the old head of Clarke helping out the other Jordan wasn’t playing too badly either against two of the best forward in the Championship. City needed to hang on until half time but with 5 to go Lallana had an open goal but hesitated allowing Willis to put in a great block to keep the score down.

After chatting to Malc at half time I made my way to the back of the stand to see the second half. AT made a change taking off the awful Bigirimana and bringing on Shaun Jeffers for a very rare game up front. Plenty of support again from the City fans with the resistance song of “Twist n shout” coming from the away end. Then 13 minutes into the second half City conceded yet another goal from a corner as Hooiveld headed home. Minutes later Lallana was left totally unmarked at the far post to make it 4. City has in the past conceded 5 and 8 at Southampton these scores looked on the cards again. Thankfully the Saints’ players were in a celebratory mood and didn’t really go all out for goals. If the side wasn’t inexperienced enough young Jordan Willis then had to go off with cramp and was replaced by a player called back from a loan at Nuneaton as Joe Henderson made his debut the kid had a good first touch knocking in a 30 yard pass to a team mate. There was a local lad in the Southampton executive boxes that caught the attention of the City fans; dressed in a Sky Blue suit it was none other than John Sillett. City fans were still singing as the game went on run expertly by referee Mr Taylor. City were getting a bit more of the ball as Roberts cut in from the right and had a shot blocked before Baker finally forced the keeper into a save. The clock counted down to the end as Mr Taylor decided to put City out of our misery early by not playing injury time. Thankfully the season ended as the Saint’s fans invaded the pitch and for the 2nd season in a row we saw a team celebrate promotion. The stewards prevented most City fans getting on to the pitch but it was all good natured stuff as one Saint’s fans appeared in front of the away fans with a large “Sisu out” banner as the club had turned them down before they came to us. Many Saints’ fans applauded the City fans, as no doubt they had sympathy with us after recently being relegated themselves. We left for home contemplating trips to Hartlepool and Shrewsbury whilst the Saints’ fans had trips to Liverpool and Manchester United to look forward to that if we still have a club to support next season.

Man of the Match
1st Martin Cranie Maybe his last game for City
2nd Jordan Clarke Nice to have an old head in defence
3rd The Fans Better time ahead maybe a top six finish we haven’t had one for over 40 years.
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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2011/12   Sun Apr 22, 2012 9:25 pm

Coventry City Vs Doncaster Rovers

So the final home game was upon us and the bookies preseason prediction that Coventry would be relegated was close. AT who had a rant off the lack of support by Sisu in midweek had more injuries worries to contend with, as the bench was full of untried kids with only Carl Baker as the only experienced player amongst them. This would be the last game played at the Rioch for a whilst as after the game the ground will be transformed into the City of Coventry Stadium for the Olympics despite the fact the club was behind on the vastly overpriced rent. The line up was in goal Murphy with Clarke, Keogh, Cranie and Hussey at the back with Thomas, McSheffrey, Bigirimana and Norwood in midfield leaving the only two fit forward of Platt and McDonald up front.

Doncaster are a very poor side so poor that City are above them in the league but hopes of an easy game were dashed from the off as City seemed to lack urgency from the off a regular theme this season. The game was not great as it looked like a nothing to play for game but the fans were in fine voice with the “Sisu out” chant ring around the ground and Doncaster fans in a post relegation party mood. Doncaster were looking the better side early on but were not troubling the defence whilst Bigirimana looked the only City player capable of creating anything. Then the dreaded news came through that Bristol City were winning more “Sisu out” chants. City came close when Platt had a header cleared off the line. City improved as the game went on as both fullbacks raided well but the half time was reached with the old familiar 0-0.

As if to rub salt into the wounds the cup winning sides of 1987 were paraded at half in front of the main stand as normal so we couldn’t see them.

The second half was no better apart from a Hussey shot. News came through that Bristol had gone two up, as the “Sisu out” chants grew louder. City started to up their game when Baker came on given City a better shape. City forced three quick corners but attention was on the “naughty corner” as a fight ensured between supports and stewards. Then McDonald was played through and his shot on the turn hit the post. Then a good move found McSheffrey with only Wood in the Rover’s goal to beat but he volleyed over. Then at the other end Hayter brushed passed Keogh and the captain brought him down, penalty the referee Mr Foy who had a decent game decided Keogh deigned a clear goal scoring opportunity and sent him off. That meant that Keogh would miss his first minutes of action since arriving at the club two years ago. The player of the year was given a standing ovation as he left the pitch. Down to ten men City soon conceded again to make it 2-0. A fan at the Telegraph end ran onto the pitch and sat in front of the goal. Again it was “Sisu out” and the Andy Throne song, how many fans would sing the name of their season long manager after being relegated? The final whistle blew to signal a drop back to the third tear for the first time since the 60’s.

Some fans made it on to the pitch one entertaining us by dodging stewards and shaking hands with City players. A large number of fans stayed behind to vent their spleen at Sisu who if don’t go in the summer could mean City slipping down another division next season. Finally the players and management emerged for a “lap of appreciation” in front of a large number of fans and they were applauded all around the ground, we deserve so much more, no top ten finishes for 40 years two relegation in the last ten and still the fans turn up we are the long suffering fans.

Man of the Match
1st The fans Next year we be champions?
2nd Gael Bigirimana One of the jewels from our highly successful youth set up
3rd Chris Hussey Another good display
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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2011/12   Wed Apr 18, 2012 8:41 pm

Coventry City Vs Millwall

So another crunch game for City that could see us get closer to safety or relegated. We were down to the bare bones as the bench were full of players that were just fit enough for a run out. The team was in goal Murphy, the back four were Clarke, Keogh, Cranie and Hussey with Bell, Clingan, McSheffrey and Norwood in midfield with the only two fit forwards Platt and McDonald up front.

It was Millwall and not City that started the brighter playing without any worries they looked dangerous going forward with Kane and Wright firing just wide. It added an extra dimension watching the game as I sit behind Kev Monk’s who Millwall is his 2nd favourite team and he knew all the strengths and weaknesses of the Lions and urged City to close down their forward because he had a good shot, our players didn’t listen to him. “No one likes us,” sang the Millwall fans, “he does” I said pointed to Kev much to the amusement of his other friends around him. City slowly got back into the game as Platt met a cross from Norwood as the big forward put a diving header over the bar. The referee for once was giving free kicks to City when Platt was manhandled but the delivery from them like all through the season was poor. Millwall picked up their first booking when Clarke playing his 50th league game cut inside and was brought down the free kick seemed to hit the wall but Mr Linnington spotted a hand ball resulting in a yellow card, their would be another three hand balls during the game none of them receiving a booking. The second free kick was far better forcing Taylor in the Lions’ goal to push it over the bar. For a mid week game the noise level from the home fans was good and it became louder when news filtered through that West Ham had taken the lead at Bristol. I broke into a solo rendition of “I’m forever blowing bubbles”. Five minutes later Bristol levelled. City were slowly improving as Bell and Platt combined to give McDonald a chance but he shot wide. Minutes later a shot was charged down and looped towards the away goal McDonald did well to reach it but his shot was turned over by Taylor. Near the end of the half Millwall again got the upper hand as Cranie put in a good block to deign an effort on goal, halftime the old familiar 0-0 for the 21st time this season.

As normal City seemed better in the second half as Hussey who was playing well knocked in a dangerous cross. Then Platt won the ball well and played in McDonald the forward turned a defender before just firing over. Then McDonald attacked from the right and advanced on goal Taylor came out and brought him down, penalty! We bayed for a red card but since McDonald was heading away from goal maybe the keeper didn’t deign a clear goal scoring opportunity. Taylor was booked for descent as McSheffrey prepared to take the kick. Kev pointed to the goalkeeper’s left to where the ball should go Sheff tamely placed the ball to the keeper’s right and Taylor guessed right and saved. Failing to score from penalty has cost the club 5 points this season, fatal. City got ball from the save and attempted to cross but the ball was handled but no booking, the free kick was wasted. Bell had gone off again offering very little and on came Baker who can hardly be fit enough. Things have never gone right this season and to prove it Millwall attacked down the right and a cross was whipped in Lowry got in between Cranie and Keogh like they were matchstick men and headed past Murphy to give us that old sinking feeling. This took the fight out of Coventry totally there were plenty of effort but it was too easy for the away defenders to clear. The game ended with City on the brink SISU gamble of taking a poor team and stripping it off most of it’s good players and only allowing the manager to bring in 4 outfield players seems to have had the predicable outcome unless of a great miracle.

Man of the Match
1st Chris Hussey Getting better
2nd Jordan Clarke Need to hang on to him
3rd Clive Platt League 1 he will be even better

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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2011/12   Sun Apr 15, 2012 9:44 pm

Burnley Vs Coventry City
The day started early for us as the Supports had a game in Bury. It was the under 35’s playing and they loaned in two vets to make up the numbers. After being picked at 9 we reached Bury at quarter to eleven and then despite extensive search couldn’t find the place they were playing, the manager of the young Supports had his phone off. At 11.15 we abandoned the search even trying Gigg Lane twice. We arrived in Burnley at twelve. Thankfully Burnley is one of the best grounds to get to early thanks to the neighbouring cricket club and it’s welcoming pavilion. After a drink and a bet on the National we entered Turf Moor for the crunch game. AT rang the chances in bringing in Bell the full line up was in goal Murphy with Clarke, Keogh, Cranie and Hussey in defence, Bell, McSheffrey, Norwood and Clingan in defence leaving McDonald and Nimely up front.

City started well for once attacking the end we were housed in. Nimely fired over in the opening minute before Burnley boy Norwood fired at Grant in the Bee’s goal. Then Keogh met a corner but the ball was hacked off the line and I don’t think it crossed. City kept attacking as Nimely slalomed his way into the area only to see Grant push away his shot minutes later a shot on the turn form the loan forward forced Grant to save again. Burnley ventured into our half and Austen met a deep cross and he scored. Even Radio Lancaster admitted it was against the run of play. News then came through that Bristol City were winning at Birmingham the relegation trap door was looming. Minutes later Burnley’s Wallace put in a waist high tackle on Clarke and to everyone’s anger in the away end referee Mr Woolmer didn’t even give us a free kick when it should off been red. City were looking shaky as Danny Ings dribbled his way past two or three players but not past Murphy who pushed the shot away. Then Keogh was floored with another bad tackle still no bookings. Murphy saved again as everything seemed to be going against City as Bristol made it 2-0 at Birmingham. Just before half time Marlon King pulled a goal back at St Andrews as the whistle went at Turf Moor.

The second half started and the City fans were in fine voice attempting to encourage the team but the City were not playing well with the forwards failing yet again to play together Bell and McSheffrey looking very poor in midfield. Frustration was getting the better of many in the away end in a manner that normally only occurs when City or three or four goals down. AT had enough and went form broke throwing on three subs Christie replaced Clarke, Platt replaced Nimely and Bigirimana replaced Bell. The changes made an immediate impact, as City seemed to be back in the game. Ten minutes after the subs came on Norwood sent in a cross and Platt redirected a header home to level the game up. News came through that Birmingham had also levelled suddenly survival looked on as City attacked with renewed vigour. Christie attacked down the wing and was taken out by a terrible tackle flinging the fullback into the air another stick-on red card but not from Mr Woolmer. The fullback received treatment but it was clear he couldn’t put any weight on his foot and he didn’t come back on. Burnley should off been down to nine players by now but they had the advantage in numbers, McDonald dropped back to midfield as Norwood filled in at right back. Now it was all Burnley as City hung on Norwood looked solid at right back and Keogh was leading from the back as normal one of his clearances stuck on the roof. Murphy was taking as long as possible over his goal kicks to the anger of the home fans and also the away fans who knew a draw wasn’t good enough. Thankfully City hung on to a well-deserved point. We now need to win our next two games and hope the crazy Championship starts to get a bit more predictable.

Man of the match.

1st Richard Keogh Nearly scored
2nd Clive Platt Super sub
3rd Chris Hussey Always a threat


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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2011/12   Tue Apr 10, 2012 9:02 pm

Bristol City Vs Coventry City

Being self-employed I do not have Bank Holidays so I left the house at 8.30 to get my work done in time. By 11 we were off to Bristol for one of the biggest games since relegation but history was against us since we have only won one of the last twenty three Easter Monday League games away stretching back to 1959. Rumours of Platt and Keogh being injured were untrue as we reached the out dated dump that is Ashton Gate. We had a car parking space in the ground’s car park but had to negotiate the crowd to get there our driver Paul who works for Nottinghamshire County Council said that this happens at any of his grounds he would close them down for such a dangerous procedure. Inside the away end was packed and jumping some in our car had a fear of big away following that the team always seem to let them down. The line up was in goal Murphy with Clarke, Keogh, Cranie and Hussey at the back, Deegan, McSheffrey, Clingan and Norwood in midfield leaving McDonald and Platt up front.

The game kicked off with City attacking the far end in the pouring rain. It was a cagey nervous opening for both sides with such a lot at stake. City soon forced a series of corners but poor delivery prevented any opportunity for goals. City looked solid at the back and in midfield Clingan was passing well, Norwood wasn’t quite up to his normal standard, McSheffrey was off colour whilst Deegan looked like a headless chicken with very little footballing skill this normally meant hoofing the long ball to Platt who was comprehensively contained which starved McDonald of service. The referee seemed at the time to favour the home side but retrospect he wasn’t having too bad a game as he awarded City a free kick to the left of the penalty area. The kick was floated into the area only for former loan player Stead to nod it past his own keeper to fire City into a lead. It was the second own goal in away games and our 100th in the League. The away end was jubilant and launched a full-throated rendition of Depche Mode’s “Just can’t get enough”. City defended well for the rest of the half and made it to the break with the lead.

The Robins won an early corner and in a scramble Stead poked the ball home to level the game, talk about a let down. Yet again City have conceded from a corner when will our managers learn LEAVE A PLAYER UP FRONT! This goal lifted the Robins, as they looked more likely for the next goal. When City did get forward it was the fullbacks who looked the most likely to set things up with Hussey looking the better and the full back was also having a great battle with the Robins’ lively winger Adomah. Platt managed to head one over during an attack but it didn’t trouble Gerken in the home goal. It was clear City were struggling and the fans wanted Nimely to be brought on a fast tricky player on a slippery surface could cause trouble. AT finally made a sub but it was Hussey going off as his ankle let him down again on came Christie. Finally Nimely was thrown on but to everyone’s surprise it was McDonald that went off and not Platt the decision was booed by many in the away end. Bristol also made a change taking off Adomah and bringing on Bolasie and it was the sub down our left seized on a mistake to slide the ball under Murphy to give us that all too familiar sinking feeling. AT finally took off Deegan who really shouldn’t have even started and threw on Bigirimana. Minutes later Pittman went in two footed on Clarke giving the referee Mr Mathieson had no choice but to send him off. City threw everyone forward as Nimely did very well to find space and to get in a cross but Platt could only direct the ball to the keeper. Then deep in injury time down the left again Chris Wood had enough time to beat Murphy to sow up the game and push City towards the trap door of relegation.

The young kids on the field plus Cranie and Keogh looked distraught at the final whistle the rest didn’t. The big turning point may have been Hussey’s injury but the midfield was missing in this game and Platt was marked out of it and even Thorn whose substitutions recently was been excellent buckled under the pressure we now need to win three of the last four to stay up.

Man of the Match
1st Chris Hussey Defended and attacked well on one good ankle
2nd Jordan Clarke Provided width
3rd Richard Keogh If we go down their should be a queue of clubs willing to sign him
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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2011/12   Mon Apr 09, 2012 1:29 am

Coventry City Vs Peterborough United

It was a cloudy day at the Rioch as City took on The Posh. No surprises in the resting of Platt since we have a massive game on Monday. The line up was in goal Murphy with Clark, Keogh, Cranie and Hussey in defence with McSheffrey, Bigirimana, Clingan and Norwood in midfield leaving McDonald and Nimely up front.

Coventry attacked the away end first and started fairly well attempting to stretch the unbeaten run. In The Posh’s first attack Sinclair received the ball in front of the area turned and beat two players before unleashing a cracking shot past Murphy to fire the away team a goal up. It was a bit of a shock for us. The game was certainly competitive with both teams giving as good as it got. Murphy was forced to push the ball away as Peterborough looked good going forward. City were being put under pressure and from a corner Boyd found himself in acres off space with only Murphy to beat from a narrow angle but he shot wide, calls for off side were incorrect as Peterborough should of scored. At the other end keeper Jones fumbled a shot but got away with it. City were holding on somewhat but not for the first time Keogh came to the rescue with a brilliant block followed minutes later with a great tackle in the area. City started to get forward more via the as Hussey advanced he played in Norwood he swung a great long cross to Clark who chipped in back intro the area for McDonald to head in his 4th of the season to level the game. This gave City a lift and they started to play better. Near the end of the half again Norwood floated over a great ball to Clark running into the area when he was brought down referee Mr McDermidd hesitated but when he saw the slimmer of his two assistants signal he gave a penalty. McSheffrey stepped forward and despatched his 60th league goal to somehow give City a 2-1 lead at half time.

The thing about Peterborough is they are very attack minded so they came out firing in the 2nd half. After a brief flurry City started to look the better side as Jones was forced to beat away a shot from McSheffrey before McDonald had a shot deflected onto the crossbar. Then Nimely came close to ending his goal drought be forcing Jones to tip over. The Posh looked shaky at the back but good going forward in an entertaining game. Then the move of the game saw McSheffrey back-heel the ball to a rampaging Hussey, the left back homed in on goal only to see Jones push away his shot. Clingan then fired over before AT saw that increasingly City were opting for a long ball so he sent on Platt for Nimely. The loan forward didn’t look happy at being taken off but was given a standing ovation by the home fans. The Tree’s first action was to try to flick a ball on from a throw in minutes later he headed wide after a good Clark cross. Peterborough attacked the other end and won a corner this corner was delivered leaving Sinclair unmarked for a tap in 2-2. “We are staying up,” sang the Peterborough fans as a draw would go a long way to seeing them stop up. City went looking for the lead again as McDonald was denied by Jones. Sub Deegan had just replaced Gael when he played one of the passes of the game sending Clingan through his shot looked destined for the back of the net but somehow a Peterborough player got enough on it to keep it out. Then Keogh clearly had his shirt pulled in the penalty area but it would have been a soft penalty. Then in the dieing minutes Clingan hit the bar as City had to settle for a point.

Man of the Match
1st Richard Keogh Normal consistent best
2nd Jordan Clark Set two up defended well
3rd Chris Hussey Looked a threat throughout.


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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2011/12   Mon Mar 26, 2012 1:23 am

Coventry City Vs Portsmouth

This was a massive game maybe one of the biggest league games ever played at the Rioch. It was the “have nots” with the “have even less” as third from bottom City took on bottom Portsmouth. AT was forced into changes with Cameron out injured the team was in goal Murphy, with Hussey, Keogh, Clarke and Pompey old boy Cranie in defence. The midfield diamond was made up of Clingan, Thomas, McSheffrey and Norwood with Platt and Nimely up front. Before the game started we had a surprise one minutes applause for Fabrice Muamba why? Now like everyone else was shocked to hear a footballer had an heart attack but pleased that he survived and is making a recovery but does this justifies a minutes applause? What happen if he died? What would we have do different? Would we have a minute’s applause if a League Two player had survived a heart attack? Still we had an import game to win on a glorious sunny day.

City won the toss and decided to attack the Telegraph Stand in the first half. City started the better when Clingan tested Ashdown in the Pompey goal with a free kick. Slowly Portsmouth started to get on top backed by their excellent support. Norris tried his luck from long range before a quick free kick almost caught City out in a similar way it did at Portsmouth but both shots didn’t test Murphy. Clingan who was living down his “Sideways Sammy” tag with some good passing fired a free kick over before Platt headed on target but without any real power. One big complaint of recent City teams that we tend to drag everyone back for a corner making it hard for a counter attack but in the after the 20th minute mark Keogh brought the ball out of defence Platt meanwhile had peeled away to space on the left and the dead cert player of the season found the big feller up front. Platt took the ball on before firing low down close to Ashdown but the keeper showed great reflexes by getting down and pushing the shot away for a corner. Portsmouth were looking the better side after that as they went close from a corner. News filtered through that Bristol City were winning at Middlesbrough. Both defences were on top and no more clear cut chances came before half time. So 0-0 at halftime yet again another post promotion record.

It was “Legends Day” as plenty of ex City players were paraded at half time but again only in front of the Main Stand.

AT needed to do something to pep things up so he sent on The Football League’s Apprentice of the Year Bigirimana to replace Thomas and the switched seemed to work with three out and out passers in midfield City made better use of the ball. Gael’s first contribution was to put in an excellent cross-field pass to Hussey whose long rang shot was gathered by Ashdown. City kept up the pressure when Hussey raided down the left and sent in a deep cross, McSheffrey got in front of his man and side footed the ball home. There was a massive scene of relief and lifting off pressure. “Come on Jutkiewicz get a goal”, I shouted, it wasn’t the effect of the sun it was a pray for Middlesbrough to do us a favour. City now were buzzing as Clingan smacked in a free kick forcing Ashdown to tip it over his bar. Nimely was starting to worry the Portsmouth defence with his pace. Portsmouth regained some composure and attacked but a shot was brilliant blocked by Keogh who threw himself at the ball then to everyone’s amazement the referee Mr Eltringham gave it as a handball and booked the defender. The free kick was taken hitting the inside of the left post before bouncing away, justice was done. For the next ten minutes the referee started to give some bizarre decisions where up to then he had been fine. Portsmouth now had rallied as Varney headed just wide as City were hanging on. Just as we where getting worried Clarke found Nimely the forward raced to the by-line and crossed suddenly we could all see Norwood totally unmarked, the midfielder smacked the ball into the roof of the net to give City a rare two goal lead. At last we could relax in the last ten minutes of a game. Hussey was forced off with yet another injury, after the game AT reminded us that today was the first time this season his first choice back four played together. On came Christie at left back. As you might except Portsmouth threw everything at City in the last ten minutes to find a way back in but the team held firm until deep in injury time Murphy made a save for the cameras by pushing a shot away for a corner.

Great relief when the final whistle went but the other scores could have been kinder but now we sit only a point behind safety as we continue to claw back Bristol City and Forest.

Man of the Match
1st Chris Hussey The Womble is back, defended well, went forward well.
2nd Sammy Clingan His best game for a while like the Clingan of old
3rd Richard Keogh Lead the defence in another clean sheet.
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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2011/12   Thu Mar 22, 2012 10:07 pm

Cardiff City Vs Coventry City

With Paul in early for work the next day he decided that we would be better travelling by coach for the long trip to Cardiff. Only one coach left fairly full including Joe Elliott. A trouble free trip and we arrived in The Welsh Capital hoping for a result to put us in touch with Bristol City. We had the smallest away section I could ever remember at an away ground but since we only had just over 200 fans we fitted well into it and meant for a good atmosphere. AT made two changes to the team the full line up was in goal Murphy with Clarke, Cameron, Keogh and Cranie in defence, in midfield was McSheffrey, Norwood, Clingan and Thomas with Nimely and McDonald up front.

City came out in the home strip. Paul started off the “Andy Thorne’s Sky Blue Army” chant that last a good six minutes as City struggled to find their feet against a team chasing a play off spot. Cardiff looked the better side early on attacking the end of the ground we were in. Cardiff were dominating and had a couple of half chances. At the other end City did have a chance as Nimely dribbled into the area but wanted too long on the ball and was robbed. The referee Mr Madley was having a good game in the middle as he awarded The Bluebirds a corner with a quarter of an hour gone. Lawrence measured the corner delivering it to a certain Ben Turner who had a free header at goal but McDonald rose above him only to plant the ball straight past Murphy to give the home side the lead. Heads went down on and off the pitch a terrible start. Cardiff buoyed by the goal took the game to City and it looked like we were about to receive a real drubbing. City were lost in midfield and the front two of Nimely and McDonald just can’t work together not helped by City constantly hitting the long ball looking for Platt who was on the bench. The back four looked shaky apart from Cameron. With Cardiff dominating another old boy Gunnarsson cut in from the left and fired a powerful shot but Murphy got down to save. City’s defence was under pressure and the last person you would think to make an mistake made one as Keogh dropping to the right passed back to Murphy but he got too much elevation on the ball and from where we were sitting it looked a perfect chip over Murphy thankfully it had very little pace on the ball and the keeper cleared with his head from under the bar. The next few times Keogh touched the ball the Cardiff fans comically shouted, “shoot”. City were hanging on but thankfully made it to half time without conceding any more and being 1-0 down was the only positive from the half.

Something must have happened at half time in the dressing room because City came out for the second half as a different team. Suddenly City were passing instead of hoofing and the fullbacks were getting forward as Clarke crossed and McDonald found a good position but should of done better with a header. Minutes later from a corner Keogh was pushed off the ball Mr Madley spotted the incident and awarded a penalty, Gunnarsson was booked for protesting no doubt he was telling Mr Madley that Keogh tend to go over easily in the penalty area. McSheffrey stepped out and promptly put the ball over the bar. “That’s why you’re going down,” sang the home fans. Minutes later a Cardiff player shot well wide “That’s why your staying down” we responded followed by “Swansea Premier League” and I started “Their are the pride of Wales” none of this chants went down well with home fans but it made us fell batter. With an own goal conceded and a missed penalty it would be easy for City’s heads to drop but they didn’t as the away side kept pressing. Clingan forced a save from a free kick before Marshall in the Cardiff goal beat away a McSheffrey shot. Norwood then attempted to curl one in the top corner but couldn’t get enough bend on the ball. Cardiff looked dangerous as well and the game started to become quite entertaining. The home sides main threat came down the right with tricky full back McNaughton looking particularly dangerous. Cardiff won a series of corners and put in some dangerous crosses but the central pair were coping with Cameron winning most things in the air and Murphy getting some important punches to the ball in the melee. At our end McSheffrey nearly made up for his penalty miss when he clipped the crossbar from distance. With 68 minutes gone Clarke raided forward he beat a player before shooting and the ball sailed past Marshall. The away section went ballistic our first away goal since Blackpool it was a good finish from the fullback. Now a point against Cardiff would be very valuably as the noise from the away following grew louder. AT changed things up front as he realised our two midgets up front cannot work together as Platt replaced McDonald. It was even stuff was both sides looked for a winning whilst most City fans would of settled for the final whistle then. Into the last ten minutes a long ball picked out a player that our youth system missed, Whittingham and high scoring midfielder expertly volleyed past Murphy to restore the home sides lead. Things look bleak City struggle to score away and another defeat was on the cards. City huff and puffed but could break down Cardiff as Hussey made a welcomed return replacing Cranie the left back managed to tackle McNaughton before looking dangerous going forward. The amount of stoppage time was announced first in Welsh and then in English so the vast majority of the crowd could understand it we had four minutes. AT threw on Deegan for Thomas hardly a substitution to make the City fans think we could nick a point. Deegan had a good run as the clock counted down. City had plenty of possession but were not going forward enough “forward” I kept shouting when we had the ball. Sometimes I wonder why I spend so much in money and time in travelling to see defeats when a ball fell to Norwood the midfield struck it early and the ball zipped passed Marshall in the goal and the away section went mental! After the celebrations I looked on my watch 46 and half minutes did we have a slice of luck? Cardiff launched one attack headed away by Cameron but the ball was played back in and it was an easy catch for Murphy who for the first time in the game took his time and when the ball was released Mr Madley blew for full time making the long trip home seem a lot more enjoyable then it would have been minutes earlier.

Man of the Match
1st Ollie Norwood a goal at last for him well deserved.
2nd Jordan Clarke spent most of the game complaining Christie was the better full back until he scored.
3rd Nathan Cameron Won his battle at the back.
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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2011/12   Mon Mar 19, 2012 2:11 am

Watford Vs Coventry City

It’s never a chore going to Watford, nice and close and with parking close to the ground and it’s not to hard to get away from after. It was another vital game and more winnable than the Wednesday trip to Cardiff as City attempted to stop a club record of eleven consecutive away league defeats in a single season. Watford’s recent form has pushed them to safety. The team was in goal Murphy the back four were Clarke, Keogh, Cameron and Cranie with Deegan, Norwood, Clingan and McSheffrey in midfield Nimely and Platt up front.

City attacked the noisy away section in the first half and looked the better side in the first ten minutes with Deegan looking busy in midfield. Everyone was working hard but there was a lack of creativity from midfield, Deegan soon faded, Clingan was just plain awful, McSheffrey was isolated leaving Norwood as the only midfielder seem capable of creating anything. Watford got slowly into the game and had a couple of half chances but nothing to worry Murphy. In the middle we had Mr Webster as the referee and he was having a fine game along with his two assistances. City won a corner after 24 minutes and it was swung in, Mr Webster blew for a foul a second before Cameron headed the ball into the net. The game wasn’t great but the support was more than I can say for Watford. The home fans have to go down as some as the quietist I have ever heard not a peep from them despite the sterling work of the team’s mascot Hornet. The Hornet had a drum and bang it up and down the Sir Stanley Rous stand but couldn’t get a song from the home fans, the mascot comically threw the drum down in disgust. He moved over to the home fans next to the away section and attempted to start a “Mexican wave” with hardly any success the Hornet then slumped down with his back to the home fans. In the second half he tried to make the home fans sing again without success leading the City fans to sing “That’s just embarrassing”. Back to the game and City had a break when Nimely beat a couple of players and looked like he could go all the way but spotting Deegan unmarked and in space he attempted to pass to him the pass was bad and the midfielder was closed down. “You’re the worst fans we’ve every seen”, we sang to the Watford fans. City still looking the better side when McSheffrey got in a cross and a Platt header was cleared off the line. In stoppage time Norwood found room in the area and fired in a shot the Hornet’s keeper Kusczak pulled off a good save and was quick enough to knock the rebound away before McSheffrey could reach it. Half time no goals for the 19th time this season that equals a club record since promotion.

City were looking the better side as McSheffrey had a shot pushed away. Then in the 60th minute Hornet’s boss took off Assombalonga who was making his debut and the 50th player to come through their academy according to the PA before the game, he had recently banging in the goals for Braintree! On came Iwelumo and the game changed. Suddenly the more experienced forward was winning headers and Watford for the first times were starting to look dangerous. We had already started to call for Cody when on the 72nd minute he replaced Nimely up front. Deegan and Clingan were still looking a liability in midfield when the captain lost the ball Watford broke forcing Murphy to tip the ball over the bar. Murphy also got a couple of good punches in before a scramble in the box saw Cameron opt for safety and whack the ball out of play catching the keeper’s arm in the process, after some treatment he was OK to continue. The City fans got louder in the last ten minutes attempting to blow the ball into the opposite net. We hadn’t seen much of McDonald until he did something Nimely has failed to do since arriving he read a Platt flick on sending him clear. The Watford keeper did well racing out to put McDonald off who shot inches wide. Seven minutes of injury time was announced as we went nervously into last part of the game. Deep in this time another Platt flick on was read by McDonald he beat a defender before rounding the keeper he shot but the keeper got a hand on the ball slowing it down enough for another goal line clearance and that was it. Finally Joe Murphy could celebrate and away league clean sheet his first since his Scunthorpe days 28th December 2010. Thankfully our main rivals didn’t take advantage as we moved back to 22nd four points off safety.

Man of the Match
I’ll go with the votes in the car,
1st Cody McDonald has to start every game from now on he is our only hope
2nd Oliver Norwood Excellent in midfield as he had to run it on his own
3rd Joe Murphy Clean sheet away from home hurray
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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2011/12   Mon Mar 12, 2012 3:10 am

Coventry City Vs Birmingham City

A good crowd boosted by two thousands scouts to our left turned up for the local derby. The early kick off time meant City could get out of the drop zone for an hour or so at least. The team was in goal Murphy, with Clarke, Keogh, Cameron and Cranie in defence with McSheffrey, Clingan, Norwood and Baker in midfield leaving a new partnership of McDonald and Nimely up front.

The main topic of conversation before the game was the return of Marlon King and how the local media pleaded with us no to boo him this fell on deaf ears but thankfully there was no “she said no” song which would have been hypercritical. It was a cautious opening by both sides with both defences on top and King well contained. Not much of interest was happening on the field as both sides cancelled each other out there was a brief bit of communal singing from both sets of fans as the broke out with “sit on the Villa”. For City Nimely was a livewire whilst Baker was causing problems and Norwood was passing with confidence in midfield unlike Clingan who wanted too long on the ball and was twice robbed leading to counter attacks. The Blues did have a chance when Huseklapp fired wide when he should of done better. Cranie was looking the slightly better defender at the back whilst Cameron out muscled King and Keogh was just Keogh but we all held our breaths when a Blues player went down in a challenge from Clarke in the area but no penalty. The officials at our last two games were nothing sort of dire but today’s referee Mr Linnington was having a good game and looking every inch a neutral. Half time and it was scoreless for the 18th time this season only bettered once since the 1960’s!

Early action in the 2nd half saw Nimely beating a couple of players before going to ground a little too easily and being booked for diving. It seemed now Birmingham were launching all their attacks down our left and a cross from there forced Murphy into a save. City counter attacked and another good cross by Baker saw McDonald throw himself into a diving header but he was accidentally caught by Davies and the Blues defender signalled immediately that the forward was injured. We could clearly see blood pouring from Cody’s head as he was treated. As it would of taken time to put stitches in the wound AT threw on Platt. Whilst we brought on the “Tree” Birmingham threw on the even taller Zigic. Platt made an immediate impact winning headers flicking the ball on. Both sides had chances with Norwood going close and the giant Zigic heading over. It was interesting to watch the Blues keeper Myhill as Birmingham attacked he looked knackered and spent most of the time stretching. With twenty to go City attacked again down the right Baker managed to find some space and knock in an excellent deep cross for McSheffrey whose header back was too good for Myhill and City led. This goal moved Sheff to the 9th highest league scorer in our history and meant we were provisionally no longer in the relegation zone. Minutes later Birmingham won a throw in and was flicked on by Zigic and King reacted first to volley Birmingham level, the spell outside the drop zone lasted three minutes, will we be out of it again this season? City looked the more likely to score as McSheffrey chipped over before Norwood hit the post. Unfortunately City’s main threat Baker had to go off with an injury and Thomas who showed why he is not a winger replaced him. With seven minutes of injury time to play Nimely went down in his own area and the referee saw an elbow by Mutch on him. The Blues shut up shop and City couldn’t break them down leaving us 4 points from safety.

Man of the Match
1st Carl Baker His best game for ages
2nd Oliver Norwood Good passing coming closer to scoring
3rd Martin Cranie Despite the pressure on him he kept the Blues from too many crosses in.
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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2011/12   Wed Mar 07, 2012 9:47 pm

Coventry City Vs Crystal Palace

Yet another away defeat pilled pressure on the forthcoming two home games and we needed to win both but could the pressure be too much? Maybe Palace could be a good example for us after many years struggling and selling top players they are now safe in mid table. AT was back from ill health but the doctor warned him about his blood pressure, no doubt his doctor has never seen City play. AT changed things around at the back whilst Nimely recovered from the assault he received throughout the game at Leicester. The line up was in goal Murphy, with Clarke switching back to right back, Cranie, Keogh and his first game of the year Cameron making up the defence. In midfield we had Baker, Deegan, Norwood and McSheffrey with Platt and Nimely up front. The Eagles main threat would be Zaha who helped to defeat City earlier in the season when we had to play a very young side.

City attacked the away end first half and in the first minute won a free kick “where were you on Saturday?” I shouted towards Mr Brown the referee. A minute later at our end Martin broke in the area and was brought down by Cameron, Mr Brown pointed to the spot. Now I had a great view of this and no arguments over the foul and it look inside the box but on the edge. The City players realised the linesman hadn’t signalled for the penalty pleaded with the referee to have a word, he did, too his credit but only to confirm it was a spot kick. Ambrose took the kick Murphy guessed the right way but it was a well-taken penalty and The Eagles led. The away side now were full of confidence as you might expect from an early goal as Zaha went on a long run before being halted. City were looking fragile at the back as Cameron looked very rusty and it took great strength by Keogh to get himself in front of the ball and a forward to prevent a shot and he repeated this minutes later. This game started to remind me of several we always seem to play near the end of the season when we concede early and go on to get a hammering. Not content with stopping goals at one end Keogh then went on the attack, bringing the ball out of defence he exchanges passes with Norwood before forcing Speroni in the Palace goal to tip the ball behind for a corner. This lifted the team and the crowd as City started to regain their confidence and we all voted for Keogh to be man of the match! City were looking better as Palace attempted to waste time at every opportunity. Mr Brown in the middle and his linesman down the right were infuriating the home fans with a string of strange decisions but at least he wasn’t as bad as Saturday’s official. City’s main threat came down the right with Clarke defending well and linking up with Baker who was having one of his best games for a while. A cross from the right was volleyed at Speroni before Platt put a header inches wide. My main criticism of Jordan Clarke is he seems to be afraid to let the winger he is about but after 23 minutes he brought down Zaha and would have no arguments over the booking but Zaha didn’t feature again in the game apart from minutes later he curved a well aimed shot from a corner curving into the top left corner of the goal but Murphy saw the effort and dived over to tip the ball away. Near the end of the half Mr Brown received the biggest cheer of the night by awarding City a free kick in which McSheffrey curled not too far wide, half time City loosing things looking bleak.


City attacked with renewed vigour at the start of the second half attacking the Telegraph Stand. Baker did well to find space before picking out Nimely whose shot on the turn lacked any power. City won several corners but didn’t make good use of them failing to pick out Platt or Cameron with the set pieces and they are not hard to miss. A good block by Baker fell to McSheffrey in the area but he dithered too long trying to get the ball on his favoured foot and the chance was gone. AT then rang the changes off came Deegan who found it hard to pass straight he was replaced by Clingan and off went Platt who along with Nimely was not as effective as normal, on came McDonald. The forward got into action straight away with a good run as he was tackled the ball fell to Nimely who threaten to break through before another good tackle. McSheffrey was then harshly booked for a tackle but Zaha confronted Sheff over the foul and raised his arms to the player the referee only book McSheffrey, minutes later Cameron was cleared shoved over again ignored by the ref and was booked for protesting. City kept the pressure on as Palace were happy to defend in numbers. City won more corner and finally one work as Nimely was fouled on the edge of the area City fans screamed for a free kick the ball ran loose and McDonald lashed it in first time with a low volley. “Feed the Cody and he will score,” I sang on my own, it’s the sort of instinctive finish we have not had this season. Palace woke up and started to attack some more in a lively finish, City also looked for a winner. Deep in injury time and I had a great view of Cameron being dragged down in the area but noting given. We had to settle of a point and it felt like a point won and not two lost but we need to scramble points away from home.

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1st Richard Keogh Good in defence, midfield and up front
2nd Carl Baker Booed off last home game, cheered off this
3rd Jordan Clarke Kept Zaha quiet
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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2011/12   Mon Mar 05, 2012 2:05 am

Leicester City Vs Coventry City

Just about the only good thing about Leicester is it is not too far away. It is now 9 different managers in nine visits to Leicester going back to the days at Filbert Street and it was on the sight of the old ground were we parked. As normal Sisu forgot to hand in the accountants on time meaning another transfer embargo but since we were not going to sign anyone it hardly mattered. Steve Harrison was in charge as manager Andy Throne recovered at home from a “virus”. SH put out the team that ended against Barnsley this was in goal Murphy, the back four Christie, Keogh, Carnie and Clarke, in midfield was Bell, Deegan, Norwood and McSheffrey with Platt and Nimely up front. At the start of the season Leicester won 1-0 at the Rioch at the time it looked like The Foxes were in for an shot at automatic promotion whilst City were in for a relegation battle well that was only half true which is hard to believe when you see Leicester’s line up.

City started well attacking the opposite side we were housed in and in the first minute the ball broke to Bell whose shot we kept out by former City loan keeper Kasper Schmeichel, but Bell should of scored. City penned the home side back for the first five minutes before they started to break and after only six minutes Danns went over Cranie’e leg and referee Mr Probert awarded the home side a penalty. Danns stepped up to take and placed a low shot to Murphy’s left-hand side but the City keeper guessed correctly getting down to pull off an excellent save. Leicester started to buzz around the City box and were looking dangerous when a player was given too much room he turned and Murphy showed great reflexes to keep out the shot but Nugent was first to the ball for a tap in despite Keogh taking him out from behind. A bad start as my mind went back to a day at WBA many years ago when Adebola missed an early chance and City lost 5-0. Nimely then shot not too far over but the Leicester players picked him out for some rough treatment and he was given no protection by the awful Mr Probert, why is it whenever we play Leicester we have a poor referee? Leicester were looking the better team no surprise really when they spent ten million more than us in the summer transfer market. A Leicester player then dived in the area and should of got booked minutes later Platt broke away from his marker out wide and was brought down with a run on goal to our surprise Mr Probert booked the big forward for a dive when the Leicester defender could have been sent off. Then McSheffrey dived in the penalty area and wasn’t booked but the clueless official. Then there was a strong case for a City penalty as from a Christie long throw a Leicester defender clearly handled the referee had a clear view but didn’t give it. St Ledger missed an easy chance with an unmarked volley before Marshall missed an even easier chance, as the defence were just not coping. Leicester kept the pressure on as Murphy saved a Nugent header before the half time whistle and the City fans were glad it was only 1-0 at half time.

City looked better in the 2nd half as Nimely was brought down heading towards goal before being brought down he still had two defenders in front of him prevention a red card. Norwood took the free kick and placed it well over the bar. City hand another shout for a penalty when a Leicester player clearly handled the ball in the area but no appeal from the City players. More poor defending out wide saw a ball played across the area and Beckford lost his marker to make it 2-0. Now at 2 down I wanted McDonald to be given a run switching Nimely wide or playing three up front but the first sub was Bell being replaced by Baker, proving we have a real weakness on the right. Baker had a chance from a knocked back corner but his curving shot didn’t have enough pace of power to test Schmeichel at least it was on target. Another sub and again it wasn’t McDonald but Clingan who came on to replace a disappointing Deegan. The game looked over until Nimely latched onto a loose pass and was brought down wide of the keeper, maybe a professional foul? Now City fans expected McSheffrey to take the kick but Clingan pulled rank and placed the ball on the spot, is it an old adage that recent subs should never take penalties? Clingan stepped up and Schmeichel save it. The City fans couldn’t believe McSheffrey didn’t take the kick. Finally a slim looking McDonald came on for McSheffrey with only 12 minutes to go, great tactics by Harrison a coach I would be very happy to see leave the club at the end of the season. Next Konchesky took out Nimely with a waist high kung fu kick and finally Mt Probert awarded a red card. City couldn’t make the greater numbers count and Leicester held out without any scares. Another away defeat brings us closer to an all time record, Watford next.

Man of the Match
1st Joe Murphy needs some help with rebounds
2nd Alex Nimely Kicked from pillar to post
3rd Clive Platt Again constantly held back by defenders.

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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2011/12   Mon Feb 27, 2012 3:14 am

Coventry City Vs Barnsley

Another early start as The Vets had a game against FC Halifax Vets at Coundon Park. Both teams fielded some younger players to make up the numbers and I played right midfield for the first 23 minutes of the 1st half. By half time we trailed by a mere 81! Second half I played 43 minutes at right back and we held them in that half to 3-3 losing by a mere 7 goals is our best performance so far.
Made it over to the Rioch after a little rest to find out AT has named an unchanged side that lost so disappointedly at Forest. In goal was Murphy with Christie, Keogh, Cranie and Clarke at the back with Baker, Norwood, Deegan and McSheffrey in midfield leaving Platt and Nimely up front but we must have had the strongest bench the whole season as the injuries started to clear up. Special offer tickets and a nice sunny day meant a slightly larger crowd then we would normally get against Barnsley. Barnsley hate coming to Coventry and haven’t won here since 1923 but they are safe in mid table and City one form bottom this looked a great opportunity for them. The away side started the brighter as City yet again started slowly. Barnsley didn’t threaten to even have a shot on goal as the defence and midfield kept them well back. City started to get into the game as Platt was winning everything in the air and flicking the ball on and holding the ball up bringing McSheffrey and more especially Nimely into the game. The loan forward volleyed over in the 16th minute, minutes, later Platt went down in the box but it didn’t look like a penalty. The referee the experienced Mr D’Urso seemed to give most things the way of the visitors but did receive ironic cheers from the away fans when he awarded them a free kick, so many he was bad for both sides. This wasn’t a great spectacle as Barnsley sat back. Half the midfield was ineffective Deegan wasn’t passing well enough and Baker was having a poor game constantly loosing the ball when cutting inside, McSheffrey was average but Norwood was showing a nice range of passes. It was the Tree that City had the hope in as was being proved hard to handle as yet again I said “oh nice flick on Clive.” One of his flicks found Nimely on the right and his tricky footwork found room against two defenders and he go a cross in. Then from a throw in Platt perfectly flicked the ball on down the wing but Baker didn’t read it and was static. Nearing the end of the half Nimely had a shot at the squinting Steel in the away goal as the game dragged on. Minutes later the little forward intercepted a wayward ball to run clear he drew Steel out but placed his shot well wide. Half time the familiar 0-0 but it seemed all the results were going against us and we were provisionally bottom.

Nothing changed in the 2nd half the midfield wasn’t working and Barnsley refused to throw too many players forward. AT soon acted ten minutes into the game off went Baker, to relieved applauses and some booing on came Bell. This sub changed the game as Bell being a proper winger stuck out wide spreading the play suddenly City started to look better. Keith Hill the Barnsley manager made three changes as he admitted later he was here for a 0-0, reminds me of the Chris Coleman days. Nimely and Norwood had shots as the crowd woke up as City started to look slightly more dangerous. Barnsley sat back even more when they did venture forward Keogh, Cranie and the Coundon boys looked solid as Joe Murphy could of joined us in the stands as he had nothing to do and maybe didn’t even need his kit washing after the game. City were on top but things looked desperate as a draw would mean a gap of more than three points between us and 4th from bottom. Kev as he does asked everyone around him for the man of the match and Platt earned the accolade from five of the seven fans. City kept pressing looking for a way in when three minutes of injury time was announced. A minute into injury time Norwood floated a ball to the left had post as he spotted Clarke on a raid, the fullback reached the ball and knocked in a cross Platt had found room and unmarked drove a header past Steele to spark of massive sighs of relief all around the ground. It’s been a long time since a player so deserved a goal than Platt on that display. Yet another injury time goal, it’s becoming the season of them. Barnsley finally started to attack but this opened up gaps at the back and in one breakaway Nimely raced down field playing in McSheffrey but the top scorer could only hit the underside of the bar. The referee was playing in excess of the time the 4th official signalled when a player broke free of McSheffrey but unlike at Forest the 11th all time highest score brought the player down and earned a booking in the process breaking up the attack, good work. Barnsley pressed but Murphy didn’t have any late drama as the referee blew for full time.
What a vital victory City now only three points behind the two teams in front of them all we need to do now is sort out our away form.
Man of the match
1st Clive Platt: Barnsley just couldn’t handle him.
2nd Oliver Norwood: A nice range of passing
3rd Alex Nimely: A constant nuisance.
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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2011/12   Mon Feb 20, 2012 1:34 am

Nottingham Forest Vs Coventry City

The day started earlier than normal as Paul had organised a 5-a-side game against Forest veterans near Nottingham. We only had five players so it was a spell in goal for each player we lost 17-9 I was beaten by two deflected shots and another that creped under me but I did score a goal not saying I was the best player but I was certainly in the top five. After the good 50-minute work out we moved over to the City Ground. This was a massive game with Portsmouth escaping with a mere 10-point deduction 4th from bottom was only a point away. AT again had little choice but to name the same line up as City went looking for a first away win in 17 games. The team was in goal Murphy the back four Christie, Keogh, Cranie playing his 100th league game and Clarke. In midfield we had McSheffrey, Deegan, Norwood and Baker with Platt and Nimely up front. It was the team with the worst home record in the Championship versus the team with the worst away record in the League.

Both teams not surprisingly looked nervous early on as Forest won a corner but Murphy caught it cleanly. Both sides also lacked ideas going forward as Forest played one up front and City’s wide players looked off their game. Nimely had a shot go wide early on and again looked a hand full, Platt was winning his fair share of headers but was nowhere near the form he showed against Leeds on Tuesday. Forest won several corners taken by Andy Reid who received plenty of abuse from the away fans for being overweight. The game was dull both teams looking like teams in the relegation zone. McSheffrey had a couple of shots but none tested Camp in the Forest goal. Half time no goals and it looked like it had a scoreless draw all over it.

Second half Forest manager Steve Cotteral made changes on came Blackstock and Findley as he switched to two up front. The change pepped things up and Forest looked better. The referee Mr Clattenburgh wasn’t having a great game but was too bad did make as mistake when Clarke was clearly fouled and then Murphy had the ball knocked out of his hands thankfully the ball hit the post. Most of the threat from Forest came down their right and the flank opened up leaving one player with only Murphy to beat on a narrow angle but the City keeper raced out to dive at his feet for a good save. Lessons were not learnt and minutes later a similar break it happen again Murphy spread himself and pulled off a great save with eth ball hitting his shoulder and Christie behind him showed great skill to clear the ball. City were struggling to get a shot on target but came close when Platt nodded a ball into the path of Deegan and the “Pit bull” let fly volleying the ball inches wide. City then created a great chance and McSheffrey found himself on the goal line he wriggled free to blast one across the face of the goal, Baker picked it up and slid a pass to Nimely whose shot was deflected wide by a defender for a corner. The City fans were by then wanting a change as Baker was having a poor game and most of his crosses were wayward. Then in the 73rd minute McSheffrey lost possession to fullback McCleary, the defender then raided up field, Sheff followed and maybe should of brought him down and picked up a booking. The run continued Norwood ran out of the way and Clarke attempted to tackle and the fullback’s tackling is not one of his strong points, McCleary entered the area and Keogh flung himself at the player but by then it was too late as he had already shot and beat Murphy to his left. We were stunned it was a dreadful piece of defending. Minutes later sub Greening flew in two footed earning City a free kick maybe a red card offence certainly a yellow but Mr Clattenburg decided not to book him. A Forest player then went down in the box and the referee waved away appeals for a penalty. Baker went off to be replaced by Bell. City never looked like scoring and with 3 minutes of normal time left Reid picked out Findlay totally unmarked in the area who scored. AT now was so desperate he threw on Eastwood who could rival Reid in the size of his stomach. “Hartlepool on a Tuesday night” sang one City fan. City limped to another inept performance away from home, City need to pick up points soon otherwise our next away win might be in League One.

Man of the Match
1st Alex Nimely Looked a threat despite the fact midfield was nowhere
2nd Joe Murphy Maybe deserved a very rare away clean sheet but does need help form outfield players
3rd Cyrus Christie All the treats came down the other wing.


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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2011/12   Wed Feb 15, 2012 10:10 pm

Coventry City Vs Leeds United

With Portsmouth’s almost impending administration the relegation battle was heating up as we faced Leeds on St Valentine’s Day. With several players out injury AT didn’t have much choice in the line up as the team was in goal Murphy the back four Christie, Keogh, Cranie and Clarke, with Deegan, Norwood, Baker and making his 200th league appearance McSheffrey only five forwards have played more. Up front were Platt and Nimely.

A large and noisy following from Leeds helped to make it a good atmosphere at The Rioch as the away side attacked the Telegraph Stand in the 1st half. Leeds made all the early runnings as City seem to lack cohesion. Leeds buzzed around looking for a way in but the back four held firm as City’s new look midfield found its feet. Leeds tested City with corners but those were dealt with as Murphy looked more like the steady player he has become since the turn of the New Year and not like the one that played at Reading. City slowly got into the game and attacked at the other end. Because of my low position in the Telegraph stand it is sometimes hard to see what was going on at the other end. Twenty minutes in Nimely surged forward my attention was taken by the lineman flagging for a foul second later the Naughty Corner appealed and the linesman placed his flag across his chest, penalty! McSheffrey who played ten league games for Leeds and scored once on loan a few years back stepped up for the penalty he sent Lonergan the wrong way and celebrated in front of the Leeds fans who had heckled him. The confidence seemed to return to the City side but we all know a goal lead is no good with our knack of conceding late. Murphy took the ball in one attack and I shouted “Take it to the corner Joe waste time” we still had over an hour to go. City were looking comfortable as Norwood played the simple ball well, Deegan was full of running and McSheffrey was making a nuisance of him self whilst up front Platt was winning everything, knock down balls and laying them off to his team mates and has seemed to have developed an understanding with Nimely. It couldn’t last as Leeds responded they had a couple of efforts on goal but not on target then in the 31st minute McCormack rode three weak challenges as he bust into the box and beat Murphy to his left, the keeper was none too happy about the defending and no one could blame him, for me that makes a change. City had to start again and soon we won a corner. “You the sh** of the Championship” sang the Leeds fans but half way through repeating the song Platt met the corner and a defender cleared the ball off the line. Norwood then had a long range shot to goal before Platt beat the keeper with a header but it went wide.

Half time and yet again results seemed to be going for us as the fan invited to win a season ticket embarrassed himself by putting the ball wide from the penalty spot as we saw Sheff score his on the scoreboard.

Second half the atmosphere was still good as the half got underway. Pugh just fired over from range as they attacked the end the great unwashed from Yorkshire were housed. At our end City put in a move almost worthy of Barcelona as Platt won the ball squared it to McSheffrey he played a clever chip to Baker in the area but he poked wide as the keeper closed him down. It was an entertaining game as both sides went looking for a goal and it was on the whole well run by Mr Miller in the middle. City were slowly gaining the upper hand as Leeds caretaker manager Neil Redfern rang the changes to cope. McSheffrey was brought down leading to a free kick the Cov kid took it and it was deflected for a corner. Baker who had been quiet up to now started to get the better of the full back as City started to look more likely to score the winner than Leeds. City were looking firm at the back with Cranie and Keogh their normal selves Christie looking strong and raiding well and the one I thought could be the weak link Clarke did seem to be coping well at left back. One attack was broken up at the back by Keogh and he set off on a “Konjic” style run up the field before a desperate Leeds player brought him down for a free kick Norwood took the kick but put it wide. It was a familiar story this season City on top but can’t score and the opposition could score at any time despite not looking like they would. Nimely then went down and needed treatment but thankfully it wasn’t serious and he could continue. With eight minutes of normal time to go Leeds made a sub to hold out for a point off went McCormick now this really angered the away fans as they booed the decision and chanted the name of their former manger Grayson, by the reaction it looks like Neil Redfern will not get the manager’s job permanently. City were ending by for the stronger as Leeds held on a good exchange between Nimely and Baker saw the midfielder pick McSheffrey out wide whose header from a narrow angle went wide. Then McSheffrey bust through for a free run on goal but Mr Miller blew a little too early for a foul, oh for the Rugby Union rules of play on until there is no advantages. City kept going forward as a ball was pumped over to McSheffrey in an off side position but The Tree raced over to take the ball and keep the attack going. Minutes later Baker dribbled into the area and had a strong appeal for a penalty but nothing given “the referee will not give us two penalties in a game” I exclaimed. With our record of conceding late I was always nervous of a counter-attack no matter how well the defence were playing. At our end Sheff wriggled his way wide down the right he cut inside the box and drew defenders as he was tackled he squared the ball to Nimely who had an open net but stretching just put the ball wide, a real head in the hands moment. Into injury time Leeds won a corner on their left the one we tend to concede from in injury time but not this time a the ball was cleared and it fell to Nimely deep in the other half of the pitch. The little forward surged forward beating a player and entering the box he beat another before teeing the ball up on his left and White stuck out a leg and brought him down a stonewall penalty and Mr Miller gave it. I didn’t want to watch the kick and started to pace up and down the empty row were I sat it seemed to take ages before penalty was ready as I said “This could be one of the most important penalties in our history, no pressure Gary.” I managed to watch the kick as Sheff coolly beat the keeper to make it 2-1 with mad celebration around ¾ of the ground Sheff was booked for taking his shirt off in celebration, a stupid rule. City held on for the remaining two minutes before Mr Miller blew and we were not longer “The sh** of the Championship” and who knows by Friday we might even be out of the drop zone altogether with a trip to 2nd bottom Forest on the cards.

Man of the Match
Pick and three from six with the rest playing their part
1st Clive Platt The Tree was immense winning everything, holding the ball up and bringing his teammates into the game.
2nd Gary McSheffrey always threatened and the coolest head in the crowd
3rd Alex Nimely never stopped running a real nightmare for defenders
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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2011/12   Mon Feb 13, 2012 3:07 am

Reading VS Coventry City

There was a lot to look forward too, first off it was Rachel’s birthday last Monday so she brought the cakes for the journey and I was planning a Chinese take away when I got home unfortunately there also was a match to attend. I was expecting a forward or two to come on loan but as normal nothing happened. The injury list shorten with the surprise return of Cyrus Christie who should have been on the Championship’s short list for apprentice of the season ahead of Bigirimana who seems to have disappeared from the squad. AT didn’t have much choice in the line up that was in goal Murphy, the back four Christie, Keogh, Cranie and Wood with Clingan, Deegan, McSheffrey and making his first start Norwood. Up front we had Nimely and Platt. This was support the team day organised by “Save Our City” and it was a good turn out that made plenty of noise. To prove football fans have fewer rights then anyone else fans were searched for balloons with “Sisu out” printed on them!

City made a decent start against a team pushing for a play off place. It was only the 7th minute then not for the first time this season a defender was injured, off went Wood on came our 4th choice left back Clarke who had to mark the dangerous Kebe. Deegan tried his luck from distance with a long-range shot before The Royals started to get more of the ball. Then a neat back heel saw Kebe free in the area he tried to curl the ball Murphy looked like he was confident the ball was going wide by not trying to stop it so it was to some amazement when the ball ended up in the back of the net. A very bad mistake by the keeper who had now gone 60 weeks with out a clean sheet away in the league, he might be dropped one day. City heads dropped as Reading started to control the game. The referee Mr Coote was having a good game overall but should of booked a Reading player when he was tackled but went down holding his face. With Platt having a poor game up front it was a surprise when he read a back pass and beat Federici to the ball The Tree was in a wide position but looked favourite to score but instead of shooting he played the ball back to McSheffrey who had a defender on him and the chance was gone. Radio Berkshire presented by former City player Adie Williams reported, “Platt doesn’t look like he has a goal in him”. Reading went close from a corner before Nimely got a shot on target with an overhead kick. Murphy was back to his worse as he struggled with a simple cross under no pressure. Two minutes before half time a corner sailed over Murphy to Connelly totally unmarked to score on his debut. Half time City losing as Murphy done his angry towel pulling we have seen several times this season as he edged closer to his third Championship relegation.

City fans had been in fine voice in the first half as Reading fans were almost as quiet as Ipswich fans are at home. The atmosphere in the away end was good despite someone dismantling the advertising boards at the back of the stands and passing them overhead to other City fans. One song was “Going down and still singing” to the tune of Tom Harks. City did improve in the second half pushing Reading back but lack ideas. AT then acted early by taking of Clingan and bringing on Bell it didn’t make much difference. With Norwood hardly noticed and Deegan lacking bite it was only McSheffrey looked capable from deep until Deegan played a great ball to Nimely who bust clear of the defence and shot towards the back of the net how Fedrici kept it out I’m not sure even the Aussie keeper knew how he kept it out but it was one of the best saves of the season. Minutes later McSheffrey tried his luck from distance and placed his ball in the top corner until Fedrici dived to save again. City were now looking far better as Platt was winning more of the ball and Nimely was buzzing everywhere a real handful. The loan forward had another couple of efforts before AT threw on Baker for Deegan. Then Nimely turned smartly on the edge of the area and Fedrici got down low for another great save. I then complained to the Reading bench that it’s unfair having such a good keeper against us whilst we had to put up with Murphy. Minutes later Nimely must of though he had ran over a cat and broken several mirrors as he finally beat the keeper only to see the ball cleared off the line. There were no more scares as City were booed off at the end the need for a target man and can score a couple of goals now is a must.

Man of the Match
1st Alex Nimely Unanimous vote in the car
2nd Richard Keogh See most reports
3rd Gary McSheffrey Second only to Nimely in goal threat.
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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2011/12   Wed Feb 01, 2012 10:35 pm

Blackpool Vs Coventry City

On the coldest night of the season we went to Blackpool a place that is normally cold in the summer. It was also bizarrely transfer deadline day and we heard on the way up that O’Donovan had gone to Hibernian, which says a lot for Scottish football. Arriving at Blackpool we appreciated the changes that have been made to the ground with a roof now covering the away side and steady improvements around the ground and charging us £2 less for entry. The first thing we did was to see the team warming up and was pleasantly surprise to see the likes of Keogh, Cranie and Clingan out there so we hadn’t sold any of them. The line up was in goal Murphy, with Christie, Keogh, Cranie and Hdreidarsson in defence the midfield was Deegan, Clingan, Thomas and McSheffrey with Platt and Nimely up front.

Bloomfield Road is one of many unlucky grounds for us, as we haven’t won there since the 1920’s. City attacked the main home end in the first half and one other thing has changed since out last visit, the pervious times we had been here Blackpool fans created a great atmosphere but tonight they were like most home fans fairly quiet. Meanwhile the City fans were in fine voice. It was even early on as City tried to pass as Blackpool went slightly more direct. After eight minutes City won a corner and Thomas had a golden opportunity but his shot was blocked, Blackpool broke quickly and Murphy had to dive to concede a corner. In fact it was a bit like Blackpool were the away side attempting to catch City on the counter attack. The game was ok in entertainment terms but the away fans amused themselves with old songs, like “We all dream of a team of Gary Breens.” Some City fans started to argue with each other over which team was better Rangers or Celtic we soon shut them up with our opinion on Scottish football. On the pitch The Tangerines and Blackpool fans do not believe the word Orange exists, broke in another counter when Stephen Crainey swung in a great cross ball to a forward he beat Murphy but Christie had taken up a great position on the goal line to clear. In the closing minutes of the half City finally got some shots on Gilks in the Seasiders goal when McSheffrey tried from distance and then Nimely swivelled in the area but could only shoot straight at the keeper. Half time the old familiar no goals.

Second half the “Andy Thorne Sky Bluer Army” chant was sung long and loud. City were still the equal of Blackpool as we tried to carve out an opening they only trouble was we seemed to totally rely on Christie to do this and that tended to be too predictable. Still City were working hard all over the pitch with Nimely closing down anything that moved at the back and the defence winning the battle against the home forwards. McSheffrey had a shot pushed wide for a corner as City attacked. City kept up the pressure when a right wing cross caused panic in the home end they failed to clear the ball and Nimely fought for it and the ball ran loose to Thomas who rolled it in for his first goal for the club. As you might guess there was mad celebrations in the away side of the ground. This meant we were off the bottom of the league as the song went up “Were winning away, you must be s***, were winning away”. Thomas then attempted to curl one into the top corner but couldn’t get enough bend on the ball. With Cranie and his fellow defenders controlling the Blackpool forwards the home manager the character that is Ian Holloway threw on veteran goal scorer Kevin Phillips. The momentum started to change as City were pushed back and then on came Bednar for his Blackpool debut replacing Paul Ince’s son. Now with three up front Blackpool were all out attack as Phillips scored but the linesman had long put his flag up for off side. Then Blackpool missed a sitter as a player only had Murphy to beat but for some reason squared the ball before another player missed an easy header. I just wanted the game to end as Blackpool were encamped in our half. Then minutes from the end Hdreidarsson who had been solid throughout the game slipped allowing the winger through he squared the ball to Kevin Phillips who scored against City. City fans were stunned another late goal as Murphy who had now gone 57 weeks since his last away clean sheet grappled with Gary Phillips and Coventry born Ian Evatt for the ball the referee Mr Mohareb who had a decent game booked all three. AT then made a strange change off went Nimely and on came Wood as City switched to five at the back. Wood went up for a corner but it came to nothing. Clingan then had a blast that produced a good save from Gilks. Deep into injury time Murphy came out to punch the ball under a challenge something he had done all through the game successfully but this time he got nowhere near the ball, the ball was played back in for Taylor-Fletcher to poke home to break everyone’s hearts.

So another defeat more late goals, decent performance and great backing by the fans that could sum up our away season we need to star picking up points away from home if we are to have any chance of staying up. Paul dropped us off in Cov at 12.30 where my green car had changed colour to white, after defrosting and dropping “fan of the year” and Rachel off got home at 1.

Man of the Match
The scoreboard at Blackpool gave it to Crainey, which was close as
1st Martin Cranie we gave it to his Coventry almost name sake
2nd Richard Keogh still here thankfully and offered a new contract
3rd Alex Nimely All those skilful attacking idea hasn’t been coached out off him yet

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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2011/12   Mon Jan 23, 2012 2:29 am

Coventry City Vs Middlesbrough

Finally City had some reinforcements in a game we had to win. Middlesbrough were without new signing Jutkiewicz either down to a gentleman’s agreement between Thorn and Mowbray or the board only allowing him to be sold if Middlesbrough didn’t play him today. AT decided at last to change the formation and went for an attacking 4-3-3. The team was in goal Murphy, with Christie, Keogh, Cranie and new boy, if at 38 you could be called new Hermann Hdreidarsson. In midfield we had Thomas, Clingan and Deegan leaving McSheffrey, Platt and the second debutant Alex Tchuimeni-Nikmley from now on referred to as Nimely, thankfully.

The fourth placed club started the brighter and should of opened the scoring in the first minute when a cross was flicked on to McDonald who was unmarked in the box but the forward could only get a slight touch on the ball sending it to a static Murphy. This set the pattern for the early part of the game as the visitors held the upper hand. City did have a chance as McSheffrey fired over from a Platt knock down. Middlesbrough won a series of corners most of them dealt with well but one corner wasn’t properly cleared and the ball went back in a mistake by Hdreidarsson saw a shot on target that Murphy gathered in the second time of asking. The new Icelander already looked out of breath as Boro kept up the pressure. Hdreidarsson proved why he been given the nickname “The Hermannator” when the number 18 had to go off for treatment after a tussle with the defender. Then Murphy pulled off an excellent save tipping a powerful Bennett drive over the bar. Finally City were getting into the game as Platt started to win the headers and feeding his two little striking partners. Christie was then sent in the air by a very bad tackle by Thompson the referee Mr Sutton could of easily sent the player off but a yellow card seemed the correct punishment. City were looking better when Platt nodded down a long ball for McSheffrey the forward exchanged passes with Nimely before the top scorer bust through on goal and beat Coyne to fire City a goal up. This was a historic goal for the forward, as he became the 10th highest scorer in our history. With City fans still buzzing about the goal Thompson left his foot in on McSheffrey and he could have no complaints as the referee showed him his second yellow card followed by a red. Despite the decision being clear-cut referees sometimes subconsciously try to level thing up and he was quick to book Deegan. As the rain came down City led at half time.

With results going against us, City winning and the opposition down to ten men City had to win the game. AT took off Deegan before he was sent off and brought on Bell. The second half City seemed full of confidence as Bell fired well over when he should of done better close to the goal. Nimely was proving to be a right hand full. Ten minutes into the half McSheffrey wriggled past Williams who brought him down as he was heading towards the box, another booking. Clingan took the free kick that was knocked into the air Nimely timed his header to perfection directing the ball into the net and despite a clearance the ball looked over. I looked over to the linesman who had already flagged for a goal. Nimely who failed to score in ten games on loan for Middlesbrough had opened his account for City an air of inevitability about it. City fans still were admiring a rare two-goal lead when Nimely played in Bell he whipped in a driving cross toward Platt. “The Tree” couldn’t connect but a defender behind him deflected the ball into the net for 3-0. City fans were in delirium it was Barnsley 15 months ago the last time we scored three at home. Middlesbrough needed a goal quick and it arrived when Emnes crossed and McDonald beat Murphy to make it 3-1. Tony Mowbray threw on three players to go all out for a result. Murphy had to be alert to fend off a shot at his near post. AT changed things up front taking off the hard working Platt and brining on Eastwood to whose ovation mystified many. One of Eastwood’s first actions was to impede Nimely wide in the area. City now more likely to add to score than concede as Nimely put in a clever step over before releasing a rampaging Christie for a run on goal but the full back couldn’t score his first goal for the club as Coyne denied him. Then Bell placed a superb pass over the head of a defender straight to Nimely, the forward controlled it first time before cutting inside the defender and forced a good save from Coyne. As the game entered injury time a frustrated Acra threw himself into a two footed tackle on Clingan he didn’t hit the City midfielder but sliding in both feet in the air these days means a red card and Middlesbrough were down to nine. Minutes later the whistle went and we could celebrate out third home league victory in a row.

Man of the match
1st Alex Nimely: A livewire all day
2nd Clive Platt Won everything in the air
3rd Gary McSheffrey Yet more headaches for Middlesbrough
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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2011/12   Mon Jan 16, 2012 3:10 am

Derby County Vs Coventry City

The day started with the news that Jutkiewicz had gone to Middlesbrough on an “emergency” loan, which makes a mockery of the loan system if a team like Middlesbrough need an emergency forward meanwhile his replacement will not be available until Monday yet another Sisu triumph. Since we never put in a contract that a player we sold cannot play against us AT rang Middlesbrough’s boss Tony Mowbray to plead with him not to play Jutkiewicz in next week’s fixture against City and Mowbray gave him his word he wouldn’t. Going to Derby is never a chore, just up the road and when you reach Pride Park there are plenty of places to eat and drink around the ground. After a coffee we heard other players were on the verge of leaving both Cranie and Christie were being watched whilst Clingan was reported to be on his way to Leeds, Keogh to West Ham and McDonald to Swindon. When the CWR reporter told AT about McDonald after the game the manager seemed shocked and totally depressed. AT had to make changes and one was a real surprise as Eastwood returned to the bench the first team had players recovering late on to play the team was in goal was Murphy the back Christie, Keogh, McPake and Cranie with Thomas, Clingan, Baker and Deegan in midfield leaving McSheffrey and Platt up front.

We were allowed to bring in “Sisu out” banners into the ground and two were to be put up at the back until the chief steward ordered us to hand them over. City fans protested and after pointing out Derby fans were allowed to put flags up the steward allowed the banners to go up but at the front of the stand were no supports were everyone was happy with the compromise. City were in the away tops of green and black but had to wear white shorts because the normal black shorts clash with Derby’s shorts, doesn’t anyone check these things out? City started attacking the far end in the first half. City were edging the early exchanges in a not very good game. Both teams looked solid at the back as the forward gained little change. Platt was winning most of his headers but the County players were keeping McSheffrey quiet as the forward wasn’t playing as well has he had done since moving up front. City had to defend several corners in which Murphy and his teammates did with little trouble. It was more interesting in the away end as Paul started a song “best program in the league” as the City programme had just been voted best in the Championship. A few surprising songs sprang up as “Lily the pink” by Scaffold was given an airing and I thought most fans were too young to sing, “just can’t get enough” by Depeche Mode. Another song I never heard before but I guess was one form the 70’s was “West End agro”. The game itself then saw Christie whip in a great cross Fielding push it wide leaving Platt to fire into the side netting, then Fielding saved from McSheffrey. Derby rallied a touch near the end of the half but without troubling City half and for the 14th time this season it was scoreless.

As we now know City can only play well in one half and it seemed the same again as Derby pushed us back early in the second. City rode out the pressure and were soon hitting back but with Platt now under control there didn’t look much hope of a goal. The other end the back four were defending well that is until McPake went down with twenty minutes to go the big defender was forced off with yet another injury. With only one recognised left back at the club and injured AT was force to throw on Jordan Clarke for his first game in ages. This meant we had four Coventry kids on the field three from Coundon. At the other end City won a free kick and Clingan delivered an inch perfect ball to McSheffrey he headed it towards the top corner only to see Fielding pull off a brilliant save. Unfortunately his lack of games and playing at left back it was the sub who couldn’t stop a counter attacked finished by Ball beating Murphy to give the play off hopefuls the lead. Later on Twitter Clarke apologised for the goal but it not easy coming off the bench to play out of position. The goal gave everyone a sinking feeling, as we are the lowest goal scorers in the division. AT took of Platt and threw on Eastwood who spent the rest of the game with no one willing to pass to him just like McDonald. Derby comfortably saw out the game.

It was the same old pattern play quiet well fail to score and get punished late on the only crumb of comfort was most of our rivals received a hammering which means our goal difference is significantly superior. Managed to hear most of the CWR phone on the way home.

Man the match
1st Richard Keogh Even if he goes he is still player of the season
2nd Carl Baker Worked hard in midfield to create something
3rd Martin Cranie Left back or centre back looked solid.
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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2011/12   Sun Jan 08, 2012 8:17 am

FA Cup Coventry City Vs Southampton

It was one of the least attractive ties of the 3rd Round but at least 1,000 more fans turned up for the 3rd Round last season. It was the day of the big protest around the “Chin” as it is know and according to the protesters there were 300-400 at kick off and it made it onto Sky Sports News so it can be called a success. Most fans were however inside the ground and a weird moment when the team marched in the 1987 kit I half expected Brian Kilcline to be at the back. AT made changes with Jutkiewicz failing a fitness test on his back he was ruled out the surprise was at the other end of the pitch for almost the whole season and many wanted Dunn to replace Murphy but after his two solid home performances and excellent form at West Ham most wanted to keeper the Irish keeper in goal. The line up was Dunn in goal the back four were Christie, Keogh, Cranie and Wood with Thomas, Bigirimana, Deegan and Baker in midfield leaving McSheffrey and the surprise return of O’Donovan up front.

City attacked the away end in the first half as a “Sisu Out” banner was laid out in the stands nothing unusual in that but this one was in the away end maybe Southampton showing some symphony for us as they nearly brought in Sisu to run their club but thought better of it. City started fairly well with O’Donovan had a shot deflected. Five minutes gone and a deep cross from Christie was headed on by Bigirimana and McSheffrey volleyed the ball home to fire City into an early lead. What protesters around “The Chin” thought about the early goal is anyone’s guess. The Saints not at full strength hit back and penned City in our own half for a while. After that period City were looking good as Wood went close from a corner. City were helped by The Saints 2nd choice keeper who looked one of the nervous custodians I have ever seen. The main tormentor of the league leaders was McSheffrey who looked dangerous and showed great skill in constantly beating defenders. City were looking solid at the back and so was Dunn in the goal. Up front City needed a second goal and almost got one when Wood beat the keeper from a corner but his shot was cleared off the line. Half time City lead by a goal.

City kept up the pressure early in the second half with another Coventry kid Christie looking dangerous down the right. Being a goal up is always dangerous even when you look the better side and just after the hour mark Ward-Prowse was left unmarked to knock the ball in from a cross. This gave The Saints a big lift. AT made changes off went O’Donovan who worked hard but is out of his depth but the manager didn’t have any alternatives and on came 6th choice forward Jeffers. Thomas had a good shot just over the bar as the tie could of gone either way. As the minutes ticked on the away side looked more in control. Hussey then replaced Wood at left back. The referee Mr Webster who had been good up to now started to give things Southampton’s whilst the linesman on the left side of the pitch failed to flag on several occasions when a foul throw was made. Then from a corner Martins headed on their seemed to be a delayed celebration with the Saints crowd maybe a mistake by Dunn but the led. AT threw on Ruffles for Bigirimana as he was running out of options on the bench being only able to name 6 players. Southampton looked comfortable as they played out time leaving City to concentrate on the league the next time we play the Saints will be the last game of the season.

Man of the Match
1st Gary McSheffrey Shame he wasn’t played up front from the start.
2nd Cyrus Christie Sometimes had two or three players to beat and normally got past one of them
3rd Richard Keogh Is it possible to leave him out of Man of the Matches for long?

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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2011/12   Tue Jan 03, 2012 10:27 pm

West ham United Vs Coventry City

So down to “the smoke” for the first game of the year and for once travelling to Upton Park was quite easy using car and tube. We chatted to locals in an East End café and they said how impressive Keogh was against them at The Rioch. We enter the ground maybe for the last time ever as The Hammers are planning to move to even more inaccessible part of London after the Olympics. Before the game Kev received another fan of the year award this time was the Joseph Wratton award for disabled fan of the year. The first team of the year was in goal Murphy, the back four were Cranie, Keogh, Wood and Hussey with Bell, Deegan, Baker and Thomas in midfield leaving McSheffrey and Jutkiewicz up front. Before the game bubbles were released and floated around the ground and with a full ground and close to the home fans there was a great atmosphere I can’t see the Olympic Stadium being as good.

City attacked Sir Trevor Brooking in the first half, which is the name of the stand the away fans were in. Early on Jutkiewicz was knocked to the ground twice the second time he seemed to hurt his back and couldn’t run at full speed he complained to the referee Mr Hooper who had a decent game. City had a couple of attempts early on with Hussey going the closest but West Ham looked the better side. At the Rioch they were very direct but at home they played some better football. City were fighting hard all over the pitch to prevent The Hammers totally dominating with a team that should really walk this division. Deegan put in a great block with a biting talk to prevent a goal before Murphy pulled off a good save. City were looking threatening on the break with McSheffrey trying to run forward and Jutkiewicz covering the ground despite clearly not moving at a hundred per cent. West Ham kept up the pressure and a long rang shot by McCartney seemed to be swerving and dipping beyond Murphy but the Irish custodian somehow twisted back and saved the shot. At the other end Jutkiewicz put a header wide before the home side put in another spell of pressure. Near the end of the half McSheffrey made a great break and it took an excellent last-ditch tackle by Noble to prevent a shot on goal. More pressure before the break but City held on well for the familiar half time score of 0-0. The local radio reported that West Ham were playing better but were worried by City’s counter attacks.

Jutkiewicz headed over early on in the second half before The Hammers took control. The pressure mounted as Baldock fired wide. Then from a corner somehow Murphy kept the ball out he was sprightly enough to keep the rebound out as well a great piece of keeping. Just after the hour mark on the blind side of the referee a United player was brought down in the box thankfully the officials missed it. Minutes later a cross was flicked on and Nolan arrived to head the ball back past Murphy to give the home side the lead. AT changed things around off went Deegan who was on yet another yellow card on came Bigirimana and off limped Jutkiewicz to be replaced by Shaun Jeffers. Playing teams like West is difficult enough but when you have on paper your five first choices forwards out it’s almost impossible. Murphy saved again to keep the City in the game. As West Ham tired City went looking for a goal Jeffers put a header wide but a Hussey shot swerved at the last moment and hit the crossbar. In the end it was a narrow defeat but results went against us and we hit bottom again.

The main talking point on the tube back to Upminster was who was this guy that replaced Murphy in goal surly not the same dodgy keeper we had for most of the season.

Man of the Match
1st Joe Murphy Unanimous vote with 9 out of 10 from everyone
2nd Richard Wood Played well
3rd Connor Thomas Looks good in front of the back four
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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2011/12   Sun Jan 01, 2012 10:25 pm

Coventry City Vs Brighton and Hove Albion

So Brighton were in town for the last game of the year and another victory was vital. Before the game the strongest rumour yet circulated about a take over in the next week went around the ground. The game itself saw Brighton winning the award late on for the worst strip of the year a horrid florescent green and black stripe number that only a handful of the away support bothered wearing. Brighton were hit by suspensions and injuries whilst City only had three forward out, four if you include Eastwood so AT sent out the side that played the majority of the time in the victory against Bristol. In goal was Murphy with Christie, Keogh, Wood and Cranie in defence. With Baker, Thomas, Bell and Deegan in midfield leaving Jutkiewicz and McSheffrey up front.

Just before we kicked off we realised a victory would take us off the bottom of the table as Doncaster had just lost heavily away to Watford. The Seagulls haven’t scored for four games but they took the game to City early on attacking the Telegraph Stand. MacKail-Smith as anyone might expect was the danger man as our midfield struggled to gain control. Thankfully the defence were keeping tabs on the Albion players who went down very easily and the referee Mr Haywood was just awful, but then again before the game CWR suggested he maybe a good ref and that is always the kiss of death. City finally started to make inroads at the other end as Christie knocked in a cross and a Jutkiewicz header was blocked near the line. A lively McSheffrey tried his luck from distance before Brighton took control again. They won three corners in a row each one a debatable decision. Wood then had lengthy treatment for a clash of heads before thankfully he was fit to play on. At the other end Deegan fired one wide in what was a fairly dull encounter. Brighton won another debatable free kick level to the City area just after the half hour mark, the kick was taken but it was poor Deegan intercepted the ball and played it in front of McSheffrey. Sheff took off up the field on a run suddenly it opened up for him and he raced on to the edge of the area before shooting the ball flew past Ankergren in the Brighton goal to spark off celebrations around the ground, it was really turning the clock but for the forward that put him level with Cyrille Regis in the goal scoring charts. This gave City a boost in confidence and the midfield finally started to get a grip as City looked better. City led at half time for only the third time this season.

Half time entertainment saw an elephant beat a cigarette in a race to the half way line I wasn’t the only one to final this real surreal.

Now we needed a second goal to clam everyone down and City went looking for the goal early on as Baker forced a good save from the otherwise dodgy Ankergram in the Brighton goal. Then McSheffrey got the ball on the left and whipped in a perfect cross Jutkiewicz beat the defender and a scrambling keeper at the far post to make it two. This meant that Juke Box had equalled last season’s goal tally before the New Year. This is some achievement since it seems he has a defender on his back every game and today was no different as defender’s pulled and pushed the forward all over the field with no protection from the officials. City now were really playing well and it was a great team effort with everyone playing their part right from the back with Murphy catching everything up to the front two. The Seagulls’ boss Gus Poyet had to make changes and he sent on the very quick Lualua who caused Christie some problems early on until the fullback fouled him and picked up a deserved booking but after that he seemed to have the better of the battle. Then City carved out another chance as the ball fell to Deegan unmarked in the but The Pit Bull didn’t realise he had the time and volleyed the ball over. Minutes later Jutkiewicz had a drive tipped over the bar as City went looking for a third. AT then took off Deegan who had ran himself into the ground the Irishman could be in danger of becoming a cult figure with the City fans if he keeps up his form, on came Bigirimana. Jutkiewicz then went down in the area after what looked like an elbow but nothing was given. Near injury time Keogh pulled off a brilliant tackle from behind to prevent a shot on goal and for once City fans could relax a little in injury time before the referee brought an end to the football year.

So City were off the bottom and five points from safety with real optimism relegation can be avoided as long as we don’t sell our top players.

Man of the Match
1st Gary McSheffrey back up front back to the McSheffrey of old
2nd Lucas Jutkiewicz literally a real handful for defenders
2nd Richard Keogh mister consistancy
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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2011/12   Tue Dec 27, 2011 10:46 pm

Coventry City Vs Bristol City
So on Boxing Day City faced one of the biggest games for years as fourth from Bristol City visited The Rioch. It has been over thirty years since Bristol lost in Coventry but nothing but a home win would do for the Sky Blues. AT had forward injury problems and changed the formation to 4-5-1 the team was in goal Murphy with Christie, Keogh, Wood and Hussey at the back, Bell, Bigirimana, Baker, Thomas and McSheffrey leaving Jutkiewicz up front. Now I do not like a lone forward but in Jutkiewicz we have a player that can play their well.

The Robbins were first to show, well it was Christmas. They attacked the Telegraph end as the tricky Admoah wriggled past Hussey and fired into the side netting. City continued to struggle and after ten minutes Admoah was free in the area a as he tried to control the ball Wood flew with a superb tackle. The tackle took out Admoah and the away fans appealed for a penalty but we had a great view of the tackle and it was perfectly timed thankfully the referee Mr Gibbs also had a good view and didn’t point to the spot. Bristol kept up the pressure as they ran midfield and were out passing City. One thing I wanted from the attack was quality crosses to test out Calamity James in the goal and after twenty minutes we got two first Christie crossed from the right and Hussey returned it form the left Baker dived in and somehow put the ball wide from close in. Jutkiewicz then put in a cross but the Robbins’ defence cleared. Minutes later McSheffrey went down a little to easily and the referee again waved away penalty appeals. After the mini revival it was soon all Bristol again as they were encamped in our area. Hussey was being exposed down the left trying to keep tabs on Admoah and sometimes having to mark two players. Wood then went close from a corner but his effort was cleared as James was beaten. Maynard is Bristol’s top scorer but he is likely to leave in the New Year and he looked like he was thinking of pastures new but had a chance on the half hour mark but his curler was deflected wide with Keogh on the post. Minutes later it was Keogh again blocking out Maynard wide. Bristol kept the pressure and it only seemed a matter of time. They won a series of corners and it took several brave blocks by the central defenders to stop them scoring. Half time no goals for the 12th time this season many City fans revealed that things were leave and surprised Bristol hadn’t scored.

We always play better in the second half it seems as AT made tactical changes of went Hussey for Cameron and on came Deegan to add bite into midfield for Bigirimana. City changed back to the diamond formation with McSheffrey going up front. First action of the second half saw Deegan booked for a off the ball foul as the “Pitbull” showed his teeth. The visitors still looked the better side as twice they missed great chances with only Murphy to beat. Slowly City got back into the game as the midfield started to take control with Thomas looking like he is finally leaving up to his hype Deegan doing the simple things well and Bell and Baker putting in a surprising amount of work. James was forced into his first real save after Baker and tried his luck from distance. City were using the flanks well as Bell showed some neat skill cutting in and shooting over. Then McSheffrey was played through by Deegan but failed to test the keeper with his shot despite that the local lad was working hard up front as Jutkiewicz was leading the leading superbly. Bristol made changes off went Maynard to loud booing from the away end and on came former City loanee Stead. Bell then had a shot deflected wide before Murphy saved from Admoah. With twenty minutes to go City won a free kick on the left, McSheffrey took it and Keogh under pressure in the area could only deflect the ball out but Deegan was waiting there and he hit the ball first time past James to spark off mad celebrations all around the home sections. The midfielder sprinted over to Andy Thorn to celebrate with the boss to prove there wasn’t any animosity between them when Deegan was left out of the Peterborough squad. Bristol hit back immediately as Murphy saved a shot the rebound was fired back in but by that time the keeper had got to his feet and saved again. Deegan had another shot this time over as he looked for another goal and his goal ratio is goof in every six games for a defensive midfielder. Christie then went down with what looked like cramp when he was in a good position to cross he was replaced by McPake with Keogh switching to right back. Time ticked on and City fans grew increasingly nervous. Minutes to go in normal Murphy got down really well to smoother a shot. I am a big critic of the keeper but he had his best game of the season with good saves and assured handling and on only a faction of the wages of David James. City ran down the clock sensibly, as the officials seemed to play two minutes too much but in the end the whistle went and City fans could celebrate Christmas with renewed hope.

Man of the Match
For once a real tough choice so I will cheat and name 5 men of the match any other midfielder Christie or the front two could of also been nominated. .
1st Richard Wood the tackle alone deserves the award
2nd = Joe Murphy keep up the good form
2nd = Richard Keogh Vital blocks same old Keogh
3rd Gary Deegan Pitbull changed the game
Connor Thomas Best game for City?
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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2011/12   Sun Dec 18, 2011 10:55 pm

Peterborough United Vs Coventry City

For the 2nd away game in a row we visited a ground that looked like it was from a different era but unlike the dump that is Fratton Park London Road has character. With terraces and not too far away it was a game we normally look forward to not being put off by the cold weather. The last time we visited London Road we won 1-0 to put us on the verge of the play offs things have changed. The big rumour on the terracing was that Gary Hoffman would put in a take over bid to take over the club between 7 to 10 days time lets hope so. The team was in goal Murphy with Christie, Keogh, Wood and Hussey in defence with Bell, Gardner, Thomas and McSheffrey in midfield leaving the only two fit senior forwards of Jutkiewicz and Platt up front.

The game kicked off with City attacking the far end as “Sisu out” banners were shown on the terracing. Plenty of Sisu Out chants as well filled London Road early on. Also Ken Delieu came in for plenty of abuse despite the fact that a strong rumour that he had resigned. About nine minutes into the game stewards approached the fans with one of the banners and tried to remove it suddenly their was angry reactions from the City fans and pushing started and some fans raced forward for the confrontation the steward looked shocked and scared by the reaction and there was a stand off eventually the retreated and consulted the local police on what to do the law seemed to say “let them keep the banners they are doing no harm”. Back to the game, which was quite entertaining, as Posh also used the diamond but were exact opposites of City as they can’t defend but score goals for fun. Both sides got forward well and it was Thomas the first to test Lewis who saved. Platt and Jutkiewicz both headed wide as they had a steady stream of quality crosses from the fullbacks to feed upon. City were looking solid at the back with Wood and Keogh combining well. Peterborough’s Tomlin then had a good shot just over the crossbar from distance. The first half ended goalless and Radio Cambridgeshire were complimentary about The Sky Blues saying they passed well and looked confident whilst The Posh looked disjointed.

Second half saw City attack the end with the terracing that the City fans were in. City looked even better in the second half and soon a corner was headed on by Bell and it struck a Posh player a penalty appeal went up but to me it look like it struck his head and if it was his hand it would have been ball to hand and not the other way around. The referee Mr Brown and his assistants were having a good game. City were looking dangers as Jutkiewicz did well to find room and had a snap shot on the turn that Lewis saved. We sang the “got no mates” song to Lewis and in a break in play the keeper turn and applauded the song. City kept coming forward as Hussey tried his luck from distance but Lewis caught the ball. Peterborough counter attacked and Murphy parried a powerful drive but being City the ball didn’t go out of play or cleared by a defender the ball fell to a Posh player he squared it to Sinclair who buried it in the top corner. Murphy will now go a whole year without an away clean sheet in the league but he couldn’t be faulted for the goal. “Your not fit to run the club” song was aimed at the directors whilst the fans were given great support as normal. City kept pressing as Keogh went close and then Wood hook one over in a scramble when he might have done better. Finally AT made a change but it was slightly surprising that Bell went off and not McSheffrey, on came Bigirimana and he pepped things up. The sub founded Gardner and the loan player couldn’t get enough power into the shot minutes later the same happened with Gael passing to Gardner and the loan player was unmarked in the area with only Lewis to beat but could only hit the post. The away fans had their heads in their hands. “That’s why were going down,” I thought. City kept attacking with Christie causing no end of trouble down the right one occasion he cut in and had a shot it was deflected by a defender but not enough as the ball went out for a corner and not a goal. Later on a Peterborough player had a wild hack at Christie but for once the officials missed the tackle? Late on in the game a Jutkiewicz header from a corner was cleared off the line before a brave last ditch tackle by a defender prevented Platt get a clean strike off in front of goal and that was it.

So Peterborough kept their first clean sheet of the season and City have only won once away in the league this year for only the sixth time. Things look bad but were applauded the team off for the efforts, we need luck and a miracle but the away campaign in 2112 can’t be any worse.

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1st Cyrus Christie Great at the back outstanding going forward
2nd Chris Hussey Similar to Cyrus
3rd Richard Keogh Same old Richard
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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2011/12   Mon Dec 12, 2011 2:18 am

Coventry City Vs Hull City

So the last Saturday home game before Christmas was upon us on a cold day at the Rioch. AT made changes but not the one I wanted as Murphy somehow kept his place the line up was in goal Murphy the back four were Wood, Keogh, Cranie and Cameron with McSheffrey, Gardner, Thomas and Baker in midfield leaving Jutkiewicz and McDonald up front. The big surprise was on the bench as Ken Dulieu demanded a place there. I have watch City since 1979 and in all that time the only member of the board I can remember sitting on the bench as George Curtis in the cup final and that was only because he helped in training. Ken Dulieu nickname with some fans is Ken Deluded and that sounds about right who does he think he is? Pre match vice chairman John Clarke said their maybe a billionaire ready to co invest in the club.
Bad news was Sammy Clingan had a broken toe and would miss the Christmas campaign yet again.

The game itself was very dull early on with Hull not looking any better than City. Ten minutes in and some entertainment as what looks like a planed protest four “Sisu out” banners were raised in four corners of the home sections and “Sisu out” was sung, no action was taken by the stewards. The first real action on the pitch happened when Cameron Stewart put in several stepovers before firing the ball towards the bottom corner Murphy did well to parry the ball away. Baker then shot over before Gardner threw himself into a tackle Hull players immediately surrounded him and demanded a red card but it was a pleasant surprise to see only yellow which looked the right punishment as referee Mr Tierney had a good game. Then a mix up at the back a short pass to Murphy made the keeper panic and he cleared it to a Hull player thankfully he was closed down and Murphy survived still he wouldn’t of been dropped anyway. City had the best chance then as the half was drawing to an end a deep cross from Keogh was headed onto the post by Wood. More entertainment was provided behind us as the local big motuh every stand has one suddenly started to abuse a guy behind me they exchanged swear words and offered to fight each other, one man hurried his two young kids away before the stewards came in to clam things down. The first half ended with no goals but Hull looked slightly the better side.

Before the second half had stared McDonald was in front of the bench the forward had jarred his knee and had to be replaced by Platt. Stewart again looked dangerous shooting wide after a good run. The assistant referee then limped off and was replaced but calls for Dulieu to replace was not taken up. At the other end a Hull player knocked in what I described at the time as a terrible cross but Evans got to it and volleyed past Murphy. AT changed things around by throwing on Bigirimana for a disappointing McSheffrey. The young midfielder had an impact in his passing and control as City started to gain the upper hand. City were now looking better and a good move saw Jutkiewicz in space on the edge of the area but his shot was disappointing then the top scorer header over. A long ball after a corner broke down saw Cameron just fail to reach the ball in the box. Christie was then sent on late for Wood and the Coventry kid fired inches wide after a good run. Another good cross from Baker saw Platt make contact but not enough. The big mouth behind me chanted “Thorn out” whilst his friend tried to explain Thorn has his hands tied by Sisu.

Man of the Match
1st Richard Keogh Please don’t sell him
2nd Nathan Cameron solid
3rd Gael Bigirimana changed the game when he came on








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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2011/12   Mon Dec 05, 2011 10:27 pm

Portsmouth Vs Coventry City
I wanted three changes for today’s game one I got as Christie was rested but the diamond remained and so did Murphy who hasn’t kept a clean sheet away from home in the league since 28th of December 14 games in all. Football can be of contrasts last week we were in the impressive new ground of Brighton today we were in the old fashioned dump that is the home of Portsmouth. Both teams are having difficulties financially and on the pitch as well. AT lined his side up thus in goal Murphy, the back four were Wood, Keogh, Cranie and Cameron in midfield we had Clingan, Gardner, Baker and Bigirimana leaving Jutkiewicz and Platt up front.

Portsmouth attacked toward the away end in the first half and were soon on top matters not helped by Clingan giving the ball away deep in his own half on a couple of occasions early on but thankfully this time no damage was done but this lead to several fans questioning his proposed wages increase to £8,0000 a week. Kitson was the first to have a shot on target forcing Murphy to push the ball away from a powerful shot outside the box. City finally got some passing together forcing a free kick this was taken by Gardner and the effort was just over the bar but apart from that the loan player who looked good at Brighton seemed to have the pass the ball forward ideas knocked out of him in training. We heard later that coach Steve Harrison tells the players to pass the ball six times before it is secure; no wonder teams find it easy to defend against us. Despite Portsmouth looking the better side City looked comfortable at the back until a mix up between Wood and Murphy the ball was loose on the left hand side of the penalty area with Pompey’s Ward trying to reach the ball Murphy had plenty of time to clear or to stand his ground and make the player go past him from a narrow angle but he dived in Ward went over his leg and the referee My Boyeson who had a pretty good game in the middle hesitated before pointed to the spot and no one could really argue about the decision. The City fans went mad at the keeper who messed it up again normally it doesn’t result in a goal but Halford sent him the wrong way 15 away league games without a clean sheet alarm bells ringing Mr Thorn? So yet again we gave the opposition a goal start. Portsmouth who had yet to win under their new boss probably couldn’t wait for this fixture to come quickly enough. City were short of ideas going forward as we are not allowed to knock the ball forward too quickly. News from the Doncaster game meant we were bottom of the league. “We are bottom of the league,” we sang as well as the normal Sisu Out songs. Kitson came close to making it two after just going wide with a shot on the turn. Murphy was receiving ironic cheers every time he touched the ball a player that had been relegated twice from this division before and now could be heading for a hat trick I wonder how many other keepers can claim that record? The half ended with City only a goal down and for the fans to try to squeeze into the ridiculously small toilets or troughs, as they should be called.

We always play better in the 2nd half I hoped as City attacked the away end. Backed by the song “Andy Thorn’s Sky Blue Army” would any other fans back a manager which such a poor record as Andy’s? We deserve much better. Still there was a marked improvement as Clingan passed forward more and the fullbacks found more room, Keogh occasional cut inside on roaming runs as Wood stuck to the left hoping to knock in a good cross. Nine minutes into the half a good move saw some incisive passing as Clingan found Wood on the left the defender then whipped in a great cross Jutkiewicz attacked the ball making a great contact first time and sending the ball into the net in front of the jubilant away support, it was a very good goal. Jukebox had netted his 8th goal of the campaign only one behind last season’s total. City were lifted by the goal and went looking for more when Wood slipped on the greasy surface and maybe injured himself, Pompey took advantage and attacked up field winning a free kick. Mr Boyeson allowed them to take it quickly something he did for both sides throughout the game but this time City’s defence fell asleep allowing Ward to shoot past Murphy to restore the lead. AT had been criticised by some by his late substitutions and not reacting but this time his changes were positive off came Gardner to be replaced by McSheffrey and off went Platt to be replaced by McDonald. Now I and my travelling companions kept an eye on the forward to see if anyone would pass to him and despite being on the pitch a good half an hour only received two passes, no wonder he can’t score. As McDonald was finding room with runs to the left to the right down the middle and out wide with his hand up pleading for the ball and being ignored by his team mates City set about getting back into the game. McSheffrey seemed to inject more attacking ability into the side as he just fired over. Then minutes later a good pass saw him one-on-one with keeper Henderson but couldn’t beat him from close range to the frustration of the following support. Portsmouth meanwhile were looking dangerous at the other end and should have really wrapped the game up Murphy saved a couple but some poor finishing kept City in the game. Then Wood was replaced as another full back picked up a minor injury on came Christie who injected fresh legs down the left. As normal defenders got away with pulling back on Jutkiewicz he needs to moan more about this one occasion was dragged down by the sleeve somehow the referee missed this. Then with seven minutes to go Baker hit a good drive that saw Henderson scramble over to pull off a good save. That was it and City lost we are now 3 points adrift at the bottom and looking doomed.

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1st Cody McDonald Unanimous decision in the car
2nd Martin Cranie Looked solid against his old club
3rd Richard Wood looking good down the left until his injury
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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2011/12   Mon Nov 28, 2011 9:42 pm

Brighton and Hove Albion Vs Coventry City

New ground syndrome kicked in as the away end was full for our first ever visit to the American Express Community Stadium. Not we had much time to appreciate the excellent architecture as the post code they gave on the match ticket lead us to the town centre. Somehow we made it to the car park in time and into the ground just before kick off. AT had the unheard of luxury of playing a loan player as the line up was in goal Murphy the back four were Christie, Cranie, Keogh and Hussey with Clingan, Thomas, Baker and new boy Gardner in midfield leaving Platt and Jutkiewicz who many believed wouldn’t be here still up front. The Seagulls had a good start to the season but had recently faded and our record since relegation against the previous champions was good, three defeats in ten hopes were high for a result.

Brighton started the more positive in the opening minutes. City as normal tried to pass the ball but the only trouble is occasionally passes go astray and this happen five minutes into the game Clingan under hit a pass to the worse possible player MacKail-Smith, the forward had a free run on goal Murphy closed him down and made a good save but typical of our luck the ball hit Keogh and we all knew what would happen next as the ball rolled into the back of the net. This meant Murphy hasn’t kept a clean sheet away from home in seventeen league and cup games stretching back over a year to his time with Scunthorpe. Another day of misery looked on but not for long as Christie found Baker he crossed for Jutkiewicz but Gardner darted in and headed the ball firmly past Ankeram in the home goal to spark off double celebrations in the away once for the goal and then we realised who had scored. The loan player raced over to celebrate with AT. Brighton took charge of the game from then on and was outplaying City. The diamond system needs the wide midfield players to spread out when the opponents get the ball otherwise the fullbacks are exposed and this happen time and again as Hussey had to try to fend off two players with little support. Nearly all attacks came down our left leaving Hussey exposed. As normal Cranie and Keogh were playing well but they can’t have any confidence in the keeper who flapped at a simple cross and relied on Keogh to clear. Minutes later an attacked down the exposed right saw three defenders on the flank allowing the winger to knock in a cross that he miss hit the ball was heading toward the net until Murphy intercepted now most keepers would of tipped it over the bar for a corner but Murphy flapped it out into the area straight to a Bright player thankfully his shot was poor. We needed to hang on until half time but that never happened as Brighton took a free kick and the City defence allowed sub Vinelot a free header that sailed back over Murphy’s head to put the home side back into the lead. Baker and Hussey were then booked and they could have no arguments as the referee Mr Ward and his assistants had good games. Christie had to go off with another injury and Wood replaced him before half time.

Found Malc at half time and he said he had never saw such a disorganised City team. Radio Sussex were weary of the threat of Platt but they were just being kind.

City was better in the 2nd half as chants of “Sisu out and sack the board” rang out. Gardner volleyed wide. AT made an early sub as Thomas was not playing at all well and on came Bigirimana. City pushed Brighton back and the home side were happy to hit City on the counter. Too many City passes were to the side or backwards as only Gardner seemed capable of passing forwards. With no threat of a goal AT threw on McDonald for Platt and I watched McDonald carefully as he received a pass once in the game making it hard for him to score. All passing broke down near the edge of the box forcing City players to shot tamely from long distance when a ball into the feet of McDonald or Jukebox in the area was needed. The closes we came were when a shot took a deflection but it hardly troubled the home keeper. So another defeat and six points adrift with the teams above in having a game in hand it looks bleak.

Nearing home we discussed what could be done none of wanted Thorn to be sacked but none of would minded if he resigned. Murphy needs to be dropped now and replaced by Dunn, Christie needs to be rested we have two good quality right backs in Cranie and Keogh and plenty of centre backs waiting in Wood, Cameron and McPake. McDonald needs to play he is our only hope, play him with Jutkiewicz or Platt or both and finally the diamond system has to be abandoned teams have worked out it’s weakness that the fullbacks need to get through a lot of running and they are exposed. Overall it was another wasted day next stop Portsmouth a place where our only away win this year has come from!

Man of the Match
1st Richard Keogh Again
2nd Gary Gardner Scores and passes forward we will coach that out of him
3rd No one else Plenty off there game
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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2011/12   Wed Nov 23, 2011 9:53 pm

Coventry City Vs Cardiff City

Still no loan players or administration on a chilly Tuesday as we took on a fellow CCFC. The basic thing I wanted from this game was an equal amount of luck and a fair referee and we got both. AT decided not to change the team he doesn’t have much choice. In goal was Murphy with Christie, Keogh, Cranie and Hussey at the back with Clingan, Thomas, Bigirimana and McSheffrey in midfield leaving Platt and Jutkiewicz who Southampton want on loan before paying three million for him. The Bluebirds had three ex City players Whittingham a player reject whilst a youth at City a bad mistake, Gunnarsson and Turner.

It cannot be often we play three out of the top four in connective games but with Cardiff in 4th this was another test. It was a slow start in front of the 12,000 crowd Cardiff soon won a throw in level with the box. Up stepped Gunnarsson to plenty of booing until applauses also rang out for him from the home fans and this happened with every throw in. Gunnarsson took the throw short and the danger was cleared. Minutes later he decided on a long throw that caused problems in the area as a Miller shot took a deflection but this time it went straight to a relieved looking Murphy. City slowly got their act together as the midfield was struggling against Cardiff’s five-man midfield. Jutkiewicz was first to show with a diagonal run and a shot wide. Platt meanwhile was comfortably winning the aerial battle against Ben Turner and the big forward twice nodded wide. The referee Mr Drysdale and his assistants where running the game really well and even gave City free kick when Jutkiewicz was held back something we have rarely seen this season. The game was very dull not much in the way of entertainment it looked like two poor sides since Cardiff are in 4th this isn’t saying much for the division. City looked solid at the back as normal and Cardiff’s best hope came from throw in or Whittingham and it was of his characteristic long rang shots that forced Murphy to tip the ball over the bar for a corner. Another throw in caused Murphy to go for the ball miss it but City’s defence rallied around to prevent embarrassment. The 1st half ended goalless for the 9th time this season half the games we have played.

We all knew the Bluebird’s boss Malkie McKay would fire up his side for the second half after a lacklustre 1st half and this was the case. Cardiff won a throw Gunner launched one it fell to Whittingham on the edge of the area and he smacked it in from outside the area. Cardiff players celebrated apart from Gunnarsson and Turner. It looked the same old story play OK in the first without a real goal threat and the other team up their game in the second to win. City hit back as Marshall in the away goal saved from Jutkiewicz. Minutes later City won a free kick for handball and Marshall flapped the set piece onto the head of Keogh and it went out for a goal kick. Again it was Whittingham who looked their best player when he hit another good long range shot that Murphy did extremely well to tip onto the cross bar. As we saw players warming up we debated who was to go off, Platt was playing too well so it was Jutkiewicz to be replaced by McDonald or McDonald to replace the off form McSheffrey? In the end Baker came on for Sheff. The sub got into the action on the left laying the ball back for Hussey the fullback not for the first time that night whipped in a good cross this time Jutkiewicz headed it onto the crossbar and the ball was grabbed by the keeper. Now I sit to the left of the goal four rows from the pitch so to me it looked like a near miss but then I saw the linesman running back to the centre circle signalling a goal. Jukebox celebrated his 7th of the season as a few Cardiff players put in a token protest. We were convinced the ball had not crossed the line so we were surprised to see it replayed on the scoreboard only then we saw the ball had clearly crossed the line for a goal. This meant Jutkiewicz is only two goals behind last season’s total but will Sisu allow him to stay to beat that total? The game had now come to life, as Bigirimana was booked for a rugby tackle as the young midfielder was having a poor game. Both teams went looking for another goal as Clingan whipped in a cross but none of the forward gambled and it went wide. Jutkiewicz had a shot on the volley wide in the area when maybe he should of controlled it first. Then Platt broke free but he didn’t have the pace to stay in front of Turner and he got back to block the Tree out. There was another scramble in the box after a Marshall flap but the Cardiff defenders seemed more determined to clear. At the other end Miller had a good run with City playing failing to deal with thankfully his shot was poor. Then Wood came on for Hussey and many fans were mystified by the decision and booed but they didn’t see Hussey pull up with a knock. Both teams seem to run out of attacking puff near the end and we settled for a point that left us deep in trouble.

Man of the Match
1st Richard Keogh solid at back as per normal
2nd Clive Platt Made Turner look ordinary, which we was for all but half a season at City
3rd Joe Murphy Important saves at important times.
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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2011/12   Mon Nov 21, 2011 3:01 am

Coventry City Vs West Ham United

With the weather feeling more like November we wondered if AT would change his diamond formation the team was in goal Murphy, the back four where Christie, Cranie, Keogh and Hussey with Clingan, McSheffrey, Thomas and the returning Bigirimana in midfield with Jutkiewicz and Platt up front. The major rumour doing the rounds before the game was we would go into administration on Monday at 10am. We had a minute’s silence for the blitz 71 years ago this was well observed by both sets of fans until West Ham fans making their way into the ground no realising there was a minutes silence started to sing, West Ham fans immediately shouted down to “shut the flip up!” City fans in the naughty corner acted angrily before they where hushed up like would happen in a library.

West Ham backed by 6,000+ made it a good atmosphere in the ground. It was clear from the off this was not the West Ham of old as they employed the hoof ball, bully boy tactics and continue whining to the referee. To be fair this tactic worked as The Hammers got away with some bad tackles early on. City were playing well with the ball on the deck and passing the ball with all the midfielders looking comfortable. West Ham were looking poor up front with forward Carew moaning all the time how he escaped a yellow for descent escaped just about everyone. The Hammer’s fans were singing the world’s most negative football song “Where forever blowing bubbles” when Christie attacked down the right he found Platt, The Tree turned smartly and sent the ball past Green in the Hammer’s goal to give City a well deserved lead. West Ham were still hoofing the ball but the back four were finding it easy to clear up. A supporter in front of me turned and commented that the few occasions he has seen City this season Hussey always looked a good player and wondered why he received so much negative publicity. Platt then head straight at Green the former England keeper held onto the ball if Platt was American no doubt he would of thrown it into the back of the net.

Second half saw City reject Sam Alladyce bring on Carlton Cole for Carew how lucky West Ham are to have such quality on the bench. City were still looking for a second when Jutkiewicz had a shot turned around the post. I had grown tired of shouting “hoof” every time the Hammer launched the ball it was like watching Wimbledon in the 1980’s a true disgrace to the Football Academy. Then Jutkiewicz was kicked off the ball by Diop and he should of seen red for the kick but only got a yellow minutes before the referee Mr Stroud played a good advantage when a City player was fouled and when play stopped he booked the offender, but Mr Stroud’s performance was poor then again when ever CWR say he have a good referee they are always bad. City were still looking comfortable when West Ham won a dubious free kick in their own area Green hoofed the ball down field Cole seemed to foul Christie in the air before the big forward raced into the area and shot the ball took a deflection off Cranie to draw West Ham level. Minutes later City failed to deal with a cross Gael tried to head the ball clear but his header hit sub Piquionne and rebounded into the net very lucky. AT threw on Baker for McSheffrey and the sub showed some good control as City searched for a goal and it was the sub that found Platt but this time the big forward headed wide. City tried in vain for a goal but West Ham defended well and caught City on the counter attack Collison had an open goal but fired it over as a third goal for West Ham would have been a travesty. So City slipped to another defeat but playing some of the best football of the season but time is running out as we await a loan player and a win.

Man of the Match
1st Sammy Clingan Passed well in midfield
2nd Richard Keogh Solid at the back
3rd Connor Thomas May be his best game for City

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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2011/12   Mon Nov 07, 2011 2:30 am

Coventry City Vs Southampton

We welcomed league leaders Southampton to the Rioch. Games at home Vs Southampton seem to be some milestone not long ago Iain Dowie opening his campaign against them and a year later Sisu took over City after Southampton refused their bid and the Saints were the visitors then. How things have changed as Southampton were 5 points clear at the top whilst City were 4 points adrift of safety. AT brought back the kids for this game the line up was in goal Murphy with Keogh, McPake, Cameron and Christie at the back, Clingan, Deegan, McSheffrey and Thomas in midfield leaving McDonald and Southampton born Jutkiewicz up front.

Southampton had a large and noisy following as they should being where they are. It was all the league leaders from the off dominating midfield and out passing City and not many have done that. The first chance fell to former favourite Danny Fox who shot wide and for most of the half it was the same story total domination by the visitors but an inability to score. Chaplow had the best chance but couldn’t test Murphy in the City goal. Then another glaring miss from The Saints as City hung on. City were being hammered in everything but the scroeline. It was only a matter of time before the first goal and it came when Chaplow turned Cameron in the box and slid the ball under Murphy. City needed to hold on until half time but Southampton went looking for the killer goal but Murphy deigned Lallana. Minutes later De Prado got wide in the box and a Cameron clearance hit the South American and he crossed for a tap in for Lallana. Loud Sisu out chants came from the back of the Telegrapgh stand. Saints kept coming forward and one broke into the box and had his legs clipped but credit to him he stayed on his feet and fired wide. Half time City booed off by many a little harsh considering the respective league positions of the teams.

AT who changed formation a couple of times in the first half to try and cope decided to change personal in the 2nd off came Deegan who was anonymous and on came Bell who wouldn’t be much better. City needed a quick start and that’s what we got with a long corner from Clingan found Jutkiewicz and the former Dell season ticket holder headed the ball past Davis to give us hope. Suddenly City were looking a lot better the Southampton fans went quiet as Clingan went close from a free kick. Then Davis fumbled a long-range shot. City never seem to have the luck this season and pretty soon McPake had to limp off with yet another injury. His replacement caused a great deal of excitement behind us as I guess his family were sitting there as Jordan Willis made his debut. Minutes later AT decided to add muscle up front off went the worrying out of form McDonald and on came Platt. The Tree’s first contribution was to chest down a ball for Jutkiewicz who volleyed over. Then our leading scorer received a pass from Willis the forward seemed to lose and regain the ball a few time in a dribble in the box but when he shot City had a rare piece of luck the ball rebounded off a defender and Platt steamed in and levelled the game, what a turn around. Southampton were wobbling and City looked like they could go on and win the game as McSheffrey had a shot turned over the bar by the keeper. Then The Saints showed why they are top and we were in the bottom three as De Prado was left unmarked to nod passed Murphy to put them back in the lead. Minutes later a through ball found De Ridder totally unmarked in the area Murphy froze and the sub scored. Then a Sisu out banner appeared in the posh stand as two of the fans that protested outside Sisu HQ before the Millwall game hosited the banner. No reposond from the “Storm troopers” instead a few stewards went over and the instruction seemed to be they could fly the banner only if they attached it to the seating away from any fans this they did and well done to the stewards. The game ended with only a two-goal defeat but the next time we play The Saints in the league it will be the last game of the season and by then the teams might be heading in different directions.


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1st Richard Keogh If only we had Keoghs
2nd Cyrus Christie Just as good at left back
3rd Lukas Jutkiewicz A goal and a assist looks a lot better playing alongside Platt
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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2011/12   Wed Nov 02, 2011 10:29 pm

Millwall Vs Coventry City
With parking impossible around the Den and taking the train would mean a ridiculous late journey back we boarded the only coach heading for Millwall. City have never won at the New Den but optimism was high as AT put out the most experienced side of the season. In goal was Murphy with Wood, McPake, Cameron and Keogh in defence, Baker, Clingan, Deegan and McSheffrey in midfield leaving Jutkiewicz and McDonald up front.

City started fairly well attacking the far end as the away fans out sung the home fans. City were keeping the ball well in fact we had most of the play but the trouble was most of the possession was in our own half. Only when we decided to head forward we looked more threatening with some quick passing we didn’t look at all bad. As normal the front two seemed isolated and found it hard to get into the game. First chance feel to Baker who decided to have a blast from long distance maybe the ball swerved because the Lions’ keeper Forde could only push the ball to his side instead of catching it, Jutkiewicz followed up but could force the ball home from a narrow angle. Deegan was working hard in midfield having his best game for a while. Millwall were slightly more direct and look dangerous when coming forward as their players unlike City were prepared to run at the opposition. The lively McSheffrey then broke through but was crowed out in the area. Then McSheffrey delivered a perfect cross into the box McDonald got in front of the defender but somehow ballooned the ball over the bar. One counter attack by the home side saw City in trouble as Simpson raced into the box and slid the ball under Murphy the ball was heading into the goal and had Liam Trotter on hand for a tap in then Keogh emerged from the right to hack the ball off the line before Trotter could score. City still kept the ball knocking it around between themselves the home crowd were restless. McSheffrey then whipped in another great cross this time it hit the cross bar. Half time no goals City needed to do what they had done in the first half but 10-20 yards further up the pitch.

Second half was totally different from the off as Millwall manager Kenny Jacket got his team fired up. Suddenly our midfield that dominated the first half all went missing as Millwall attacked. Seven minutes into the half Henderson received the ball in the area and his shot took a deflection that beat Murphy. The Millwall woke up and confidence drained form the visitors. The City fans were still giving the team excellent support unlike the board as only one board member turned up to represent City. Millwall were playing on the break as City found it hard to keep the ball, as they needed to get forward more. One break saw Henderson race clear and beat Murphy to end the game. City were hopeless up front and AT made changes on came Platt for Deegan who had disappeared in the 2nd half. Platt described as a lazy so-and-so by a father of one of the players on the coach on the way home, I will not tell you his name but he called his son Cyrus. Murphy pulled off a brilliant save to deign a third minutes later faced another one-on-one but spread himself to keep City in the game. Then Baker who was OK in the 1st half and just plain awful in the lost the ball to Feeney and the Lions player charged forward and made no mistake with a one-on-one to wrap the game up. On came Bell for McSheffrey. “Sacked in the morning” the Millwall fans sung to AT, “Andy Thorn’s Sky Blue Army” we sang back. As the time ticked down thankfully the excellent referee Mr Phillips soon blew for full time.

Joe Elliot and Gary Hoffman joined us on the coach for the long journey home as City sat 4 points from safety and the travelling fans resigned to fact that relegation looks more likely then survival unless something dramatic happens at the board room level.

Man of the Match
1st The fans Sang throughout
2nd Joe Murphy had no chance for the goals and kept the score down
3rd Richard Keogh Still looks City’s best player, I wonder if we will sell him in January?
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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2011/12   Mon Oct 31, 2011 3:18 am

Doncaster Rovers Vs Coventry City

Had to get up very early and leave the house at 7.45 as we had a game against a Doncaster Supports’ team lined up. Got up to Rossington Leisure Centre, which was very nice proper changing rooms and showers. Now since we or the under 35’s couldn’t get enough players to play we combined the teams. We had 7 over 35’s that included f4 over 45’s even a 60 year old supporter turned up with his boots but decided to watch when he saw the age of some players. The youngsters only stopped on the Motorway once when one of them threw up having too much drink, kids! The Doncaster team were mostly under 35 and had played together for years. So it was a tough game and we found ourselves 7-0 after 35 minutes! Manager Kev Monks kept the subs rolling I came on and played right back and we only conceded another 3 losing 10-1 and our goal was a the best of the day one of the kid scoring with a powerful shot from the by-line. I played 15 minute of the 2nd half before playing the last 15 minutes of the game on the wing. After changing I was proud to hear the Leisure Centre manager praise our team because ever player removed our boots before entering the building.

After we made our way over to the Keepmoat Stadium for the game and was pleased when the stewards let us into the season ticket holder’s car park without checking which meant we had free carparking.

Inside the ground we heard the team was in goal Murphy the back four were Christie, Keogh, Cameron and Hussey with Baker, Clingan, Thomas and McSheffrey in midfield leaving Jutkiewicz an McDonald up front.

It was a game against two struggling teams and it showed with Doncaster refusing to shoot and City unable to. City kept the ball well but failed to make any headway. Murphy was forced to save after twenty minutes as they attacked the far end. City were looking comfortable when Hussey went off with an injury and on came James McPake. City were playing neat football near the opposition’s penalty box when Keogh laid the ball back to Clingan the player who has let to sign a contract blasted the ball first time from outside the area into the net. As normal when we score we looked dangerous and veteran keeper Sullivan had to push a Baker shot over the bar. City ended the half well and looked in control.

The second half was different as Rover’s boss Dean Saunders fired them up and attacked City from the off. City were pressed back and it only seemed a matter of time before a goal and this arrived just before the hour mark when a cross found Coppinger looking off side as he scored. Judging by the City player’s reaction to the goal the Rover’s player was comfortably on side as all the officials including referee Mr Webster had good games. Doncaster still threatened but City looked firm at the back with Keogh breaking up attacks and starting some of his own. City did counter attack and in one such move McDonald showed good pace to race half the length of the field only to be foiled by the keeper and a defender clearing his shot. Mostly Doncaster looked the more likely to score and they had the opportunity with a free kick that was tipped over the bar by Murphy. For once there were no late drama as City held on for a disappointing draw to drop back into the bottom three.

Man of the Match
1st Richard Keogh Good at the back set up many attacks.
2nd Sammy Clingan Great goal and good passing
3rd James McPake Good to see him back needs to keep fit.

At night Paul, Kev and I went to see the Specials at the Rioch making it a long but enjoyable day. Got home at 11.30 14 ½ hours after I had left.


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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2011/12   Mon Oct 24, 2011 1:27 am

Coventry City Vs Burnley

Expectation was high at a sunny Ricoh as City faced struggling Burnley. AT decided sensibly to start with the team that ended the Leeds game, in goal Murphy and back four were Christie, Keogh, Wood and Hussey with Bell, Thomas, Clingan and Bigirimana in midfield leaving Jutkiewicz and McDonald up front. On the bench we had Baker returning from injury and signing a new contract while the silly rumour mill had linked Thomas with Liverpool again.

City started the better for once attacking the away end as Jutkiewicz headed wide in the first ten minutes. The game itself was fairly boring with City edging it and Bigirimana controlling midfield and Hussey showing great signs of improvement. The referee Mr Scott was making some strange decisions none more when he pulled up McDonald for a handball that incensed the fans in ”The Naughty Corner”. Burnley were succeeding in their physical approach as their keeper was warned for time wasting. With both defences on top there was little in the way of chances but near the half hour mark a good flick by Jutkiewicz fell to McDonald with a free shot he forced Grant in the Bees’ goals to save. No more incidents until half time and for the 7th time this season no goals in the first half.

City kept plugging away with the passing game trying to break down a resolute Burnley defence. The referee who has a reputation for dishing out cards was soon at it booking a Burnley player before a rare booking for Bell for an even rarer tackle. Then as we were still soaking up the sun Hussey somehow found room on the left to smack in a good cross it Jutkiewicz couldn’t get to it but McDonald did diving in to open his account for the City. Burnley responded when an Austin shot took a deflection but somehow Murphy kept out the effort. Then a surprise AT decided to take off McDonald who had a knock and replace him with statistically one of our worst forwards in our history Roy O’Donovan, no goals in 13 league games, the prospect of a killer 2nd goal now look unlikely. The decision looked even worse when Wallace was left unmarked in the area to draw Burnley level. City hit back and a good flick by Jutkiewicz saw O’Donovan control it on his chest near the shoulder in the penalty area and he had the beating of the defender before to everyone’s anger the referee called a handball. City kept the pressing and for once the referee made a good decision to play on when a player went down outside the box O’Donovan went down inside but it wasn’t a penalty and the ref awarded a free kick. Clingan took the kick forcing Grant to tip it over the bar. Then a turning point Gael dive in for a tackle and the referee showed a straight red. Looking back on the BBC program it looked like when Bigirimana made contact with the ball he had one foot on the ground making the sending off harsh. The referee seemed to ignore the constant fouling of Jutkiewicz and worse minutes later a two-footed tackle on a City player didn’t even warrant a free kick. Then Murphy was booked for time wasting were Grant got away with it in the first half as the time ticked down. Six minutes of injury time was displayed when there only should have been three. It was a surprise AT didn’t throw on Cameron or Deegan to see the game out but maybe the manager’s inexperience was shown. Three minutes into injury time and City did it again poor defending left Austin alone and he scored and we threw away more injury time points. A lot contributed to the defeat the referee described by local radio as one of the worse they had seen inexperience from Thorn and Bigirimana and some out of character bad defending. City need to regroup and push on, as it’s a six pointer away to Doncaster next.

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1st Gael Bigirimana ran midfield
2nd Chris Hussey Looked miles better
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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2011/12   Mon Oct 17, 2011 1:41 am

Coventry City Vs Nottingham Forest


A lot has happened since the last league games for both clubs, Forest had their hopeless manager Steve McLaren resign who took Forest from play off contenders to a team in a relegation battle and appointed Steve Cotterill as his replacement just in time to face City. Meanwhile City had Chief Executive Paul Clouting resign and the club being very quiet about it whilst rumours flew around about dressing room unrest and Thorn resigning also it was rumoured that Lee Carsley was to replace Thorn after the next six games. This would make Sisu even more unpopular then they are now. So to a vital match the losing of which could do massive damage to City’s morale. With no loans in City had to give five players lat fitness tests most past. The team was in goal Murphy with Christie, Wood, Keogh and Hussey at the back. Deegan, Bell, Thomas and Clingan in midfield leaving Jutkiewicz to partner Platt up front.

It was a sunny day as fans topped up on their sun tan Forest attacked the Telegraph Stand. Forest as you would except started the better and Murphy had to save in the opening stages. The game itself was rather dull with both sides looking poor. Forest who on paper look a good side was still edging the game when Murphy showed good reflexes to push away a shot but only to see Forest mess up the follow up. Wood and Keogh were looking solid at the back whist Hussey was having one of his best games for a while. City started to then get into the game as Forest willingness to impress the new boss died down. It was very quiet in the stands as the fans waiting for something to wake them up. Platt was the main target up front and one of his headers was pushed over by Camp in the visitor’s goal. City improved as the game went on as Bell fired in a dangerous cross. Half time and for the 4th time at home this season no goals.

Early in the 2nd half the excellent referee Mr Graham turned down a Forest appeal for a penalty before minutes later turning down one for us when Jutkiewicz went down in the box. Then minutes later Keogh met a great ball from a corner and his powerful header seemed to be destined for the top corner before somehow Camp clawed the ball away for a world class save. Maybe he and his defence was still thinking about the save when Clingan knocked the ball back in and Jutkiewicz rose to plant a firm header past Camp to fire City into a lead. Suddenly City’s confidence went sky high as Forest started to wobble. Jutkiewicz had a header cleared off the line as City went looking for the killer goal. Then Bell tested Camp with a powerful drive that the keeper did well to push away. City still attacking came close again as a Thomas shot hit the post. Forest woke up and in one attack it took a brave fist away from Murphy to prevent a chance. Unfortunately the keeper stayed down and required lengthily treatment before a stretcher was brought on and Dunn replaced him. AT then took of Wood who had an excellent game and replaced him with Cameron and the big defender spent the rest of the game winning headers and belting the ball into row z. Minutes later Bigirimana came on for Thomas who had his best game this season for City. With time ticking down it was mostly Forest but Jutkiewicz did have a header hit the bar. City looking solid at the back, as they had to face a daunting ten minutes injury time which was spot on. Thankfully this time City looked comfortable and played out for a vital win.

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1st Richard Wood Solid
2nd Clive Platt No end of trouble
3rd Chris Hussey Best game for ages.
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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2011/12   Mon Oct 03, 2011 1:20 am

Barnsley Vs Coventry City

On the way up the M1 we notice erratic behaviour from a white van driver so we decided to avoid him minutes later from nowhere he swerved in front of us forcing Paul to break to avoid crashing into the idiot. Minutes later we were in a traffic jam in a notorious part of the motorway. Some cars at the back of the queue decided they had enough and turned around and headed the wrong way down the motorway heading for a junction soon we had the strange sight of the Hinckley United’s team coach reversing the wrong way down the hard shoulder. This was the highlight of the day. We reached Barnsley in the baking sun and headed for the Metrodome a sports centre a short walk from the ground making Oakwell one of the more pleasant grounds to visit. Inside the ground and at the back of the stand in the shade to avoid the bizarre October heat wave we heard the team news it was in goal Murphy the back four were Keogh, Cranie, Cameron and Hussey with Deegan, McSheffrey, Thomas and Clingan in midfield leaving O’Donovan and Jutkiewicz up front.

We had many youngsters with us at the back many of whom had been on the “shandies” but they were making a good news and had been working on new song the best of which was “just can’t get enough” the old Depeche Mode single which was in the charts before many of them were born. The first chance fell to City when O’Donovan was put clean through he skilfully rounded Luke Steele in the Tykes’ goal but we expected the goal the forward hit the side netting. O’Donovan puts in a lot of effort but his goal scoring record is pathetic leaving many to wonder why McDonald or Platt wasn’t playing. Maybe the sun affected both teams but the game wasn’t exactly entertaining. Nothing of note happen until the 41st minute when Hussey went down in a heap in his own penalty area with a Barnsley player then to everyone’s astonishment the referee Mr Ellington awarded a penalty. City players protested long and hard over the decision that looked harsh. Gray stepped up and sent Murphy the wrong way to give them the lead at half time.

AT acted for the second half and on came Christie for Hussey who looked like he could have been sent off at any minute and on came Platt who should of started replacing O’Donovan. Minutes into the half Thorn’s plan were ruined when Cranie was forced to limp off with an injury on came Bell. City took time to readjust and it that time Murphy did well to palm away a powerful drive. Not long after Barnsley who looked as poor as City set up one of the only quality attacks a long ball to the right wing sent the winger away his low cross was met by an unmarked Gray to make it two. We were still singing in the away end and not all of them the anti Sisu song either. City were starting to get a grip on the game as Platt was causing no end of trouble one of his headers was brilliantly saved by Steele our former loan keeper. We won numerous corners but Clingan’s delivery was poor and Steele commanded his box well. City huffed and puffed and Christie managed to beat three players and win a corner taken by Bell this time he picked out a City player but the shot was off target. City tried but Barnsley held on comfortably to move City back into the bottom three. On the way home we had realised the away fatigue that normally hits us near the end of the season had set in already and most of us come to think relegation was inevitable.

Man of the Match
1st Clive Platt Should start ahead of O’Donovan
2nd The fans
3rd Cyrus Christie Maybe a run at left back.
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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2011/12   Wed Sep 28, 2011 9:39 pm

Coventry City Vs Blackpool

AT went for experience as Christie was rested and replaced by Nathan Cameron who is still young enough to be Kevin Phillip’s son but properly isn’t. The line up was in goal Murphy the back four were Keogh, Cameron, Cranie and Hussey with Thomas, Clingan, Bell and McSheffrey in midfield leaving Jutkiewicz and Blackpool “old boy” O’Donovan up front who failed to score for them in 12 games on loan. McDonald was “rested” after a poor start to his City career. The crowd boosted by a decent turn out from the seaside was 2,000 higher then many expected.

Blackpool has bags of experience with Kevin Phillips leading a dangerous looking attack. City won an early corner and Cameron powerfully headed into the arms of the Tangerine’s keeper Gilks. The Seasiders had the ball in the net after only seven minutes the officials had signalled for off side before the shot was taken. Then O’Donovan shot across the goal. Blackpool fans were making some good noise creating a good atmosphere inside the ground. The visitors were playing well and opened up the City defence minutes later to the right but Murphy raced to the edge of his area and stood up preventing a chip shot from beating him before he dived on the ball to spoil any chance of a goal. Minutes later a big gap on the left opened up as Taylor-Fletcher received the ball and promptly volleyed it past Murphy from a narrow angle it was a cracking goal. Blackpool took total control of the game as the City midfield were chasing shadows and were unable to get a tackle in. City as normal looked solid at the back apart from Hussey who was being exposed too often. It was obvious the diamond formation needed changing and with about twenty minutes to go of the half AT switched to a flat 4-4-2 and we slowly got back into the game. The home crowd responded to the better play in an entertaining game. City started to have shots on target but none of them bothering Gilks but by half time there was enough encouragement for optimism. Still I would of settled for a point then.

Blackpool were happy to waste time in the second half as City attacked. It still looked unlikely City would score, as the front two seemed isolated. The home fans were singing the Andy Thorn got no hair song as the match went on. Just after the hour mark off went Bell to cheers and on came Deegan for his first game of the season a strange swap a defensive midfielder for an attacking one. Minutes later another slightly strange decision off came Hussey who was having a bad game and on came Christie to play at left back. Not logical choices to save a game but the subs seemed to work Deegan gave more bit to midfield whilst Christie raided well down the left. The Tree then came on for O’Donovan and the game changed. City looked better going forward with Platt holding the ball up taking the pressure of Jutkiewicz. During an attack Coventry born defender Evatt went down injured it was clear the player couldn’t continue he received lengthily treatment and limped off. During this time City won a corner and to most surprise Evatt came back on. The corner was cleared for another corner and Evatt was down again clearly he should have been subbed the first time but now his replacement was ready to come on but referee Mr Woolmer correctly got the defender off the field and signalled for the corner to be taken. The ball was partially cleared but fell to Deegan “The Pitbull” volleyed the ball straight back past the keeper to level the game up. Deegan ran half the length of the pitch to celebrate no doubt with some family in the stand. A great come back from the Irishman who has a strike rate of a goal in every seven games no bad for a defensive midfielder. Now City were on top and full of confidence as Jutkiewicz got the ball on the edge of the area and almost a repeat of the Reading game side stepped a defender but this time he wasn’t brought down then the forward hit a hard shot along the ground to put City 2-1 up it was a skilful goal from our top scorer who now has a strike rate of a goal in just under ever four games. Blackpool hit back and went close on a number of occasions. City were pressed back as six minutes of injury time was announced which seemed about right. Minutes into take Blackpool won a corner from which Murphy was fouled to most surprise another corner was give from that corner Blackpool scored and we threw away more points in injury time. It was another mixture of emotions some good play encouraging displays from players that had been injured the steady improvement of the keeper but when injury time comes at Barnsley I think I am going to hide.

Man of the Match

1st Nathan Cameron Solid at the back
2nd Joe Murphy Maybe he is not dodgy after all
3rd Gary Deegan If he can keep fit he may finally live up to his hype.




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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2011/12   Mon Sep 26, 2011 1:41 am

Coventry City Vs Reading

The Royals arrived at the Rioch with a good unbeaten record against City with our target Adam Le Fondre making a start. The City team was in goal Murphy, the back four were Christie, Keogh, Cranie and Hussey with Clingan, McSheffrey, Bell and Thomas in midfield leaving Jutkiewicz and McDonald up front. The bench had a far more senior look to it with Deegan and Platt returning to it.

After Ipswich City needed a quick start but nobody guessed it would be that quick. Just after a minute Bell found McSheffrey and the player hit a ferocious shot from a narrow angle the “Naughty Corner” started to celebrate only then we knew it was in the back of the net what a start. We were still getting used to scoring in the first half for the first time this league season when Le Fondre passed to Church who was totally unmarked in the area leaving to beat Murphy to level things up. Reading got on top for a while but the back four were sticking to the task with Cranie winning most things. City got back into the game with some good passing from Bell but it was one of our all time goal scorers McSheffrey who went close with a long-range effort. With twenty minutes gone McAnuff raced into the area and was clipped by Christie no doubting the penalty. Hunt took the kick but Murphy guessed correctly diving to his left to save the spot kick. Before he game CWR reported that the referee Mr Illerton was a good ref to prove them wrong he was having a bad game the penalty was the only thing he seemed to get right. With City solid at the back the players pushed forward looking to retake the lead. Into the last part of the half Reading took over but the defence was solid and near the break Murphy pushed a long range shot over the bar, all level at half time.

Second half saw the lively McSheffrey force Royal’s keeper Federici into a good save. With the game in stalemate AT took off McDonald who starved of service hardly had a kick and on came Clive “The Tree” Platt. City went slightly more direct but still tried to play football. Then City won a free kick and Clingan accurately hit the target only for Federici to pull off an excellent save. Platt took his time to get into the game but when he did he showed a get touched to play the ball back to Jutkiewicz who forced another save by the away keeper. Reading were looking dangerous up the other end as Keogh blocked a good shot. Then Murphy got a good fist to a cross sending it far beyond the penalty area. Surprisingly McSheffrey was taken off maybe he was tired and was replaced by O’Donovan. Then it was Platt’s turn to be halted by Federici with another save. Then in injury time Jutkiewicz dribbled into the area and was brought down another certain penalty. Jutkiewicz stepped up and promptly blasted it over the bar and we had to settle for a point.

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1st Gary McSheffrey Dangerous throughout
2nd Martin Cranie Solid at the back
3rd David Bell Some good passing in the 1st half

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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2011/12   Wed Sep 21, 2011 2:38 am

Ipswich Town Vs Coventry City

Unfortunately the “phone tapping company” decided this would be their Monday night game making it inconvenient to many. Our luck did seem to be in first off we only paid half price for a ticket after keeping an eye out in the Sun for special vouchers then Paul’s stat nav took us into Ipswich a brand new away avoid road works we approached the ground from the other way meaning we parked in a car park next door to the one we normally use this car park only cost £1 for parking whilst the one next door was anything between £5-7. Also our car park allowed for a quicker exit our luck couldn’t last. Inside the ground and only 100+ City fans made the journey many of them we didn’t recognise. The team was the same as the one that started against Derby. In goal Murphy, in defence we had Christie, Cranie, Keogh and Hussey. In midfield we had Baker, Bigirimana, Clingan and Bell leaving Jutkiewicz and McDonald up front. Meanwhile Ipswich fielded a very experienced side but with some good players Bullard, Bowyer, Chopra and Scotland.

Portman Road in my opinion is the quietest ground in the league and again it was like a church as the handful of City fans tried to create an atmosphere. The home side showed first and after only six minutes a great cross from the left forced Cranie into a clearance but he could only direct a bullet header past Murphy giving him no chance. Trouble just to the right of just as the stewards stormed in but this time it wasn’t a fire hazard flag but some youngsters had sneaked in a bottle of beer the idiots they were ejected. A very brief Sisu out chant followed in which Joe Elliott of Gary Hoffman didn’t join in with just sitting a few rows in front of us. Back in the pitch Ipswich playing an identical formation to us were in full confidence and for the first time this season the defenders looked in trouble but thankfully Michael Chopra was firing blanks missing with an easy chance after I started a “Are you Torres in disguise chant.” Minutes later “Torres” missed again as City were hanging on. It was a matter of time before the 2nd one came and when it did there was a strong hint of off side before a loan player, the luxury Andrews scored to put the home side in control. You would know this by the home fans, as they kept very quiet. “We built your tractors,” sang the City fans, which is always amusing. It wasn’t funny on the pitch as Ipswich had control of midfield with Bullard roaming at will passing with ease with no midfield ball winner he had all the space in the world, Bell was harshly booked by the otherwise very good referee Mr Pawson. City hung on until AT decided to act. He took off Bigirimana who wasn’t having a great game was replaced by McSheffrey. City ended the half better as McDonald had a powerful header cleared off the line from a corner.

City looked better in the second half as McDonald and McSheffrey both had chances. Ipswich were sitting back and on the 66th minutes Jason Scotland bust through with a powerful run beating Murphy with ease to make it 3-0, after a quick cheer the home fans soon sat down and became quiet again. AT decided to go for more experience by taking of Christie and bringing on hardly a veteran in Nathan Cameron. The big defender got into the action with a good header or two and a “row z” policy in defending. City were still trying as a cross from Hussey was planted wide by McDonald who should of done better then during a build up the forward failed to pick out McSheffrey. McDonald was then taken off but had shown great improvement since his debut just a shame his partner Jutkiewicz was totally ammoniums during the game. City went through the motions before sub O’Donovan had a header cleared off the line. In injury time Baker went down and was taken off on a stretcher the injury looked serious.

We had a decent journey back and I reached home at 12.45.

Man of the match
1st The Fans For turning up.
2nd Cody McDonald Improving but hardly deserving a 2nd place.
3rd Richard Keogh the only defender to look solid.
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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2011/12   Sun Sep 11, 2011 11:16 pm

Coventry City Vs Derby County

Arrived early for the ridiculous kick off time to take part with Paul in the anti Sisu protest near “The Chin” but since only three of us turned up we decided to abandon the march. A rare sight the signing of an outfield player Cody McDonald who came in, as the man to save City. Pilling unrealistic expectations on the guy may have lifted the mood. The team news was in goal Murphy with the back four of Christie, Keogh, Cranie and Hussey. In midfield we had Bell, Baker, Clingan and Bigirimana and upfront Jutkiewicz was still hear and making his debut was McDonald.

City attacked the away end first trying to score for the first at home this season whilst Derby had a great start. Early on it was clear that City were playing the better football whilst Derby relied on the long ball and players breaking from midfield. The game was quiet but it was noisy in the Telegraph Stand as the “Response” squad attempted to remove a “Sisu banner” off some fans who refused to give it up. Minutes later the steward grabbed the banner but this just drew many fans to the spot and they wrestled the banner back a victory for democracy and freedom of speech. Minutes later over in the “Naughty corner” similar scenes was happening but things looked more violent. On the pitch Derby maybe were just edging it with some deep runs down the middle worrying the Sky Blues whilst the home team’s fullbacks were causing problems at the other end. Playing the passing game is great to watch but occasionally a player can delay the pass too long and have the ball taken off him this happened to all people Clingan just before the half hour mark leaving Ward a run on goal, Murphy hared off his line and threw himself feet first for a great block on the edge of the area before the defence could scramble the ball away. Derby upped the tempo before half time pushing City back but the back four held firm to go in at half time goalless.

A surprise in the 2nd half when Chris Dunn was given his debut for the injured Murphy and new keeper was tested straight away pulling off a great save with his left hand knocking away a powerful Brayford drive. Dunn looked confident throughout dealing with crosses with good punches. Then the heavens opened and we raced to the back of the stand to find cover. City slowly took control of the game as the midfield quad started to dominate. First chance came when Bell chased a player to the goal line and managed to win possession he squared it to Jutkiewicz who missed kicked the ball before shooting but Kilbane was back on the line and cleared. Minutes later the excellent Christie whipped in a dangerous cross that Jutkiewicz just failed to make contact with. Baker who was having his best game of the season then fired in a cracking shot on target that the Rams’ keeper Fielding did well to push over. From the corner Keogh went down very easily and to everyone’s amazement the referee Mr Foy awarded a penalty it looked very soft. Jutkiewicz stepped up and easily beat the keeper and we had scored at home. The crowd and the players were lifted despite the fact the scoreboard giving the score as 1-1! AT then took off McDonald who had a quiet debut but showed some nice touches maybe a slow start from the forward would in the long run be the best thing for him on came O’Donovan. The substitute got immediately into the action forcing Fielding to concede another corner with a good shot from outside the area. City still attacking won a throw in a Christie seem to have developed a long throw which under pressure from Jutkiewicz a defender flicked the ball on to an unmarked Baker who showed skill to volley the ball home to spark off celebrations around the ground. Then something I have never seen before Derby twice failed to take the kick off right resulting in City being awarded a free kick. City saw out the rest of the game for the first win of the sesaon and we moved out of the bottom three.

Man of the Match
1st Cyrus Christie Raided well and even the given man of the match by the phone tapping company
2nd Chris Hussey Also raided well down the other flank
3rd Carl Baker Looked dangerous
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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2011/12   Sun Aug 28, 2011 9:33 pm

Middlesbrough Vs Coventry City

I rested all week so I could be fit enough for the long journey to Middlesbrough. Saturday started badly with the news that Hoffman had to pull out of the take over, Adam La Fondre joining Reading, Kev admitted when I picked him up he never felt so low about City. Traffic jams meant we made it to The Riverside at 2 and went straight into the ground. Paul had a large “SISU OUT” banner, which was later taken off him by stewards claiming it was political; police would never act in this way. In the ground more bad news as we heard Ben Turner has had a medical at Cardiff. Gary Hoffman was in the crowd considering the morning news a brave move. The businessman was happy to explain things to the City faithful on why the bid was derailed he also said he couldn’t trust SISU, can anyone? The team was as expected but the bench was looking stronger as Cameron returned from injury. The line up was in goal Murphy, in defence Christie, Cranie, Keogh, Hussey, in midfield were Bell, Bigirimana, Clingan, and Baker leaving Jutkiewicz and O’Donovan up front. The home side were looking for their sixth straight win and a possibility of topping the table it was going to be a tough day.

Middlesbrough started the brighter with both their fullbacks causing all sorts of trouble for City both playing well up the field. It was the right back Hoyte who should of done better when he hit the post. They kept up the pressure with a succession of corners but City were defending well as the fans launched into a “SISU out” chant. City did attack the other end but Baker was booked for a theatrical dive. Then the inevitable happen when Cranie collected a short back pass under pressure from a Emnes he cleared only to find another forward Cranie dived in and fouled the play the excellent referee Mr Tierney played a good advantage and the ball was in the City box. The ball then took an unlucky deflection off Hussey straight to Emnes who made no mistake despite Murphy getting a hand to the ball. O’Donovan had a great chance to level when he broke clear but couldn’t even test the keeper. City were not playing well and it was a case of holding on until half time. Into the last five minutes Bell was taken off with yet another injury and was replaced by Connor Thomas. On the verge of half time Murphy did well to flick a powerful drive over the bar to keep City only a goal down.

City came out in far better shape in the second half neutralising the roving fullbacks and attacking more as a Hussey cross was met by Jutkiewicz and he found the side netting. Clingan ably assisted by his sidekick Bigirimana started to control midfield as City started to have more of the ball. Baker then fired over with a good drive the midfielder having his best game of the season, not saying much but it was good to see him improve. Middlesbrough still pressed and won plenty of corners but City were solid at the back. City were looking better from set pieces as Keogh headed over from a Clingan corner. Then with 15 minutes to go Hussey sent over a good cross this time it was the opponent’s keeper to parry the ball fell to a totally unmarked O’Donovan on the edge of the area the forward steadied himself before volleying the ball in. Ikeme in the Boro goal could only deflect the ball on the shoulder of Jutkiewicz the ball reared into the air leaving the forward with a simple header to level the game up. The away end exploded! “We are staying up” rang out as the game restarted. City sat back as I kept checking my watch hoping the time would go quickly. Murphy had to make a smart save as the time ticked down and the Irish keeper did have his best game since joining. Then in the dieing seconds Boro hit the post and that was it. Everyone was delighted with an excellent point and made the long trek home in a better mood then we made the trip up but what sort of team will we have left when we play Derby when SISU are left in charge after the transfer deadline?

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1st Sammy Clingan Ran midfield
2nd Gael Bigirimana Clam passing
3rd Cyrus Christie Solid

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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2011/12   Sun Aug 21, 2011 9:44 pm

Coventry City Vs Watford

Still not being able to walk too well I abandon the car and cycled to the ground far less walking, got their in time to join the Anti SISU protests near the Jimmy Hill statue. At first their was only about eight of us but a serge of fans made it to about fifteen so we protested and filmed by the Football League Show, I was yards behind the flag hobbling along. In the ground a surprise as Bell had recovered to play and an even bigger surprise as Eastwood was fit enough for the bench. If anyone had told me pre-season that I be happy to see Eastwood on the team sheet I thought they be mad. The line up was Murphy in goal with Christie, Cranie, Keogh and Hussey in defence. In midfield we had Bell, Bigirimana, Clingan and returning from suspension Baker making the midfield look decidedly old. Up front were Jutkiewicz and O’Donovan. Opponents Watford had yet to win so this was a real relegation six-pointer. Before kick off it was rumoured that SISU had magically found some money and had a bid for Le Fondre of Rotherham turned down but were close to buying two other players.

Watford looked the better team early on and missed a glorious chance in the opening minutes when one of their forwards failed to connect in front of goal. Soon Cranie and Keogh were looking solid at the back. The real drama was off the field as the “SISU out” chants were very loud far louder then any protests I can remember then in the naughty corner the stewards pilled in to remove a banner this only made things worse as the whole ground starting to sing “we want SISU out”. There were also problems at the back of the Tesco’s as stewards tried to do the same if they left the banners fans would of soon got bored and singing for the team again. Soon the fans did start backing Andy Thorn’s men and boys and the atmosphere was excellent. One of the boys Christie was having a cracking game. Most attacks from City came down the left with Hussey looking lively but normally faced with two players he found it difficult to play in any decent cross Christie faired better down the right. Jutkiewicz did put a shot over the bar from out side the box after a good turn but Watford still looked the better side but seemed to lack the final ball, sounds familiar. Then Watford’s Deeney broke clear Cranie tackled him when he was yards out from goal and won the ball the Watford player appealed for a penalty to which he had a very strong case but thankfully referee Mr East and his assistant were badly placed to spot the foul. Five minutes to go and Watford won a corner it came in and Murphy could only parry the ball and not for the first time this season it fell to an opponent who made no mistake as several fans got up to berate Murphy before seeing the flag correctly up for off side and had to quickly sit down again. It was debated if CWR had spotted the flag making almost the same mistake they did at Palace.


It always helps the atmosphere when the fans have a hate figure on the pitch and Dickinson became that when protested after a tackle on Bell, a push on another player and almost accidentally spitting in the face of a ball boy. The atmosphere was good as Christie drove in a low cross but no one could read it. O’Donovan was having a decent game up front working hard and getting a few good flick headers but his time was numbered as Eastwood came on for his first game of the season. This lifted the team and they suddenly looked a lot better with Clingan and Bigirimana passing well in midfield. Into the last fifteen minutes and Watford were deigned another penalty no doubt Watford fans were cursing Mr East’s name. Minutes later Jutkiewicz was impeded on the edge of the area but the forward show his strength to shrug of the challenged and forced the keeper Loach into a save. Jutkiewicz then headed one over before Bigirimana cracked in a shot that just went wide. Minutes later Eastwood showed great skill to control and shot from the edge of the area just sending the ball over the bar. No doubt in the dieing minutes the team mind’s were back at Palace but it almost happened again as Murphy badly flapped at a cross he then just beat two Watford players to the ball preventing another blunder. The SISU chants rang out again as the game ended and City fans left happy with a point and still being only three points behind Leicester. As I cycled away I heard a big protest near the JH statue.

Man of the Match
1st Cyrus Christie Gave nothing away at the back looked good going forward.
2nd Martin Cranie Today it was Cranie turn to slightly outshine Keogh in what looks like a good partnership.
3rd Richard Keogh the third right back in my nomination takes some doing.
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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2011/12   Wed Aug 17, 2011 8:48 pm

Crystal Palace Vs Coventry City

This was my 28th visit to far away Selhusrt Park and this our driver Paul refused to tackle the journey by car so we joined him on the only coach heading to looting central otherwise know as Croydon. On the way down we heard of three City fans that made it to SISU HQ to protest they had a call from Leonard Brody claiming the club had no transfer money and were not going to sell the club. We arrived at the ground after the normal arduous trip to find one change as Bell was out with an injury the team was in goal Murphy the back four were Christie, Cranie, Keogh and Hussey in midfield we had surprisingly making his league debut Connor Thomas with Clingan, Bigirimana who was rumoured to be watched by a few Premier teams and finally McSheffrey leaving Jutkiewicz and O’Donovan up front.

City started well and looked lively when O’Donovan went down in the area but no penalty from Mr Miller who refereed the corresponding fixture the previous season and again gave us nothing all night. Minutes later McSheffrey picked up an injury yet another player out and on came for his debut Josh Ruffles that meant we had four young teenagers on the park three in midfield. “Where the youngest side in the league,” we sang. Palace took control of the game with City stoutly defending with all the back four looking impressive despite the fact they are really three right backs and a left back. The young midfield were trying to create but Mr Miller throughout the game could not see the Eagles’ defender climbing and pulling Jutkiewicz giving the forward hardly a chance. Five minutes before the end Palace had the ball in the net by the way the referee acted and the players moving back towards the centre circle we thought they had scored despite a clear foul on Murphy. It was only when the keeper prepared to take the free kick we realised the goal was ruled out. Something apparently the idiots on CWR missed thinking Palace had the lead at half time. We were delight to make it to half time level.

Minutes into the half and Christie got in a great cross Jutkiewicz got a touch and the ball crossed the line there seemed to be stunned silence from the away fans as we thought the keeper had been fouled but no contact had been made and we led. “1-0 to the City Youth” we sang. Palace were pouring forward be the defence lead by Keogh were immense blocking several efforts. Palace won a series of corners but the young team had no problems dealing with them. Murphy finally managed to hold onto a shot and then Bigirimana cleared off the line. Up front Jutkiewicz was finding it hard with a defender sitting on his back but it did give room to O’Donovan who was having his best game for City as he fired over. City seemed to have weathered the storm and were venturing forward Clingan forced a save from the Palace keeper from a free kick. The with ten minutes to go the turning point O’Donovan did well to find space and play Jutkiewicz clean through we held our breaths and the big forward failed yet again to beat someone one-on-one. Minutes later he broke free again this time at a narrower angle and his shot was scrambled clear. In the last minute of normal time Palace attacked and there was yet another great block in the area but sadly Scannell followed up to level the game. Five minutes of injury time was shown and City attacked. With seconds left Christie was beaten and the winger fired in a cross any goalkeeper worth his salt would of held the pass but somehow Murphy not just fumbled the ball but knocked it across his own goal line to a disbelieving Easter for a tap in. Murphy fills me with no confidence time to give Dunn a game he can’t be any worse. We returned to the coach gutted fearing almost certain relegation and that only after three games. Got back just after 1.

Man of the Match
1st Richard Keogh Immense
2nd Martin Cranie Played very well
3rd Chris Hussey Played his part

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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2011/12   Sun Aug 14, 2011 9:21 pm

Birmingham City Vs Coventry City

So the first away league game of the season was for me only ½ hour up the road. We arrived just off the Coventry Road in good time with ¾ of the carload predicting a defeat. Last season we played them in the Cup and many bandwagons appeared this time it was down to the normal away support, if following City away can ever be called normal. With £30 a ticket it wasn’t too surprising we didn’t fill the away end. AT altered the formation playing one up front but being supported by two attacking midfielders. The team was in goal Murphy, with Christie, Cranie, Keogh and Hussey in defence leaving Bell, Clingan and Bigirimana in midfield with McSheffrey and O’Donovan in the attacking roles leaving Jutkiewicz up front.

The Sky Blues attacked the far end in the first half against a team that was predicted to challenge for promotion before things started to go wrong like their manager quitting and chairman being arrested. Players and officials wore black armbands in memory of three men that died in the recent riots trying to protect their business. The game started and only three minutes gone when Birmingham worked an opening their player seemed to have a free shot at goal until Clingan slid across for a great block tackle. We reminded the Birmingham fans they signed King with “She said no” song I was think “what hypocrites”. City were passing the ball well with Clingan running midfield and Cranie and Keogh mopping up any trouble. After a quarter of a hour O’Donovan found Jutkiewicz his first touch was excellent spinning away from his marker but then a familiar story as he failed to hit the target. City fans then amusingly accused all the Birmingham fans of being looters something they didn’t like to hear. Birmingham were looking a poor side struggling to pass the ball whilst City were looking better but without the cutting edge up front. After half an hour O’Donovan won a free kick and Clingan surprised most by not going for the top corner but hitting it hard along the ground it took a deflection and seemed to be sneaking in until Blues nose keeper Myhill pulled off an excellent save. Minutes later birthday boy McSheffrey tried a blast from distance forcing another save from Myhill. Leading the Brum attack was New Zealand International Chris Wood and he was awful so bad I wouldn’t want City to sign him despite our lack of forwards and to prove this the big forward headed over as Brum got more into the game. Right near the end of the half Clingan went down and looked in trouble as City were defending a corner but thankfully The Northern Ireland International responded to treatment and continued.

The second half was very much in the same vain as Myhill saved from Jutkiewicz. O’Donovan wasn’t seeing much of the ball but he kept making runs for a ball over the top but no one spotted this. McSheffrey was having a poor game far too easily knocked off the ball leaving the hard working Jutkiewicz isolated. In midfield Bell was making a mockery of a four-year contract whilst Bigirimana started to get on the ball more and Clingan was still well on top. The Blues were playing better and Gomis tried a shot, which was theatrically pushed away by Murphy. Both City full backs were looking confident and it was down the left we nearly scored when Hussey knocked in a long cross Myhill caught it and stumbled back tacking the ball close to the line there was a big appeal from the City fans that the ball had crossed the line but I thought at the time the keeper just about kept it out. The officials lead my Mr Bates were excellent during the game didn’t give the goal. McSheffrey then turned a player on the edge of the area but fired over this would have been a goal in December. Jutkiewicz then headed over. Sadly Blues manager Houghton took off Wood and replaced him with Adam Rooney. Minutes later the sub hit the post and knocked the rebound to Fahey who scored. There were plenty of “SISU out” chants from the away fans as the players heads dropped. AT threw on Jeffers for the disappointing O’Donovan late on with no cutting edge City were never going to score. The only consolation I can think off is we have played the two of the promotion favourites and at worst matched them the big test comes in the next few weeks. We desperately need investment and maybe Gary Hoffman who was in the crowd could swing something when he meets the board on Friday week.

Man of the Match
1st Sammy Clingan Ran midfield
2nd Martin Cranie Solid at the back
3rd Chris Hussey No problems in defence and looked dangerous going forward






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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2011/12   Sun Aug 07, 2011 9:44 pm

Coventry City Vs Leicester City

Managed to make my way to the Rioch to sit under the new impressive Jimmy Hill statue but I can’t ever remember looking forward to a season less than this one. The air was of general gloom around the club as we had failed to bring in any new outfield players meanwhile visitors Leicester have been spending money like mad and were one of the promotion favourites whilst we were joint relegation favourites.

In the ground only a disappointing 21,000 turned up to see boss Andy Thorn give full league debuts to three players including two kids. In goal was new boy Joe Murphy, the back four were a league debut for a player that last played at Morecambe Cyrus Christie with Keogh, Cranie and Hussey making up the back four in the midfield we had Clingan, Baker, Bell who somehow just wrangled a four year contract and debutant the amusingly named Gael Bigirimana who had apparently impressed in pre-season. Up front we had Jutkiewicz and McSheffrey. It was soon clear early on AT still liked his team to pass the ball in a style that won many fans for the manager during the end of the last season just a shame the board didn’t back him with any money. Ten minutes gone in the game when Keogh and Vassell challenged for a loose ball but the former England’s forward challenge was over the top and dangerous giving Mr Deadman no choice but to send him off. Leicester players were not happy and were in the face of the official from then on some very lucky not to get booked. There were cheers later when a squirrel ran onto the pitch no doubt the rodent had been in the ground all summer without being disturbed. City were playing quite well with the fullbacks raiding well Christie looking like he had a few years experience under his belt and not a single league cup game but it was the diminutive Bigirimana who was catching the eye in midfield with his good control and the ability to pick out a team mate with accurate passes we might just have a good player on our hands. The only thing that was missing was the final ball that and Jutkiewicz was playing like he did for most of the last season and not the new improved model we hoped for and McSheffrey was quiet but he never plays well until it gets cold. Finally with ten minutes to go Bell found room and had a blast on target from distance his shot was tipped over by former player Kasper Schmeichel. Minutes later Baker went in for a challenge on Wellens and the Foxes player rolled around like he had been shot the Leicester players demanded Baker had to be sent off with them being a big club Mr Deadman levelled things up with a straight red when a yellow would have been more appropriate. Leicester gained the upper hand for the rest of the half and should of taken the lead late on when former England forward Nugent headed against the post the ball rolled along the gaol line and stopped before Murphy picked it up. Minutes later Jutkiewicz curled one wide. Things were even in the 2nd half as City refused to be intimidated by the visitor’s massive budget. Six minutes into the half Leicester won a free kick and new boy Peltier headed past Murphy to give the visitors a lead. City despite some neat passing in midfield looked totally incapable of creating anything but we did have a chance when Jutkiewicz wriggled free of the defenders to have a run on goal his shot like so many times last season lacked any conviction and was easily saved by the keeper. AT sent on the pre-season’s top scorer O’Donovan for McSheffrey who spent the rest of the game hardly getting the ball and Wood replaced Christie. One of our best hopes for a goal would come from a set piece but the team’s lack of any height counted against us as most of our tall players were out injured. Leicester tried to slow the game down and picked up a rash of booking but they held out for a victory.

If Leicester are one of the top two sides in the division then maybe we can survive this season but we need investment into the club quickly otherwise it will be a very long season.

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1st Gael Bigirimana Looked class and can pass the ball and exciting prospect
2nd Cyrus Christie looks like we have produced another promising Coventry born fullback.
3rd Richard Keogh Lead well from the back
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