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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports 2015/16   Mon May 09, 2016 8:52 pm

Oldham Athletic Vs Coventry City


So the last game of the season and I took up driving duties to the north west of Manchester. Got there fifty minutes before kick off to a place that in the past was a real dump but things have changed since earlier last season, a new main stand is now in use and the big car park is now tarmaced. We were housed in the opposite end as normal so Boundary Park is one of the few ground I have see City in three difference sides. The main team news was a debut for the centre back Cian Harries. The full line up was Reece-Cook in goal, with Vincelot, Harries, Stephens and Hunt, in midfield we had Fleck, Bigirimana, Lameiras and Rose with Thomas and Armstrong up front.

City defended the end we were housed in a stand with a very low roof. All eyes were on the new boy early on but the lanky defender looked cool. Oldham looked better early on as Cookie needed to come out of his goal to head clear. City started to get more into it and from a corner Bigirimana headed wide. Armstrong, desperately trying to get his 20th almost intercepted a back pass to the keeper. City were looking solid at the back as Oldham fired wide. City won another corner but it was wasted with City fans singing “we never score from corners”. Oldham then came very close with a header but Cookie pulled off a brilliant save to concede a corner. The backing from the away end was superb considering we had nothing to play for. City were starting to play some good football with Bigirimana tidy in midfield. City were getting closer when Thomas had a chance but he decided to play in Armstrong and the opportunity was gone. City then came close with an Armstrong cross was met by Thomas who should have scored but he hit it too high. In the last second good work saw Hunt get a shot in on target. Half time no goals City still looking good for a top ten.

Another debutant was ready for the second half as Dion Kelly-Evans came on. The twin had a couple of nice touches and runs as City attacked the away end. The game itself now was looking like an end of season contest with no much happening. First sub saw Gadzhev replace Lameiras and the Bulgarian had several nice touches on the ball. Not long after Murphy came on for his swansong replacing Hunt. This change helped to energise the team and it seemed to be “let’s get Arma his goal”. City were increasing the pressure and had a great chance when Stephens had a shot blocked on the line but the ball fell to Vincelot with only the keeper to beat but Dummington spread himself well and blocked the attempt. Murphy took the corner and sent it in well, Vincelot got up and flicked the header past the keeper to give us the lead. Everyone now just wanted Armstrong to score as Murphy set off on a long dash up field and shot across goal but Armstrong didn’t read it and it went wide. Minutes later Armstrong had a chance but it was blocked. With ten minutes to go Murphy made another good run and picked out Armstrong wide, as the fans were trying to suck the ball into the net Armstrong checked to his right then moved to his left before blasting the ball past the keeper to finally signal his 20th, the away fans celebrated and Armstrong was mobbed by his team mates including Reece-Cook who had ran the length of the field to join in. So the season ended with an 8th placed finish only our second top ten since Sillet, the best goal difference since it was introduced, the best points haul since 3 points for a win came in and the same number of points was the previous season’s 6th placed team.

Man of the Match
1st Adam Armstrong: Never stopped working and finally 20 goals.
2nd Cian Harries: Cool debut
3rd Gael Bigirimana: Might just be a good player for next season.
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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports 2015/16   Sun May 01, 2016 9:25 pm

Coventry City Vs Sheffield United


So for the final home game of the season saw Sheffield United visit Coventry for a league game for the first time since August 2012 since the last two visits where in Northampton. 13,000+ turned up as City attempted to finish in the top ten of a division for only the second time since John Sillett was sacked over twenty years ago, we do really suffer. Also and amazingly remain unbeaten and City would have the best goal difference just Jimmy Hill lead us to promotion. The line sup were, in goal Charles-Cook, with Vincelot, Martin, Stephens and getting a rare start Hunt, in midfield we had Fleck, Cole, Rose with Armstrong dropping deeper and a first home start for George Thomas who has been impressing in the U21’s and finally up front was Fortune. The Blades still had a mathematical chance of the play offs.

City attacked the North Stand in the first half and minutes into the game Fortune got the attack rolling by finding Armstrong out wide, the forward cut in and had a blast at goal, Fortune was in the path of the ball and attempted to get out of the way but it hit him wrong-footed Long in the goal and City led. City kept up the pressure and minutes later Cole played a great ball through and Rose was first to react to lift the ball past the keeper and it was 2-0. Was another Bury on the cards? I tautened the United fans that “this will happen when we have a neutral ref”. City fans meanwhile were booing McEveloy every time he got the ball because he was the one that hacked down Lameiras in the away game and wasn’t sent off, it wasn’t his fault he didn’t receive a red card he tried his best. City, not surprisingly were looking confident as Thomas got a shot in on target. Slowly The Blades started to get more into the game with some good passing in a game well run by Mr Davey. Hunt seemed to be the weak link in the back four but both Martin and Stephens were defending well. The pressure had to tell and a cross from the right saw Che Adams hit one wide, so we thought until a corner was given after a good save by Charles-Cook. The rain then started to come down as City were trying to hit United on the break. Another attack went past Hunt and Charles-Cook came out wide in his area but the player beat him to the ball as the keeper back-peddled the defence remained solid to prevent any attacks. The pattern stayed the same for the rest of the half with United pressing but City looking solid.

The second half saw no change in the play in an enjoyable game. The keeper had to be alert to keep them out in the 50th minute. Minutes later Stephens, a player we would all love to see next season, had a mazy Konjic style run up the field winning a corner. The referee then got into the action with a blatant dive yards outside the penalty box but didn’t book himself. Despite their pressure Sheffield didn’t look like scoring as Sharp fired wide but then Mr Davey emerged and pointed to the spot, by the ref’s actions looks like he spotted a push by Martin in the area. Sharp took it and blasted it straight and United were back in the game. City now were getting more into the game as Cole saw the keeper of his line but couldn’t get enough bend on the shot to score. The first change was made as Thomas went off after playing well and on came Jones to see if he could finally be on a winning side in the league for the first time in his career. Rose then went down with an injury and was replaced by Phillips, who according to his Dad will be leaving the club in the summer. City players were working hard and many several good blocks to keep the lead as the rains stopped and the sun came back out. Mowbray then decided to go for a different approach, taking off Fortune, who had played well and brining on Lameiras, so going for pace up front to hit The Blades on the counter-attack. Fleck picked up his normal unnecessary booking before the ref managed to catch a throw in before ordering a retake. City were now finding holes in the Blades defence as Jones and Lameiras both had shots blocked. Then with three minutes to go Armstrong found Jones, the wide player made a run into the area and found an unmarked Lameiras who beat the keeper for his first home goal. In the dieing minutes Lameiras went forward again and had Armstrong in acres of space signalling for a chance for a long awaited 20th League goal but the Portuguese player hit one on target forcing a good save. Finally Mr Davey blew to signal what was a good home campaign.

City will miss out on the play off maybe the defeats at Sheffield United, thanks to the ref, Shrewsbury and Peterborough, thanks in not being able to convert chances cost us. The wins at home this season is the highest since the 1987 season. The player did a lap of appreciation well received by the fans one year it may be a lap of honour.

Man of the Match
1st Jack Stephens: One of 14 defenders we have used this season.
2nd Aaron Martin: Consistent
3rd John Fleck: Player of the season in my opinion
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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports 2015/16   Sun Apr 24, 2016 8:35 pm

Doncaster Rovers Vs Coventry City

Twos win a row meant that City’s season was still alive as we travelled to the always friendly Doncaster. Rovers looked doomed until a recent upturn in form has given them a chance. City’s team for the penultimate away game of the season was in goal Reece-Cook with Phillips, Martin, Stephens, Ricketts, in midfield we had Jones, Fleck, Vincelot and Rose with Armstrong up front.

City started well attacking the end we were in and made inroads. Five minutes and won City a free kick taken by Jones it only juts missed Rose at the far post. At the other end Rovers went close. Armstrong won a corner as City were edging it and looking good going forward. Next chance came when Jones and Rose combined to set Fleck up for a shot at the keeper. At the other end Reece-Cook had to stretch to knock a cross out for a corner. The corner was taken by Gary McSheffrey who is the driving force behind Rovers resurgence, he swung the corner in and Rowe flicked it home and yet another goal conceded from a corner. City hit back with Armstrong getting in a shot and the lively Rose shooting over. Then in the far penalty area McSheffrey went down with and injury and had to be taken off with good applause coming from the City end he was replaced by Nathan Tyson. Minutes later Tyson was given too much room down the wing he crossed and Williams was left all alone to nod past Reece-Cook to finish off our season, it was a bad goal to concede. Doncaster now full of confidence took control whilst most City players lost heart. Ten minutes later City mustered an attack but the keeper, Matthews slid in on the far right of his area to collect the ball but his momentum took him and the ball outside the box and City had a free kick but the referee Mr Hadley, angered the away fans by not booking the keeper. Doncaster saw out the rest of the half without any bother.

The second half saw Doncaster camped in our half with a series of corners. Changes were finally made when Tudgay replaced Jones and Vincelot was replaced by a player making his debut in Vladimir Gadzhev, City’s first ever Bulgarian player. Now he came from Levksi my second favourite team, so I had a couple of “Levski” chants and “We hate C.S.K.A” with Kev replying with “on your own”. The midfielder looked tidy on the ball. Just after an hour Armstrong got a weak header on goal prompting the City fans to sing “we’ve had a shot on goal”. Maddison came on for Murphy as City were not really looking like they could get back into the game. Tudgay put a header wide before Reece-Cook showed good reactions to keep Tyson out. Fleck put one across the area before the poor ref finally decided to book a player. Doncaster coasted to victory in a poor City performance.

Man of the Match
1st Andy Rose: Shows promise for next season
2nd No one else:
3rd The fans: 46 years no top six always next season

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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports 2015/16   Wed Apr 20, 2016 9:04 pm

Coventry City Vs Bradford City

With the play offs still a mathematical possibility City took on their fourth top six side in a row as the Bantams were in town a team that last lost in Coventry in 2001. T.M tinkered with the formation for the battle against the most physical side in League one by play five at the back including wing backs. In goal was Reece-Cook with Phillips, Vincelot, Martin, Stephens and Ricketts at the back, in midfield we had Lameiras, Maddison, Fleck and Cole with Armstrong up front.

The game kicked off and Bradford hoofed the ball in the first seconds. The visitors started off the brighter and Reece-Cook had an easy deflected shot to save. Backed by a noisy travelling army they drove their team on and City were guilty of losing possession in midfield with surprisingly Cole the main culprit. City were knuckling down to some hard work to keep the visitors at bay with a couple of good blocks. It was easy to see why Bradford concede so few goals and why they have trouble scoring as well typified by Kyle Reid, skilful fast but unable to deliver. City now had got into the game and started to dominate possession but Bradford are well drilled and City found it hard to break them down, all-in-all it wasn’t a great spectacle. City kept probing and finally won a free kick when Cole was brought down, Maddison took it and it deflected off the wall and keeper Williams managed to clear. At the other end referee Mr Lewis missed a clear foul on Cole forcing Ricketts to clear for a corner to break up the attack. City were patiently making inroads into Bradford when a good ball found Ricketts he beat one player and was just about to shot when he was deigned by a perfectly timed tackle. A big moment just after 30 minutes when Armstrong on the ball in the area had his arm pulled and was dragged down but no penalty. The half seemed to be heading for no goals when the lively Lameiras entered the area and seemed to be brought down from behind still no penalty. Half time came as the fans booed the referee for not pointing to the spot.

The second half continued in the same vain as City keeping the ball and Bradford attempting to catch City on the break but when they did they shot from distance and not very accurately. With the game at a stalemate T.M decided to change things but the two coming raised quite a few eyebrows, Rose and Bigirimana replaced Cole and Lameiras. Seconds later a high ball was sent to Armstrong a defender got to it but only clear it in the path of Rose, the sub didn’t break his stride but smashed the ball into the back of the net from the edge of the area; we all agreed Mowbray was a genius after all. Bradford hit back and should have levelled when Clarke had a free shot on target but fired wide under pressure. Rose then had another attempt on goal as the game was hotting up. Then at the other end a header seemed to be looping over the keeper but Cookie got a hand on it to tip it over. Tudgay replaced Maddison as an outlet but it was now mostly Bradford. Rose and Fleck picked up yellow cards as the game went on. City were defending well and withstanding the physical approach. Then with eight minutes of normal time remaining Stephens went down on the edge of the box it was right in the eye line of the Linesman, Mr Lewis ran over and with a quick glance to his assistant showed Steve Davies a straight red so he could retire like his snooker almost namesake. Looking back on match highlights it was clear the Bradford player kicked our defender off the ball and could have no complaints. Vincelot also picked up a yellow card as it was backs to the wall time. Bradford sent on the dangerous target man James Hanson. They kept up the pressure but City were defending well helped by Reece-Cook coming off his line and dealing with corners. Fleck had a shot on goal as five minutes of injury time was announced. They kept bombarding the defence but everyone was working hard but the referee decided to give them a free kick after it looked a good challenge, Evans took it but Cookie dived to his left to pull off a good save. Deep into injury time far more than I thought Bradford won a corner their goalkeeper came up for it but it was cleared and the referee blew for full time signalling an interest still in the season.

Man of the match
1st Reece Charles-Cook: Commanded his area well
2nd Jack Stephens stood up to the physical aspects until he was kicked down
3rd Arran Martin: Solid at the back
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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports 2015/16   Sun Apr 17, 2016 9:30 pm

Coventry City Vs Millwall

On a cold day City took on Play Off chasing Millwall at the Ricoh. The Loins brought a good following up from darkest deepest London to see if they could revenge their mauling earlier in the season. City’s team was in goal Reece-Cook, with Phillips, Martin, Stephens and Ricketts at the back, Lameiras, Fleck, Vincelot, Rose and Cole in midfield with Armstrong up front.

City attacked the end with the Millwall fans in the first half but it was the visitors looking more confident early on when O’Brien fired on target Reece-Cook did well to turn the ball around the post after seven minutes. The game itself wasn’t great with both sets of defenders looking solid. At the other end City had a chance when Phillips volleyed in a shot in the style his dad used to hit them but this one was wide. The London side still looking better when they had a shot blocked. Millwall had another corner minutes later and the ball sailed in and Webster was unmarked and headed home to give them the lead. Phillips had a shot blocked at the other end as the Millwall fans taunting Joe Cole for his West Ham connections. A couple of missed shots from both sides but it was looking easy for the visitors. City then had a shot that hit the post and Cole slotted the ball home but the linesman already had his flag up for a clear off side. After 26 minutes Millwall won a free kick but then inexplicably Millwall’s Williams squared up to little Lameiras and planted a head but square on him, there was a bout of handbags before the referee Mr Haywood got around to the only option possible and showed the Millwall player a red card, he also booked Lameiras for reasons known only to himself. Suddenly City had a way back into the game. Millwall now dropped back to defend the lead and hit City on the break whilst City started to keep possession and patiently look for a way back in. Lameiras was being booed by the Millwall fans every time he touched the ball for having the effrontery be being head butted. Changes were made to the Millwall side and surprisingly for City as well as off went Vincelot on came Maddison, no doubt swapping ball winning for ball retention. City started to camp in the Millwall half as both Phillips and Fleck had a shot blocked. Fleck and Cole were pulling the strings in midfield as we approached the end of the half. Fleck then forced a corner after the keeper saved a shot as City were getting closer. Rose headed the corner over. City were staring to break through in injury time as Ricketts had an header then Maddison had a shot blocked before Armstrong drove one across the box with no one able to get a touch the half ended with the visitors in front.

City players came out followed by the officials but they went back in as Millwall were not out yet the waiting City players were encouraged by Cole into another huddle as it seemed the visitors were trying to waste time even before the half had started.

City started well in the second half as Ricketts found Lameiras who fired wide. City are not a good side to play if you have a player off since we are very good at retaining the ball and passing and Millwall found it hard to get out of their own half with Cole and Fleck running the show. Maddison was then played in by Cole and tested the keeper. Maddison had another shot blocked as City kept up the pressure without looking like to break through. T.M then decided on a bold move off went Ricketts and on came Tudgay, with Rose dropping back at left back and City going two up front. Millwall enjoyed a rare attack at the other end just firing wide. The Chim Chimmery song came out from I think the Millwall end aimed at West Ham or it might have been the City fans as Villa were being relegated; both sets of fans hate those chaps in claret and blue. City kept up the passing and in the 61st minute Phillips knocked the ball back to Fleck who unleashed a terrific shot 25 yards straight past the keeper and City were level. It was Fleck’s eight league goal for us four of them this season, let’s hopes he signs up for another season with us. The Lions hit back with a couple of corners that thankfully City dealt with. With the sun blazing down on my left we where treated to the bizarre sight of snow falling to our right for a couple of minutes. Both Phillips and Armstrong had shots as it was again total dominations by City. Murphy was being warmed up and was ready to come on as City attacked again but he had to sit back down again because Armstrong entered the area and his shot was deflected wide but Tudgay took off after it the keeper looked favourite to reach it first but the forward dived in and poke it past him to give City a deserved lead. Millwall tried to hit back but City now had a grip on the game as I started to countdown the minutes left. With five minutes of normal time left Lorentzson came on for Lameiras. One moment of panic when Reece-Cook came too far off his line and his punch wasn’t great but Millwall couldn’t get a shot back in on goal and City survived. City seemed to have seen the game out when the hardworking Tudgay got around a defender and was brought down in the box, free kick to Millwall signalled Mr Haywood maybe just the right decision. With Millwall pouring players forward City caught them on the counter with Armstrong running at them he found Maddison but his shot was wayward close in to the goal. Straight from this Millwall attacked and got a shot in that was heading for the top corner until Reece-Cook superbly tipped it over; City defended the corner before the ref blew for full time to signal a much needed win.

Man of the match
1st John Fleck: Great goal from a great player
2nd Joe Cole: Kept things ticking in midfield
3rd Aaron Phillips: Getting better all the time needs a new contract.
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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports 2015/16   Sun Apr 10, 2016 8:14 pm

Wigan Athletic Vs Coventry City

We decided to take the Sky Blue’s Trust Coach for our first visit to Wigan for ten years. We stopped off at Newton-le-Willows had a bet on the Grand National and had a pleasant hour in a nice pub before setting off again. The team news had then come through and there was consternation on the coach as six loan players were in the squad, one more than permitted but ten minutes later Maddison was dropped from the bench, next season we need far fewer loans. The line up was in goal Charles-Cook, with Phillips, Martin, Stephens and Ricketts, in midfield we had Fleck, Vincelot, Armstrong, Jones and Bigirimana with Tudgay up front.

A good turn out in the away end saw City attack the far end in the first half against the league leaders. Bigirimana found Vincelot early on who fired wide. City had started off well against the big spending team when Armstrong got a shot on target. Jones was looking lively on the wing whilst Martin was cleaning things up at the back. City kept pressing and Fleck forced the keeper to turn a shot around the post. Former City loanee Leon Barnett then headed one wide from a corner as both sides seemed evenly matched. One thing Wigan were better at than City was falling to the floor as they kept doing this throughout the game and the referee fell for it, so to speak. One tumble saw a free kick that was headed away by Martin who was ahead of the line when the kick was taken. Jones had a shot on target before Tudgay forced one inches wide. Half time no goal the team applauded off.

Second half Wigan came out fired up with a chance to pull clear at the top started to stroke the ball around well and City struggled to get out of our own half. The first change happened as Bigirimana was replaced by Cole. The pressure continued when former City player of the season Stephen Warnock found the £900,000 striker, Grigg who scored from close in to give The Latics the lead. Cole was then booked the only thing he did during the game before the manager brought on Murphy and Fortune for Vincelot and Tudgay. Fortune, a former Wigan player received plenty of abuse from the Wigan fans. Wigan a team that wasn’t even a league side the last time we ended in the top six. The pressure kept on as the subs offered nothing when a Wigan player went down int eh area the referee waited before pointing to the spot, up stepped Grigg but after conceding over 15 penalties this season Charles-Cook guessed correctly diving to his left to pull off a great save, oh how we celebrated. City were still solid at the back but carried no threat up front as many of our players seemed to be already on the beach. The game ended in a 1-0 defeat and the season thankfully is nearly over.

Man of the Match
1st Aaron Martin: A rock at the back.
2nd Reece Charles-Cook: He saved a penalty!
3rd John Fleck: If he goes we will miss him
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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports 2015/16   Sun Apr 03, 2016 8:49 pm

Gillingham Vs Coventry City

A rare occasion this season as all five of us travelled to Gillingham but before at our meeting point at Lutterworth we had our tradition English breakfast to start of the day off. The long trip down went off without a hitch and we arrived in good time for the team coach. Stephen Hunt had yet another new look shaving his bear off whilst former Levski player Vlad was on the coach and inside the ground Peter “The Cone-Man” was putting him through his paces were the Bulgarian looked knackered. The theory coming down was the pressure was off City so they could relax and play better whilst the pressure was on Gillingham the side we demolished 4-1 to go top which was a false dawn. The starting line up was announced and it had a few surprises, first off Armstrong was on the bench, the line up was Reece-Cook in goal, with Ricketts, Martin, Stephens and seemingly from nowhere Phillips. In midfield we had Vincelot playing in yet another position as he was deployed in the attacking midfield role with the disappointing inclusion of Bigirimana in midfield, also playing there were Fleck, Murphy and Jones with Tudgay up front on a rare start.

Thankfully there was no rain as we took to the open seating area behind the goal before kick off. The Gills started off slightly better attacking the end we were in and had a header on target after six minutes by the mask wearing player Ehmer but no trouble for Reece-Cook in goal. After 13 minutes Gillingham had to make a sub as former loan player Samuels was forced off with an injury he received reception from the City fans, on came Rory Donnelly a player that came on loan at City but only lasted a day before running off home to Swansea and what I saw I glad he did. Gillingham had a shot blocked but City were looking solid all over the pitch even Bigirimana was having a good game in midfield as when he got the ball he held it and passed to a team mate, whilst Vincelot looked good in his attacking role but also dropped back to cover a suspect looking Ricketts at left back. City kept it tight as Gillingham just looked poor up front and in fact at the back Tudgay was winning all the headers before Bigirimana flashed one not too far wide at our end. His performance divided opinion after the game with receiving 4,5,6,7 and 8 out of 10 from the five in the car after. City were looking good down the right with Phillips combining well with Jones who started to get into his stride and taking on the opposition left back. One moment the new winger skinned his full back but couldn’t deliver the final ball. Half time no goals but the City fans a lot happier with the performance.

Second half City attacked towards us as Gillingham were still looking really poor and had a shot go wide. Tudgay then fired wide before the first sub as Armstrong came on but surprisingly it was Jones and not Murphy that went off but apparently Jodi had a dead-leg. Gael had another shot that had us jumping up for a second. City were now looking the better side when Murphy cut in and sent a shot over the keeper only for it to hit the crossbar, Vincelot was convinced the keeper got a touch but the referee who wasn’t very good awarded a goal kick. It was a pretty poor game with not much happening but City still looked the better. The P.A. then announced that the defender El-Abd was given man of the match seconds later he cleared the ball over the stand “that’s why your man of the match” we sang. As the game was looking like a bore draw there was a mistake at the back and Tudgay raced in and beat the keeper but his shot hit the bar and was clear, we were that close. The ref blew for full time and we left pleased with the performance.
Man of the Match
1st Aaron Martin: Solid at the back
2nd Gael Bigirimana: Best game of the season by a mile
3rd Romain Vincelot: Looked good in his new role



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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports 2015/16   Thu Mar 31, 2016 2:10 am

Coventry City Vs Colchester United

Some bright spark though Tuesday night was a better option than Wednesday of even next week, this meant for the first time in a generation City were playing at the same time as England, that coupled with rain, the season almost over and modest opposition meant a small crowd but it peaked just over ten thousand which is not bad considering. The team for our last chance of saving the season was in goal Reece-Cook, with Lorentzson, Stephens, Martin and Ricketts at the back, in midfield we had Fleck, Vincelot, Cole and making his home debut was Jones leaving Fortune and Murphy in the more forward roles.

The sides changed ends before kick off with City attacking towards the small but admirably hard core Colchester fans in the first half. City looked busy early on as Murphy had a shot charged down before winning a corner but there were eyebrows raised at the set piece tactic, Cole took it but both Murphy and Jones stood outside the area. Pretty soon though Colchester started to take a grip, yes Colchester a team ten points from safety with the worse goal difference in the division. They came close with a good ball in that Lorentzson did well to avoid scoring an own goal. City were struggling to get out their own half but when they did it was normally Jones on a run and a good ball from the new boy found Murphy who blazed over. Then another move from Colchester saw the ball cross and Massey close in for a simple goal to give them the deserved lead. City looked lost and their slow passing and build up play reminded me of Pressley in his worse days. Cole had a couple of efforts one wide and another one straight at the keeper. Vincelot headed wide from a Cole corner as City started to make inroads and the fans started to get behind them. City keep pressing and near the end of the half Vincelot as in the box he turned and was pulled down, penalty said the very good referee Mr Robinson and no one could argue. We were all surprised to see Murphy step up and take it, he fired tamely to the keepers left and he saved and yet another penalty wasted. Half time the team was booed off.

Second half started with United in their orange kit sitting back which was good news for Ricketts who was struggling to keep his winger in check. One player that seemed to have confidents was Jodi Jones who time and again ran at his full back but we will soon coach that out of him. Jones was then seemed to be hacked down in the area but we wouldn’t have scored from it anyway. Vincelot had a shot charged down as he started to play more and more up field as the game went on. City’s slow tippy tappy passing wasn’t working. Finally a change was made of went Fortune and on came Lameiras. Tudgay then replaced Murphy and the forward did well to get a volley away from a corner but he couldn’t keep it down. Colchester, a team with an appalling goal conceding record looked comfortable at the back and Reece-Cook had to be alert to keep his team in it. City did get another effort on target a header from Tudgay and that forward was the last non-City defender to score with a header away to Crawley last season! City kept trying but their keeper had a quiet second half before the referee called a halt to the season.

Man of the Match
1st Jodi Jones: Skilful but one footed.
2nd Romain Vincelot: Tried playing defensive and attacking midfield in on e game
3rd The Fans For turning up.
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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports 2015/16   Sun Mar 27, 2016 1:49 am

Peterborough Untied Vs Coventry City

Out of the 21 times we have played a League Game on a Good Friday 17 of them had been away and we only won four of those. So a trip on what seemed like the wrong day but thankfully it was only Peterborough not too far to travel for a Sky Match at night. Both teams were missing two first team regulars from the line up and if wasn’t on Sky Peterborough would have got the game called off. TM had to shuffle the pack and sent out his side; in goal Reece-Cook, with Ricketts, Martin, Vincelot and Lorentzson at the back, in midfield we had Cole, Bigirimana, Fleck and Rose, Murphy was playing in the Armstrong position with Fortune up front. With results going for us a win would put us back into the top six as Mowbray and his staff seemed already building for next season with some signings.

The Posh started the better with by far their best outfield player Maddison slamming a free kick into the wall Joe Cole then did the same at the other end as we soon coached his set piece ability out of him. City started to take the upper hand and gave United’s defence problems and almost took the lead when Fortune pulled the ball back to Cole and the former England international was turned over by Alnwich in the home goal. City kept up the pressure with Murphy looking a lot better in his role when he almost broke the deadlock, racing onto the ball he hit a blistering shot that hit the post and the referee Mr Kavanagh awarded a corner meaning Alnwich had got a hand to it. City kept up the pressure and won another corner, Cole delivered it well and Rose headed wide. Now I started to have a feeling of déjà vu as the same thing happened at Shrewsbury with City cutting the oppositions to pieces without scoring. Murphy was again on the run and got past his defender only for the keeper to save again, by now City should have won the game. City kept going as Fortune got into the box drew the keeper out and knocked the ball over him but Posh had defenders on the line and they cleared. I was getting increasingly nervous as City couldn’t get the ball into the net when Murphy got in a shot but it lacked power. It was all City when Ricketts decided to go on a long run ending with a powerful shot that again Alnwick tipped over. A minute later he was at it again this time turning a Fortune shot around the post. The home side seemed to have ridden the storm and forced Cookie Monster into his first save. The Posh started to win a series of corners before half and the inevitable happened when Bostwich headed home from a Maddison corner to give the home side the lead. We were in a state of shock it was Shrewsbury all over again.

TM made a change at half time giving a debut to Jodi Jones the midfielder with a girl’s name and his hair in a bun, who can’t get into the first team of the worst side in the league and has never been on a winning side but he did look useful after a good ball from Bigirimana the Number 45 had a shot that looked on target deflected wide. Fleck then had a shot saved. The Posh were getting more into the game when they spotted our weak link, Bigirimana always turns back when he gets the ball to get the ball on his favoured foot the Posh midfield knew this and the midfielder started to lose the ball. That was enough for the boss as he took him off when threw Henderson on to pep up our attack. Minutes later Maddison, Peterborough hold on to their Maddisons, crossed and Angol rolled the ball past Reece-Cook to make it two in front of a disbelieving away following. City kept the attacks coming as Murphy found himself in a wide position in the box he blasted for goal only for the post to save Peterborough; things were not going our way. Minutes later Posh won a corner but City broke at pace though Murphy, he raced down the wing and squared the ball were the oldest player on the pitch, Cole was on hand to stroke the ball home and bring City right back into the game. With the away fans still buzzing suddenly Henderson had a free run on goal but inexplicably fell over with no one near him has the City fans had their heads in their hands. Jones who showed promise for next season had a shot saved. If City’s luck wasn’t in they could be no doubt as Reece-Cook saved well but it dropped right in front of Beautyman who couldn’t miss and somehow we were 3-1 down. Fortune was then taken off with what looks like and injury and Tudgay came on. Peterborough were allowed to get away with blatant time wasting before Maddison had two good efforts go over before man of the match Alnwich saved from Cole and Fleck before finally a great save from Ricketts before the end.

Man of the Match
1st Jacob Murphy: Better option at the moment than Armstrong
2nd John Fleck Played well in midfield
3rd Marc Antoine-Fortune Lead the line well.

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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports 2015/16   Sun Mar 20, 2016 9:42 pm

Coventry City Vs Swindon Town

So the Robins were in town with an incredible record against City no defeats in the last ten league games they also brought a large away following boosting the attendance. The line up was in goal Reece-Cook, with Lorentzson, Martin, Stephens and Ricketts at the back, with Fleck, Vincelot, Cole, Rose and Armstrong playing just behind Fortune up front. Town are on a good run unbeaten in the last six and this game was billed as the battle of the hot shots as Ajose was top scorer with 20 and Armstrong still stuck on 19.

City started fairly well when a Cole cross wasn’t too far away from Fortune. City looked balanced going forward with two players that look like being here next season impressing Rose was the main one but Lorentzson also looked useful when he picked out Fleck who shot wide. The game itself wasn’t great despite both teams wanting to get the ball down and play but both defences were well on top as Swindon had a shot blocked. Swindon started to up the pace and had a shot blocked before getting one on target but no trouble for the keeper that broke the no conceding record against them earlier in the season. A touch of dithering left Swindon on the attack until Vincelot took one for the team and was booked by the good referee Mr England. Rogers took the free kick and for a spilt second it looked in but it hit the back of the net from the wrong way round for Swindon. Reece-Cook had a couple of catches from shots but in truth City’s defence had a tight grip on Ajose and Co whilst things were not running for Armstrong at the other end. Joe Cole had a tame effort on target as the pattern continued. Later on Cole then put in a perfect cross and Rose dived in to put the ball in the back of the net totally unmarked but a linesman flag was up and we had to sit down again. In the dieing seconds of the half a cross came and Obika couldn’t make contact with the goal at his mercy.

This game was finely balanced and I had the feeling one goal would win it for either side. Before the start we had the unpleasant sight of one of the Swindon players throwing up on the pitch. The game started and Swindon were still edging the tie when Reece-Cook had more catching practice. Swindon fans sang “you only here to see the Town” it must be nice for them to go into a ground that doesn’t look like a fire trap. With the game going nowhere both managers opted for a change for City Murphy replaced Cole and Maddison replaced Fortune. The changes helped to get City more of the ball as Maddison went down but it was a foul. Murphy had a shot blocked before the final sub was sent on. Henderson replaced Lorentzson and City had a targetman. This changed worked as the big guy up front was winning his fair share of headers. Both sides had attempts but only half chances then it could have broke for City as Murphy won the ball and charged into the box but he delayed a second too long and his cross pass to Henderson was cut out. The big forward then volleyed embarrassingly wide. Still both defences were well on top had it was hard to see who Ajose and Armstrong had scored 39 league goals between them. Deep into injury time City won a corner and it fell to Henderson he had a shot heading toward the top corner but Belford in the away goal somehow kept it out and we had to settle for a point.

A win and we would have been back in the top six and it looks like a battle for the 6th place but the fans did applaud the team off after the efforts.

Man of the Match
1st Andy Rose: Looks a good prospect for next season
2nd Jack Stephens: Solid at the back
3rd Aaron Martin: Ajose in the back pocket
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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports 2015/16   Sun Mar 13, 2016 10:26 pm

Blackpool Vs Coventry City

With three of our normal party off on jollies in Blackpool Paul and I took the coach for the long trip to Blackpool after a good journey to the seaside we arrived in enough time to have a look around. We walked to the Tower before a stroll along the prom but no brass bands playing. Inside Bloomfield Road we were in a different stand to the one we have been in for others games in here as we looked for our first League win here since 1922-1923. The team was in goal Reece-Cook, with Ricketts, Martin, Stephens and Stokes with Murphy, Vincelot, Fleck, Maddison in midfield, Armstrong playing deep and Fortune up front. This was a massive game with Blackpool struggling and we losing four in a row a win was needed to keep in touch with the top six. Three thousand away fans turned up many on spending the weekend there matching the numbers of home fans at a club in a massive spiral.

The pitch wasn’t looking in the best condition as the game got underway. City conceded a corner early on as the relegated threatened team started well. Meanwhile the City fans sang “We want Oyston out” in support of the home fans wish to get rid of their not very unpopular owner. Charles-Cook then made his first save as City were finding it hard to get forward. Finally City got going and a good move saw Fleck fire just wide. City were defending well with Martin looking good at the back. City came close with Stokes heading the ball just over at the other end. The game itself wasn’t great and it was very tense. Murphy put one wide after a good attack. City won a corner and Murphy sent it over, Martin headed it but it seemed a simple catch for The Seasiders keeper Doyle who played once in the League Cup for us, but he couldn’t hold on to a routine catch and Fortune was on hand to blasted it into the roof of the net from a couple of yards out. City fans let off a sky blue flare in the side stand. Not long after Blackpool came close with a rasping shot that for a second looked in but was just wide. City looked in control with the home side looked poor with their right back Boyce looking really poor. Fortune was leading the line well when Murphy had a shot blocked. Fleck had a shot blocked as the game went on well run by the referee Mr Brown. In the last five minutes Reece-Cook saved well before the half came to an end with City in front.

Second half City were kicking towards the away fans. Not long into the game a City player was fouled but Mr Brown waved on an advantage that was immediately lost. The young City fans near us had a remarkable depth of knowledge of old songs as they sung tunes to Norman Greenbaum’s Spirit in the Sky from the 19070’s, the Logic Song from Supertramp in the 1980’s and Achy Breaky Heart from Billy Ray Cyrus sang in praise of John Fleck. City gave away a soft corner but the defenders were playing well and Reece-Cook handling was good. Reece-Cook made a standard save as it was still very tense. First change for City as Rose replaced Maddison. Murphy headed over before they had a shot blocked. Murphy was then replaced by Cole. Blackpool headed wide was we started to count down the time. Blackpool never looked like scoring but with City only a goal up anything could happen. Fortune was then taken off with great applause from the away fans and was replaced by Tudgay. Stokes put one just wide with a header as City couldn’t get the killer goal. Blackpool sub Ikpeazu had a chance from a corner but blasted it embarrassingly high. Back at our end Armstrong seemed to be dragged back when he was played in by Tudgay and we demanded a booking from the ref who awarded a City free kick only when he saw his linesman he reserved the free kick. Rose got a header on target but an easy catch for the keeper. With not long left Stokes went down and stayed down as he seemed to injured his knee it looked serious but Pool were still attacking soon the ref called a halt to the game and Stokes was taken off with the City fans singing “We love you Stokesy”. Now City had to play with ten men and the injury meant a seven minute injury time to survive. Rose dropped back into the left back slot. As Blackpool pressed an increasing number of sea birds settled on our half of the pitch maybe a vulture or two to feed on Blackpool. The home side were pressing as Ikpeakzu handled the ball and City blocked a shot as the countdown continued another blocked shot saw the game in the last seconds when a cross saw the ball enter the back of the net but immediately we could see the Blackpool players not celebrating and Mr Brown pointing indicating a free kick before booking Samuel for a handball seconds later the ref blew for at last a win in Blackpool and our first single goal victory since Port Vale on Boxing Day.

Man of the Match
1st Aaron Martin: Outstanding at the back
2nd Mark-Antoine Fortune: Led the line well.
3rd Jack Stephens: Defended well.


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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports 2015/16   Wed Mar 09, 2016 10:01 pm

Shrewsbury Town Vs Coventry City

A slow drive up to Shrewsbury but were got there in plenty of time for our game in hand. The line up was in goal Reece-Cook, with Ricketts, Martin, Stephens, Stokes in defence, Cole, Vincelot, Fleck, Murphy in midfield, Armstrong playing the number 10 role with Fortune up front, now we all wanted a forward to come and partner Armstrong up front but not Fortune.

City attacked the far end in the first half and Armstrong was brought down in the opening minutes forcing the pretty good referee Mr Stocksbridge to hand out a lecture. City kept up the pressure as Armstrong had a shot charged down and Cole curled one over. Murphy then busted forward but was hacked down by Whalley who found his way into the ref’s notebook. The free kick was knocked to Fleck who tried his luck from distance the keeper seemed to have it covered but it slipped from his grasp and Martin was on hand to score only his second goal for the club, what a start. City now were back in the top six and looking a lot better. Murphy went close with another shot as the pressure continued. Then out of the blue Murphy lost the ball and it was played to Kaikai who raced forward rounded the keeper and levelled the game. Despite that City were still looking the better side and the one that was really impressing was Fortune up front, who was holding the ball up well and getting the midfielders into the game. Another free kick and another shot by Fleck again saw their woeful keeper fail to hold but it fell to Stokes who couldn’t tuck it away. City kept the pressure on with some good football as Fleck tried a chip that wasn’t too far away. Fortune gave the Shrews trouble at the Ricoh and he was proving a handful again freeing up Armstrong in a slightly deeper role. Not long after a delightful ball by Fortune freed Cole on the right for a run in on goal he had a chance to square it to Armstrong but decided to shot and that was noting short of dreadful way below a standards of a former England regular. Town were at full stretch to contain City and soon one of their defenders had to go off after picking up an injury chasing Armstrong. Fortune was enjoying himself and set up a chance with a back heel to Murphy forcing the keeper to block. It was still nearly all City when Fleck had a shot deflected wide. Murphy then went close with another shot as City were on top but couldn’t get a goal the play deserved. Into the last five minutes and Shrewsbury started to get forward more as Whalley slipped past Stokes the fullback tugged him back giving them a free kick and no complaints about a yellow card. The kick was taken and Whalley headed it past Reece-Cook to give the home side a totally undeserved lead, I was in shock. Now Shrewsbury were on top buoyed by the goal when Black unleashed a terrific shot that was goal-bound Reece-Cook got a palm to it to deflect the power drive over the bar. Half time somehow City were losing.

City now attacking the end where we were pressed early but the home side broke up the attack and lunched themselves downfield, Vassell outpaced Ricketts and looked like he had a clear run down the wing but then suddenly we saw Reece-Cook haring out of his box wide and slide in to execute a perfect tackle any defender would be proud of. Meanwhile back at the other end Shrewsbury were sitting deep and trying to hit City on the break but City’s passing was good and soon won a free kick, Mr Stocksbridge lined up a wall that didn’t look the correct distance away but Cole’s kick was poor and straight into the wall. It was an exciting game as City were pressing hard and the home side got forward in numbers and they nearly wrapped it up but a header was planted over. Then Reece-Cook had to pull off another good save from long range. Fortune was still using the ball well and played in Armstrong who couldn’t get the power on for a shot on target. At the other end a shot by Shrewsbury’s Cole dipped and bounced awkwardly but Reece-Cook was equal to it for another good save. The first change was made as Lameiras replaced the disappointing Joe Cole. City soon after won a free kick as the City fans mockingly counted out the steps of the ref as he measured the distance of the wall, Armstrong then took the kick that just sailed over. Armstrong had another tame effort but Lameiras was close to deflecting the kick. Murphy then worked a good passing move ending in him shooting from a narrow angle and forcing a corner that was the last of Murphy’s action as he was replaced by Henderson. City now had two big men up front as Henderson played through the centre Fortune pulled wide and was using the ball well in and around the box. Maddison then replaced Vincelot. Fortune had a shot blocked before Stephens was rightly booked for tripping a player. City kept up the pressure with Armstrong having a couple shots as he attempted to reach the magical twenty league goals mark. City threw everyone forward in the dying minutes but could find what would have been a deserved leveller and City slipped to their fourth defeat in a row.

Man of the Match
1st Marc-Antoine Fortune: A handful all night
2nd Charles Reece-Cook: Three great save and one great tackle.
3rd John Fleck: A big danger from midfield
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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports 2015/16   Sun Mar 06, 2016 9:20 pm

Coventry City Vs Rochdale

With City’s bad form continuing only just under 10,000 fans turned up to see us take on Rochdale. Changes were made and the line up was in goal Charles-Cook, with Ricketts, Stephens, Cargill and Stokes at the back, in midfield we had Fleck, Vincelot, Lameiras, Cole and Maddison with Armstrong up front. Rochdale were in a kit very similar the green and black stripe away kit we used to have.

Rochdale started the better winning a free kick and a corner with City’s defence looking a bit shaky. Dale had the first shot on target but it was an easy save for the keeper. Dale won a couple of more corners as City found it hard to get moving, Armstrong was isolated again as Rochdale along with every other team in League One now knows how to play against us. Joe Cole seemed to be the one to get things moving and finally he did when he got into position and found Maddison he fired at Lillis the keeper but he couldn’t hold onto the ball Armstrong closed in but couldn’t keep his shot down. City were slowly getting into the game and pressing forward and Maddison got one on target after half an hour. Armstrong then did score but he was off side in a game that was run well by the officials. It was an even contest and City had to block a shot after a corner. Cargill then went down after a tackle and the cruse of the big central defender seemed to have struck for the third time this season. Vincelot struck a long range effort well but the keeper was fully behind it. City blocked a couple of efforts before right on half time Armstrong finally got a good ball and he blasted it right in the top left hand corner but Lillis was equal to it and pulled off a good save.

Half time saw Cargill go off and he was replaced by Lorentzson. The game wasn’t a great spectacle the first to score would win it. Both sides pressed but City were lacking a cutting edge. At the other end from a corner it looked like Dale would score until the ball hit a Rochdale player and the ball was cleared. TM decided to act to end the stalemate on came Murphy for Lameiras. Fans were now getting annoyed by Maddison falling over all the time making it easy to mark him out of the game and that is in League One. Another sub was sent on but not Henderson as the fans wanted but Fortune. To be fair the big forward made a difference just after coming on by holding the ball up and getting to the by-line and then firing in a cross. Both keepers pulled off routine save as we entered the last ten minutes. In the last minute Fleck fouled a player and the ref awarded a foul it as seconds later we realised it was a penalty. Now we all know Charles-Cook hasn’t got close to any of the 14-15 penalties he has faced this season and true to form he dived the wrong way to give Dale the victory. City fans left depressed and outside the top six in a season that could be one of the biggest anti-climax for some time.

Man of the match
1st Joe Cole: Tried his best to get City rolling
2nd: John Fleck: 150th league game needs a new contract
3rd The Fans: The ones that turned up tired their best
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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports 2015/16   Wed Mar 02, 2016 10:03 pm

Barnsley Vs Coventry City

Almost a year since Mowbray had taken over and in that time earned 71 points in 46 games we were back at Barnsley the scene of his first game. Our record in this town in March is awful seven games one draw and six defeats. It was a wet day as we got into the ground and a switch of formation as we set out 4-4-2. In goal was Charles-Cook, with Ricketts, Stephens, Cargill and Stokes at the back, in midfield we had Murphy, Hunt, Fleck and Vincelot with Tudgay and Armstrong up front.

Barnsley attacked the away end in the first half backed by driving rain and strong winds. City were pushed back as a cross went in and Fletcher headed towards goal only for Reece-Cook to turn it over the bar. It was still all Barnsley as they were giving evidence why they had won their last five home games. City tried to get going but the midfield were finding it hard to pass. The Tykes kept up the pressure and the keeper had to be alert to save for a corner. The set piece was delivered and centre back Roberts rose and planted the header into the top right hand corner to give the home side a deserved lead. City fans were getting annoyed by the slow build up from the back which everyone knows we do and is easily countered. A longer ball might have brought Tudgay into the game as the few occasions he got the ball he used it well. The only real threat for City was Murphy, who always had two men on him. City won a couple of corners taken by Hunt but he consistently failed to beat the first man and his performance overall was dreadful, he can’t pass, he losses possession and he has an unfashionable hair cut. City did finally get the ball to Armstrong and he tried a first time shot forcing a good save from the keeper. Barnsley broke from another wasted corner and forced Reece-Cook to save again. Barnsley had a big penalty appeal turned down by Mr Joyce who did seem to favour the away side. Fleck too wasn’t having the beast of games but he did pick out Tudgay with a cross but his header was straight at the keeper. Being unable to use his feet in playing Hunt then used his hand and gave away a cheap free kick. With six minutes to go more dithering at the back saw Ricketts play a poor ball back to the keeper and Fletcher was on to it but Reece-Cook’s tackle was well timed and the ball was cleared but the keeper went down clutching his knee we all feared an injury but thankfully he recovered. In the last minute finally Hunt played a good ball into the area for Fleck but he fired wide. The half time whistle came and City supports stood and applauded the team off at half time giving them excellent backing.

The second half had to be better with City attacking towards the away end and with the wind at their backs. City did look better in the second half as Murphy was finding room and despite being marked by two was starting to find room. Vincelot was floored with the only bad tackle of the night and his assailant was lucky to escape without a card. Minutes later the Frenchman went off and was replaced by Rose. T.M finally had enough of the inept Hunt and had Maddison waiting to come on but a series of set pieces kept him on the touch line. Reece-Cook again had to tip one over and concede a corner this corner came in and the keeper lost the ball leading to an easy tap in for 2-0. On came Maddison for Hunt and Henderson replaced Tudgay. Fleck who was well below his best at least had a shot on target. City at least were looking more dangerous but Barnsley were now sitting back and hitting City on the break it was the two central defenders that stood up and stopped any break aways. At the other end Murphy got into the box on a couple of occasions but couldn’t pick anyone out. Maddison got a shot in before a good run from Murphy forced a corner that Maddison wasted. The 2.2 million man then fell over and won a free kick which he blasted into the wall. City kept trying and in injury time Madison beat the keeper but a defender cleared the shot and that was it.

Somehow we remained in the top six but we need to find away of winning close games others wise we could have a very disappointed end to the season.

Man of the Match
1st Jacob Murphy: Looked our only dangerous player
2nd Charles Reece-Cook Some good saves
3rd The fans: For the half time ovation.
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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports 2015/16   Sun Feb 28, 2016 10:24 pm

Coventry City Vs Fleetwood Town


I counted 35 away fans when I took my seat at the Ricoh there were another 80 out of view in what must be the smallest away following I can remember on a Saturday. City had an unchanged side that hammered Bury two weeks ago with Reece-Cook in goal, Ricketts, Cargill, Stephens and Stokes at the back, Murphy, Fleck, Vincelot, Cole and Maddison in midfield with Armstrong up front. It was Fleetwood’s first ever visit to Coventry, a team that had an amazing rise through the leagues but where now in a relegation battle.

City had the first chance with Armstrong firing over early on. Fleetwood were playing deep but were trying to pass the ball in a manner that we would except from a Steven Pressley team. Armstrong fired wide again and City kept probing not helped by Maddison falling to the floor with the slightest of challenges. Fleetwood had a shot before Vincelot got on target in a pretty dull encounter. Fleetwood started to get intro the game a bit more but Stephens and the defenders were standing strong limiting them to inaccurate pot shots. Then after twenty minutes Vincelot received a yellow card for tripping Fleetwood’s Sarcevic from the good referee Mr Davies. Fleetwood had a shot on target before Murphy went close. Now Murphy was receiving some stick for his performance but he look the most likely to create an opportunity as the rest of the midfield were not performing too well. City started to pressure the away defence but were finding it hard to break through as Stokes got a header on target. Several blocked shots later Fleetwood broke and had a chance but Reece-Cook came out and dived at the feet of a player, he went down but thankfully Mr Davies awarded a corner and not a penalty. Half time no goals.

City kept up the pressure with a rasping shot from Cole that was blocked before Maddison just failed to get enough curl on the ball to tuck it home. Fleetwood launched an attack and Reece-Cook had to be alert to push away a low cross. Then in the 55th minute Murphy lost the ball and Fleetwood swept forward, they put in a great cross and Burns threw himself at the ball to head home to stun the home fans. This was not supposed to happen. Fleetwood now grew in confidence but it wasn’t long before the subs were ready and T.M threw three on. Off went Cole who wasn’t too effective and on came Fortune but the P.A claimed it was Lameiras, next off was Maddison who looked poor and he was replaced by Lameiras or Fortune according to the P.A and finally off to cheering went Murphy a very harsh treatment for the player and on came Tudgay. Fleetwood had a great chance to wrap it up as sub and son of Andy Cole went clean through but fired at Reece-Cook. Lameiras and Tudgay had made the difference as the Portuguese player was running at his opponents and Tudgay was winning the ball in the air and finally City had a break through as Fleetwood went to sleep at the back and allowed Armstrong to reach the ball wide left on the goal line, the top scorer played the ball back to Tudgay who only had the keeper to beat which he did to level the game up. Now I like Tudgay a player that should have played far more games than he has done but that goal put him 3rd highest in our league scoring charts or joint highest if you ignore the loans. City now looked to win the game as yet another shot was blocked before Fleck found himself in the book for the only bad foul of the game. Cargill headed one just over as City kept up the pressure but Fleetwood were always dangerous on the counter attack and the ball fell to Ryan who only had Reece-Cook to beat and it looked to everyone a goal but the keeper pulled off a brilliant reaction save to keep him out unfortunately the ball fell to Ball who smacked it back past the keeper from distance to give them the lead back. Fleetwood now wasted as much time as possible as this was a big three points for then Reece-Cook made another good save just before the five minutes of injury time. In the end a very disappointing performance and result as the team left Pressley and Neil McFarlane were given a standing ovation from the City fans as they applauded us.

Man of the Match.
1st Jack Stephens: Solid at the back.
2nd Charles Reece-Cook: Some good saves.
3rd: Marcus Tudgay: Should play more.
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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports 2015/16   Sun Feb 14, 2016 9:54 pm

Coventry City Vs Bury Town


It was a day after the Jimmy Hill celebration at the Cathedral and a massive picture of J.H was stationed in the North Stand. It was also Legends’ Day and whoever planned it for the Bury game must have a great sense of irony as Bury have six former City players on the books. Four started the game, Chris Hussey, Nathan Cameron who was captain and still lives locally, Reese Brown and the arch villain Leon Clarke. For the current City side saw Reece-Cook in goal with Ricketts, Stephens, Cargill and Stokes at the back, in midfield we had Fleck, Vincelot, Murphy, Maddison and Cole with Armstrong up front. The last and only time Maddison and Cole started together we won 5-0 at Crewe our last win.

City started well attacked the end with Hill’s picture and Armstrong got in a shot that Bury’s keeper Lawlor. Cole took the corner kick and he picked out Stokes who swept the ball home to give us a perfect start. This meant that Stokes was now the highest scorer for the club in the last 8 games. Bury tried to hit back with Clarke being a major target up front but Stephens and Cargill were keeping a close eye on him as a shot was blocked. Maddison was brought down as City were well on top. Stokes blasted high before another challenge saw City fans demanding a yellow card from a referee who had a good game apart from his reluctants to book anyone. City had a free kick not far from the box, Cole took it and picked out Cargill and the defender made it two. Two set pieces, two goals, Cole on fire. City kept pressing and Maddison was brought down, still on cards but Fleck took a quick kick to Maddison, the midfielder found room, jinxed one way and another before shooting from the edge of the area and making it three. We couldn’t believe it City were taking Bury apart a side that looked good when they beat us at their ground. Leon Clarke was looking perturbed and we sang “it could have been you” to Clarke. Bury just couldn’t handle us as our midfield dominated with Fleck and Vincelot controlling things from the back and Maddison and Cole pulling the strings up the field. Maddison was dragged down by Brown but still no bookings. Armstrong was worrying the defence with his pace as City looked to booster their goal difference. Bury was forced into a change as Etuhu was replaced by Lowe something the people running the scoreboard and the P.A system totally missed. Despite a three nil lead City players were still working hard all over the pitch and in defence a good block prevented a shot on target. Soars yet again brought down Maddison and after prompting by the City players Bury finally had a player booked. Bury finally got a shot on target but was saved by Reece-Cook. At the other end Fleck had a shot blocked, then Murphy went close and it was only going one way. The main big threat was still Clarke and he had a great chance as he got the ball in the box and with his back to goal he made room and we knew what was to happen he turned quickly and fired but instead of finding the back he found Reece-Cook’s shoulder who had closed him down and stayed big a good save. Bury were playing a bit better but it was damage limitation meanwhile Reece Brown became the second player to go in the book after fouling Armstrong. In the last five minutes City attacked again and the ball fell to Fleck outside the area the crowd encouraged him to shoot and he did sending the ball past the keeper to make it four! Again Leon Clarke was widely abused by the home fans, I wonder if he regretted ever leaving us? Half time four nil up we were flying.

During the break we had a parade of former players and topping them was Brain Kilcline looking more like a wizard from Hogwarts than a former player, the cup winning captain had a F.A replica and he was enjoining himself.

The second half couldn’t be as good as Bury rang the changes off went Brown and Hussey and on came another two former City players Danny Pugh and Peter Clarke. City were now sitting back and allowing Bury more room and then hitting them on the break. City were still defending well working hard to block any shoots before Clarke put on wide to the delight of the home fans. City were coasting as Armstrong had a shot blocked. Minutes later Cole, still showing a master class in the art of the midfeidler, advanced and picked out Armstrong, the forward raced in the box before placing the ball past the keeper for the Old Five. Minutes later it was the turn of Fleck to set up Armstrong as the forward raced into the area again before shooting back across the keeper for six of the best. T.M decided to make the first chance as off went Murphy to be replaced by Lameiras and then Rose replaced Maddison. At the other end Clarke planted a header straight at Reece-Cook as he looked for a consolation goal. City were still looking for a 7th when a through ball almost found Cole on a run. In the 87th minute the ground broke out into applause for Jimmy Hill as his picture was shown on the scoreboard along with “Jimmy Hill’s Sky Blue Army”. The game ended with City’s biggest home league win since 1963 when you know who was in charge.

Man of the match
1st Joe Cole: Midfield master class.
2nd Jack Stephens: Kept Clarke quiet.
3rd John Fleck: Set up the other two goals.
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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports 2015/16   Mon Feb 08, 2016 9:30 pm

Port Vale Vs Coventry City

So a change of fixture meant a drive up the M6 on a Sunday, I took up driving duties up the motorway with memories of the last time I drove there and my car overheating and nearly failing to get there this time no problems. We arrived in plenty of time for me to have a local delicacy an oak cake. We had a draft of new players coming in it was like the start of the season trying to get used the new players. The line up was in goal Reece-Cook, at the back we had Lorentzson playing his second game, Bailey Cargill making his debut, Ricketts and Stokes, just in front of the back four were Jack Stephens, making his debut the rest of the midfield was Rose playing his second game, Fleck, Murphy with Maddison and Armstrong playing more forward roles.

City attacked the far end in the first half. Vale who only had one home defeat in the league all season started off the better and pushed forward as City sere sitting back and defending. Vale were looking good but any high ball in the box was dealt with by Cargill who was looking very good. City were playing like teams play at the Ricoh as we were pressed back and struggled to get out of our own half. Still City were solid with the defence looking a lot better and Lorentzson looking good. Maddison was then floored leaving the referee hand out a lecture. City finally started to get going and got up front winning a free kick. Murphy took it and Cargill headed over. It was still mostly Vale and nearly took the lead when a ball in the box saw Ricketts block but the ball fell to Leitch-Smith he shot but Reece-Cook stood up and made a good block with his legs. The Valiants were still buzzing when Robinson got in a powerful header what the keeper held. We had a break in play when Lorentzson went down and looked groggy but to our surprise after treatment he was back on the field. City were still holding on as a ball sent Leitch-Smith through but Reece-Cook came out quickly to block before the keeper grabbed the follow up shot. Lorentzson then went down again and this time he couldn’t continue but there were gasps when Ramage was lined up to replace him. Finally City got a move going as Maddison played in Armstrong who ran through but only could shot at the keeper. Minutes later Ramage started a move and passed to Rose he then picked out Murphy who had a one-two with Armstrong and Jacob went in rounded the keeper and scored. The goal was totally against the run of play but it is nice to happen to us for once. City did some dithering at the back as the keeper played it short when row z should have been the option. Vale had a shot blocked before City had a couple of half chances before halftime.

Radio Stoke were in shock as they couldn’t believe Vale were losing.

Second half City attacked the end with 1,604 away fans. The same pattern started in the second half but with Bailey and the defence on top Reece-Cook looked a lot more confident. Again it was Leitch-Smith looking the real danger as he got a shot in that Reece-Cook did well to turn around the post. Corners were being well dealt with at the back as City had to soak up a bit of pressure. Vale then won a free kick near the box and former City player Carl Dickinson took it, the kick took a massive deflection off the wall and seemed destined for the net but then in midair Reece-Cook changed direction and pushed the ball over the bar for the save of the season, Radio Stoke commentator claimed it was the best save he had ever seen. The corner came in and the other former City player Richard Duffy, headed wide. City players were finally getting used to each other as Maddison played a neat ball into Armstrong whose shot was charged down by the keeper the resulting corner was the worst you would ever likely to see with Maddison finding touch after a short corner. Debutant number three was then introduced as Henderson came on for Murphy. The big forward soon got into the action and seemed to have the ability to win the ball in the air. The big forward was soon booked for not retreating from a free kick and finally Vale players got a City player booked as they had been demanding yellow cards all game. Vale won a series of corners but city were coping. City were getting forward more and Rose forced the keeper into a save from the edge of the area. O’Brien replaced Maddison who received good applause as City looked to see the game out. Then with seven minutes to go sub Kelly got the ball and unleashed a powerful shot right into the top corner of the net, Reece-Cook got something on it but couldn’t keep out a goal of the season contender for the home side. City didn’t crumble at this point but instead went forward and in injury time laid siege to the home goal winning a series of corners Henderson had one cleared off the line and in the last second a Vale player fell down and had both hands on the ball but the referee would have to be in the away stand to spot it and we settled for a point.

So the rot has ended with a point and plenty of positives from the game.

Man of the Match
1st: Charles Reece-Cook: Outstanding no need for an “experienced keeper”
2nd Bailey Cargill: Great debut, the defender we have been missing since Turner’s injury.
3rd: Andy Rose: Worked hard in midfield might be a bit of a find.
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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports 2015/16   Sun Jan 31, 2016 10:16 pm

Coventry City Vs Scunthorpe United

So Scunthorpe were in town a chance to get back to winning ways. The line up was in goal Reece-Cook, with Stokes, Ricketts, Ramage and making his long awaited debut Martin Lorentzson. In midfield we had Vincelot, Bigirimana, Murphy, Hunt and Maddison with Armstrong up front.

City attacked the South Stand end of the ground in the first half and it wasn’t long before Maddison was brought down with in shooting distance of the goal but to our amazement it was Bigirimana that took the free kick and it was not surprise when he ballooned it well over. Three minutes later Maddison was brought down again with some fans wanting a yellow card shown. At the other end Scunthorpe won a corner and went close when an on target shot was blocked before they put a header wide. At the away end City attacked again and wide on the left of the box Murphy got past a player and seemed to be brought down by referee Mr Linigton said no penalty. Scunthorpe attacked from the let off and a push in the back lead to a corner for them. The set piece came over and was headed on leaving Hooper all alone to lash the ball past Reece-Cook to give the away side the lead. City hit back and some nifty footwork by Maddison created space and his effort was saved by the keeper. United were then pulled up for handball but cries for a yellow card were ignored. Vincelot was then fouled and by now the non action of the referee was staring to draw the anger of the crowd. Armstrong, who made need some help up front, did manage to force the keeper into a good save. Most of City’s attacks were coming down the left with Stokes doing more attacking than I have seen so far the new fullback Lorentzson looked good on the ball but was not getting the same service. City looked nervous at the back and Ramage has not settled in at all well and it was his mistake that nearly let one of our worst loan players in recent time, Luke Williams into to score. Murphy then had one saved before Maddison created space and just shot over. Stokes then headed just wide from a corner. City still looked weak at the back as Hooper had a shot blocked and Madden went just wide. We then had a break in play was the linesman pick up an injury we had to wait whilst the 4th official limbered up to sarcastic cheers before taking up his duties. When the game restarted Murphy was brought down when about to have a free run down the wing and again the referee drew the anger of the crowd by not even speaking to the player. Scunthorpe were now wasting as much time as possible and the awful referee was letting them get away with it. Maddison was brought down for the third time, again no yellow card before Williams upended Murphy and got away with a warning. Vincelot became another player to be kicked as half time was approaching then deep in injury time Hunt gave the ball away with a poor pass to Williams his shot hit the bar and City survived.

Not a great 1st half performance and TM sprang the changes off, at last went Bigirimana a vastly over rated player that many would be happy to see return back to Newcastle, also off went Hunt whose career at City might be a short one, on came O’Brien a player that should be starting every game and a debut for Andy Rose. City switched to 4-4-2 and looked better for it as Armstrong forced the keeper into a good save. From the corner Lorentzson headed just over. The crowd were now getting behind City again as Vincelot was sent crashing for the third time but again no card minutes later Maddison was hacked down for the fourth time as the referee allowed any protection to our players. Maddison got a shot in as City were looking better Rose and especially O’Brien had helped to liven up City’s midfield. Murphy then had a shot that was spilled by the keeper but no one was there to profit. Yet again Maddison was hacked down and yet again no cards by an official that had lost control of the game. Williams then brought Vincelot down the referee gave him his second final warning. Scunthorpe now relaying on counter-attacks and kicking any City player with in reach won a corner. I thought “now see if we can defend this one” the ball came over and Wallace got it to head it home to make it two. Then City fans applauded as McSheffrey came on for United. Madden then had a shot saved as City looked all at sea, at the back. Vincelot then fouled Williams and it was a yellow card offence but it drew anger from the City fans as they had been tripping our players all game with any cards. Vincelot was not happy with the booking. Murphy had a shot saved before Phillips replaced Lorentzson. Vincelot went close with a header as City tried to get back into the game. Maddison had a shot blocked before Phillips got one in on target. With five minutes to go Maddison got into the box and for the sixth time was brought down, penalty but amazingly still no yellow card. Armstrong took the kick and coolly beat the keeper to give City a life line. Minutes later Vincelot flew into a tackle but it was a foul and the ref couldn’t wait to send him off. United were still allowed to waste time as Jordan Clarke came on. There was just time for Scunthorpe to kick Maddison for the seventh time without a booking. Deep in injury time McSheffrey fouled Rose and to a massive cheer the ref finally showed a yellow card to a Scunthorpe player no doubt he was confused about Sheff coming from Coventry. So the Irons did the double over us and teams have found out how to beat us we have to adapt quickly otherwise even a top six finish could elude us.

Man of the match
1st Chris Stokes: Attacked well
2nd James Maddison: Kicked all over the place but still looked dangerous.
3rd Romain Vincelot Worked his socks off but frustration got the better of him.
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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports 2015/16   Sun Jan 24, 2016 10:40 pm

Southend United Vs Coventry City


It was our first trip to Roots Hall for nine years and the ground is still an old traditional stadium as we were housed in one of the ends under a barrel roof. With both Armstrong and Murphy missing TM sent out a side that might be similar to the one we might have next season if we don’t win promotion. The line up was in goal Reece-Cook, with Haynes, Stokes, Ramage and Ricketts at the back, O’Brien, Cole, Vincelot, Bigirimana and making his debut Stephen Hunt, up front we had Tudgay.

City attacked the far end in the first half with Hunt getting into the action early on forcing a corner. Stephen Hendrie had the first shot in the game but it was missed cued and went wide. City were doing most of the pressing whilst The Shrimpers were relaying on quick counter attacks, one of these saw the dangers Jack Payne get a shot in on target. City continued to press and O’Brien came close with a long range effort that Bentley in the home goal pushed over. Hunt took the corner and it was a good one right onto the head of the Vincelot but he nodded it wide. The Blues were a physical side that liked to hoof the ball a typical Phil Brown side, one play that was causing the anger of the City fans was a certain Gary Deegan, who was now sporting a beard many a down and out would be ashamed off. City looked in control but then, not for the first time dithering at the back cost us, this time it was Ricketts who failed to clear and the ball fell to Payne who beat Reece-Cook to give the home side the lead. City kept pressing with Cole trying his best to find a way through the defence. Then in the 30th minutes from our free kick United broke and raced down the field, Barnett race through drew Reece-Cook out and slip the ball under him to make it 2-0 much to the shock of the large number of travelling fans. Payne had a shot deflected wide as the City defence was struggling. Another player that was struggling was Bigirimana who is no where near the player that Fleck is. With the old boys Hunt and Cole attempting to get things moving in midfield the ball fell to O’Brien whose long range shot was turned around the post. Ricketts then fired from distance as City never seemed to have anyone in the box or the crosses were of not a good enough quality. Finally after several fouls the good referee Mr Malone booked Deegan for persistent fouling but Barnett was lucky not to be booked seconds later. Deegan came close with a shot in the dieing seconds before the whistle went leaving City with an uphill task.

Changes were made before the second half but it was a surprise off went Tudgay, who didn’t have a bad game and on came Maddison as City switched to a 4-6-0 formation, it later transpired that Tudgay had picked up an injury. City started well in the second half forcing a series of corners piling the pressure on the home side. Then in midfield Deegan hacked down Maddison it looked like a clear yellow card offence and the referee agree and to the great delight of the away fans a red card was shown to the so called pit-bull and Deegan went off no doubt to sleep it off on a park bench somewhere. City continued to press but Southend were defending well and in numbers. Cole got an effort on target as the pressure continued. TM then made his second change taking off Haynes switching to three at the back and bringing on Lameiras. Cole then showed some neat skill leaving a player on the floor he just shot wide. The third and final change was made as Vincelot was replaced by Fortune. Hunt had a shot saved before Maddison curled one inches wide. City still coming forward looking for a goal when O’Brien went wide. At the other end United were getting more of the ball and it took a brilliant save by Reece-Cook to stop making it three but minutes later Atkinson had room and raced into the box he tried to get around Reece-Cook but was brought down, penalty, the Southend players surrounded the ref demanding a red card but thankfully he didn’t flash one it left Reece-Cook to face yet another penalty and as with the previous 12 never got anywhere near as the ten men made it 3-0. City still pressed and Bigirimana fired wide as he can’t shoot straight anyway. Southend made another sub as on came Stephen’s brother Noel. Madison and Cole were still the major dangers but shooting was off as Cole put one too high. City won several corners but refused to take them directly but one that was found Fortune but he planted a disappointing header wide. At the other end Reece-Cook saved one as the game ticked on. Cole and Maddison both went close and in the dieing seconds Cole was played through and had a great chance but not for the first time a defender got across to block. So we left with the biggest defeat of the season as the bad run continues.

Man of the Match
1st Joe Cole: Worked hard in midfield to create something.
2nd James Maddison: Looked a handful
3rd Stephen Hunt: Good debut
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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports 2015/16   Sun Jan 17, 2016 9:40 pm

Coventry City Vs Burton Albion


So the big game had arrived when we took on the league leaders in front of the biggest crowd of the season. Peter Ramage made his debut in the back four with him were Stokes, Ricketts and Phillips, in goal we had Reece-Cook with Murphy, Maddison, Vincelot, Fleck and Lameiras in midfield and Armstrong up front. It was a cold day as the game got under way with City attacking the North Stand in the first half.

City started the better when Vincelot and Maddison combined to give Fleck a long range shot on target. City were looking solid at the back and so were Burton with their keeper McLaughlin catching everything it was easy to see why Burton do not concede many. City were still knocking the ball around well trying to find a way through the away defence who already were wasting time. Murphy that had a shot on target before a great move saw Armstrong beat some players in a dribble and was hacked down the referee Mr A Marrier, who had a good game allowed the advantage as the ball fell to Maddison he was upended on the edge of the area and City won a free kick. Maddison took the set piece but McLaughlin was equal to it and made the save. Burton were happy to sit back and hit City on the break and it took a block by Phillips to prevent an attack. Not for the first time nearly all the opposition’s attacks came down the right as that seemed to be the weak link in our defence. It was still mostly City when Maddison found room and fired in a shot that the keeper did well to save. Not long after at the other end Burton won a corner it was played to Naylor on the edge of the box totally unmarked he fired in a shot but Reece-Cook was on hand to pull off a good save. City kept up the pressure as Armstrong fired in one on target but straight at the keeper before Murphy fired one wide from distance before the half ended all square.

The second half got under way and wasn’t very old when a ball was played into the City’s box and Phillips had a chance to clear but instead he attempted to chest it back to the keeper, Butcher nipped in to put the leaders in front. Only one team this season have come from behind to beat Burton and that was us, so we faced an uphill task. City were shaken by the goal as Fleck went into a challenge and could have no arguments with the yellow card which meant he will miss the next two games. Burton were looking comfortable when Bevon rattled the crossbar. Mowbray then decided to ring the changes off went Lameiras and Phillips on came Bigirimana and Tudgay. City switched to 4-4-2 with Vincelot dropping back into defence. The changes seem to help but there was a lack of service to the front two as Tudgay was seeing nothing of the ball. Maddison fired a shot not too far wide as City tried to get back into the game. Murphy then had another tame effort on goal as Albion were still keeping things tight. Vincelot then put a header wide but then it was City’s Achilles ’ heel as the defence over elaborated at the back and Burton got the ball to Bevon who finished well to make it 2-0. Cole was then sent on but Maddison was taken off. Cole got right into the action and supplied a great cross that Tudgay finally got a touch as he headed wide. Tudgay was now getting more of the ball and was winning every header; he is a player that should play a lot more than he does. Burton were still in control and could have made it three as Mason Bennett was to burst into the box on the wing before Vincelot brought him down in a great rugby tackle and earned a booking. In the end it was two defensive mistakes that cost a couple of points and will make it very difficult for City to win the league as we need to start winning regularly again.

Man of the Match
1st James Maddison: Had the most efforts
2nd Romain Vincelot: Look good at the back, maybe an option.
3rd Marcus Tudgay: Should play more.
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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports 2015/16   Wed Jan 13, 2016 10:09 pm

Coventry City Vs Walsall

So the first of two big home games as City took on third placed Walsall in front of a 15,000+ crowd. The line up for the first home game of 2016 was in goal Reece-Cook, with Phillips, Stokes, Ricketts and Haynes at the back, in midfield we had O’Brien, Cole, Vincelot, Fleck and Murphy with Armstrong up front. Before the game many City fans had to bite their lips as we had a minute’s silence for former chairman Mike McGinity, if you were to believe the spin a man that saved the club but if you were there you would say something different.

City started well with Fleck having a shot blocked before Cole delivered a great corner that the Saddlers managed to clear. City were looking the better team and putting some good passes together on a surface that had just started to show some signs of ware. City kept up the pressure with another precision corner from Cole before Armstrong had a chance as he dribbled into the box but was crowded out by defenders. City had another corner again it was a good delivery but the ball was cleared to O’Brien whose shot was so wide it found Phillips on the wing. City kept up the good work when Vincelot and Chambers came together on the edge of the box the referee, Mr Harrington saw nothing untoward but the City fans were fuming since Chambers had already committed three fouls and the defensive midfielder was booed for the rest of the game. City then put a passing move together as Armstrong, O’Brien combined to put Cole through but he just missed out on getting a touch. Minutes later Cole left fly and was well wide. Walsall were offering next to nothing going forward as City had control over midfield then in the 34th minute Murphy was brought down and earned a free kick, Cole took it out wide and found Armstrong, his header was met by Stokes and he sent it passed the keeper to record his second goal for the club and to get City a deserved lead. This woke Walsall up a little bit and minutes later their star player Bradshaw hit the post from outside the box. City soon regained control and again it was Cole causing the trouble with a great free kick picking out Armstrong who fired wide. Minutes later a passing move that is worthy of a far higher division, as Cole held onto the ball before freeing Armstrong, his instant pass found O’Brien who just couldn’t get it under control enough for a shot.
Half ends with City provisionally in 2nd place.

Second half saw Walsall attack the North Stand which more of it is now open for home fans. Sawyers had the first shot of the half and the midfielder started impress as Cole’s lack of fitness caught up with him. City were still looking more dangerous as Armstrong forced the keeper to turn a shot around the post. It was still poring down on a not very good night as O’Brien toe poked one wide after the keeper kept out a Murphy shot but it was now mostly Walsall. City fans then cheered as Chambers finally went into the book in a fairly contested game run well by the man in the middle. City were now sitting too deep but defending well. Mowbray then made the first change off went Cole after his best game so far and on came Maddison. The midfielder got straight into the action by drawing a foul from Chambers, Maddison took the free kick sailed it over the wall and forced Etherington to push it away, Phillips could force home the rebound. City were looking better as Armstrong slalomed his way through the defence only to be deigned by another good save. Despite the chances for City Walsall were still looking dangerous. With nine minutes to go Walsall came forward again and a ball found Henry in acres of space down the right his delivery was spot on and Bradshaw was on hand to level a goal they did deserve. Fortune replaced O’Brien but the big man was wasted on the wing. The game was now in the balance as both teams went for the winner; Armstrong swivelled quickly outside the box just sending one wide. It could still have gone either way as late in the game the ball was played into City’s box and Bradshaw tried a back heal but thankfully he couldn’t get any direction on it and we had to settle for a point.

Man of the Match
1st Joe Cole: Best game so far
2nd Chris Stokes: Looks better as a centre back
3rd Adam Armstrong: No goals but a threat.


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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports 2015/16   Sun Jan 03, 2016 10:51 pm

Crewe Alexandra Vs Coventry City


This was my 9th visit to Gresty Road and as normal there was a good turn out of City fans. It was a wet day as tickets on sale on the day sold out quickly leaving some City fans without a ticket. The big debate was could Cole and Maddison play in the same team and we soon found out when the first team of 2016 was announced. In goal we had Reece-Cook, with Phillips, Ricketts, Stokes and Haynes at the back in midfield we had Fleck, Vincelot, Murphy, Cole and Maddison with Armstrong up front it looked a very attack minded team. Crewe have been struggling of late but we have performed badly here before. The good news at the start of the year was Armstrong was to stay, was the question mark over his future affecting his performances? Kent however had been recalled by Liverpool to play in their 1st team.

City started off like a dream inside the first minute Maddison found room and slid in Cole who had a free shoot inside the area but his shot was poor and went over. We were encouraged with the ease we opened up Crewe. City won an early corner then Armstrong went down in the area for a penalty shout. City were looking very good going forward and Crewe were looking poor. City kept pressing as Armstrong got one on target. City kept control of midfield when Murphy picked out Armstrong, who ran beyond the defence and finished well to give the travelling fans something to celebrate. A great start and City looked full of goals, we were in total control of midfield with Vincelot and Fleck holding midfield Maddison using the ball well, Cole improving all the time and Murphy having the beating of the number 3 Guthrie. Being close too the pitch on the side means the away fans are close to the action and one amusing moment was when one City fans shouted to Murphy, “Murphy that no 3 is sh**”, Jacob heard and turn his head and had a massive grin. Armstrong looked like his old self again as he forced the keeper into another save. City were still picking holes in the Alex defence as City were proving too good and Maddison showed some great skill to avoid three players surrounding him and coming away with the ball. Fleck then had a good shot that the keeper struggled with. Crewe did finally force Reece-Cook into a save but nothing too difficult. At the other end City were still pressing when Armstrong found Murphy, he cut alongside the area then unleashed a great shot that curled into top corner a great goal. City were swarming all over Crewe and Ricketts advanced forward and picked out Vincelot he entered the area and was brought down and for once we were awarded a penalty when Mr Haywood pointed to the spot. There was debate on the field who to take it, Armstrong overruled Murphy and Maddison. Armstrong stepped up and despite the keeper going the right way he scored. We were in dreamland 3-0 up and coasting my silly 4-1 win prediction was now looking modest. Crewe started to get more into the game but were already beaten but a goal could of given them hope and they nearly got one but Reece-Cook was quick and dived in with his foot with a good tackle. City were putting some good passing to together to the delight of the away fans. Murphy went close at the other end as the away fans were in fine voice, not surprisingly really. Not a single player was playing badly as the end of the half was coming. Then Haynes cleared the ball down the wing and Armstrong hared off after it but their big defender Ajayi looked in control but Armstrong chased him and robbed him suddenly he only had the keeper to beat and he did to chalk up his hat trick to mirror Lee Hughes’ one here 14 years ago. Half time City 4-0 up what a first half.

We hoped for more goals in the second half but that could always be difficult as Crewe looked to keep some pride. City should have made it five early on when Murphy raided down the wing and picked out Armstrong who only had the keeper to beat from close in but miscued it badly and sent it wide, thankfully we could see the funny side of it. Crewe were coming forward more and had a shot go wide before Maddison put on over. City midfielders were showing the skills and knocking the ball around well. The first change for City was then on when Fleck was taken off for Bigirimana as apparently Fleck was one booking away from suspension. City were not quite up to the standards of the first half, not surprisingly and Crewe nearly got a goal with confusion in the area but Reece-Cook came out and blocked well. With twenty minutes to go Kent came on for what looks like his last ever game for City off went Cole after his best game for the club so far. City were defending well, as well and Phillips threw himself into his trade mark sliding tackles three times in a space of a couple of minutes to break up attacks. Reece-Cook had to be alert and pulled off a great reaction save to his left. City then indulged in a long period of passing with each one being cheered ending in winning a corner. Final sub saw Cole go off to rest his weary legs and was replaced by O’Brien. To their credit Crewe kept pressing and a long range shot by Inman wasn’t far wide. Not long left when O’Brien played in Murphy and the player slotted the ball home for the Old Five. There was just time for Crewe to hit the post before the whistle went. City ended the game with five players that came through our youth set up as two loan players made the headlines.

Man of the Match
In the car back all players received high marks and I could pick any three but these are the ones picked in the car.

1st Jacob Murphy: Dangerous throughout could have easily had a hat trick himself
2nd Adam Armstrong: Back on form and scoring away from home
3rd Romain Vincelot: Battled as ever in midfield a great signing
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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports 2015/16   Tue Dec 29, 2015 9:44 pm

Chesterfield Vs Coventry City

They say never change a wining side well Tony Mowbray doesn’t believe in such things made six changes and a few surprises. In gaol we had Reece-Cook with the back four made up of fullbacks in Haynes, Stokes, Ricketts and Phillips; in midfield we had O’Brien, Fleck, Vincelot, Kent and Maddison with Fortune a surprise in replacing Armstrong upfront for the last game in the year.

City attacked the far end in the first half against a team that had lost seven on the spin but had a new manager Danny Wilson in charge. City were the first to show when Fortune flick on to Maddison who drove wide. O’Brien was next to have a shot as City were the better side early on. There was a break of play when Coventry born Evatt went down injured eventually he had to go off. There was good support from the City fans who travelled in numbers. City were still probing and Ricketts wasn’t too far off with a header from a Kent cross. Chesterfield have a poor goal scoring record and had only one shot on target in the last three games and Morsey didn’t add to that firing wide. The home side were getting more into it when a great cross was heading towards their play Stokes got in to clear. Chesterfield pushed forward again when Stokes handled the ball and conceded a free kick, O’Shea took it and floated it in and Novak flicked it home to give the home side the lead. City pushed back and Fortune couldn’t get enough on a shot to worry Lee in the goal. Deep in injury time Fleck had a shot that Lee did well to push over.

Half time everyone seemed to want Armstrong to replace Fortune at half time.

Second half the City players were attacking towards the away end.

The second half the name of Armstrong was sung as City looked better. The first attack Maddison was brought down outside the are and referee Mr Tierney awarded a free kick, meanwhile off the ball Morsey confronted Maddison on a possible dive Maddison stood toe-to-toe with him with no pushing, then Stokes ran thirty yards and pushed a player, the referee missed all of this and stopped the game he called over the linesman and we were worried, would he send off Stokes for nothing? He called over Morsey, who did nothing to get a yellow card and the Maddison who did ever less. Maddison took the kick and he just failed to beat the wall. City were playing far better and Haynes was having a good game down the left. Maddison had another shot and City kept up the pressure before Fleck trying not too successfully from distance again. Finally City made the substitutions as Armstrong and Murphy came on for Fortune and Kent. The top scorer made an immediate impact with a great run and shot that just missed the right hand post. Armstrong then had a volley blocked as he tried to end his goal draught. Chesterfield then should have wrapped the game up on the 72nd minute Fleck lost the ball in the box Chesterfield squared the ball to Dieseruvwe who could only hit the crossbar. Stokes header over from a corner after a brave block by defender Herd who needed treatment for a head injury as Chesterfield were winding the clock down. Mowbray went for broke by taking off Phillips, switching to three at the back and throwing on Tudgay. Seconds later the referee was on to Mowbray and sent him to the stands. The linesman on the left side wasn’t the best and kept flagging for off side the worse of these flagging when Tudgay ran from deep and the flag went up for Maddison. Fleck then picked up a deserved yellow for a foul as time was running out. City kept pressing as Armstrong sent a great ball that Tudgay just failed to reach in the area. City kept plugging away and Hird brought down Maddison no booking but a free kick. Maddison lined it up and sent it over the wall and passed the keeper rooted to the spot to spark off mad celebrations in the stands. Unfortunately some fans thought a late leveller away to Chesterfield was worth entering the pitch one fan approached Lee in goal by the Chesterfield custodian show great skill in judo throw him to the ground before stewards took him away for hopefully a lengthily ban. “He’s one of own” we sang to Maddison” Injury time then came and the third official put up six minutes when it should have been ten. City kept pressing and Armstrong had a shot before the referee blew up too early in my opinion.

Man of the Match
1st James Maddison: Great free kick
2nd Ryan Haynes: Staked a claim for the 1st team
3rd Sam Ricketts: Solid at the back.


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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports 2015/16   Sun Dec 27, 2015 9:55 pm

Coventry City Vs Port Vale

Boxing Day is a traditional day for a big crowd and it was no different at the Ricoh as 17,779 turned up making it the biggest home gate of the season. The line for the last home game of 2015 was in goal Reece-Cook, with Phillips, Ricketts, Martin and Stokes at the back. We had Lameiras, Vincelot, Bigirimana, Cole and Murphy in midfield with Armstrong up front. Before the game we had a minutes silence for former manager Don Howe but some fans made it a minute’s applause that didn’t spread too well with fans having strange mix of applause and silence.

Normally teams come here and park the bus but Vale surprised us all by trying to go forward and that and closing down meant that City were on the back foot early on as Vale pushed forward. Then after seven minutes of pressure from the away side they should have taken the lead as Leitch-Smith was given room in the area and his shot beat Reece-Cook but hit the post and was cleared. It was still mostly Vale as City couldn’t get their passing game going and the home fans were becoming restless. City finally broke out of the half and won a corner off Richard Duffy who had a record four loan spells at City. Vale kept up the pressure but their shooting was off but they were on top. Many were now getting annoyed that City couldn’t string any passing together but slowly City came to terms with an away side looking to score early on. Joe Cole is in the team because of his name and has yet to justify his place in the side but it was his prompting that got City further up the field and one good run almost resulted in a chance. City were slowly making it an even contest as a good ball found Murphy his instant shot was not too far wide of the post. Half time no goals and City not performing too well.

Second half saw an immediate improvement as Lameiras curled one wide. The whole game now had changed as City were pushing forward and Vale seemed now to be playing deeper and started to waste time. Cole had a shot blocked as City upped the tempo. Three minutes before the hour mark Murphy got the ball knocked it passed the full back and had a race to the box with him not surprisingly Jacob won the race and entered the penalty area and seemed to have his heels clipped but no penalty said the ref. Armstrong had a shot blocked as City pushed forward. Another attack saw Armstrong in the area before a defender grabbed his shirt sleeve and dragged him down we looked at the referee Mr Lewis, again no penalty, leaving me to conclude since we don’t score from them the League has banned us from receiving spot kicks. Vale were happy to sit back and attack on the counter their main ploy was a long ball down our right to their big winger, who only had to beat Phillips in the air but despite the size difference the fullback was coping well. City kept pushing and Murphy went on another big run but he over played the ball and dived in to win it back committing a foul Mr Lewis decided it was only a yellow card when some might have gone for a red. At the other end a loose ball saw Vale come forward only for Bigirimana to fly into a tackle and gave Vale a very strong appeal for a penalty but thankfully the referee was showing consistency in not spotting penalties and turned them down. City fans were waiting for a change since the start of the 2nd half and finally it came off went Cole after his best performance so far but still miles below a player that played 50+ times for England, on came O’Brien to give the side energy and off went Lameiras and on came Maddison. Murphy then had a shot go wide before Mr Lewis, after amble warning finally booked a player for time wasting. A minute or so later Maddison got the ball near the edge of the area found room and unleashed a shot that sailed past the keeper to get everyone on their feet. Maddison raced over to celebrate with the phyios whilst Vale fans attempted to make their way in to the main stand. Vale now came forward again as one of their players went down in the box this time no question of a penalty but blatant dive that should have received a booking. Kent came on for Murphy as City were being pushed back again. Armstrong had a shot blocked as everyone was getting nervous as the clock counted down. Former City defender Robert Page, now the Vale boss threw on a big forward to see if he could help to grab a goal but Martin was playing well at the back and didn’t give him much of a chance. Into injury time as we counted down the second when Vincelot was booked for a waste high challenge, thankfully he didn’t go in with his boots otherwise it would have been red. Vale won a late corner leaving another former City player Carl Dickenson claiming a penalty after he climbed on the back of Phillips and flattened him. A minute or so left and Kent finally got the ball on a counter attack he raced intro the area and beat the keeper but a defender got across and cleared for a corner. City played out time in that corner before the whistle went to signal an unbeaten home run in the league in the first half of the season.

Man of the match
1st Aaron Phillips: Didn’t foul anyone and was on as easy to beat in the air as Vale thought.
2nd Aaron Martin: Solid
3rd Romain Vincelot: Worked hard in midfield.
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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports 2015/16   Sun Dec 20, 2015 10:06 pm

Coventry City Vs Rochdale

A couple of hours before kick off news broke about the loss of Jimmy Hill and arriving at the ground the place was quite sombre as tributes were left around his statue. Inside the ground that was the only topic on everyone’s lips about the man who had a massive effect on City and football world wide. The line up was in goal Reece-Cook, with a player who’s father was signed by a Jimmy Hill signing in Phillips, other defenders were Martin, Turner and Stokes, in midfield we had Kent, Vincelot, Bigirimana, Cole, O’Brien and Armstrong up front. Before kick off we had a minute’s applause for JH.

Jimmy Hill’s Sky Blue Army rang out as the game got underway and City almost got off to the perfect start when Kent played in Armstrong who forced a save from Oldham’s keeper Cornell. Oldham like many teams now like to “park the bus” against City something we need to deal with if we are to win promotion this season. City were on top backed by a 15,000+ crowd taking advantage of the £10 entrance fee. Kent had a shot blocked as the pressure kept on. City looking good in midfield and controlling the game but then a long ball by Oldham was dealt with by Turner but he fell awkwardly and immediately signalled to the bench, it was serious, he was helped off the field and on came Haynes and Stokes switched to central defence. Now City were down three first choice centre backs, four if you include Willis and Rochdale took advantage and pressed forward. Soon City got used to the new defence and Kent had a shot saved. Kent then fired wide after a good run. In midfield City were working hard with Vincelot putting in a shift, O’Brien as busy as ever and Bigirimana using the ball well in the absences of Fleck. Cornell then had to save again as O’Brien got a shot on target. City won a couple of corners but it ended level against a side one from bottom of League One.

City won a corner early on and it was expertly delivered by Cole straight to Vincelot but his header was blocked and went out for another corner. Again Cole placed his flag kick to perfection and Martin was on the end to head in his first City goal in his 59 games. It was the breakthrough we needed. Now Rochdale abandoned their defensive policy and started to get forward and to be fair didn’t look too bad it was easy to see why their away form is a lot better than a team in the drop zone. Reece-Cook made his first save of the day as Dale pushed forward. With City seemingly losing their way T.M made the first change off went Cole, who, apart form his corner kicks again offered nothing to the game and on came Fortune but unfortunately again the big forward was placed out wide as an outlet for goal kicks and again was a total waste of time. City pushed forward again and Kent entered the area and tried to find room for a shot when seemingly brought down but no penalty. City were finding it harder to retain possession as Rochdale harried. The final City sub then was made as Kent went off and on came Maddison for a long awaited return. Fortune went up front and looked far better. Dale attacked again but the ball was saved by Reece-Cook but the crowd were angered when the ref gave a corner but I was sure the ball went out of play before the shot so it was the correct decision. Maddison finally started to get into the game and won some free kicks after being fouled. More Jimmy Hill Sky Blue Army songs rang down from the stands as we had ten minutes to go. Not long after fans turned on their lights on their smart phones making the Ricoh seem very festive and on the 87th minute to represent JH’s age the fans stood in another minute’s applause. Deep into injury time Rochdale launched an attack a great ball down the right was whipped in and a header seemed to be heading home until Reece-Cook tipped it over the bar, the corner came in and Philliskirk got a header past the keeper to snatch a draw. City attacked the other end with Fortune trying his best to carve out a chance and it came in the last second to Phillips who blasted over.

It was a disappointing draw and the bad run that Mowbray said might come is here with no wins in four games against teams low down we need to find a way of winning soon or we could loose touch with the top two.

Man of the Match
1st Jim O’Brien: Worked tirelessly.
2nd Chris Stokes: Adapted well at the back
3rd Romain Vincelot: Worked hard
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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports 2015/16   Mon Dec 14, 2015 9:40 pm

Sheffield United Vs Coventry City

So thanks to Sky we had an early start to the trip to Sheffield but thankfully it wasn’t too far. In the ground we had a line up of Reece-Cook, Rickets, Martin, Turner, Stokes, O’Brien, Fleck, Vincelot, Murphy, Lameiras and Armstrong. The teams marched out and strangely City were in the Red and for some reason United were in white. City attacked the away end in the first half but it was clear from the off United were a very dirty side as they started to hack players down and City’s fans frustration the referee Iain Williamson was letting them get away with it. City were the team playing football early on and we could tell why the pre-season favourites were mid table. City were still playing when Hammond put in his second foul and still no card minutes later Hammond fouled again to the frustration of the away fans. City kept playing and the player we all though was a surprise, Lameiras got the ball and cut inside he seemed to be going nowhere but suddenly he played in a slide pass rule to free Armstrong in the box the top scorer shot but the keeper, Long pulled off a good save. City were now on top and buzzing around the box when Lameiras got the ball and McEveley steamed in with his foot off the ground and made contact, Lameiras was flipped 180 degrees and landed on his head the so-called referee issued only a yellow card when it looked like a red to us, minutes later fans started to receive texts from fans watching Sky claiming it was a stick-on red, later I watched some highlights and the Sky annalist said “It is a red card everyday of the week!” City kept playing as United kept getting away with fouls as the ref was letting them getting away with it. Turner then had a shot go wide as United were like the away side. City kept up the pressure when Murphy had a shot blocked. The Blades kept fouling and Hammond made his third bookable tackle of the game and finally picked up his first yellow card. City won a free kick and decided to roll the ball back for a long range shot on goal but it was rolled back to Stokes who blasted well wide. Late on in the half United broke and Turner had to foul and with the United fans screaming for a red thankfully it was only a yellow. Half time 0-0 and the entire ground fuming at the ref but we wondered why United fans were complaining.

I can see some strange sights during games from fans one of the stranger was in the toilets at half time when one fan was swigging from a large bottle of Lambrini before being dragged out by a stewart.

City kept the pressure up in the second half as Hammond put in his 4th foul in the knowledge that the ref would not book him again. Minutes later another United player was booked and City were still looked the better side. Lameiras then, having his best game for quite a while, had two shots blocked. The game continued the same pattern as Hammond made his 5th foul. Lameiras then forced the keeper into a save. City won a couple of corners as the pressure kept on. City made the first sub as O’Brien, who was playing well was replaced by Cole. It was a Blades sub, Billy Sharpe that tested Reece-Cook with a shot. City made the second sub as Kent came on to replace Lameiras. City then had a great chance as Armstrong got out wide and fired a ball across the goal just out of range of a sliding Fleck. City attacked again as Murphy found room and got in a shot which looked to be cleared off the line. Seconds later peoples mobile’s were hot from the viewers that at first there was a clear handball and the ball crossed the line but no goal-line technology in this division, so no goal. At our end Ricketts dragged a man down and picked up a yellow card, no complaints about that but United players had been making similar fouls without a booking. At our end United won a corner Reece-Cook missed it and it hit Sharp on the shoulder and it rolled it, Sheffield fans woke up and made a noise. Fortune replaced Vincelot but the big forward was wasted on the wing. City were tiring and most attacks seemed be coming down Stokes’ win who was having a poor game. In injury time Ricketts challenged for a ball but his boot was high and he fouled the United player again no real complaints with a yellow but it was his second and incredibly it was City that was reduced and United must have thought it was Christmas. The ref and I use that word sparingly decided to blow up two minutes early and then joined in the celebration with the United team, I made that last bit up. So we made our way from Brammel Lane shocked at the worst refereeing performance I can remember.

Man of the match
1st Ruben Lameiras: Kicked for pillow to post but played well
2nd Jim O’Brien: Looked lively should not of gone off.
3rd Ben Turner Solid at the back.
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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports 2015/16   Mon Nov 30, 2015 9:10 pm

Coventry City Vs Doncaster Rovers

It was a cold and wet day at the Ricoh as a disappointing crowd saw what many consider as City’s strongest line-up barring the injured players. The team was in goal Reece-Cook, with Ricketts, Turner, Martin and Stokes at the back, in midfield we had O’Brien, Vincelot, Fleck, Kent and Murphy playing just behind Armstrong. Doncaster had been in good form winning three out of four and completed the double over us last season.

City started well with a corner and a blocked shot. Soon Doncaster started to go forward; until many teams Rovers didn’t come here to defend but to give it a real go but we wouldn’t expect anything else from a Darren Ferguson team. Nathan Tyson headed one over the bar as the game looked level. Fleck had another shot go wide as his long rangers as normal were none too accurate. Then in another attack a more accurate long rang shot was tipped over the bar by Reece-Cook. Doncaster were playing quite well and they got down the wings with Stokes looking vulnerable as the defenders got in a good few bocks. The first substitute soon came as a Doncaster player went down with an injury and was replaced by McCulloch who immediately picked up a yellow for bringing down Murphy. City seemed to have weathered the storm and started to pass their way forward a bit more after a lot of keep ball at the back. Murphy and Ricketts had shots blocked but from the second one Armstrong was on hand to steer the ball back past the keeper to give City a goal lead. City were now on the up and Kent was becoming a real handful as City advanced. City won a corner and it took a block to prevent Martin getting a header on target from the set piece but from this Doncaster broke quickly and charged down the field O’Brien tried to stop them but was out foxed it took a well timed diving tackle on the edge of the box by Vincelot to clear the danger. City went forward after this and Kent played in Armstrong, the top scorer was clean through and attempted to chip the keeper but the ball was too high and went over the bar. Fleck had a shot on target before, not for the first time a Doncaster player went down but Mr Swaby, the referee was having a good game and waved him up. Half time City on top but with only a goal lead.

City started well in second half after some good build up play Armstrong got the ball and played in Murphy who hit the side netting. No long after Rovers went forward and got a shot in on goal unfortunately Reece-Cook couldn’t hold and Tyson was on hand for a tap in to level. City reacted well to the goal with some good possession and then winning a corner, the flag kick was cleared and the ball fell to Fleck outside of the area just as I shouted “don’t shoot” he did but it looked easy for Stuckmann in the goal before it slipped under him to give City back the lead and Fleck his 6th goal as a City player. City kept up the pressure with Armstrong shooting wide minutes later. O’Brien then went close with a long ranged shot as the pressure continued. Then a goal City had been threatening to concede for a while as Reece-Cook passed to Fleck on the edge of the area he was closed down and robbed the ball went to Tyson who slotted it past the keeper to level it up once more. City were stung by a another soft goal in the game hit back with Kent going wide the game petered out nut in injury time City nearly lost their unbeaten home league record when Nathan Tyson got the ball in the area and cleverly chipped Reece-Cook the ball sailed over him and hit the bar then to safety. Finally the whistle went and City, for a few days at least were still top of the league.

Man of the Match
1st Romain Vincelot: Worker tirelessly in midfield
2nd Jim O’Brien Got up and down well
3rd Ryan Kent Always dangerous
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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports 2015/16   Wed Nov 25, 2015 8:54 pm

Bradford City Vs Coventry City

So a midweek trip up the M1 with its annoying 50mph zones was tackled to get us there in good time. In my previous 7 trips to Valley Parade and I have yet to see a win. The team news was a bit of surprise as three changes were made to the side that hammered the league leaders, Fleck was out with a tight hamstring or a “Joe Cole” as we called it. Last time we were at Bradford was the opening game of last season and remarkably not a single player that started that day for us started tonight, the line up was in goal Reece-Cook, Ricketts, Turner, Martin, Stokes, in midfield we had Murphy, Vincelot, Bigirimana, Lameiras, with Armstrong playing deep and Fortune up front. Meanwhile Bradford had five survivors from that game including the forward Hanson who past a late fitness test a player that is always a real handful for City. Both teams were in good form City unbeaten in nine, Bradford in eight with their keeper having six clean sheets on a row. It is not nice being an away fan at Bradford, one toilet, one food kiosk with dearer than normal food and drink and a £25 ticket, whilst Bradford season tickets cost £150, then again they have to keep the prices in the 1980’s because that want sort of football they play.


We all know how Phil Parkingson’s Bradford like to play, basic, no thrills but effective football. Not long into the game and the away fans had shouted “hoof” several times as a long ball was aimed at Hanson, again and again this happened at the same time the home players took every opportunity to hit the deck and complain to the ref every time a decision went against them even when it was obvious they were wrong. City are well suited to an airial bombardment and were coping well when the home side had the first effort that went over. City by total contrast were trying to play football and Bigirimana was looking good in midfield playing the Fleck role. Bradford’s defence was well drilled and were keeping the league leaders at arm’s length, Coventry City league leaders still sounds strange. City kept plugging away when Armstrong found room in the box and hit the post before the ball was cleared. “HOOF” Bradford whacked it long again; it must be horrible to be forced to watch that every week, “we play on the ground” the City fans sung to the home fans. Murphy then put in a shot but it was the defenders on top. Back at our end Bradford fired one wide and won a corner after pressuring the referee. A cross from the right looked dangerous as a Bradford player slid in under pressure, put it wide. Reece-Cook was looking confident in the goal, catching and distributing well. Bradford had a couple of half chances before Bigirimana blasted well over from a free kick and that was half time.

Murphy had a shot on target early in the second half as City attacked the end we were in. A long ranged shot was easily collected by Reece-Cook before the first change of the night as Fortune went off to be replaced by O’Brien, who was one of the starters the last time we played here. At the other end another shot went wide before Armstrong tried to catch the keeper off his line but the game remained level. Despite being no goals the game was quite intriguing and it looked like one slip could loose it for either side. O’Brien then found some room and attempted to shoot across goal from outside the box but put it wide. Another route one attack saw Bradford get the ball on the left a deep cross saw McMahon unmarked he looked certain to score but Reece-Cook blocked the powerful shot with his legs to keep things level. City then made the second change as Kent replaced Lameiras. The sub got into the action straight away forcing the keeper to push it away, Murphy got the ball on the right of box and tried to worm his way back in before his shot was blocked. City were looking better as the game went on and Kent broke one Bradford player tried to take him down two footed with feet in the air but thankfully missed the attack came to nothing and the referee failed to book the player then again he could have booked a couple of City players but decided to keep his cards at home. Murphy forced the keeper to save with ten minutes to go as everyone was getting a little edgy. Bradford took Hanson off who had been in the back pocket of Martin throughout the game as the clock counted down. Deep into injury time Bradford won a dangerous free kick on appeal and with their season ticket holders, the cheapest in league football, roaring them one they knocked the ball in the box but City dealt with it and the ref signalled the end to the game.

City fans left pretty happy with the point and a great defensive display, the local radio station also seemed really pleased with the point, which is the first time I can remember drawing 0-0 away from home in the league and the home side seeming happy with the point. That left us to tackle the 50mph motorway knowing it will be quite a while for our next midweek away trip, got home at 1.

Man of the Match
1st Aaron Martin: Contained Hason
2nd Gael Bigirimana: We have competition in the defensive midfield role
3rd Charles Reece-Cook: Solid at the back distributed well.
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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports 2015/16   Mon Nov 23, 2015 8:51 pm

Coventry City Vs Gillingham

The last time we played Gillingham at home was a the return to the Ricoh in front of a full ground over a season on and the biggest crowd of the season, over 15,000 turned to see 1st vs. 2nd. There was an excited atmosphere in the ground as we waited for kick off noticing “new” signing Ben Turner seemed a lot bigger when he played for us. The line up was in goal Reece-Cook, with Ricketts, Martin, Stokes and making his second City debut Ben Turner, in midfield we had O’Brien, Fleck, Vincelot, Murphy and Kent with Armstrong up front. The Gills had two former City forwards up front in the shape of Cody McDonald and Dominic Samuel.

It was a very cold day as the action got underway with City attacking the away end in the first half. City started the brighter and had most of the ball whilst Gillingham were busy fouling our players. “We are top of the league” sang the away fans to shouts of “not for long” by fans in Block 20. Gillingham were holding firm hoping to see out the early pressure then push on but City kept them pressed back as Turner looked in control at the back. Murphy, playing behind Armstrong was the first to have a shot just before the ten minute mark firing wide. Kent was giving Gillingham problems quite ironically considering what county Gillingham are in. City continued the pressure with a shot by Fleck which was comfortable for the Gills, keeper. The pressure kept on as Martin had a header on target from a corner. Fleck had another long range shot go wide. Kent showed great skill with great ball control making it hard for the defenders to keep tabs on him before he had a shot go wide. After twenty minutes Gills seemed to have gotten over the worst and even launched an attack but the shot went wide. It was still mostly City looking for a way through the away teams defence as they resulted to fouling. Murphy then went close with another shot just go wide but City were getting closer. City were still on top and looked a far better team than Gillingham, our attacking players were a handful, the midfielders were in control and our defence were not giving them a chance. Finally a Gillingham player got into the referee’s book with yet another foul. In a rare attack Gillingham won a corner and they are the highest scorers from set pieces and they nearly had another one as McDonald got in a header and it beat the keeper but Ricketts was on the line to clear, a close thing. The ball went forward to three City players in forward positions, Murphy chased the pass and the defender panicked and tried to slide in and tackle but he under hit the ball and Murphy had half the pitch to run free in on goal. Murphy approached the keeper went around him and just about steered the ball home to put City on top of the game and the league. City fans were still getting used to be top of the league when City got a corner. All eyes were on Turner as he moved forward into the area, Kent took the flag kick and Turner attacked it and headed it down it bounced up into the roof of the net, what a come back, Turner was mobbed by the players whilst City fans were singing “he’s one of our won” and “we are top of the league”. Gillingham looked shell shocked and City looked full of beans when O’Brien slide a great ball through to Murphy, who was in the clear and another run-in on the keeper, he again rounded Nelson in the goal and slotted it home for 3-0 in six minutes, fans were in dreamland as the leaders were being taken apart. Fans were still celebrating when Stokes advanced down the left he was left alone and managed to knock in a cross, Murphy was first to it to smack in yet another goal, 4-0! In ten minutes and the first City hat trick since Freddy Eastwood we just couldn’t believe it; this was incredible football we haven’t seen for ages or at all with City. Some Gillingham fans headed for the exit as I lambasted them that they wouldn’t be back next week. Half time City 4-0 a warning to the rest of League One.


City started well in the second half as Murphy ran at a panicky Gillingham defence and won a corner. O’Brien then had a shot blocked before Samuel won a corner at the other end. With another game Tuesday it was time to rest players and first of to a standing ovation was Ben Turner he was replaced by Phillips. City now seemed to change down a gear as Gillingham fought for respectability but City should have made it five when Armstrong was played in, he put the ball past the keeper but it hit the post. At the other end Gillingham attacked and Dack was allowed to shot and placed his shot well to make it 4-1 and to give the reaming travelling fans something to celebrate. City decided to call it a day and took off Murphy but his replacement got a big cheer as Gael Bigirimana returned to the fold. Aaron Phillips then threw himself into a typical do or die tackle as Gillingham were now having most of the play. Cody McDonald went off after being contained during the game before the other former City player Samuel had a shot on target. Haynes then replaced the ever hardworking O’Brien for the last ten minutes. Gael had a shot on target as the game went on then a controversial moment as Haynes raced down the wing he seemed to be smacked in the face by a Gillingham player but he got away with what would have been a red card if the ref saw it, like everyone else in the Arena. Armstrong went close as City fans started the “up the Football League we go” song before the referee blew for full time as we went clear at the top of the table our best start in history, apparently.

Man of the Match
1st Jacob Murphy: Hat trick.
2nd John Fleck Ran midfield
3rd Ben Turner A great return

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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports 2015/16   Sun Nov 15, 2015 10:46 pm

Colchester United Vs Coventry City

It was a wet day when we arrived at Colchester after a long drive down Britain’s most boring road the A14 but at least there were no speed restrictions. This is a ground we have won at twice nut around the same time of year. In the ground we heard the line up and it was in goal Reece-Cook, with Phillips, Martin, Ricketts and Stokes at the back with O’Brien, Fleck, Vincelot and Lameiras, Murphy playing just behind Fortune.

Before the game we had a minute’s silence for the people of Paris in our last away game of the year on a Saturday. City started off well with a couple of blocked shots. City kept up the pressure with Fortune looking good as O’Brien tested Jones in goal the same Jones that played four times with us last season. City were passing well as Fleck shot wide, City on top. Colchester started to get forward some more when suddenly a ball found Bonne unmarked in front of Reece-Cook, the player diverted the ball past the keeper for a very soft goal, some appeals for off side but it was soon apparent that Stokes played them on side as he received a rollicking from Vincelot. This gave the home side confidence and they started to get on top with Moncur the main threat for the U’s. City kept giving away silly free kicks which is a danger because the home side are expert at set plays. O’Brien then picked up a booking. Danger man Moncur went on another dribble before firing at the keeper. Colchester won another corner the shot wasn’t too strong but Reece-Cook fumbled, Ricketts was on hand to clear. Sordell then got the ball in front of the box he shimmed and hit the ball it beat Cookie and hit the post, the ball ran in front the goal but no one could get to it and City survived. I thought “that could be a vital miss”. City fans started to applaud for Martin Fulop who sadly died recently. City went forward and Fortune found Murphy, his shot was blocked but the player that played 11 games and scored four goals for the home team last season reacted well and got to the ball and hit it home to spark off celebrations in the away end. City now were back on top as Phillips had a shot, Colchester had a shot at our end in an entertaining game. City went forward again and Fortune played the ball into the area, Murphy timed his run to perfection and only had the keeper to beat, he rounded Jones, steady himself as we waited for the net to bulge and it did as City turned the game on its head. City kept pressing as Fortune had a shot before half time came.

Second half saw City attacking the away end as the rains continued. City kept going forward in the second half as Lameiras cut in down the right and fired in a shot, Jones fumbled and Fortune was on hand for a tap in to give us a 3-1 lead. City now looked settled with the defence looking strong, the midfield on top and the forwards playing well the only doubt was Moncur who was having a very good game for Colchester. Fleck and Phillips went into Mr Horwood’s book who was more than happy to flash the yellow card. Colchester started to push forward but they were struggling to break City down as we looked to hit them on the break. Murphy alos got on a through ball but Jones was quick off his line and just beat the loan player to the ball. City made a change that the hapless 4th official kept getting wrong but in the end Tudgay replaced Fortune. Reece-Cook fielded a few shot but nothing too difficult. Another change saw Lameiras replaced by Haynes to play in midfield. Each time City had a sub the 4th official put up no 11 but it was the number 11 O’Brien that charge in full of energy to win the ball where he had no right to, O’Brien eventually was taken off to great applause and on came Thomas. Martin joined the rest in the book as City were still in control when Haynes came close with a good long range shot out wide. Sordall had a shot on target. City were getting closer to a win when Colchester came very close as Reece-Cook save a shot it fell to Massey who looked certain to score but Cookie got up quick and managed to block the shot with his foot to keep the two goal margin. The game came to the end with City in 2nd place, happy days.

Man of the Match
1st Marc-Antoine Fortune: Best game of the season.
2nd Jacob Murphy: If Armstrong goes Murphy can fill him for him
3rd John Fleck: Ran midfield.
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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports 2015/16   Sun Nov 08, 2015 10:29 pm

Coventry City Vs Northampton Town

With Johnson, Lawton, Willis, Tudgay and Maddison injured with Reece-Cook joining them after injuring himself in the warm up, George Thomas on loans, Vincelot suspended and Kent and Armstrong not allowed to play and Cole rested we were down to the bare bones and I had a nasty feeling about the game. The line up was Burge in goal with Stokes, Martin, Ricketts and Phillips at the back in midfield we had Lameiras, Fleck, Connor Thomas, Murphy and O’Brien in midfield with Fortune up front. Northampton were the visitors a team going well on the field, paid for by C.C.F.C but in all sorts of trouble off it.

Northampton wearing Salmon Pink, attacked the end were their fans were in the first half and after Thomas dived in recklessly and gave away a free kick. “Score in a minute”, sang the Cobblers fans as Adams took the kick, it had a lot of swerve on it and somehow, straight from the kick or with a touch off a player ended up past Burge in the goal, great start. City were stunned but started to recover when Thomas found Murphy, the wide player turned inside and blasted the ball past the keeper from outside the area to level the game up. City started to get the upper hand in the game and pushed forward with both Murphy and Fleck having pot shots at the goal. Then something that is starting to become a worrying trend since Johnson got injured a soft goal, D’ath was allowed far too much room on the right his cross found Richards totally unmarked to head past Burge to make it 2-1. Lee Burge must hate this competition after being the main culprit with his red card last season but he didn’t have much chance with the two goals. Northampton now were on the front foot and won a couple of corners before Ricketts blocked an on target effort. City just couldn’t get going and look poor up front apart from Murphy who looked the only player capable of causing problems, Fortune just looked very poor. Burge saved from a header as the League Two side still looked on top before Ricketts picked up a yellow card. Minutes later the captain went on a great dribble, knocking the ball out wide the cross came in and a Northampton defender handled it but the officials didn’t think it was a penalty. Murphy who just kept trying had a shot blocked as half time came.

Mowbray made a change off went Phillips, who I don’t think was having too bad a game and on came Haynes, Stokes switched to the centre with Ricketts switching to right back. City started better in the second half with O’Brien having an early shot before Murphy ran at them again having a shot blocked, Fleck then put one wide from distance. Not long into the half the boss made another change and gave a debut to Basala Sambou, a teenage forward who has been scoring regularly, off went Conor Thomas a player that has never impressed me and someone the club needs to get rid off. The Cobblers were now sitting back and defending deep but City didn’t have the guile to break them down. O’Brien had a shot blocked as the game went on. Fortune, who was awful went off and talking of awful on came Elford-Alliyu, on paper our 6th choice centre forward. Another good raid by Murphy saw a ball played into the box and a Northampton player patted the ball away with his hand but still no penalty. Northampton then won a corner and in a scrambled almost scored but Burge didn’t well to block the shot low down. O’Brien had another shot blocked before Murphy forced the keeper to push the ball away from distance. City won a couple of late corners but they came to nothing and City, for the 4th time in a row were knocked out at the first stage of a cup competition.

Man of the Match
1st Jacob Murphy Had a good game
2nd No one
3rd No one

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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports 2015/16   Wed Nov 04, 2015 9:43 pm

Coventry City Vs Barnsley

So this was our game in hand a chance to close in on the top three, against a team on a verge of setting a club record for number of defeats, a team with a terrible record in Coventry, where City are unbeaten this had all the hallmarks of a massive banana skin. A crowd of just under 11,000 was at the game and considering it was the middle game of three at home in a week, the wet weather and Barnsley’s away following down to the hard core it wasn’t a bad turnout. The big team news was Joe Cole would make his home debut the rest of the line up was in goal Reece-Cook, with Phillips, Ricketts, Stokes and playing his fiftieth league game, the rest of midfield was Fleck, Vincelot and Kent leaving Armstrong up front.

One thing City needed to do was not to give Barnsley any early encouragement and only after two minutes Fleck found Kent on the left and the winger cut in and unleashed a shot beating the keeper to give City a dream start, it was City’s first goal in the first half for seven games. Barnsley tried to hit back by keeping possession but it was clear they were low on confidence. Kent was then brought down which resulted in a booking for the Tykes’ player. City were in control of the game as the Naughty Corner distracted the fans by playing with a large beach ball. Armstrong then had a good run a shot which the keeper saved. City then had a shout for a penalty as Kent went down in the box but no spot kick was the correct decision. City were still knocking the ball around well when in the seventieth minute Fleck sprayed a great ball to Phillips out wide, the fullback raced on and put in a perfect cross for Armstrong to send home to make it two. If City could win by three clear goals we would climb to 3rd, “come on the old five”, I sang. Barnsley kept probing but they looked like a side that forgotten how to score. Phillips blasted a volley wide before the away side won a free kick and fluffed the set piece. City looked comfortable as Barnsley finally had a shot that was blocked before Fleck got one on target as the rains stopped. Cole finally got into the action with a chipped shot that was well off the mark as the half ended with one team in it.

The last home game saw the side leading at half time ending up losing and it looked like Barnsley came out all guns blazing in the second half. They had two attempts on target early on as they pressed City back. They won a corner and it sailed to their captain Mawson who headed home and put the away side right back into the game. City hit back with Armstrong getting one on target. Minutes later O’Brien played a superb ball allowing Armstrong a free run on goal and he didn’t disappoint getting his brace, again. Surly that would break Barnsley but then the referee Mr Bull took centre stage as minute later a ball was clearly controlled by the hand of Scowen on the edge of the area he advanced in a scored, the City fans went mad, how could the officials miss such a blatant hand ball? City were rocked and it seemed the referee was getting everything wrong when O’Brien was pushed in the backed missed by the ref. Barnsley were now in the belief they could get something from the game and City were panicking, even Fleck could no longer could pass the ball. Armstrong was then taken out and City won a free kick with subs waiting to come on Cole lined up to take the kick, he took two steps to the side and advanced he sent the kick over the wall and into the set for a goal that belongs in a higher division. Four goals in twelve minutes and to think we recently couldn’t score and looked tight at the back. City made two changes off went Cole and O’Brien and on came Murphy and Lameiras. Barnsley were not broken as City found it hard to get out of our own half not helped by the officials who missed another clear handball. The Yorkshire team had a couple of shots blocked and put wide as the game went on. They won a series of corners as City dispensed with leaving three up in defending corners as we tried to get more of the ball. With 22 minutes left a Barnsley player went down near the keeper, no penalty but no booking either for the dive. Murphy was trying hard to get us into the other half before Tudgay came on for Kent. The change helped as Tudgay held the ball up front more taking pressure off the defenders. A massive cheer went up as the referee spotted a hand ball. Vincelot was floored earning another booking for a Barnsley player before Fleck put one wide before former City player Simeon Jackson came on. Minutes later Stokes was floored by an elbow the linesman flagged and a free kick awarded but again the referee somehow missed the foul made by a player on a yellow card when it should have been a red. After treatment Stokes got up. Barnsley, no doubt thinking they could get away with anything came close when Reece-Cook flapped before we kicked the ball off the line. Six minutes were added on as Murphy got in a shot followed by Tudgay the forward then had a shot blocked as we were deep into injury time. Four minutes into injury time a long ball hit the hand of Phillips and since his hand was raised it had to be a penalty. So Reece-Cook faced his twelve penalty of the season and again he got nowhere close as Scowen scored to make it 4-3. Barnsley tried to run back with the ball, blocked by Vincelot, who was booked and faces a suspension and Pearson was only booked for throwing a punch. Thankfully Mr “Terry” Bull, not his real name blew to signal the win but big worries about the number of goals conceded.

Man of the Match
1st Adam Armstrong: He only scores in twos.
2nd Ryan Kent A long overdue goal
3rd Marcus Tudgay Stability when he came on
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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports 2015/16   Mon Nov 02, 2015 2:45 am

Coventry City Vs Peterborough United

We welcomed Peterborough United to the Ricoh on Saturday, the first of three home games in a week. This was the game Joe Cole was supposed to be making his home debut but was left out. Some fans had more pressing matters as an accident near the Arena Shops meant queuing traffic on the A444 and the game was delayed for 15 minutes. The line up was in goal Reece-Cook, with Phillips, Martin, Ricketts and Stokes in defence, leaving Murphy, Vincelot, Fleck and Lameiras in midfield with Armstrong and Fortune up front.

Peterborough in good form and were top scorers under new manager Graham Westley started the better attacking the empty end in the first half but City should have been in front after three minutes when Murphy intercepted a pass along the back four to run in on goal but his shot was saved by Alnwick in the Posh goal. Westley is infamous for his route one nasty style of football but not at Peterborough as he got the side to pass and keep hold of the ball making it difficult for City to build up any attacks. United, backed by a large and noisy away support put in a threatening move ending in a shot on target. City were struggling as Fortune was being well contained and the away side in a kit that looked like a red kit that had ran in the wash kept knocking the ball around looking for gaps. After 12 minutes they should have taken the lead when Washington was unmarked on the left but could only hit the side netting. Peterborough full of confidence from a being unbeaten on the road since Westley took over advanced again as Washington got the ball in the area he squared it to Anderson who had a simple task of beating Reece-Cook to give them a deserved lead. City’s unbeaten home record was in server threat as Washington fired wide again, Washington is not the most popular player with the away fans as he tends to miss easy chances. The poor referee Gavin Ward then got his yellow card out for the first time and no complaints as Martin brought down a player. Washington finally got one on target but no trouble for the keeper. City just couldn’t get going in the forward areas, the two forwards were isolated and the wide players were not getting down the wings with Murphy taking most of the abuse. United kept pressing as a player described as the Turkish Messi, Oztumer had a shot blocked. Peterborough then correctly had a goal ruled out for off side before another blocked shot and Washington firing high. Finally approaching half an hour City started to get more of the ball and had a chance but Fortune showed why his goal scoring record is so poor by firing straight at the keeper. This encouraged the team and the fans and City started to have more joy. Murphy from a tight angle got one on target before a blast from Fleck was also saved. Armstrong finally found room in the box and turn he fired in what looked like a tame shot but it was well disguised as it hit the foot of the post. City needed to keep this up and not to concede before the break, unfortunately this what happened as in an attack the ball was squared to Oztumer, outside the penalty area the diminutive midfielder let fly with a cracking shot to make it 2-0. Now last season Peterborough played well in the first half and lead by two but lost 3-2 but City looked miles away from such a come back. Posh had a shot go wide before Armstrong had one saved. Taylor was booked for Peterborough as the half neared the end half before Washington had a glorious chance to wrap the game up firing wide.

Half time talk was who to come on to turn things around and it seemed most wanted Kent to replace Murphy. Mowbray decided on two changes Kent came on for Lameiras and Fortune went off and was replaced by O’Brien who had played well in his last two games. City had a great chance in the opening seconds as Kent was picked out with a great pass and the wide player found room and tried to pick out Armstrong in the box but he embarrassingly ballooned the cross high into the Halloween air. Peterborough were forced to take Forrester off after a clash of heads in the first half and the midfielder throwing up at half time. City had upped the tempo and the crowd seeing what was going on started to get behind the team. Peterborough now had stopped playing and hoofing the ball was Alnwick started to waste time noted by Mr Ward looking at his watch. Fleck had a shot blocked leading to a corner but most corners were collected by the keeper. City were being driven on by Vincelot in midfield and O’Brien playing just behind Armstrong was starting to find room. City still looked venerable to the counter attack but on the whole the defence were looking solid with Phillips having his best game of the season so far. Kent was giving problems down the right cut in and had a shot blocked as the noise increased. O’Brien then was denied by the keeper pushing a shot away before saving an effort from Armstrong. It was now all City as Peterborough looked nervous and Alnwick kept wasting time. The game was not helped by a referee seeming to favour the away side. City kept up the pressure as Fleck had a shot but it hit the post, thankfully the ball fell to Vincelot who volleyed it back in to score and to put him second highest scorer. Surly City couldn’t come form two nil down again and win? City kept pressing in a pulsating game as Vincelot had a shot blocked. City looked like they could score with every attack as Kent had another shot blocked. Roared on by the crowd the players were determined to hold on to the unbeaten record as O’Brien went close. Murphy who had been poor the game up until then started to improve and had a shot blocked. A minute later Armstrong also had one blocked as Peterborough seemed to be hanging on and Mr Ward looked at his watch again as Alnwick wasted more time over a goal kick. O’Brien was causing real problems for the Posh defence and fired on wide as the hunt for the leveller went on. City were breaking up any attacks thrown at them and Stokes started a good counter attack as he released Murphy, the winger raced away and was brought down on the edge of the box earning a booking for Santos. Peterborough had a rare chance but thankfully it fell to Washington who hit it straight at Reece-Cook. Fifteen minutes to go as Armstrong had a shot blocked, O’Brien shot wide, Washington fired it at the keeper and Alnwick wasted time making the referee look at his watch for the 9th time, yes I was counting. Mowbray’s final change saw Haynes replace Stokes meaning City had three players on from last season’s game, Fleck, O’Brien and Haynes. Peterborough seemed to have gotten over the nerves and started to pass the ball again carving out some half chances but this gave us some room at the back as in a counter-attack Murphy ran passed his marker and into the box he picked out Armstrong who slotted the ball home to spark of mad celebrations around the ground. City were level and now were smelling victory. A good goal kick by Reece-Cook was won well with a good header by Vincelot but the other player went down like a sack of spuds holding his head Mr Ward enraged the home crowd by stopping play. Murphy now on fire had a shot go wide. Finally after nine watch checks and one warning Mr Ward booked Alnwick for persistent time wasting which got a massive cheer. In the next attack Murphy ran at his booked fullback got past him and found Armstrong, the forwards flicked the ball sideways before slotting it past the keeper to amazingly give City the lead. Peterborough now were broken and City could have easily made it four as Kent and Armstrong both had chances. Six minutes were then indicated mainly for Peterborough’s time wasting. City stood strong at the back as Reece-Cook fielded a weak shot from Washington before Mr Ward blew his whistle for a real treat.

After the game to prove he was on the away side Mr Ward told Westley that his side would play worse and win. We left the ground delighted and Peterborough left in disbelief. 21 shoots on target the most this season, 12 for us the most this season and 9 against the most this season as well.

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1st Romaine Vincelot: Bossed midfield
2nd Jim O’Brien: Never shot running
3rd Adam Armstrong: Two great goals
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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports 2015/16   Sun Oct 25, 2015 10:50 pm

Swindon Town Vs Coventry City

So after five away games on the coach we were finally back in the car again as we headed south to Swindon. The Robins were one of the teams picked out as play off contenders but are a real basket case of a club and are on a bad run runs that normally end against City. We arrived at the County Ground maybe the least popular away ground for us. The weather wasn’t great but at least we were under cover. The line up was in goal Charles-Cook, with Phillips, Ricketts, Martin and Stokes at the back, in midfield we had Kent, Vincelot, Fleck and O’Brien with Cole in just behind Armstrong.

The game got underway with the City stands in the stand taking the micky out of the City fans out in the rain on the terracing as nearly 1,500 Sky Blues fans had made the trip. Armstrong had the first shot going wide in the opening minutes before Cole had a shot blocked in a quite opening. Both teams were feeling each other out and keeping the ball and trying to pass it around. Early on Cole was taken out with a bad tackle and somehow escaped a yellow card for it but we are used to that at the County Ground. Swindon started to get more into the game with a blocked shot and catching practise for Charles-Cook. At the other end O’Brien had a shot wide before Kent darted in and had his shot blocked. Kent and Armstrong were starting to stretch the home defence whilst Fleck was pinging the ball around well. Meanwhile the referee Mr Whitestone seemed to keep pulling City players up for innocuous challenges. Charles-Cook had another straight forward save as he edged closer to Oggy’s record of the length of time without conceding. Fleck then got some flack from Turnbull but at last the referee took action and showed a yellow card. In injury time City attacked and a good cross from Kent the ball dropped to Cole he fired but a defender was on the line to kick the ball off the line.

Surprisingly Cole was taken off at half time and replaced by Lameiras. City started to look better in the second half and so did Swindon. Both sides had early chances before Ajose had a shot on target which was saved. Vincelot found himself in the book before another sub as Murphy replaced Kent. The sub got into the game and had a shot blocked. The game could have gone either way as both defences were stretched. Swindon made a double change as City attacked Fleck knocked a ball down the wing for Stokes to run onto to and the left back got to it and put in a good cross the keeper missed it and Vincelot was first to it and slammed the ball home to give City the lead, he celebrated with the wet fans on the open terraces and received a word from the referee. It was a long wait for the goal the first by a City player since the home game at home to Shrewsbury. City were now looking better as Armstrong fired just wide before going down in the penalty area holding his face but it was to see if there was enough contact. Murphy, who was making an impact, tried a shot. The final sub was then made as Armstrong who had another quiet game was replaced by Tudgay. Minutes later Muprhy busts into the box and was brought down, penalty. Tudgay got the ball as well held our breath with our terrible penalty record, the forward hit a poor pen and it was saved but thankfully it rebounded kindly and Tudgay followed up and made it two. Another milestone as Charles-Cook broke Oggy’s record and City were heading to the first league win at Swindon for ages. Swindon started to get forward more as Fleck was booked for a shirt tug. City were still looking solid when the Robins moved the ball forward and Gladwin finished really well to be the first player to score past Charles-Cook in a league game, “just a consolation goal” we hoped. In injury time a scuffle in the box and Martin brought down a player before Phillips handled and the referee gave a penalty and it was a penalty. Charles-Cook is a great keeper but he can’t save penalties and again he got nowhere near it and we had to settle for a draw.

Man of the Match
1st John Fleck: Ran midfield
2nd Romain Vincelot: Done the hard work
3rd Jim O’Brien: Looked good out wide.
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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports 2015/16   Wed Oct 21, 2015 8:30 pm

Rochdale Vs Coventry City

Another night another trip up the M6 but the main topic of conversation was a certain midfielder about to make his debut not Chris Eagles who had gone to moneybags Bury but former England International Joe Cole. Spotland is a ground we had never won on but we did avoid defeat in the League Cup here earlier this season. The line up as in goal Charles-Cook with Phillips, Ricketts, Martin and Stokes at the back in midfield we had O’Brien, Morris, Vincelot, Armstrong, with Fortune up front and Mr Joe Cole playing in the hole.

City came out in a kit that must have made Cole feel at home as it was our Red England away strip. The kicked off and Cole got a few touches and close attention from some Dale players. Rochdale are a good side that likes to pass the ball and it was the home side that had the first chance with Charles-Cook on the ground were he made his debut and conceded his only goal, beating away a shot. The game was a bit level with both teams knocking the ball around well. Then City had a chance as Armstrong ran behind the line and Cole picked him out and the top scorer raced through but Dale’s keeper Lillis did well to block the shot. Dale’s players were being allowed to get away with a lot included a two footed tackle from behind. City then put in a good move as Cole picked the ball up and went on a good run before shooting wide. At the other end the home side fashioned a chance but the ball was straight at Charles-Cook. Another catch from a shot from the keeper at the other end City kept drifting off side as we tried to fashion a chance. At the other Henderson fired wide as Rochdale kept moving the ball wide to look for crosses into the box. City put another good move in as Cole fired wide and City started to get on top near the end of the 1st half. City won the corner and in the scramble the ball fell to Fortune who only had the keeper to beat but to his credit and came out and blocked at close range.


Second half saw Armstrong having a shot on target before Dale fired wide. Even without Johnson at the back City were looking solid with Stokes keeping his winger under warps. Armstrong had another shot on target but couldn’t get any power on the ball. T.M decided on the first change off went the disappointing Fortune and he was replaced by Tudgay. Then a good move saw Dale sweep into the box the forward could have shot but squared it to sub Bunny who looked like he had to score but Charles-Cook stood up and mad a good save. Just before the hour mark Cole was taken off to great applause from the City fans and also from the home fans, on came Kent and the sub almost made an immediate impact with a shot on target well saved by Lillis. O’Brien meanwhile was improving as the game went on and was more like the player from last season attempting to get City moving. Then a surprise change for the home side as they took off their big No 9 Andrew who was a real handful at the back. The officiating left a lot to be desired but finally Rochdale were pulled up for a foul when Henderson went into the books a minute later he flew in again on O’Brien, now I didn’t see any contact but some refs might have issued a second yellow. Some City fans were then left scratching their heads as Mowbray took off Armstrong but in fairness he wasn’t having the best of games, on came Murphy and he started to stretch the home side’s defence. It was Murphy who went close with a shot before the lanky Bunny, that’s his name, fired wide at the other end. Into the last ten minutes and the game could go either way and it was nearly Dale who should have done better with one of the chances. Charles-Cook determined not to be beaten caught the ball again as the game went into injury time as Stokes had to leave the pitch but because of no more subs left he hobbled back on again after treatment finally the ref blew his whistle for a good point on the road and we headed for home.

Took us three hours to make home with most of us confessing we are getting too old for this.

Man of the Match
1st Chris Stokes: Nullified the threat from out wide.
2nd Reice Charles-Cook: Yet another clean sheet
3rd Jim O’Brien: Got into his game late on.
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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports 2015/16   Sun Oct 18, 2015 9:46 pm

Coventry City Vs Blackpool


There was a buzz around the Ricoh and it had nothing to do with the Wasps with news of the signings of Joe Cole and Chris Eagles training with the team. The two Internationals were back but the last time this happened Armstrong took a game or two to get over it but he is impossible to leave out the line up was Charles-Cook in goal with Ricketts, Johnson, Martin and Stokes at the back. In midfield we had Kent, Fleck, Vincelot and Murphy with Armstrong playing behind Fortune. Before kick off we had a minute’s applause for the people that lost their lives in the Bus Tragedy.

The game kicked off against a team in the bottom three but were one of the in-form teams around having won their last three games. The game started as the ball went out for a City throw and as the Blackpool players lined up to defend the set piece parallel to the box the lineman gave it the other way. City started well as Fortune put one wide. City were looking good early on as Murphy was played through but keeper Doyle, today’s obligatory former Coventry player came out and blocked the shot. The Tangerines were sitting deep and attempting to hit City on the break as Cullen had a shot blocked and had another one blocked a while later. Charles-Cook was then called into action for the first time saving a shot before at the other end Murphy got in a shot the keeper could only push away. City continued to press and won a couple of corners to no real effect. Midway through the first half the referee Mr Hill warned Doyle about time wasting I never seen someone warned so early in the game for this and it just showed Blackpool’s mentality on the day. Kent had a shot before Martin headed over. Another corner saw Armstrong head over. Blackpool were looking solid at the back as City found it hard to break them down but it was a complement to City’s home form. Fleck was running midfield whilst the City back four were looking untroubled. Murphy got a curling shot on targeted easily saved by the keeper. City kept up the pressure when the ball fell back to Stokes the left back hit a great shot forcing the save of the day from Doyle. Both Fleck and Kent had attempts but the supply to the forwards were not quiet on it. The half ended all level.

The second half started with Blackpool getting forward a bit more and had a couple of half chances. Up front Armstrong looked a bit leggy. City were soon in their stride winning two free kicks outside the area earning two yellow cards neither of them came to anything before Ricketts was brought down out wide and nothing was given. Both teams had shots saved as it was still a game of cat and mouse. Then the mouse should have scored as Cullen got through drew out Charles-Cook and fired wide to this disappointment of the Blackpool players. City kept on attacking and getting shots in on target before Fleck upended a player and received a yellow card that means a suspension. First change for City was Lameiras replacing Vincelot not long after Morris replaced Kent. Then a sight we didn’t want to see as Johnson stretched for a ball went down in pain, looked like a hamstring, the big defender was helped off the pitch and we will miss him. On came Phillips as Ricketts switched to centre back. Armstrong finally got the ball in the box but couldn’t create enough room to fire in a shot. Mr Hill then took centre stage after telling Phillips where to take a throw in from and when he didn’t awarded the throw to Blackpool, which is fair enough but seconds later Blackpool were allowed to take a throw many feet from where the ball went out. Five minutes of injury time was announced when it should have been seven as Lameiras before the end and Blackpool went back with a good point and our unbeaten home record remained in tack

Man of the Match
1st John Fleck Ran midfield
2nd Jacob Murphy Looked a threat
3rd Chris Stokes Raided well from left back.
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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports 2015/16   Sun Oct 11, 2015 9:35 pm

Fleetwood Town Vs Coventry City

For once the trip up the M6 was trouble free and we arrived in Fleetwood in plenty of time. We were around the entrance with plenty of City fans when Fleetwood’s new manager a certain Steven Pressley came out. He was greeted like an old friend by the fans and the general message was “thanks what you did sorry it didn’t work out”. Inside the ground we heard the news that Reice-Cook seemed to have became the new number 1 keeper. The rest of the team was Ricketts, Martin, Johnson and Stokes, in defence and in midfield we had O’Brien, Vincelot, Fleck, Lameiras and O’Brien playing in the deep role this left Fortune up front.


City attacked the far end in the first half as O’Brien had the first shot of the game. It was the Cod Army that came close early on as Haughton found room and put one just past the far post. Minutes later Fleetwood came close again with another shot from the left hand side missing the post. The game wasn’t the best as Fleetwood where out to impress Pressley. Fortune had a shot blocked as City were struggling to get forward. Fleck then tried a long range shot that Maxwell in the Town goal saved. It seems these days ever other team has an ex-player and Fleetwood have Richard Wood on loan and the defender headed one wide. It was pretty even and dull stuff as Reice-Cook had to make a save. Murphy then had a shot blocked but the winger wasn’t on form early on. Hard working O’Brien had a shot but not on target. As the dull game went on City won three corners at the other end ending in Martin heading over the bar before the very good referee Mr Heywood blew for half time.

The local radio station said City were just about the best team.

Second half saw Fleetwood starting brightly and a shot from distance need Cookie to push around the post for a corner. City blocked a shot from Fleetwood but they didn’t seem to carry much threat up front and City were not much better. Murphy put one well wide before wasting a free kick as we looked to the bench for replacements. Murphy then had another shot but it was closer before O’Brien had a shot saved. City were slowly getting better as Fleetwood tired. Stokes blasted one wide before we won a couple of corners that was a test for their keeper. O’Brien missed before the ever improving Murphy had a shot blocked. Another attack saw Murphy thrown to the floor but the referee played on and when the game stopped he awarded the only card of the game. City finally made a change as George Thomas replaced Lameiras. As City got used to the change Town went forward with a save and then a shot blocked. Johnson had a shot go wide before Tudgay replaced O’Brien. City were getting better and better as Murphy was getting more room and taking on an increasingly tiring fullback then we came very close as Murphy hit the post minutes later Maxwell beat away a shot and it fell to Fortune with an open goal but he put it wide but he may have been off side. Fleetwood still counterattacked and Cookie had to save. It was nearly all City and if there was to be a goal it was only coming one way. It the last minute George Thomas was played in and skipped past a defender and fired in on goal the keeper parried but the ball hit Wood and we sucked the ball into the net as it seemed to roll in slowly and over the line to spark off mad celebrations in the away end. Connor Thomas came off the bench to replace Murphy to see out the game and deep in injury time Tudgay had a chance but sliced at it before Mr Heywood signalled for the end and a great win.
No problems getting home

Man of the Match
1st Aaron Martin: Solid at the back
2nd: Reda Johnson gave the forwards no chance
3rd Jacob Murphy: got better as the game went on
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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports 2015/16   Wed Oct 07, 2015 11:41 pm

Yeovil Town Vs Coventry City

Twenty minutes before I was about to leave to pick Kev up for the Yeovil I looked at my coach tickets and realised the club shop had given me four Fleetwood coach tickets and not two Yeovil and two Fleetwood, so I raced over to the Butts to exchange and after picking up Kev we joined the other “nutters” on the coach for the long trip south. For once the motorways were clear and we reached the Somerset town in three hours giving us plenty of time. No surprisingly T.M rested a couple of older players but put out a strong side it was in goal Charles-Cook, at the back we had Haynes, Ricketts, Martin and Phillips, in midfield we had O’Brien, Fleck, Connor Thomas and Murphy, Lameiras playing deep with Tudgay up front.

After a pat-down by the stewards, first time this season I entered the open terracing and the predicted rain was holding off on a pleasant October night. City attacked our end in the first half. Yeovil won an early corner but it was a low keyed affair. City started to get into their stride when Tudgay juggled the ball got into position but fired high. Yeovil won another corner at the other end but Ricketts lead the back four well. City’s main attacks where coming down the left with Murphy linking well with Haynes. City were patient but finally found their way through when Murphy slipped in and fired a shot but keeper Krysiak pulled off a good save. O’Brien then tested the keeper with a low shot but it was an easy save. Another good build up again saw Murphy ghost in and play the ball to Fleck the midfielder showed why his goal scoring record isn’t too good by putting a powerful shot wide of the post and into the terracing. Yeovil were at full stretch but to be fair they looked organised at the back but one argument did ensue when their keeper refused to come off his line forcing their Number Three to clear for a corner and then had a real go at his keeper. City were still looking for a goal when Connor pulled a ball back to Tudgay whose first time shot was beaten away by the keeper. So half time no goals but City on top against a side that might just suffer their third relegation in a spin meanwhile Radio Somerset’s commentators said “they would settle for penalties now”

Second half saw Yeovil get more into the game and a good cross was well fielded by Charles-Cook in the goal. Yeovil then had a chance but blasted it over the bar resulting in “that’s why your going down” chant from the fans behind the goal. Mowbray then made his first change as George Thomas replaced Lameiras. Murphy who was a real threat in the first half was far less of one in the second as the home side pushed forwards. Charles-Cook had to be alert to push away a corner but minutes later Town’s player Bird had a one-on-one with the City keeper, thankfully Reice is quick and raced off his line and smothered any chance of a shot on goal. At the other end George finally got a touch and it was a good one a powerful shot on target parried by Krysiak, the ball fell to Tudgay but at a tight angle the forward could only hit the side netting. City’s shooting became increasingly wild as George set up O’Brien who blasted over followed by Murphy finding ball and putting the ball over the stand. The game was becoming more open when Yeovil broke through but again Charles-Cook was off his line like a sprinter to close down the shot. City then survived a scare as Bird planted a close header wide from a corner when he should have scored. Chares-Cook saved again before Mowbray gave two players their debuts off went Connor who to be fair was pretty poor and on came Ivor Lawton to the song of “he’s one of our own”, before O’Brien made way for a player I have been particularly unimpressed with in the two U21 games I have seen as Lateef Elford-Alliyu came on. Murphy then blasted another one over before City survived some late pressure and the very good referee Mr Johnson blew for full time.

Thankfully in the JPT we go straight to penalties. City won the toss and the penalties where down our end.

First up was Tudgay and he stroked the ball to the keeper’s right but it was well placed, Dickson level for Town, Elfrod-Alliyu then took his and my fears were founded as his kick was at a good height for Krysiak but it was a good save, Bird scored with the keeper going the right way, up stepped Murphy and put it away, Howells blasted one that Charles-Cook came very close to stopping, George tucked his away well before Laird sent the keeper the wrong way leaving skipper Ricketts to step up and see his kick saved leaving City to exit the 2nd cup competition of the season on penalties.

Man of the Match

1st Reice Charles-Cook: Cool, looks a prospect.
2nd Sam Ricketts: Still playing well wherever in defence he plays
3rd Jacob Murphy For his first half display alone.

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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports 2015/16   Sun Oct 04, 2015 9:39 pm

Coventry City Vs Shrewsbury Town

With no game mid week City slipped to 7th and the pressure was back on as we entertained Shrewsbury at home. The main news was Lee Burge going down with the sickness bug but despite recovering it wasn’t thought he was fit enough to start so Reice Charles-Cook was to make his debut, the rest of the team was Stokes, Martin, Johnson and Ricketts in defence with Kent, Fleck, Vincelot and Murphy in midfield, Armstrong playing the deeper role and Fortune making a long awaited first start.

City started the brighter winning an early corner before Armstrong had a shot blocked. Today’s ex-City player, as every game seems to have one was Grandison in defence and almost a City player up front in Collins who had The Shrews first effort on target but straight to Charles-Cook in goal, the City keeper spent the rest of the game confidently catching everything. Shrewsbury had come to play football a tactical blunder by their manager the amusingly named manager Micky Mellon. Collins then deliberately handled the ball in the box but somehow escaped a yellow card. City were passing the ball around well and looking for gaps as Fortune added a physical presents up front. First real chance came when Kent raced into the box the defender slid in and conceded a corner with many City fans convinced it should have been a penalty. Kent then had a shot blocked from outside the area; the player is full of skill but does struggle to stay on his feet. Another flowing attack saw Armstrong played through and Lawrence raced over and dived in to most it looked like the defender caught Armstrong in the penalty area but referee Mr Sarginson was having none of it and awarded a corner kicks to cries of “you don’t know what you are doing”. City were still cutting holes in the away defence when Murphy combined with Kent before he just missed the left post with a shot. A goal was on the cards and it looked like coming when Armstrong was sent through he drew the keeper out and it seemed that Grandison leant on him and brought him down a big appeal from the main stand but still no penalty. This was very much like the Chesterfield game all one-way traffic but finally the deserved breakthrough when Fortune knocked the ball down to Armstrong the top-scorer lashed it in from the edge of the box to settle everyone’s nerves. Shrewsbury where now being run ragged when Kent was played through for a one-on-one but the away keeper Halstead stayed on his feet and blocked the shot. Not long after another break Halstead saved again the ball fell to Armstrong who teed up Murphy and his goal bound shot was blocked. City needed another goal as chances went begging. The Sky Blues kept up the pressure as Fleck worked his way into a good position and let fly from distance but again Halstead was equal to it springing to his right to push away the shot. City won a couple of corners as Martin planted a header just wide as the domination continued. Fleck was then booked upending a player and could have no complaints about the yellow card. Collins then had another handball offence as he had difficulty in heading or kicking the ball with Martin and Johnson winning everything. Kent had another shot go wide as we entered injury time Fortune was in the box and went around Knight-Percival who dragged him down and finally the referee pointed to the spot. City do have an awful penalty scoring record as Fortune outranked Armstrong in taking the kick and the forward planted the ball passed the keeper to give City a totally deserved two goal half time lead but it could have been easily five or six.


Not surprisingly after a Mellon bawling at half time Shrewsbury came forward more in the 2nd half but City were still in total control. A frustrated Shrewsbury found it hard to build up any attacks as City controlled all areas of the pitch as Armstrong had another shot blocked. Fleck then had a shot saved as I was surprised that Mellon hadn’t peeled off any subs yet. A player was then booked for fouling Kent and the resulting free kick was just headed wide by Martin. City had a hard work effort throughout the game typified by Johnson coming away from the back four he won a ball that the Shrews’ midfielder should have won, Reda then picked out Fortune, he controlled the ball and slid in Armstrong on a run into the area, the forward immediately blasted the ball past the keeper to sow the game up at 3-0. Collins was taken off by Mellon who might of used some fruity language at the performance of the forward. Another City attack saw the ball cleared but only to Armstrong who tried an audacious shot from outside the area going just over the bar. City then made some changes as Morris replaced Fleck and Tudgay replacing Fortune who made a massive difference today. Lawrence had a shot blocked at the other end before Lameiras replaced Murphy. The fresh legs were a further headache for Town as Tudgay had a shot on goal and Armstrong and Lameiras went close as we could sit relaxed enjoying the end of the game.

Man of the Match
1st Marc-Antoine Fortune: Made the difference today.
2nd Adam Armstrong: Joint top scorer in the English leagues.
3rd Ryan Kent: A handful and learning all the time.
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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports 2015/16   Sun Sep 27, 2015 9:13 pm

Bury Town Vs Coventry City

I do hate the M6 not surprising as not for the first time in the last couple of years we had problems going up that motorway, we arrived in the ground at 2.45 just in time. The team was in goal Burge, with Ricketts, Johnson, Martin and Stokes at the back, in midfield we had Kent, O’Brien, Fleck, Vincelot and Murphy with Armstrong up front. Meanwhile Bury had five ex-City players starting Nathan Cameron, Chris Hussey, Peter Clarke, Danny Pugh and Leon Clarke and Reece Brown on the bench.

We attacked the far end in the first half and had the first chance after a couple of minutes when Murphy found room and forced a save from their keeper Lainton. All eyes were on Leon Clarke who was roundly booed by the City fans. Bury then had their first effort in a lively start. Kent had a shot blocked before City won a couple of corners. Bury had a shot wide as the game went on. Bury attacked again and Hussey went down and to everyone’s surprise the referee Mr Miller gave a free kick. Hussey took the kick and it found Leon Clarke who hammered the ball home to give the home side the lead. Bury were on top for a while before City recovered and started to get back in the game without threatening a goal. Leon Clarke, who was proving to be a right handful had a shot saved. Bury were working hard making it hard for City to get forward but Armstrong did have a chance but put it wide. Bury then won a corner taken by Hussey, the left back delivered the ball straight to Cameron who headed against the bar and City survived. Peter Clarke then threw himself down and appealed for a penalty before Kent hit one wide. Armstrong then was about to go past a player and was brought down and with no player behind him but going wide it should have been a yellow card but nothing for an awful ref and then in the final minute Armstrong had a chance but put it wide.

Half time we wanted a change at half time hoping Fortune would come on. No subs at half time as City attacked the end City fans were housed in. Early on Leon Clarke entered the area and it looked like a goal kick seconds later the referee to everyone’s surprise awarded a penalty. Players protested and Martin was booked for telling the truth. Clarke stepped up and put it to Burge’s left the keeper guessed right but the penalty was too well placed and the League One specialist got another one. Finally T.M made the changes he should have made at half time, on came Tudgay and Fortune for O’Brien and Murphy. The changes seem to lift the side as Fleck had a shot deflected for a corner. The corner was taken and Johnson got up to loop a header home to bring City back into the game. Fortune was making a real impact and did really well to turn in the box and get a shot in on goal. City now were starting to get the upper hand and should have drawn level just after the 70th minute when Tudgay found himself with only the keeper to beat but Lainton spread himself and pulled off a good save. City won a couple of corners and the pressure increased. Ex-player number six came on as Brown replaced Pugh. Fortune had a shot on target as City looked a lot better. Stokes blazed over as the attacks kept coming. Kent was looking dangerous but tends to overplay or crash to the ground too easily when a simpler option was on hand. City do not have two very attacked minded full backs by Ricketts almost put in a contender for goal of the season as his shot from out wide hit the crossbar. Lainton then save well again when a Fleck shot was deflected. Armstrong, looking better out wide out-smarted Hussey and entered the area before the former players brought him down but Mr Miller was having none of it. Fortune had another shot blocked before five minutes of injury time was announced. Leon Clarke went off to boos from the City fans reminding him that playing in front of 4,000 fans might now be as high as his career can go now. City couldn’t get another chance and we fell to a defeat but remained in 4th.

The journey back was far better but the next two away league games are Fleetwood and Rochdale, not looking forward to the M6.

Man of the Match
1st Reda Johnson: A goal and played well.
2nd Marc Antoine-Fortune: Close to a start
3rd John Fleck: Looked better with the big forwards on.


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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports 2015/16   Sun Sep 20, 2015 9:39 pm

Coventry City Vs Chesterfield

It was shirtsleeve weather at the Ricoh as City took on Chesterfield. City lined up in goal Burge, Ricketts, Johnson, Martin and Stokes at the back with O’Brien, Fleck, Murphy, Kent and Vincelot in midfield with Armstrong up front.

It was a very warm day for mid September as we settled down for the only home game of the month in front of a slightly disappointing crowd of just over 11,000. It was a quiet opening with the main topic of Jim O’Brien’s clean shave a new look making look like a new signing. The first action was when an Armstrong shot was blocked. Chesterfield looked solid at the back and City were finding it hard to break them down as Armstrong missed wildly as he shot from forty yards out. The away side looked tidy on the ball but were not making much headway against the deep laying Fleck and Vincelot and the back four. City started to get some joy as Stokes played in Murphy, the wide player fired in a shot but it didn’t trouble the keeper. Chesterfield’s Sam Morsy fouled but the referee Mr Bond played an advantage but when that didn’t come to anything pulled it back for a free kick, great refereeing. The away side then got their first shot in but it was blocked. City were steadily improving and should have taken the lead after 26 minutes when Armstrong raced into the area side-stepped a defender, drew the keeper out but blasted over. Murphy was then sent down the wing but couldn’t control the ball on the touch-line and it went out for a goal kick. O’Brien then found space but blasted high as the City players seemed to have forgotten their “shooting boots”. It was now all City as the midfield were gaining the upper hand but the shooting wasn’t quite right as Murphy escaped down the wing but his shot was just a little too high. Kent on his home debut then had a shot blocked as City kept coming forward. It was then Fleck’s turn to have a shot on target. City won a series of corners to the familiar cry of “Come on Reda” but nothing came of them apart from an injured Chesterfield player in the box but City played on despite the Chesterfield players wanted the ball in touch, the away side won the ball and went forward lost it again and the ball went out for a throw in they then protested to the referee. Chesterfield had done well soaking up the pressure and hit back near the end of the half with Burge being forced to touch one over the bar. City came close in the final minutes of the half as Vincelot headed wide after a corner. Half time no goals but City on top.


Similar pattern at the start of the second half as Murphy got the ball and played it to the feet of Armstrong in the box, the top scorer dummied one way before quickly swivelling and shooting, the shot was accurate and into the back of the net giving City the deserved lead. This goal drew Armstrong level with City’s top league scorers from last season! Minutes later Morsy flooded Vincelot after the ball had gone but the crowd were angry that he had escaped a definite yellow card for the offence worst was to follow as seconds later he went in with his studs on the same player forcing Mr Bond into a booking when the player should have been walking back to the changing room. Murphy was now finding increasing amounts of space and in one raid cut inside and fired a shot which was heading for the bottom left corner until Lee in the Chesterfield goal pulled off a good save. Morsy then seemed to impede one attack waved away by the ref as the home crowd were baying for a red card. Chesterfield were increasingly coming more into the game but the crowd were incensed when Rickets seemed to win the ball cleanly outside the box but Mr Bond awarded a free kick, Morsy stepped up to take it and most of could see a controversial goal coming the shot hit the wall the ball was played back in and Ebanks-Blake tapped into an empty net but he was clearly off side to the frustration of the experienced forward who had been well contained by Johnson and Martin at the back. We were now entering the time when Chesterfield seemed to score most of their goals but it was still City looking most likely as Murphy had another shot on target saved. Still it was tense stuff as the away side were getting forward more as they won a free kick out wide the ball was sent in and it got a flick on forcing Burge to push away for a corner with a good save. City were still the most likely as an increasing tired looking Kent went on another raid and having a shot on goal. The Spirities were getting more desperate and seemed to all take it out on Vincelot as this time sub Dieseruvwe slid on the Frenchman earning a yellow card. City then made our first change as O’Brien went off and was replaced by Fortune who won most of his headers during the rest of the game. Into the last ten minutes as Johnson headed one wide from a corner before a weak shot by Fortune was on target but no trouble for Lee. Kent then had another effort on target as City just couldn’t get the killer goal. With about seven minutes to go Armstrong went off to an ovation, now most managers at this time would have put a defensive player on to see out the game but not Mowbray he threw on Lameiras to keep up the pressure. It was still tense stuff as Chesterfield pressed but the team held their shape and defended well. In one attack they managed to get a good cross in but Dieseruvwe headed over or so we thought as the sub and handled the ball and Mr Bond showed him his second yellow and then a red. City kept coming forward as Murphy played in the Kent the youngster rounded the keeper and scored but the linesman had long since lifted his flag for off side. City won a corner near the end of the game and this time Fortune kept it in the corner to waste time, that’s what Chesterfield thought as the big man showed neat skill to dribble into the box, the ball was cleared and Chesterfield counter attacked until Vincelot “took one for the team” with a foul. In the dieing seconds Stokes under hit a header back to the keeper and it looked like Chesterfield would have a free run on goal but Johnson as alert and hooked the ball away before the forward could get to it. Finally Mr Bond blew for full time signalling what one phone caller at C.W.R called a 1-0 hammering.

Man of the Match
1st Jacob Murphy: Deserved a goal
2nd John Fleck: Controlled midfield
3rd: Reda Johnson: One of the rocks at the back.

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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports 2015/16   Sun Sep 13, 2015 9:18 pm

Scunthorpe Untied Vs Coventry City

Optimism was high for the trip to Scunny as we looked for revenge on a damaging defeat there, almost the same time last season that saw City go into a freefall that ended hopes of success. Team news was a surprise as T.M changed formation; the team was in goal Burge, with Ricketts, Johnson, Martin and Stokes at the back, with Murphy, Vincelot, Fleck and Lameiras in midfield leaving Armstrong and Tudgay up front. Scunthorpe fielded two Coventry born former players in Jordan Clarke and Gary McSheffrey.

The home side attacked the away end in the first half and soon won an early corner after a shot was blocked, McSheffrey took the flag kick applauded by the away fans. The corner was headed over. They then went close with a shot from longer range as The Irons were on top early on. City were struggling to get forward or even pass as Mark Robins’ side closed us down well. McSheffrey was causing trouble out wide and forced a corner which he took short. Burge then punched away the set piece as City were being hemmed in. Sheff then got one on target but it was an easy save for Burge. City were struggling to get forward and were being pressed back as away fans were already realising that this was the worst performance of the season so far. Twenty minutes gone and another corner taken short again but this time City’s defence went to sleep and allowed the played the freedom in the box thankfully he had a shot from a narrow angle and hit the post. Sheff had another couple of shots the second save well by a keeper looking far steadier than he did at Burton. City were now getting more of the ball but the build up was slow and ponderous reminiscent of the Pressley days. Armstrong hardly got the ball as Tudgay dropped deeper and deeper to pick up the ball at one stage he was as far back as the central defenders. The home side won a series of corners all defended well by City. In midfield only Vincelot was coming out with any credit as the rest were nullified and they kept close attention to Fleck as his old manager knows what he could do. With six minutes to go a corner almost resulted in a goal but Lameiras was on hand to head off the line. I was hoping City could make it to half time without conceding so we could regroup. In injury time Burge smothered a shot on the line as Mr Haines the referee blew for half time.

It was without doubt the worst half of football we have seen from City this season and we hoped for better in the second half it started the same with Scunthorpe wasting a chance. City had improved a bit and a good ball out found Armstrong who as about to burst into our half until Jordan brought him down earning a booking for the former Sky Blue before he had a shot off target. Finally T.M made a change, it could have been either of the wide players but it was Murphy that made way for debutant Ryan Kent, City switched to the formation we have used most of the season with Armstrong going wide and Tudgay going up front. City looked immediately better and started to make a contest out of it. City were winning more of the ball in midfield thanks to Vincelot whilst Kent had a good few touches of the ball. There then followed a raft of substitutions ending with Fortune replacing Lameiras. Scunthorpe kept winning corners but again Ricketts and rest defended well to keep them out. City attacked down the left as Clarke had a big grab of Armstrong’s shirt missed by the ref and linesman. Armstrong then was unluckily booked for kicking the ball away. Minutes later attacked down the right and a slip by Fleck let in Madden who had the whole goal to aim at and finished well. As Scunthorpe tired City got forward more one free kick was wasted by Kent before Tudgay was replaced by George Thomas. City did have a chance with a rare good cross, Vincelot got the head in putting it just wide but received a clash and had to have his head banged. City went all out in the final minutes including throwing Johnson up front but City couldn’t even muster a shot on target.

Man of the Match
1st Romain Vincelot: Worked hard
2nd Marcus Tudgay: Tried his best
3rd Sam Ricketts: Defended well.
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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports 2015/16   Mon Sep 07, 2015 7:31 am

Burton Albion Vs Coventry City

We made the short trip up the motorway for our first ever league clash with Burton Albion. This game seemed to a good choice for Sky cameras as both teams were near the top and if Burton would win they would go top whilst a City win would mean a move into 2nd place. City however had injury and call up problems and were facing a tough game. Outside the ground on a nice sunny day we bumped into Steve Waggott who told us two players could be on their way in a Liverpool International playing for one of the younger teams and another. He also claimed Maddison was the best young player he had seen even better the Shelvey Inside the packed terrace we saw the team run out and the line up was Burge in goal, with Martin, Johnson and Stokes at the back with Ricketts switching over to right back. In midfield we had Lameiras, Fleck, Vincelot, Murphy and playing his 50th league game for us O’Brien, leaving Tudgay as the lone front man.

City attacked the far end in the first half but it was the Brewers who had the first attempt on target. Burton were looking the better side early on as City struggle to keep possession but the defence was tight and working hard and soon blocking a shot on target. City started to settle down and see more of the ball but then in the 11th minutes Stokes was beaten out wide and the winger whipped in a cross Martin dived to beat a forward to the ball but only could deflect the ball past Burge to give the home side a lead. This meant Burton were top of League One the highest position in there history. Albion pushed forward looking for a second as their fans reminded us “we’re not famous anymore” whilst we reminded them that they “we’re only here to see the City”. City remained cool under pressure as John Fleck started to see more of the ball, controlling it well, finding space and accurately passing as he led City back into the game. After defending a corner City sprang a counter attack and won a free kick when referee Mr Bankes spotted a handball. Lameiras took the kick and just put it wide. City were getting closer when Lameiras found room he passed to Murphy the winger then picked out Tudgay in acres of space before I said “he must score” he did levelling the game up. Some fans found it hard to keep on their feet the terracing celebrating the goal. The game was now back on and anyone could win this. Albion’s main danger was down both wings as our fullbacks were at full stretch to keep them out but Martin and Johnson were winning all the important headers at the back. It was a close thing as Burton attacked and Naylor headed inches wide of the far post. Burge then failed to hold onto a cross but was first onto the ball. The game then settled down into an even affair until the home side put in a charge near the end of the half as Bevan had a shot blocked then it was City’s turn as Lameiras had a two shots blocked at the other end the ever hardworking Jim O’Brien had a shot blocked as City finished on top.

Half time to sit down on the terracing and have a rest before the second half on the whole we were pleased with the first half performance.

Second half saw City attacking the over packed terracing housing the Sky Blue Army. The Brewers started the better with Ricketts putting in a great tackle to deign a shot. Weir became the first player into the book of what was a good tempered game. City then saw a great counter attacking move as were defended a corner the ball was played to Murphy who sprinted down the pitch before winning a corner at our end Murphy took the corner was headed on by Martin and when Vincelot made contact he was defiantly on side, his scuffed shot rolled towards the empty net, two City players standing off side could have easily touched it but thankfully they left it and Mr Bankes awarded a goal. The Burton players were incensed and ran over to the linesman the referee made his way over and waved them away and had a word with his assistant. As I saw it the two players were not interfering with play or blocking any home player reaching the ball and Vincelot was on side thankfully the referee saw it that way and we could celebrate the goal for a second time. Burton hit back as it was easy to see why they had such a good start in the division but City were working hard and the defence were blocking their efforts. Naylor then had a shot wide before Fleck got into the book for a reckless challenge. City blocked another attempt as I started to look how long was left. Another great City move saw Fleck finding Lameiras and the player picked out Tudgay with a great ball but the forward’s chip was just a bit too high. With 15 minutes to go T.M threw on a long awaited 6’ forward as Marc-Antonie Fortune made his debut replacing Lameiras who had a good game, so were did the big forward play, well out wide naturally. Most of the pressure was at the other end but City looked good on the counter and another attack saw an audacious shot from some forty yards out by Murphy that wasn’t that far wide. Another attack saw Stokes cross and Tudgay found him unmarked at the far post with a back peddling keeper the forward crossed but Burton cleared the lines. T.M then made another change as Tudgay went off and on came Connor Thomas, with his head protection to the song of “I thought you were dead”. Despite the changes it was now all Burton and Burge who had butter on his gloves today as he could seemed to be able to hold onto anything pulled off a good save shoving the ball over the bar. The away side had a series of corners before they poked one wide where maybe they should of done better. Ryan Haynes replaced Murphy late on to waste time. Deep into injury time with Vincelot off with a cut Burton won a corner their keeper went up for it as Vincelot was patched up a sprinted back up, City defended the corner before Mr Bankes blew for full time as City returned to the automatic places a great day out.

Man of the Match
A good all round solid team performance
1st Reda Johnson: A colossus at the back
2nd John Fleck: Ran midfield
3rd Aaron Martin: Recovered well from his own goal


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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports 2015/16   Tue Sep 01, 2015 8:32 pm

Coventry City Vs Southend United


The rains had died down as a good crowd of just under 13,000 turned up at the Ricoh most to see if City could climb to 2nd place in the table. No surprise in the line up as City’s numbers are already looking thin, the team was in goal Burge, with Phillips, Ricketts, Johnson and Stokes in defence, Fleck, O’Brien, Lameiras, Vincelot and Murphy in midfield with Armstrong up front. United turned up in a very bright yellow kit so bright they still would be able to play with the floodlights switched off.

First action saw a foul by Barrett of Southend that happened at any other time in the game would have received a booking setting the trend for a not great performance from referee Mr Handley. After another foul the away side had the first couple of shots at the goal the second being gathered by Burge. The Shrimpers, who had only scored once this season but were unbeaten on their travels were not as expected “parking the bus” but going forward and had the early running with a couple of shots. City were still looking vulnerable at the back and should have been behind when Mooney had the time but rushed his shot putting it over. City were trying to cope with Southend’s physical approach finally stated to make headway as Lameiras had a shot before O’Brien had a shot blocked. Then Murphy was played into the area and he seemed to have his heels clipped but the referee wasn’t interested. City won a free kick wide of the penalty area after some good work; Murphy took it and picked out Johnson whose header went wide. Armstrong finally got on the ball and made a run which was deflected for a corner. Southend went close again as they seemed to be getting the better chances before O’Brien had a shot blocked and then Fleck got into the book for a simple trip. Armstrong had a header cleared off the line as City were getting closer. Stokes then advanced and fired in a long range shot it went wide but to the anger of the Southend side a corner was awarded. The corner came in and Johnson had a shot blocked but the bustling centre back beat one of his own players to the ball before smacking the ball home to give City the lead. “Now don’t do a Crewe” I thought as Southend won a corner it was delivered in and Hunt was on hand to head it in to level the game up. Armstrong had a header on target before the away side lifted by their second goal of the season went forward again as Worrell got the ball in the area Phillips flew in and brought the player down, no doubt about the penalty. Mooney stepped up and blasted the kick, Burge got a hand to it but couldn’t keep it out and City were behind. The away side ended the half with another shot. It was clear that Armstrong up front on his own wasn’t working.

Second half saw what I hopped to see Tudgay coming on to win the ball up front, he is the closes thing we have got to a target man, he replaced Lameiras. United, backed by a good sized following from Essex started the better in the half with a couple of shots but soon City were looking a more balanced side. Finally Mr Handley showed a yellow card to a Southend player before three shots by City players were blocked as City were getting on top. City were again on the front foot as Ricketts entered the area and was brought down for a clear penalty that the referee agreed with. O’Brien was the surprise choice for the kick and he stepped up and placed the kick to the keeper’s left but Bentley guessed correctly and made the save; it looked like one of those nights for City. A frustrated O’Brien was next into the book as City pressed and Southend sat back. Then White joined others in the book after a foul, minutes later the same player tripped Murphy, now cards have been handed out for similar fouls so he could have been easily sent off for that. City were looking better and Murphy seemed to be the main threat down the wings. The Sky Blues were busy but Southend were defending well when Armstrong and Murphy combined well forcing a corner. Jacob took it and he picked out Ricketts who flicked his header home to level up the game. Now it was almost all City as Murphy had a shot well saved by Bentley in the goal. Then from the other wing O’Brien got a long ranger on target but again Bentley pushed it over. City kept pressing as Tudgay had made the difference up front holding the ball up and tasking the pressure off Armstrong. In injury time another good attack saw Murphy force yet another good save from the keeper and there was not time for the corner.

City fans applauded the team off after the efforts as we moved into 5th place.

Man of the Match.
1st Jacob Murphy: A handful
2nd Sam Ricketts: Solid at the back, won a penalty, scored a goal
3rd Marcus Tudgay: Deserves a run in the side.

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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports 2015/16   Sun Aug 23, 2015 8:56 pm

Walsall Vs Coventry City

A short trip up the M6 close to the motorway and free parking made it an easy day for us. It was a very humid day as we entered the Bescot with a big away following. The side was unchanged for the 4th League game of the season goal Burge, with Willis, Ricketts, Johnson and Stokes at the back, in midfield we had Vincelot, Fleck and O’Brien with Lameiras and Maddison playing further up and Armstrong up front.

City attacked the far end in the first half against the team in third place but it was the home side with the first chance as Burge fielded a shot. At the other end Maddison flew into a 50/50 challenge but the midfielder came out the worse and had to go of for treatment he came back on but immediately sat down again before he was replaced by Murphy. City started to settle and Lameiras was showing some nice skill beating a couple of players. O’Brien had City’s first effort on target from a free kick. The game was pretty even when Murphy got a shot on target. Walsall were standing up to City and were keeping Armstrong quiet and they looked good coming forward as well not helped when City won a corner and it was poorly delivered and the Saddlers countered ending with a shot that was cleared off the line by Ricketts. Most Walsall’s attacks come down our right as they pressed us back. City were trying hard with Vincelot getting about in midfield but we were struggling to break Walsall down. At our end the eventual Walsall man of the match Laikovic had a shot blocked before Armstrong at the other end had one block to. O’Brien tried his look a couple of times but none on target then with five minutes to go Forde was played through in the box and he slid the ball under Burge to give the home side the lead and City trailed for the first time in the league this season a lead Walsall probably deserved. Half time City a goal down not playing too well.

Second half saw Morris replace O’Brien who did pick up a knock in the first half. Burge pulled off a good save early on before Johnson blocked a shot. Just after the 50 minute mark it got worse as a ball was played to City fan Bradshaw and he beat Burge to make it 2. A final change as Phillips came on for Willis who also may have had a knock. City did respond as Johnson planted a header wide then Armstrong came close to increasing his goal tally as he hit the crossbar with a free kick. Murphy then won a corner, the ball was played to him and he made his way to the edge of the box with screams of “cross it” Murphy turned inside and unleashed a great shot past the keeper to bring City back into the game. City couldn’t muster up any meaningful attacks and at one stage Walsall looked in complete control, Murphy was too lightweight and lazy, Morris too negative, Lameiras too quiet and Armstrong starved of service Fleck was trying to get things rolling and Vincelot was winning the ball in midfield. We minutes left Walsall should have wrapped things up when Mantom ran through the City team only to screw his shot wide. In injury time Johnson was thrown up front and won a good few headers which gave only further evidences that we need a target man at the club the game ended with a defeat our first away defeat for ten games. A real test now will be how will City respond?

Man of the match
1st Romain Vincelot: Worked hard
2nd Lee Burge: Some good saves
3rd Jacob Murphy: Great goal

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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports 2015/16   Wed Aug 19, 2015 8:43 pm

Coventry City Vs Crewe Alexandra

After an unbelievable start to the season City were at home to Crewe. Now Crewe are a real party poopers beating us in the J.P.T in front of a packed house and always seem to get the better of us, last season completing the double over us and staying up by two points and almost relegating us so it was in trepidation I cycled into the Ricoh for this one. In the ground I heard the team news and not surprisingly it was unchanged with in goal Burge, with Willis, Ricketts, Johnson and Stokes at the back, in midfield we had Vincelot, Fleck and O’Brien with Lameiras and Maddison playing further up and Armstrong up front. Then the first surprise of the evening as the P.A announced that the game had to be delayed 15 minutes because of people trying to get in! What! A midweek game, early in the season against Crewe and people are trying to get in, incredible. City started well passing the ball around neatly whilst Crewe had already “parked the bus” and their keeper Garratt got a very early warning for time wasting from the not too great referee Mr Robinson. City were on top when Maddison fired over from distance. City players were showing great flare and the crowd of over 11,000 were enjoying the action when Armstrong dribbled his way into the area just dragging his shot wide. Fleck was running the show from the back and his ball found Lameiras whose shot was blocked and went out for a corner. Maddison took the flag kick and was cleared but only to the edge of the box and Fleck was lurking he ran in and slammed the ball home to fire City into the lead, it was the midfielder’s first goal since April 18th 2014 a home game (in Northampton) in a defeat against Swindon. His last league goal in Coventry was November 6th 2012 against Crawley. Crewe now had to come out and attack but it was still being dominated by City. Another minute’s applause for Jayden Parsons was observed by both sets of fans before a nice touch from the Crewe fans as they held out a “R.I.P Jayden Parsons” banner much appreciated. Fleck now hungry for goals had another attempt blocked. City were firing on site but not quite on target as Maddison sent one just over. Crewe were keeping close tabs on Armstrong playing deep so he had no room to run into but he was still causing problems as he had a shot blocked. Vincelot then fired over as City were looking for the second. Crewe were trying to get forward more and one occasion the City defence went to sleep during a quickly taken free kick their player Ray was left all alone in the box he turned to shot as two City players threw themselves into front of the ball before it was cleared. Crewe were improving and went close with a long range shot before O’Brien got on target. The crowd were still loving the action as City were clear at the top of the league when Maddison again fired just over. Then out of the blue Inman got the ball near the edge of the and curled in a great shot past Burge for the first league goal we had conceded this season, Inman scored two goals against us at the Ricoh in the J.P.T some years back. Crewe reparked the bus and their keeper went back to getting away with wasting time. The livewire O’Brien then got another strike on target and City tried to ware down Alexandra again. A rare ball over the top was aimed for O’Brien but it as Armstrong that beat him and the Crewe players to the ball and he was brought down just outside the area. It was again all City as Johnson got a header on target from a corner. As the half counted down Armstrong had a shot blocked and Lameiras put one just high before Maddison again shoot a little too high and again Armstrong was blocked. Half time all level City well on top but a nagging doubt if City could turn the dominance into a win.

Second half saw City defending the North Stand as O’Brien went close the other end. Then more neat passing saw Maddison slip in Armstrong, the forward out wide turned and placed the ball past the keeper to notch his 5th goal and got everyone up on their feet, “We’re top of the league” the song started but not for long as the next attack Haber was left unmarked and maybe off side to beat Burge to make in 2-2. On one could quite believe it, it didn’t seem to be our day, could Crewe snatch all three points? The Railwaymen started to come a bit more as Inman was proving to be a handful for Johnson at the back. Crewe then went close when Burge tipped over a stinging drive. Armstrong put one wide before the first change as Lameiras was replaced by Murphy. O’Brien went close as City started to recover from the equaliser before City blocked a shot the Stokes should have scored but just planted a header wide the player needed treatment after. City blocked another Crewe shot. With 15 minutes to go Crewe started to settle back and defend again as Stokes as played in by O’Brien but the fullback’s shot was blocked. Then a ball over the top was aimed at Murphy who hardly had a touch but showed his pace forcing the keeper to dart from his line to fly in and get a touch to divert the ball away from the sub. City were still buzzing around the box looking for an opening when Armstrong had a shot blocked. City went forward again and with 7 minutes left O’Brien found himself in midfield and unleashed a drive from outside the box it bounced once before finding the net. At last City were back in front as the ground started singing about being top again. Now if that happened many managers would have threw on another defender or a defensive midfielder but not Mowbray he took off an attacking midfielder in Madison and threw on Tudgay. Then O’Brien was floored with an elbow missed by the ref and the goal scorer was replaced by Morris. Tudgay had a shot saved as we entered injury time, and Murphy also had a shot before Vincelot stuck his head in near some flying boots got a kick in the head but carried on before the ref blew to signal a great victory.

Man of the Match
1st Jim O’Brien: Ran all day and scored
2nd Jon Fleck: At last a goal and ran midfield
3rd: Adam Armstrong: Too good for this division.
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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports 2015/16   Sun Aug 16, 2015 11:57 pm

Millwall Vs Coventry City

One of the hardest ground to get to in Britain so we set off early and then let the tube and train take the strain as we passed Barnet’s new ground and then Wembley before making our way to the New Den a ground we had never won at. Saw Malc outside the ground as we joined the sell out in the away end were the atmosphere was very optimistic. The line up was in goal Burge, with Willis, Ricketts, Johnson and Stokes at the back, in midfield we had Vincelot, Fleck and O’Brien with Lameiras and Maddison playing further up and Armstrong up front.

Could City follow up the superb display against relegated Wigan with one against relegated Millwall? Well it didn’t look great after four minutes when a shot came in at Burge the keeper couldn’t hold it and it popped out to Gregory who went past Burge but the keeper made contact with his hand and the referee Mr Woolmer awarded a penalty maybe a bit soft but a decision that normally goes to the home side. Gregory took the kick to Burge’s left but the keeper guessed correctly and push the ball away for a corner much to the joy of the fans in the stand behind. City fans will still buzzing about the save when City sprang forward and the ball fell to Maddison who passed it to Armstrong some 35-40 yards out from goal suddenly the loan player saw the keeper off his line and fired from the moment it left his foot it was in the back of the net City fans watched with opened mouths as it cleared the keeper and ended up in the back of the net, what a goal the away end went mad. Then the referee had something else to deal with as Beevers seemed to elbow Maddison but got off with a yellow card Maddison was also booked. Maddison had a shot blocked as City looked comfortable and an annoyed Millwall soon got a second yellow for a bad foul. Burge in the goal got a couple of good punches in on the ball as Millwall tried to hit back. Then after 19 minutes things got better as Maddison picked out Lameiras and the Portuguese player jinxed his way into the area and beat the keeper at his near post to make it 2. We couldn’t believe it two up away to Millwall “We’re top of the league” sang the City fans. City still jumping from the second had to check their sanity minutes later when Lameiras picked out Armstrong who found space and sprinted past the defence and made it three! We just could believe what was happening City looked like they could score with every attack whilst Milwall looked very poor. Some Millwall fans had already had enough and left for the exits. We were loving this some of the best football we have seen for quiet a while. All Millwall could do was dive and foul City players as another one went into the book. A good tackle from Stokes prevented an attack as City were coasting. City almost made it four when a Lameiras cross hit the crossbar before Millwall came close with two shots one hitting the crossbar and another just going over, half time City three up.


The Lions made two changes at half time to see if they could get back into the game but their long ball tactic was meat and drink for Ricketts and Johnson at the back whilst the City midfield kept hold of the ball looking for opportunities to get forward as the home side chased shadows very unsuccessfully. City had the first chance and it was again Armstrong with the shot but this time straight at Forde in the home goal. It was Vincelot that was breaking up the attacks that came forward leaving Fleck to spray the ball around O’Brien the attack out wide with Maddison in the middle and Lameiras to wreak havoc when he had the ball. Another booking for a frustrated home side who could get the ball off the City midfield. They did managed a shot on target but it was straight at Burge another routine catch from the keeper as Millwall tried to find their way back in without any success. TM then made his first change taking off Maddison and giving a debut to Jacob Murphy who had just signed on loan from Norwich, the player went up front and Armstrong went wide. The home side were forced into shooting from distance as the City fans were enjoying singing “we’re top of the league”. Then Millwall had a great chance as the ball broke they had a one-on-one but Burge was quick off his line to smother the attack. Another change was then on the cards as Lameiras left to a standing ovation and Tudgay came on. Armstrong then had a shot on target as City still more likely to add to the score line than Millwall. Ten minutes left another sweeping move saw me switch to commentator’s mode “O’Brien, Tudgay, O’Brien GOAL” a great goal as the two combined to score even Tudgay looked happy. “We want the Old Five” sang City supporters who knew a bit about our history. Minutes later Millwall should have pulled one back as Gregory had a shot on target but it his own player and was cleared, we then saw a great turn of pace from Murphy and forced a good save from the keeper. Johnson planted a head wide when he should have done better and that was it the referee blew for full time with City top.

A good journey back with a load of ecstatic City fans, made it home for 9.

Man of the Match
1st Adam Armstrong: Unplayable
2nd The rest of the team apart the subs
3rd Marcus Tudgay: Great one-two


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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports 2015/16   Wed Aug 12, 2015 8:35 pm

Rochdale Vs Coventry City League Cup

Not a Happy Hunting Ground for City as we have lost all our five previous trips to Spotland in deepest Lancashire. It was a slow journey up the M6 as Britain must have the worst motorway system in the western world. After three and a half hours in the car we arrived at the small ground and for the first time in a cup tie at this ground City were the underdogs. T.M was forced into two changes with Armstrong not allowed to play and Willis injured he also had Reda wrapped up in cotton wool and decided to give a debut to keeper Reice Charles-Cook, the others were Phillips, Martin, Ricketts and Stokes, in midfield we had Morris, Fleck, Vincelot, O’Brien and Lameiras with Tudgay up front. City were in the new red away kit as the game got underway.

It took five minutes before the first shot but no trouble for Charles-Cook as it was straight at him. Both sides looked solid at the back and not much was happening until the 11th minutes when Dale keeper Lillis kicked the ball out and it hit Tudgay on the back and the away fans were not happy as the referee Mr Ilderton booked the forward but no offence was committed. Recently a City supporter called Jaydon Parson passed away so City fans held a minutes applause on the 15th minute Rochdale fans also joined for the tribute to the 15 year old. City blocked a shot as the game as lively without being too entertaining and the home side edging the game. Not long after Dale should have taken the lead when Lancaster headed wide from a corner. City slowly got more into the game and Tudgay could only head straight at the keeper. At the other end Charles-Cook was looking like a capable keeper handling well and pulling of a save or two he also distributed the ball confidently when closed down by players. Lameiras then went on a good run before being brought down the free kick was straight at the keeper. City were now looking by far the better side lead by Ricketts from the back the captain had a shot at the keeper saved. Ten minutes before half time and City had a big shout for a penalty as a cross was seemed to be handled. Then a rare loose ball was seized upon and Dale had a run on goal until a timely interception by Phillips. With five to go Charles-Cook was at full stretch to push away a shot. Lameiras had a shot blocked at the other side as City were playing well without troubling the keeper. When it looked like it was going to be level at half time McDermott got the ball on the left hand edge of the area turned and hit a brilliant shot over Charles-Cook to give the home side the lead.

The second saw City’s passing going astray early on until we settled down as Fleck went close. The first chance soon came as Maddison replaced Vincelot. Dale went close before Fleck had a shot saved. Dale then went close but again City were growing into the game and Ricketts and Martin were starting to cope with the Dale sub that came on at half time. Martin put in a good tackle as the gamed ticked on. With half an hour to go it was clear that Dale were happy with a goal lead and were sitting back in numbers. Another change was soon made as O’Brien, who didn’t have the best of games was replaced by George Thomas. City now were on top as Maddison and increasingly Tudgay had shoots blocked and it was the forward who had a goal ruled out, correctly for off side. Went it looked like we would go down to another Spotland defeat when City won a corner which was cleared but Stokes got the ball back in and Tudgay was on hand to stab the ball home, some City fans went wild others like me thought “oh no extra time!” City went looking for a winner and minutes later we thought we had it when Tudgay scored again but he was off side. Maddison had a shot saved before extra time. Now the League Cup could learn something from the J.P.T and go straight to penalties, no strength sapping extra thirty minutes and we could get home a lot earlier.

Not much happen in the first period apart from a brilliant save by Charles-Cook a point blank save before dropping on the ball on the line.

With Millwall coming up we hoped the City players were no getting too tiered but they kept working as the home side started to dominate but City had the best chance when Stokes robbed the ball and race in on an angle with the keeper a square ball would have seen an open goal but the defenders shot went wide. Seconds remaining when Dale thumped the right hand post of Charles-Cook and that was it more delays and penalties.

Rose sent Charles-Cook the wrong way with the first before Tudgay confidently levelled, Henderson put the ball the opposite way of the keeper before Morris levelled at 2-2 with a well taken pen. Kennedy then put the ball high into the net with Reice going the right way but didn’t stand a chance, Maddison made it -3-3, Kennedy made it 4-3 before Lameiras stepped and approached the ball like a mouse on tip toes the Portuguese played thumped the underside of the bar leaving Rafferty to just beat the keeper to send them through. City fans applauded and sang the team off after a good effort and our best ever result at Spotland.

Most of us were at all bothered at being knocked out of the League Cup as we do not have a large enough squad to cope and we are glad we don’t have to face too many midweek trips around are motorway systems, Got home just after 1.30.

Man of the Match
1st Reice Charles-Cook: Looked good
2nd Ruben Lameiras: Despite a poor penalty looked good
3rd Sam Ricketts: Solid
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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports 2015/16   Mon Aug 10, 2015 1:18 am

Coventry City Vs Wigan Athletic

Some another great summer was over and another 9 months on the treadmill was before us, the optimism around Tony Mowbrary becoming permanent manager had faded a touch after the worst pre-season since 1970. Things didn’t go right for me either on the way to the ground a car full of Wigan fans had pulled in front of me and despite hitting my breaks on my bike I still collided with the car’s wing but thankfully no damage to the car, my bike or myself. The ground itself was buzzing in the hot day that is traditional for the start of the season as 13,000+ turned up to watch a game against one of the pre-season favourites for automatic promotion a team that still have parachute money from the Premier League and had former City defender Gary Caldwell in charge. T.M gave four players their debuts they were new captain Sam Rickets, midfielders Ruben Lameiras, Romain Vincelot and Adam Armstrong, the rest of the team was in goal Burge with Willis, Johnson and Stokes making up the defence, Fleck and O’Brien in midfield and Maddison playing either in midfield or up front depending on what was happening at the time. Wigan meanwhile gave ten players their debut a perfect time to play them.

The game started with the new pitch looking immaculate and a good atmosphere generated for the three open stands. It was a high energy start and two of the new boys combined early as Vincelot found Armstrong whose cross was too strong for supporting players. City were looking good early on with the tiny attack causing problems and Maddison was giving referee Mr Duncan, who had a good game, opportunity to use his spray can early on. Then after a quarter of the hour O’Brien won the ball in midfield and advanced then picked out Armstrong with a brilliant pass and the youngster galloped past the Latics’ defence before sliding the ball under the keeper to get the season well and truly under way. Wigan responded immediately with a ball in front of Gregg threaten City until Burge was out quick to save with his feet. Wigan started to take control of the ball keeping possession well but City were not fooled and sat back in two rows of four and one row of two and invited the away side to pass through them, when they did Johnson was on hand to win ever header and captain Ricketts was solid alongside him. City were happy to attack on the counter and another good ball from O’Brien let in Lameiras who won a free kick which Reda put over with his head. Wigan then went wide with a header as Burge could enjoy the sunny weather because all his team mates were working hard to prevent Wigan getting forward. When City got the ball they liked to pass the ball forward quickly, a contrast to Pressley, and once attack saw Willis in a corner resulting in a scramble before Johnson headed at the keeper. Armstrong then came close to his second as he tested O’Donnoll in the Wigan goal with a good drive. City saw out the half under pressure but never looking like they would concede and everyone was very happy with the first half.

City were forced into a change at half time with Willis injured Phillips came on in the second half. Wigan buoyed by a half time talk came out strongly and it took a good block from Ricketts to prevent a shot on goal the resulting corner was collected by Burge. Then Wigan fired over as they still had most of the ball but were finding City hard to break down. After 50 minutes we nearly had a goal you might only see on “Goalkeeping blunders” DVD’s as a throw went back to O’Donnell only to see Armstrong closing him down the keeper kicked it and hit Armstrong the ball sailed over the bar. Wigan seemed to have run out of ideas and City were moving forward again with O’Brien winning a couple of corners before the Wigan boss made a double substitution to find a way back into the game but what ever Caldwell could throw at City Mowbray reacted and countered it as T.M was winning the tactical battle. Vincelot then was slightly harshly booked before a great build up from our midfielders released Stokes and the left put a shot from distance just wide. The atmosphere was great helped by the closing of the North Stand and the performance on the pitch. Then City fans nearly got their reward when Maddison played a great pass to Lameiras but the Portuguese player was deigned when O’Connell got a hand on the ball and prevented a shot into an empty net. City now were on top and another good move saw Maddison taken out but not before he found Fleck, Mr Duncan played a great advantage allowing Fleck to move off down the wing, the midfielder fired the ball into the area and Armstrong got the slightest flick on the ball sending it wide and into the net for 2-0. Armstrong became only the 7th City player to score two on his debut. City players as well as the fans were now enjoying themselves and were on top when Vincelot found Armstrong and the forward hit the post almost joining George Hudson as the only player to score a hat trick on his debut. With City keeping their shape there looked no way back for Athletic and out attention turned to the North Stand as a single fan and got in and sat behind the goal it took several stewards to come over to persuade him to move. Another sub then as Lameiras who looked a good player went off allowing Bryn Morris to come on for his debut. Jim O’Brien was then forced off with an injury and he was replaced by George Thomas. Wigan then had a shot on target but it was an easy catch for Burge. In the last few minutes Maddison found room and bent the ball around the keeper only for the post to save the score line growing. The game came to an end and City fans left with renewed optimism.

Ma of the Match
Plenty of candidates
1st Adam Armstrong: The new Callum Wilson?
2nd Reda Johnson: Won everything at the back
3rd Jim O’Brien Played plenty of dangerous balls.
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PostSubject: Choccy's match reports 2015/16   Tue Jul 28, 2015 1:59 am

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