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PostSubject: Choccy's match reports...2016/17   Sun Sep 11, 2016 2:28 am

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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2016/17   Tue Dec 27, 2016 9:15 pm

Bristol Rovers Vs Coventry City

“At least it’s a new ground”, I though as I set off for Bristol Rovers. All five of us were back travelling to an away game together neither of us was alive the last time we played Rovers in a league game. Rumours abound that Stevenson had already been promised to Brentford as Sisu continue to sell anything instead of investing. A good journey down and we managed to find a parking space. The areas around the ground were packed out even with one and a half hours to go as it was a sell out. Chatted to some old Rovers fans in the programme shop and I explained what has happen at City, a regular conversation these days. We then made it into one of the seven; yes seven, stands at the Memorial Ground home, for a while at least, of Bristol Rovers. The Pirates are backed by a wealthy board that invest in the team and hence sell out crowds and promotion battles. At the other end are but we do have a new manager and everyone was wondering what changes he would make? First off a change of formation to 4-4-flippin’-2, in goal was Burge; the back four were Page, Willis, Turnbull and the returning Sterry, with Rose, McCann, Bigirimana and Reid in midfield Sordell and surprisingly Tudgay up front.

The game started with City defending the goal nearest to us with the Boxing Day sun beating down above two of the seven stands. City fans sang “it’s always out fault”, aimed at Fishface’s comments. Sordell had the first shot early on. Reid then showed good skill but his shot wasn’t too good. At the other end Burge was forced to push away a shot from Bodin. Rovers looked more dangerous than City but the Sky Blues did threaten when Sterry blasted in a shot and Sordell couldn’t get enough on it to send it towards goal. Rovers then went forward and Turnbull slid in and was pulled up for a foul the referee Mr Malone gave a harsh yellow card but the official didn’t have a bad game. The free kick came in and Hartley was left unmarked to give the Pirates the lead. City looked venerable every time Rovers went forward; whilst Tudgay was offering nothing up front Reid was proving to be a handful. Bodin had another shot on target as Rovers looked for a second. Another two good chances went begging as Rovers blasted two over the bar and we made it to half time only a goal down.

The second half started as Rovers kept going forward. Not for the first time this season the weakest link in the defence was Page and again he failed to stop a player going by him as Bodin came in and blasted a shot past Burge to make it two. City responded by winning a corner, Bigirimana took it and picked out Willis who volleyed in from close range for a goal. City fans sung “we’ve scored from a corner”. RS made his first change off went Gael, just after setting up a goal and on came George Thomas to most people’s surprise. The goal lifted City and Reid was still running at the defenders and testing them out. Sordell had a shot as the game was opening up. The Bodin went on another run getting past Page far too easily shouts of “close him down” went unheard as he whacked in another great finish and it was 3-1. RS then made a sub that seemed now too late off went Tudgay now looking past it and on came Agyei. City, to their credit kept plugging away and Turnbull forced a save from the keeper, then Thomas showed a great turn on the right and raced into space he knocked in an inch perfect cross and Rose hit the inside of the post with the keeper beaten. At the other end it should have been four as a cross from the left was met with only Burge to beat but some how the keeper kept it out with an outstanding reflex save. Not long after Page yet again failed to stop a player and he ran into the area and was brought down by Turnbull, Bodin took the kick and gave Burge on chance and it was four again.

A hammering away from home is something we are now getting use to as we headed for home and planned the next trip a game at Peterborough to finish 2016.

Man of the match
1st Kyle Reid: A handful
2nd Jordan Willis: Scored but will he make it to 100 league games?
3rd: Chris McCann: Last game for the club
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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2016/17   Fri Dec 16, 2016 9:13 pm

Coventry City Vs Sheffield United

Because of Sky Sports stupid 10 in 10 we had to play Sheffield United on a Thursday. A silly day for the game but since it was announced City fans planned a few surprises for the night. Mark Venus was still in charge after Hasslebaink turned us down and the rumour was Gary Cadwell was next in line of maybe John Hartson? The line up was in goal Reece-Cook, Kelly-Evans, Turnbull, Willis and Page at the back. In midfield we had Rose, Bigirimana and McCann with Sordell, Agyei and Wright up front. United had three ex-City players in the squad with Fleck the only one starting.

The protest plan was for everyone to start blowing their whistles, handed out before the game a minute before the start but everyone got too excited and blew them from the off. The got the game underway with whistles everywhere. The game started with an early corner to the inform side then fans from the naughty corner moved towards the pitch but where blocked by stewards and police however one fan got onto the pitch and laid down in the centre circle and delayed the game for a bit before moving off and being grabbed by the stewards (sounds painful). The game continued as the pig ignorant Sheffield United fans inquired why we were blowing whistles for? More drama as above the main stand fans in white t-shirts arrived with the letters spelling “Sisu Out” on them no doubt to “celebrate” nine years of Sisu in charge. Meanwhile the side show on the pitch continued with the Blades looking the better side as Sharp had a shot saved. Balloons then had to be burst before the game could continue but then Sharp was left alone in the box and swept home the ball to give his side the lead, this is what can happen when you have an experienced goal scorer playing up front. There were audible pro Sisu chants from the away fans proving they know nothing about our plight before the ball went out of play and was kept until a new ball came back on and the old ball was thrown back again. Fleck then as normal blasted one over but City were slowly getting into the game with Rose and Bigirimana looking good in midfield. Gael may be a great passer but has no shot on him at all, one break he could have passed it to Sordell on the wing but shaped up to shoot “don’t shoot Gael”, I shouted but too late the ball was over the bar. Wright then volleyed just over. At the other end Reece-Cook was impeded before a United player kicked the ball away after the referee awarded us a free kick but to the anger of the City fans no booking for the player.

Second started with City going forward, six minute sin and Rose found Agyei and the big forward advanced into the area and chip a great chip over the keeper to level the game up. City were now up for the game as Fleck wasn’t having a good game and Rose and Bigirimana were running midfield. A series of petty fouls by United went up punished despite several final warning from the ref. Sordell then wormed his way in and got a shot on target. Agyei went close before the first sub for City. To say this was a bizarre, baffling and bad change would be an understatement, off went the goal scorer and on came Thomas to play up front as the target man! City for some reason then stopped winning headers up front. Then another strange change, off went Wright, fair enough but on came Lameiras and now City had no physical presents up front at all. Leon Clark then came on to booing from the City fans. A good move then saw Rose feed Sordell and he shot curled the wrong way with the keeper beaten. United then started to take over and put pressure on the back four. The Blades were getting closer and hit the post. We then saw one fan from the Main Stand make his way into the North Stand but he couldn’t get onto the pitch but this encouraged fans from our stand to move into the empty stand behind the goal and then all of a sudden they were on the pitch. The ref called a halt to the game as the peaceful protest demonstrated in front of the Main Stand. Thankfully the plan was to get on and get off again which they did. The ignorant lot from Sheffield (they don’t deserve to be called fans) also tried to get on the pitch. The game restarted when the fans left and I have been for a long time a believer in not justice in football as Sharpe fired home to give the away side the lead. Then the lot in red attempted to get over to the Naughty Corner but were stopped by Stewards, this will be remember when we go to there place. City couldn’t force a goal and slipped to our 6 league defeat in a row, equal to the worse in our league history we should have a new boss in charge by Boxing Day but everyone want new owners as League Two looks difficult to avoid. Was it the protesting fans’ fault for the goal if so that is two points they have cost us which is a fraction of what Sisu have cost us but I think Mark Venus should take the blame for his unbelievable substitutions.

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1st Gael Bigirimana: Back to his best
2nd Andy Rose: Had a good game all over the pitch ,
3rd The fans: Good pitch invasion.
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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2016/17   Sun Dec 11, 2016 10:08 pm

Southend United Vs Coventry City


One of the longer trips of the season and we set out nice and early. After Paul filled up with petrol in Basildon he took the car through a car wash manned by several East Europeans who gave the car a really good wash, we hoped this would not be the highlight of the day. Got to Roots Hall over two hours before kick off with half the car load finding a pub the more civilised members found a nice little café for a coffee until it was time to go to the ground. We heard the team news and it looked a strong team, in goal was Burge, with Dion Kelly-Evans, Willis, Turnbull and Page at the back. Rose, Bigirimana and McCann in midfield leaving Wright, Sordell and Agyei up front, this ground was the scene of our biggest defeat last season.

It was a wet day as United attacked the away end in the first half. The Shrimpers on a good run of form attacked from the off and won an early corner, then after six minutes confusion in the box as Wordsworth was lonely as a cloud to fire he home side in front. We just couldn’t believe it, it was like Cambridge and Oxford all over again another hammering was already on the cards. Burge then save a shot as Southend poured forward before McCann went into the book. City were looking ponderous going forward and exposed at the back, no service to the front three and Sordell wasted out wide. United had a couple of half chances before Wright, the pick of the forwards fired across the goal. The anger levels of the embittered away fans grew in the 17th minute when the home side took a quick free kick, with the City defence asleep Cox had no trouble in beating Burge only to see a linesman’s flag up for off side. One thing every other side does that we don’t is cross the ball and a great example was soon showed in our box big Nile Ranger flung himself at it missing his header by inches. City meanwhile had resorted to hoofing the ball as the passing game wasn’t working. Sordell then managed a good run but his shot was high. The home side did have a couple of good wide players and they were giving the full backs a hard time. City were finally getting moving after half an hour as after a corner Rose had a shot that forced a save from their keeper. Sordell then fired high as City seemed to have weathered the storm. Not long after a ball was pumped into the City box Burge got out to beat Ranger to the ball but the big forward clattered into the keeper, accidentally and left Burge needing treatment. After a while it was clear he couldn’t continue and for the 15th time in our history a goalkeeper came on as a sub. Burge was escorted off to applause from the City fans and then from the home fans. In injury time City came close when an Agyei header was pushed on to the post and cleared. Half time City a goal down but ended the half well.

The second half stared to Wright fouling Timlin after treatment the Southend player then seemed to throw a punch resulting in players racing over, the referee didn’t see the incident so all he could do was give the players a lecture. Both sides had half chances and Wright fired in from out wide that wasn’t too far away from the goal. City were doing OK but lacked something up front, Wright to be fair was playing OK, so I wanted Agyei to go off, Sordell switch to the centre and Reid to come on to give us something different but no one was even warming up. “Make a sub Venus before we go 2 down”, I shouted. The game continued as Willis picked up a very clear yellow card for hacking down a player from behind. Wright fired over again as we still hoped for a change. Then Kelly-Evans was booked for downing a player just outside the box to the keeper’s right. The free kick was taken and Anton Ferdinand rose to fire the home side into a two goal leader. Fury in the away end as we had warned him this would happen but the gormless temporary manager continued as normal. Minutes later a shot went in his the post and bounced off the back of Reece-Cook and went in. Now the City fans vented their frustration at Venus telling him to go. Some fans left and there was a scuffle near the exit. Suddenly three down Venus sprang into action by taking off Sordell and throwing on Jones, twenty minutes too late. Southend then took off their imposing forward, something we don’t have as Ranger was replaced by former City player Fortune who received good applause from the travelling fans. McCann was replaced by Maycock as we wondered “what’s the point”. Then something we have been waiting for from Jones since he arrived, the sub got the ball and turned and ran directly at the defence he skipped passed a couple of challenges, reached the by-line and then squared to ball to Agyei who had an easy tap in for a goal. Minutes later Agyei headed inches wide, before game ended.

The trip home was sombre with fans in car questioning wide we keep following the City, not just this season but over the last thirty years with nothing to show for it. At the moment, unless something changes we looked doomed for relegation.

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1st: Jodi Jones: Good skill in setting up the goal
2nd The fans: The longest suffering in the world.
3rd Andre Wright: Maybe his best game?




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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2016/17   Thu Dec 08, 2016 9:16 pm

Coventry City Vs Crawley Town


My self imposed ban on this competition now lifted after the group stage I turned up at the Ricoh along with 1,337 other nutters for the knock our stage of the Football League Trophy. It was the smallest ever crowd to watch a 1st team game at the ground but fair play to the 57 Crawley fans that made the very long journey to support their team in the REGIONAL 2nd round. I wonder what their thoughts were over an hour from Coventry when they saw the signs to Cambridge and wondered why they were in the Northern Section and Coventry in the Southern? This section of the draw was opening up nicely for City with a big prize of Wembley next year waiting but first we had to beat a struggling League Two side. The line up for the game was, in goal Reece-Cook, with Rose, Willis, Turnbull and Page at the back, George Thomas, Bigirimana, McCann and Jones in midfield with Sordell and McBean up front in a 4-4-4-2 formation. This is the Check-a-trade Trophy and suspiciously the very sponsors of Crawley Town.

It was a low key start to the game that had all the feel of a reserve game as City attacked the North stand end in the first half. Crawley who had lost 5-0 on Saturday had a similar side to City, no physical presents but a side that liked to pass the ball. Crawley had the first chance but the through ball was intercepted. City started to get into the game when Page fed Thomas whose shot went over. City were working hard to break down the Crawley team that was relying on counter attacks. There wasn’t much in goal mouth action until a good run from a Crawley player saw him shot towards the top corner forcing Reece-Cook into a smart save. Then it was Sordell on a run forcing a corner after their keeper had saved. Just before the half hour mark Thomas got by his man on the by line and pulled the ball back for Sordell, the top scorer got to the ball and tapped it home to give City a lead. “City are back”, I sang on my own. City saw it out until half time and were looking as comfortable as a team can with a goal lead.

Second half saw Crawley make two changes including taking off former City target James Collins and putting on Conor Henderson, who had two games for City in a loan spell. Crawley got forward a lot more in the second half pushing City back. Not long into the half Page had to go off with an injury and was replaced by Maycock, McCann switched to left back meaning City had lost a midfielder who was in control there. Crawley were now having most of the possession and had a great chance when Yussef was sent clean through but Reece-Cook came out, made himself big and blocked the shot. City were happy to soak up what pressure Crawley could muster, which wasn’t much. City then won a corner and decided to take it short as normal the ball was lost and Crawley broke winning a corner of their own. Tudgay then replaced McBean and the veteran showed some nice touches holding the ball up. Sordell then went close as the game was interesting rather than exciting. City defended a couple of corners in which the second one Reece-Cook got a good punch on to clear. Seven minutes to go and Tudgay was played in and his shot just went the wrong side of the post with the keeper beaten. Crawley put City under pressure without testing the defence and the ref blew for full time to signal City’s progress.

This put City into the Regional Quarter Finals along with three U23 teams, Luton, Wycombe, Yeovil and Oxford. The winners out of all these will play at Wembley.

Man of the Match
1st Marvin Sordell: Scored
2nd George Thomas: Lively
3rd Chris McCann: Midfield and left back
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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2016/17   Mon Dec 05, 2016 9:19 pm

Cambridge United Vs Coventry City


So we made the relatively short trip to Cambridge for the F.A Cup 2nd Round. We heard the team news and it was a surprising line up, playing 5-2-2-1 we had Burge in goal, our best passer Bigirimana at right back with Willis, Turnbull, Harries and Page in the other defensive positions, Gadzhev and the inexperienced Maycock in midfield with Lameiras and Sordell playing the wide places and McBean up front.

We started with a minutes silence for those footballers that lost their lives in a plane crash in Columbia earlier this week. City started on the front foot and that’s as good as it got as down the left flank Maris got a cross in Burge refused to come off his line and Berry was all alone to flick the ball past the keeper to give the home side the lead. So for the third time in this season’s F.A Cup we conceded the first goal. City seemed all over the place with our best passer out wide and midfield over run, something that McCann and Rose wouldn’t let happen but they were on the bench. Cambridge were on top. Meanwhile their massive forward Ikpeazu was causing problems for City, why can Cambridge sign a physical player like him and not us? Maris then fired wide when he should have done better as the City team looked a bunch of strangers, with players playing out of potion and no service to the front man. The idea of this formation was for the wing back to get forward and ping in crosses for the big man but this wasn’t happening, where were Kelly-Evans and Haynes two players tailor made for the role? Then we had to hold our breaths as a short back pass saw Ikpeazu have a free run in on Burge, the keeper came out and narrowed the angle and didn’t bring the big forward down who ran out of space. The fans were now turning on Venus telling him where he can stick his housing development at Ryton. City did have a few half chances but didn’t seemed to be able to cross a ball. Just before the half hour mark Berry got in the area and went down a little too easily as Harries tugged at him and the ref pointed to the spot, Berry sent Burge the wrong way and it was two. The song that is almost the club anthem started to ring out “this is embarrassing” as City looked totally devoid of any idea. Minutes later a good move saw Berry given acres of room in a five man defence and swept the ball past Burge to complete his hat trick. Many City fans walked out as we were being turned over by a lower league team whilst others stayed. I got a “sack yourself” chant going about Venus as plenty of humour was coming from the terracing “At least we’ve got a better University Challenge team than you” I shouted as Warwick University have made their way to the 3rd round of the long running television program. City were totally over run in midfield with Maycock looking too inexperienced and Gadzhev looking even worse. Up front Sordell was as normal out of position, Lameiras far too light weight and McBean hardly saw the ball. I was hoping we kept it down to 3 before half time and we did.

Second half and changes were made in came McCann for Maycock who was lucky not to be sent off in the first half for a reckless challenge and Reid replaced Harries as the formation changes to a more sensible one. Cambridge started on the front foot and Berry almost got his 4th but Burge pulled off a great save to tip the ball over the bar. City did improve, it was hard to get worse and had some shots blocked. McBean was winning headers at the back but playing on his own up front he had no forward picking the ball up off him. City did then have a chance as Sordell’s shot went wide and well to Reid who managed to blasted the ball well wide. MV then threw on Jones with 15 minutes to go. The game wore on with the City fans still singing and giving great support. With four minutes to go Berry was at it again and scored his 4th goal for the icing on the cake.

Man of the match
1st The Fans: A great performance by the longest suffering fans in the world
2nd Jack McBean: Won his headers but a cross would be nice for him
3rd Chris McCann: Was also voted for.
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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2016/17   Sun Nov 27, 2016 10:26 pm

Coventry City vs. Milton Keynes Dons


A big game against the franchise club that hasn’t won in 8 games and to make it worse as I cycled into the car park I realised I had left my wrist watch at home, so no timing the game and I spent sometime looking at my wrist. I arrived in time to join in the last bit of the mock funeral for Coventry City as a coffin was carried around the ground to a beat of a drum. Inside the ground I, like many were disappointed that McBean wasn’t starting as he seemed to be the only natural goal scorer we have. The line up was in goal Burge, with Dion Kelly-Evans, Wills, Turnbull and Page at the back, Rose, Bigirimana and Stevenson in midfield with Tudgay up front supported by Reid and Jones.

MK won an early corner on a mild November day. City were looking lively early on with Rose adding much missed bite in midfield. Both defences were looking solid and despite good runs from Reid and Jones City were finding it hard to break them down. Gael had a shot blocked before Stevenson had a go from long range and wasn’t far off. After a quarter of an hour City put in a good move when Tudgay laid the ball back to Bigirimana but he fired over. Another good move saw Jones player in but a poor shot failed to trouble the keeper. Reid and Rose both had half chances as City were on top but not looking like they were going to score. MK started to get more into the game as they had a couple of shots blocked and so did City. Then out of nothing a cross went into the City box and Upson rose to head his side in front and drop City back into the relegation zone. “We’re winning away, you must be sh*t, we’re winning away” sang the fans of the franchise followed by “Sisu in” as their bad reputation is spreading. City hit back with some pressure and when their keeper cleared the ball it fell to Stevenson outside his own area without hesitation he fired a curling volley back in and into the net, goal of the season, contender number two for the midfielder. City ended on top with a couple of blocked shots.

Second half started with a great chance for MK on the counter as Powell raced clear but could only hit the bar when he should have scored. The Dons had another shot blocked until a sub was ready, we hoped for McBean but instead it was Maycock replacing Rose who no doubt was feeling an injury. Kelly-Evans then fired wide after a good build up. Stevenson had another shot blocked before MK missed again at our end but the away side were gaining more control of the game. City still had chances when Tudgay received a good ball and advanced he seemed to have the beating of the two central defenders but elected to shot and not go around them and only won a corner. Then Tudgay put Bigirimana in but he shot high before another chance Tudgay could have given Jones a free run but didn’t pass quickly enough. Then a big moment, maybe in the season Stevenson slid in for the ball and maybe the distance he slid gave Mr Davies no choice but to send him off. McBean finally came on for Tudgay but the cheering of Tudgay going off was harsh. Minutes later Kelly-Evans put in a far worse foul but escape only with a yellow. Burge saved a shot as City were struggling with ten men before Jones, who had a quiet second half was booked. Lameiras replaced Jones but City were struggling to supply the front man. City it got worse when City failed to clear the ball and Upson scored his second to give them the lead. MK saw out the game with no scare at all and City ended the game with a mere one shot on target and back in the relegation zone.

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1st Andy Rose: City lost there way when he went off.
2nd Ben Stevenson: Another great goal the pound signs are ringing for Sisu
3rd Jordan Turnbull: Solid at the back
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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2016/17   Wed Nov 23, 2016 9:09 pm

Bolton Wanderers Vs Coventry City


So a 3 hour crawl up the M6 we arrived by coach at the Macron Stadium. Memories of our last trip here that resulted in a 5-1 Sky Blues victory back in the Premier League days which now seem so far away. It was really great to be in a real good ground for once along with a massive club shop and a shopping complex next door with plenty of places to eat and drink. This was to be a real test for City since The Trotters are loaded and had won 6 out their last 7 games. Inside the ground I heard the team news that MV had switched to 5-3-2, in goal was Burge, with Sterry, Willis, Harries, Turnbull and Page at the back, in central midfield we had Bigirimana and Stevenson, with Sordell and Reid out wide and Agyei down the middle.

Bolton attacked towards us in the first half with former City player Madine leading the attack and he should have scored after the third minute when he was in the six yard box and headed a shot but somehow Burge got to it and pushed it across his goal and away from danger. Bolton were looking like a class act with Zac Clough the star of the show as he fired one in on target. Then the pre-planed minute’s applause for the late Gary Speed rang out from all sides of the ground. It was still nearly all Bolton as Clough had another shot before City started to get more into the game. Into the 11th minute and Willis failed to clear the ball Clough got his chance and immediately lofted the ball over Burge to give them the lead it was a great goal. Now it was a question of how many for the Trotters? City responded well to the set back as Agyei had a couple of shoots blocked. Bolton were still looking dangerous as they went forward and I was already hoping for half time. At the other end of the pitch the former Bolton player Sordell went down in the box and appealed for a penalty. The midfield was a lot better than Saturday with Bigirimana managing to hold onto the ball a lot more. Just after the half hour mark Reid managed to twist his way into the area and fired in a powerful shot that Alnwick in the home goal did well to keep out. Then the home side should have made it two when Clough had a free shot but aimed it straight at Burge. Bolton ended the half on top as I just wanted us to get to half time without conceding which we did.

Second half saw City attack towards the hard core City supports behind the goal. City looked better in the 2nd half as the forwards gave their defenders no rest rushing them into clearances. Page fired in a good effort just after the break. Bolton soon took over again and went forward with Burge called into action to keep City in the game. Bolton then won a free kick and Clough took it and placed it over the wall the home fans got up to celebrate but the ball hit the foot of the post and was cleared. MV decided then to go for it throwing on Jones and Lameiras for Harries and Agyei, City changed formation to four at the back and Sordell went down the middle. Now on all out attack City looked a lot better and started to push the home team back. Jones was the first to show firing in a shot that their keeper pushed away. City were now buzzing as Lameiras forced the keeper into a save. Phil Parkinson, Bolton’s manager decided on changes to counter the attacking away side and thankfully took off Clough and also Ameobi, their best two players. Alnwick then fumbled the ball as Bolton were looking a touch shaky. City kept plugging away as Lameiras had a shot blocked for a corner and from that a defender just about beat Turnbull to a header. Jones was looking the most dangerous player as his cross was punched away by the keeper. Stevenson then got in a shot that the keeper saved as City now deserved a goal. Then Sordell blasted high and the home fans sang “what a waste of money” and I shouted back “he’s a free transfer”. The corner came in and it fell to Reid on the edge of the box, free from any defender the player then lent back and blasted it high and wide. Reid then went off and McBean came on for his league debut. City kept plugging away not helped by a foul throw. Lameiras then fired wide as we entered injury time seeing Bigirimana go close but no luck and the game ended with a defeat. As a fan sometimes we can cope with defeats and tonight was one of those. This was City’s first defeat in Bolton for an incredible ten visits. We headed for home and the journey back was a lot better. Next up is a massive crunch game against MK Dons my all time least favourite team.

Man of the Match
1st Lee Burge: Kept us in the game.
2nd Jodi Jones: Did well when he came on
3rd Gael Bigirimana: Back to this season’s player
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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2016/17   Sun Nov 20, 2016 10:23 pm

Oxford United Vs Coventry City


I was on driving duties for the short trip to Oxford and our first ever competitive 1st team game at The Kassam Stadium. The big following was at the ground and the team was in goal, Burge, with Sterry, Willis, Turnbull and Page at the back; in midfield we had Bigirimana, Stevenson and Gadzhev with Lameiras and Wright out wide and Sordell down the middle. It was Armed Forces Day in Oxford and before the match we joined in a rendition of the national anthem the first time I can ever remember that happening for a City club game, apart the F.A Cup Final.

City started off brightly for the first minute or so then Stevenson lost the ball and Oxford encamped themselves in our half. City could not get out of our own half as the home team started to ramp up the pressure. Burge had to save one before a good block prevented a shot on target. Former City player Maguire then missed a good chance as City were hoping to ride out the storm but they didn’t when Maguire raced through the defence and squared the ball to Hemming who only had to beat Burge and he did and the home side took a deserved lead. Oxford kept up the pressure and Gael cleared the ball off the line. City finally started to get forward and Sterry was tugged back by a shirt pull to win a free kick, a minute or so later Lameiras was about to beat his man and run across the penalty box when he was brought down free kick but City fans were angered when the referee didn’t produce a yellow card. City fan’s anger grew when the free kick was taken short to Gadzhev he played it back to Stevenson but the cheeky Oxford defender had plenty of time to get to the ball and clear. No doubt the free kick routine worked well in practice playing against dummies and from then on City fans were demanding every set piece to be taken short. City’s strengths this season had been ball retention and passing in midfield with a tight defence but no were in evidence as Oxford seemed to have worked us out, worrying as this is the first team we have played twice in the league. Oxford won a series of corners as City were hanging on. Sordell at the other end of the pitch was working hard with little service did get a shot away in a rare break. With fifteen minutes to go Maguire should have made it 2 when he shot wide. An Oxford player deservedly then went into the book for a foul as the good referee Mr England gave him a card matching the colour of the Oxford shirt. Hemmings again was the main tormenter as he got into the box far too easily his shot was saved by Burge but unfortunately the ball hit Sterry and ended up in the back of the net. Burge had to save again as City were falling apart and the away fans were becoming increasingly disgruntled. Into the last ten minutes and Page miss timed a tackle and brought a player down in the box no arguments about the penalty. Maguire stepped up and sent Burge the wrong way to make it 3-0. “This is embarrassing” sang the away following. Wright then managed to get a shot on target celebrated ironically by the away fans. Hemmings had a shot saved before City got to half time only three down.

There was a very rare sight at half time something that was actually entertaining. There was a display by a sniffer dog in finding explosive, so that was the plan but the dog had other ideas no doubt exited by the sounds and smells inside the ground when released he raced straight for a football and continued racing around he even joined in with Oxford subs keeping warm but they did allow he possession, bored he then went after the City subs, Jones took one look at an excited Alsatian charging at him and left the ball and beat a hasty retreat.

The fun was over and the second half was about to begin and MV took off a midfielder Stevenson and threw on a defender Harries not as mad as it sounds as City went with three at the back with wing backs. The change seemed to work as City started off a lot brighter with Gadzhev getting one on target. Lameiras then went close with a couple of efforts. City kept looking for a way back when Gadzhev turned smartly on the edge of the area sending a shot just over. Oxford, in truth were now coasting and they made it four when McDonald blasted home. Burge saved one to keep the score down in the open end which had a clear view of a packed car park that looked a nightmare to get out off. MV then made a double substitution but not Reid or Jones, but Maycock and Tudgay replacing Gadzhev and Lameiras respectively. Maycock did get a shot on target with his first touch. I demanded the referee blew up for full time but he didn’t as we still had twenty minutes to go. There was a delay in play as an Oxford player had to go off on a stretcher. The game drifted on with City fans singing “twist and shout” a song often heard when we are getting hammer. We then had a very long break as Oxford’s Joe Skarz went down and looked serious when he was carried off on the stretcher he was given a round of applause from all the fans remaining in the ground. The three sided ground was rapidly emptying and so to my delight was the car park as I started applauding the fact. Sordell then did well to make something out of nothing and charge into the penalty area and got a shot in. A massive 11 minutes of injury time was announced which was about correct. Very deep in injury time Sterry was brought down in the box, another penalty, Tudgay stepped up and tucked his shot into the bottom corner to give us an excuse to celebrate.

After finding the car it wasn’t too bad getting out of the car park and after some delays due to an accident to a few cars on the dual carriageway we were soon heading for home.

Man of the match
1st The Dog: Speed, hunger for the ball, a bit in his tackle.
2nd Marvin Sordell: Keep him up front.
3rd Lee Burge: Kept the score down.
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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2016/17   Wed Nov 16, 2016 9:10 pm

Coventry City Vs Morecambe


Only a small crowd turned up for the replay, playing the same time as an England friendly. My normal stand was closed so I got a seat in the extreme right hand side of the North Stand in the corner but still had a good view. It felt like a big reserve game rather than a first team game as the teams came out on a very mild night. MV made five changes from the last league game and switched formation to 5-2-2-1. In goal we had Burge with the back five of Sterry, Harries, Turnbull, Willis and the welcomed return of Haynes, the two holding midfielders were Bigirimana and the returning Gadzhev, Reid and Jones providing the width and Sordell in the middle. Meanwhile Morecambe had their best play leave as the cub is finding it hard to pay players and staff.

City were first on the attack with Sordell hitting the target but no trouble for Roche in the goal, a player that was in goal the last time Morecambe played here four years ago in the F.A. Cup when they lost 2-1. The away side were looking to hit City on the break and they have an impressive away record in League Two. Ten minutes in and the away side won a free kick parallel with the penalty box. Their Rose took it and Winnard ghosted it to poke it past Burge to give the lower side a lead to the shock of the home fans. Now City had been eliminated twice in the last two years at home by lower division teams, could it happen again? The home fans were nervous but City kept calm and kept passing the ball with Gadzhev passing well in midfield. Reid then finally got the ball under control and forced the keeper to save with his legs before the ball was scrambled away. The around 106 away fans were enjoying themselves and despite being swamped by the away end showed no sign of irony by singing “your grounds too big for you”. City were now getting on top and threatening from both flanks but the left looked the most likely with Reid and Haynes finding space. City then came mighty close when Gael found room and fired in a shot forcing a good save from the keeper. It was good not to have a Premier League referee who really are poor as ref Mr Haywood ran the game well. City started to have more joy down the right as well as Jones and Sterry were combining well resulting in Jones getting a shot on target. Despite being on top there was always a danger of Morecambe getting a second as they tried to capitalise on when City lost the ball, one such attack saw Rose get a shot on target. Another raid saw the away side win a corner, it came in and Burge got out to punch clear, the ball fell to Reid who took off up field persuaded by the Morecambe players, the wide man kept the ball from them and advanced towards goal, he then slipped in Sordell who’s first time shot from the edge of the box beat the keeper and we all could take a brief sigh of relief. A very brave block in the penalty area by a Morecambe player resulted in a corner, as we could hear the shout of pain all around the ground as he blocked it with the part of the anatomy a man should block a ball with. City now looked in control as City had a couple of half chances before the half time whistle.

Second half saw Rose replace Willis with Sterry switching to the centre and Rose playing at wing back. Reid was looking threatening and hopeless at the same time blasted two efforts off target as City attacked the far end. There was a nervy moment as Morecambe attacked forcing Burge out of his area into a 50/50 challenge but it was a good tackle cleaning taking the ball but also injuring Fleming in the process and the player had to go off. City kept up the pressure when Gadzhev played in Sordell, the forward again hit a shot that took a slight deflection and City took a deserved lead. Jones was becoming increasingly influential. Jones had a shot saved as City were looking for a third goal to see of the lower division team. Morecambe meanwhile were committing more players forward into what was turning out to be quite a good game. City’s defence where standing firm with Sterry looking like a good centre back as well again underlining he is our best loan player this season. Jones and Haynes both had shots on target before Gadzhev went off with cramp and was replaced by Stevenson. Meanwhile the crowd were hoping to see Sordell complete his hat trick when he got one of target but an easy save for the keeper. The away side got one on target but no trouble for Burge before Jones was about to break clear but halted by a hand ball resulting in a booking as Mr Heywood had to have a word with Jones to calm him down. Jones had a couple more efforts before he was replaced by George Thomas. Six minutes of injury time was played but City never looked in danger and for the first time in three years progressed to the second round. City recorded 12 shots on target the most this season.

Man of the Match
1st Vladimir Gadzhev: Looked a good player again
2nd Marvin Sordell: Play him down the middle.
3rd Jamie Sterry: Let’s hope he stays for the second half of the season
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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2016/17   Sun Nov 13, 2016 10:25 pm

Coventry City Vs Scunthorpe United


On a grey Remembrance Saturday City took on league leaders Scunthorpe. One reason for their success, according to a Scunthorpe fan in the Telegraph was they kept most of their squad from last season, unlike City as only one City player started the same fixture last season and this one, that was Bigirimana, the full line up as in goal Burge, with Sterry, Turnbull, Willis and Page at the back with Gael, Rose and Stevenson in midfield with Wright, Sordell and Agyei up front.

City needed to start better then they have of late and they did with Rose whipping in an early cross. Scunthorpe fired over a few minutes later as the game looked evenly poised. The leaders then got a shot on target. Scunnie forward Madden then went down clutching his face when it was clear no contact was made he got up grinning. City were passing well in midfield and Wright got in a couple of shots that were blocked. The referee Mr Moss was starting to make bad decisions as he tended to favour United’s tactic of going to ground at every opportunity but missing the shirt-tugging and climbing all over Agyei. Turnbull then had a good run but shot well over. City did manager to win a free kick that Bigirimana took and it eventually found Sordell who had an effort on target. Wright then showed great skill by taking the ball along the by line and into the box but he couldn’t pick out a team mate in the penalty area. City kept working and the ball fell to Sterry on the corner of the box his rocket shot looked on target before a defender got a good deflection on it. City then had the best chance so far as Agyei got the ball and cut his way past a defender but lent back and blasted the ball over the bar. More controversy as the fans in the main stand say they saw Mirfin elbow Stevenson, missed by the referee but minutes later Mirfin had to go off with an injury. Deep in injury time Sordell had a great chance but the shot was pushed away by the keeper. All level half time City looking slightly better then the league leaders.


It started even in the second half and nine minutes in Wright fired one on target, Scunthorpe countered leaving Madden to cross and Morris to finish for his 15th goal of the season. MV was going to make a change anyway as Lameiras came on for Agyei. The Portuguese player got an effort on target early on before Jones replaced Wright. The referee was now really annoying the home fans seemingly giving everything to the away side including when a City player was brought down square of the box the linesman flagged for a free kick for City only to be over ruled by the more distant official. Turnbull then went into the book for a pull back as things were getting heated. Sordell was having a spat with one of the defenders that required other players keeping them apart at one point. City were still creating chances and then a great opportunity as the ball fell in the box Sterry had time to get off a shot but delayed just too long and the chance was gone. More anger towards the referee when the third sub Reid didn’t get a free kick for a high boot but the Scunthorpe player did for a dive. Minutes later the away side attempted to get Turnbull sent off for a nothing foul. Now Mr Moss the ref is a Premier League official and it shows as he was being coned by the away side. Scunthorpe were very professional in seeing the game out as City’s unbeaten run had come to and end.

Man of the Match
1st Jordan Turnbull: Strong at the back
2nd Jordan Willis: Had a good game
3rd Gael Bigirimana: Miles better than he was last season
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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2016/17   Mon Nov 07, 2016 8:39 pm

Morecambe Vs Coventry City


So an early start for the long trip north and after an uneventful journey we arrived at the Globe two hours before kick off. Six years ago we visited the same ground for the first ever game at the ground and we lost. It was a cold day as MV was forced into changes the line up was in goal Burge, in defence we had Sterry, Willis, Turnbull and Dion Kelly-Evans, in midfield we had Reid, Stevenson, Rose and Lameiras, up front we had Wright and Sordell. Morecambe’s recent home record is pretty poor losing the last five, which is always worrying. The crowd, according to Jim Brown, is the lowest F.A. Cup crowd to watch City since just before the 1st World War. Five hundred City fans were at the ground.

City attacked the far end in the first half but it was the home side that were on the front foot from the start and Burge had to be sharp off the line to block an early attempt. City were struggling to get going whilst The Shrimps were up for it as they countered attacked via Barkhulzen who looked very pacey got a cross in. We conceded a corner and it was delivered and Stockton hit the woodwork as City were hanging on. City just couldn’t get going on the field only Sterry looked to carry any threat. Their midfielder Wilding then just curled one over at our end as we stood their in the cold wondering when the home side would score. Finally City got some room up the other end and the ball fell to Reid who promptly blasted it well over the bar and the stand. There were still only one side in ti as Burge did well to deflect a shot onto the post and it was cleared. It was still nearly all the home side as their player called Rose got the ball in the box and looked certain to beat Burge until Willis put in a great block. City hung on to half time to go in somehow level.

The theory at half time was City tend to let the opposition play in the first half and turn it up in the second.

A change was made at half time and to great excitement as the prolific U23 scorer, Jack McBean, came on for his debut. The tall blonde American went to the focal point of the attack. City attacking the away end in the second half certainly looked for more lively as Sordell was getting more into the game and he had a good shot blocked. City started to turn the screw and had a mighty six yard box scramble where both McBean and Sordell had shots blocked. Sordell then hit the crossbar as the home side were looking shaky. Morecambe got through a bad patch and were threatening again but their finishing was pretty poor. Just before the hour mark they won a corner, it was sent over and flicked on for Winnard to drive home for the 700 odd home fans to celebrate. Now City looked like we were going to exit the Cup at the 1st Round Stage against lower opposition for the third season in a row. City hit back when Lameiras played in Wright whose shot was saved by the keeper’s legs. A long ball caused panic in the City defence as Burge and Willis collided and went down and a follow up shot went wide. Then out of nothing Wright played in Sterry and the fullback cut in and curled a shot around the keeper, it hi the far post and went in much to our relief. Morecambe were still looking the most likely with a couple of more shots. City then made a sub off went the disappointing Wright and on came Callum Maycock for his debut. Into the last ten minutes Stevenson had a shot saved before Maycock nearly made a name for himself with a good shot blocked. Morecambe were understandably less keen on a replay than City and threw players forward in injury time winning three corners that City thankfully dealt with before the referee blew for full time and a replay.

A long journey back speculating on a possible nightmare 2nd Round game away to either Taunton Town or Barrow on a Friday night but we have to deal with Morecambe first.

Man of the Match
1st Lee Burge: Kept us in it.
2nd Jamie Sterry: Scored and went forward well
3rd Marvin Sordell: Did better in the second half.


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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2016/17   Wed Nov 02, 2016 9:01 pm

Coventry City Vs Chesterfield


With City in good form and unbeaten at home we faced Chesterfield who had lost six in a row hadn’t scored for five games and yet to win away all the signs of a banana skin. This was our game in hand and we needed to keep up the moment but MV made three changes, the line up was in goal Burge, with Sterry, Turnbull, Willis and Page with Jones, Bigirimana, Stevenson and Reid in midfield leaving Tudgay and Agyei up front in a 4-4-2. Chesterfield had Chad Evans as their star player recently avoided prison by winning his court case. We had a minute’s applause for Brian Hill before kick off and in the commentary box was the player that took his youngest every player accolade in Gary McSheffrey.

It was a cold night with a small crowd and just over 100 bothered travelling from not too far away Chesterfield to support their team. City won a free kick in the opening minutes when Evans fouled but Jones’ kick sailed over. The game settled down and Chesterfield were on the front foot. Nine minutes in and the fans that had them, like me, raised the printed picture of Joy Seppala dressed as a witch to symbolise the nine years she had been in charge. City were struggling to get any movement going and attacks down the right fizzled out when Jones was guided into blind allies by the away defence. City had blocked a shot before Burge saved from Evans. The crowd began to get restless as City struggled to hold possession apart from Stevenson who was showing some nice touches. Then a real good chance for the visitors Sterry gave the ball away and it fell to Evans but Burge spread himself for a great block and ball went to a Chesterfield player and this time it was Willis who prevented a certain goal diving in with a block this fell to another player outside the box who drove wide and no one could believe Chesterfield were not in the lead. The away side kept up the pressure as one corner came in Burge race out to the edge of the area for a great catch. The game itself was pretty dull and to prove this the biggest cheer so far came when a high ball was put out of play expertly caught by a ball boy. City were finally showing some signs of life as we finally started to get the ball moving and Reid had a shot blocked. The away fans tried the “your ground too big for you” which showed great cheek since the away end swamped their fans. We just wanted to get to half time level so the manager could sort things out. Jones was to one footed Agyei was being crowed out and Tudgay was not all effective. In the last minute Page brought down a player and the referee Mr Brooks, pointed to an earlier incident where Page rugby tackled a player and was lucky not to be booked and showed the defender a yellow card. Half time no goals we wanted changes.

No changes in the second half but City did look better as Tudgay got a header on target. Chesterfield were now playing more on the counter attack and should have scored when Evans broke free but fired wide. Reid was getting more and more into the game and causing mayhem for the Chesterfield defence. The winger then played in Stevenson who wasn’t too far wide with his shot. Evans then had another chance by was comfortably saved by Burge. Then O’Shea then fired wide in a good position. We were all thankful that we were playing such a poor team. The referee was also annoying the home crowd by seemingly giving everything to the away side. Gael then had a shot blocked before; at last subs were ready to come on. Lameiras and Rose replaced Jones and Tudgay. City won a corner and it was played to sub Rose whose header was blocked, Turnbull got to the ball and squared it to Willis and the captain swept the ball home for his first league goal in 86 games. At last City led and MV decided to turn the screw off went Agyei and on came Sordell for his first game from the bench. This played immediate dividends as Reid again charged at the frighten defence he played the ball to Sordell his superb first touch played in Page in acres of space down the left the defender looked up and picked out Rose in the box and the midfield scored his third goal of the season to wrap up the points. Chesterfield still came forward but they didn’t look like they had a goal between them. City now were in total control and a good block by Coventry kid Evatt prevented a shot on target. Deep in injury time Page dived in and totally miss timed his challenge and fouling his opponent the referee had no choice but to issue him with his second yellow card, Page left with applause. Sterry switched to left back and Gael dropped into right back to see out the game with some neat possession football and City recorded another win.

Three points above the drop zone but only five behind the top six!

Man of the Match
1st Kyel Reid: Tormented their defenders all game.
2nd Ben Stevenson: Masterful in midfield
3rd Lee Burge: Commanding in goal dare I say Oggy like

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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2016/17   Sun Oct 30, 2016 9:51 pm

Walsall Vs Coventry City

I took up driving duties for Walsall, with easy access to the M6 and plenty of free parking near the ground and motorway this makes Walsall just about the best ground to visit by car. Arrived in plenty of time as MV only made one change with McCann out injured, the line up was in goal Burge, with Sterry, Turnbull, Willis and Page at the back, Stevenson, Rose and playing his 50th League game Bigirimana, up front we had Sordell, Agyei and Lameiras. The Saddlers had ex-City player Moussa starting and Simeon Jackson on the bench. The players took the field with Burge arriving just before kick off “he’s gone for a p***” sang the City support, whilst one of the linesmen checking the nets at our end of the ground got a round of applauses for pointing to his tubby stomach as if to say “I’ve heard it all before”.

The game kicked off with City attacking the far end as Lameiras was brought down and to our surprise referee Mr Whitestone decided to book Edwards it was bad enough for a yellow but it is unusual to see the referee react so early. Walsall, who were on a good run themselves were playing everything through the player who is called “The Turkish Messi”, Otzumer who looked a handful. City were knocking the ball around well also and Rose got close to a Sordell cross. Ten minutes in and Morris was allowed to run before his shot was blocked. Moussa manager to slip by Sterry but the defence was on hand to stuff out any danger. City again were looking solid at the back with captain Willis leading by example. At the other end Gael put one wide before a good move saw Lameiras curl one just over. The Portuguese player then got one on target before Otzumer put one wide. City were slowly taking control of the game with Rose and Stevenson dominating the midfield. Agyei working hard in the centre forward role headed one over and City continued to press. Page got one on target as City were still trying to probe their way through then just after the half hour mark Sordell got a cross in and Rose headed on and past the keeper to give City a deserved lead. Walsall responded but City were holding firm with a great tackle from Willis. Near the end Bigirimana went through and was seemed to be brought down by the keeper but instead of pointing to the spot Mr Whitestone booked him for diving. The half ended with City in the lead.


We expected Walsall to come out all guns blazing but City were still in control of the game. Agyei had an early run before Gael wasted a free kick in a dangerous position. It was only 1-0 but City were looking comfortable. Agyei had a shot saved. Walsall threw on Jackson who failed miserably when he played for us. City kept pressing but needed a second goal. Walsall are a good side and proved to be dangerous when Otzumer got in the box he seemed to be taken out the ref played an advantage and the shot went wide we held our breaths as the ref booked the player for a dive and not award a penalty. “The Turkish Messi” then found Burge form a free kick before City made changes off went Rose after his long injury and also Agyei on came Jones and Wright. Without Rose on the pitch Walsall started to get in to the game a bit more but not before Jones went close with a shot but had his ankle clipped in the process. Walsall drove forward when Jackson played in Otzumer and he found the net. Now it could go either way in an entertaining game. Reid then replaced Lameiras and the sub had a couple of good runs. Both sides could have won it as we entered injury time Reid’s foot was clipped in the area but the referee had no chance of seeing it. In the end the referee blew for full time and we were happy with a point.

Man of the Match
1st: Jordan Willis: Again a great game
2nd Andy Rose: Controlled midfield
3rd Ben Stevenson: Played his part as well.


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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2016/17   Sun Oct 23, 2016 9:25 pm

Coventry City Vs Rochdale


Got to the ground around 12.30 plenty of time to catch the bus to Holbrooks Park for the protest but in the end walked there. By the time the march set out at 2 there were plenty there and more joined on route. It was a good march as the ones that wanted to boycott the game assembled by the “Chin” the rest made there way into the ground. There were still around 8,000 in the ground to see us take on Rochdale. The Lancashire team lost in midweek ending a run of seven win in a row without defeat and amazingly had never lost a league games against City, this was our 7th meeting. MV decided on no changes for the side that played well and beat Oxford in midweek the line up was Burge in goal, with Sterry, Turnbull, Willis and Page in defence, in midfield were McCann, Bigirimana and Stevenson with Sordell, Agyei and Lameiras up front.

Dale started of the stronger and pushed City back early on winning a couple of corners. City were finding it hard to get out of our own half as the visitors kept us pressed back. The midfield three had to drop back and help out making forward progress difficult. City were defending well but Rochdale had a good physical presents and were looking like a good side. Dale won a free kick and when it was worked as Burge push away the shot. The keeper’s kicking wasn’t so good as he found touch more akin to landlord’s team. City were trying to get forward when McCann stretched for the ball and started to feel is hamstring it was and walked off to be replaced by Reid. City changed formation and Dale’s plan that was working against the three central midfielders didn’t work as well against the new line up. Rochdale had a long range shot go wide. City finally got going by getting forward then a real chance as Agyei got the ball in the area and saw great strength to hold off a defender and go by another he only had the keeper to beat and he did we were up celebrating but the ball hit the post. This lifted City who were now competing again. In the 28th minute Lameiras got the ball in the box but wasn’t quick enough to get a shot away but he kept cool and moved the ball, he found space and knocked the ball into space for the onrushing Agyei who tapped home to give City the lead. Reid was proving to be a great outlet showing skill to take the ball forward but Rochdale kept pressing. City then nearly conceded as a corner came over Burge saved the ball went back in but was blocked on the line with the away fans appealing for a goal but an off side flag stopped any protests. At the back the defenders were playing well with captain Willis leading by example. One of those defenders Turnbull then went into the book of for an off the ball foul. Gael had a free kick blasted into the wall as City were getting stronger and had two chances near the end both fell to Agyei the first a shot that went just wide the second was saved by the keeper. With City leading at half time we hoped to control the second half a bit more.

The pattern followed the first half as Rochdale pressed from the off pushing City back Burge saved early on. All the team were working hard with Willis and the back four looking supreme but they did need help from Bigirimana who slid in with a tackle and needed treatment. Later the midfielder had to head off the line to keep City in front. The first half City were pushed back for the first quarter of an hour now it was looking like City were the away side as we where pushed back and relied on counter attacks. If City were to break out it would be Reid that would lead the charge and in the 60th minute he had a good run firing just over from distance. It was still nearly all Rochdale as they got a shot on target but nothing to worry Burge as he was being well protected by the back four. Dale then picked up their first booking with a foul on Lameiras who was coping with the physical approach. City were finally getting some attacks away as Rochdale had almost punched themselves out. Stevenson and Lameiras both had efforts blocked. City then made a second change with Wright making a like-for-like replacement for Agyei. It was still nervous stuff as I thought if Rochdale could level they would probably win. With six minutes to go City found another swift break as Page was freed down the left he advanced and curled a good ball to Wright who scored with a tap in to give City a cushion. City were now looking comfortable as Jones replaced Sordell on the 90th minute mark and almost made a great impact when he raced clear and looked certain to score until a great last ditch tackle robbed him of the ball. The ref then blew to see us keep our unbeaten home run which even stretched past last season’s.

Man of the Match
1st Jordan Willis: Outstanding at the back
2nd Kyle Reid: A good outlet
3rd Jamie Sterry: The pick of the other defenders.

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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2016/17   Wed Oct 19, 2016 8:11 pm

Coventry City Vs Oxford United

So a start of two home games in a week as we took on Oxford for the first time since April 1988 so a strong turn out of just over 2,000 made the short trip from Oxford to boost the Ricoh crowd to just under 10,000. Only one change to the team that lost at Charlton, the side was in goal playing his 30th League game Burge, in defence we had Sterry, Turnbull, Willis and Page, in midfield were McCann, Bigirimana and Stevenson with Sordell, Agyei and Lameiras up front.

City attacked the away end in the first half and almost had the perfect start when Bigirimana found Lameiras he played in Sordell whose shot was kept out by Eastwood in the United goal. City had started well as Agyei forced a corner. Oxford were slowly getting into the game and had a tame effort on goal. City on the whole were edging the game with the midfield in charge and Stevenson looking good. Burge then couldn’t hold a long range effort from former City loan player Chris Maguire. Oxford fans were making good noise and suggested that our ground is too big for us whilst we reminded them it isn’t our ground. Oxford were getting more into the game and won a corner, it came over and Burge went out and flapped at it, a header was sent back in hitting the crossbar before defenders managed to block two follow ups. Oxford did seem to be a footballing side which played into the hands of City. The game itself was good entertainment as City set up another passing move as Lameiras had a fine run and shot but the effort was closed down the ball fell to Stevenson some thirty yards out he took one touch and let fly with a rocket into the top corner for his first goal for the club. We all agreed it was a terrific goal and he would be sold during the next transfer window. City now were looking a lot more confident as the midfield three were looking in control, the front three working hard and the defence dealing with things. Sordell then had a shot blocked as I kept counting down the minutes to half time by looking at my watch. The first player then went into the book what seemed very harsh by the otherwise good referee Mr Jones. City needed to keep it tight before half time as we had a couple of minutes left when McCann flung in a cross, Sordell chased a lost cause only to put pressure on Edward whose header went past the on-rushing keeper and Sordell had a tap in for his fourth of the season and made it 2-0. So City two up at half time and looking at the first home league win of the season.

Not surprisingly Oxford came out in a determined mood in the second half pushing City back. City were finding it difficult to get out of our half as a corner was just headed over. Mr Jones then booked Stevenson again slightly harshly before Sterry dived in just outside the area and no one could argue about a yellow card. Now the only trouble was that McGuire lined up the free kick and we all remember his debut for City at M.K Dons where he scored twice from free kicks so we were nervous, I instructed Burge to stand in the right and left parts of the goal at the same time. Maguire stepped up and sent the ball over the wall but Burge read it well and pushed the shot away. This seemed to take the wind out of Oxford’s sails some what as City’s midfield started to get a grip again. City now were playing some good football with the fans ola-ing the moves that saw some quick passing ending with Sterry winning a corner. One attack saw an Oxford player go down and stay down until the ball came near him and he stopped appealing for a free kick jumped up and went forward. City were now looking more likely to score than Oxford as players had shots blocked trying to wrap the game up. City made the first change as off went the hard working Agyei and on came Tudgay. Reid then replaced Lameiras who is looking better with each game. Reid stretched the U’s defence as Sordell had three efforts go close. At the other end Oxford still looked dangerous on set pieces but Burge was now catching confidently. Reid then forced the keeper into a save as time was nearly up. In injury time Tudgay misplaced a pass and United went forward when the ball fell to McGuire his shot was diverted by the Coventry born Crowley and into the net. Suddenly Oxford were back in it with over two minutes to go of injury time. Thankfully City didn’t panic but kept the ball and not taking into the corner either but kept trying to find a third goal. In the last seconds City caught Oxford on the break and Reid had only Eastwood to beat in the goal but his chip sailed wide but seconds later Mr Jones blew for full time and City lifted themselves off the bottom.

Man of the match
1st Ben Stevenson: So good Sisu will sell him
2nd Ruben Lameiras: Repaid the manager’s faith in him
3rd Gael Bigirimana: Again at the fulcrum

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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2016/17   Sun Oct 16, 2016 9:07 pm

Charlton Athletic Vs Coventry City


So I jumped on by bike and started the journey to Charlton, no I wasn’t cycling all the way but only to the train station. A slow journey down got us there by 1.30. It was in time to join the pre-arranged protest march. Two marches were organised a longer one for Charlton fans protesting about their board and a shorter one for City fans that was well attended. Both marches met up and joined in a march down the road to The Valley. Inside the ground the team was announced and despite Reece-Cook being fit Burge kept his place, the rest of the team was, Sterry, Turnbull, Willis and Page at the back, Stevenson, Bigirimana and McCann in midfield and Lameiras, Sordell and Wright up front. Athletic hadn’t won for ten games as we were bottom again.

The game kicked off then the major sat piece as the Charlton fans were handing out little plastic pig and then thousands were thrown on the pitch from all four stands. The referee Mr Deadman ordered the game to be stopped as the pigs to symbolise flying pigs as the chance for a take over of either club looked likely. Ground staff got on to clear the debris as the thousand strong City fans vented their anger at Sisu and a song made a come back “let down by the Football League”. After the pitch was cleared the game got underway again with City defending the end the away fans were in. The home side started the better and it took a couple of good interceptions from Willis to keep any shots on target. The Addicks then went close with a header hitting the post. City were finding it hard to get going as the away fans abused Tim Fisher and also sang Roland out, the Chairman of Charlton, in support of them. Then Sterry tried to be too fancy in his own half and was robbed ending in Page sliding it for a well timed block but he was clearly injured and minutes later had to be taken off and was replaced by Ricketts for his 50th league game for the club. City finally started to get forward as good work out wide by Lameiras fed in Sterry who hit the side netting. Then it got closer after another good move Lameiras struck a curving shot from the edge of the area that hit the inside of the post and went clear. Charlton hit back with an attack that led to a ball being chipped over the defence to Holmes who looked off side, he poked home and instead of a raised flag the goal was given. Now Charlton were full of confidence again and City drained of it as Lameiras lost the ball and McCann slightly harshly picked up a booking stopping the attack. Charlton kept pressing but then missed a sitter.

City only a goal down attacked our noisy end in the second half. Still plenty of support far more than a team at the bottom of Division Three deserved. We then did have a sight in the home stand as seven fans, maybe City fans, revealed white t-shirts with a letter each of “S.I.S.U.O.U.T”. They were allowed to remain and at one point even went to the centre of the stand and turned to were Tim Fisher was hiding. City were still passing the ball well but as normal without any end product as the players opted for one more pass instead of a cross. The forwards couldn’t get into the box and were forced to shot from distance. At the other end City went close when a McCann shot was saved it rebounded off a defender the keeper pulled off a good save to prevent an own goal. MV made the change on came Reid and Jones but both didn’t see much of the ball. Charlton were looking the more dangerous and it took a good save from Burge to keep them out. With City still in the game at the other end Turnbull did well to get to the ball but then was out muscled by their forward leaving him a free run in the box he picked out one his on-rushing team mates and it was 2-0. City went close with a couple of long rangers before somehow Charlton missed an easy chance at the other end. Then it was over more poor defending saw a ball played into the box Ricketts allowed a player to run behind him and it was 3-0. City fans were still singing until the final whistle.

Back at Charlton Train Station there was a great rendition of “Take me home Highfield Road” be we departed back on the various trains and tubes to Coventry got home about 8.30, not bad going really.

Man of the match
1st The fans: Over a thousand sang all the way through and on the trains back to Euston.
2nd` Jordan Willis: Some important defending
3rd Ruben Lameiras: Looked the most dangerous.
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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2016/17   Sun Oct 02, 2016 9:03 pm

Port Vale Vs Coventry City

Another difficult couple of days as Mowbray resigned and again for the third time in a row a manager left after a 2-2 draw. It was a small crowd that made the journey to the Potteries in the rain thankfully not too far to go. We wondered what changes the new man Mark Venus would make? The first name out of the hat was a surprise as Lee Burge was in for his first league game of the season but not surprising since Reece-Cook was injured. The full line up was in goal Burge, with Sterry, Willis, Turnbull and Page at the back, Bigirimana, McCann and Stevenson in midfield with Sordell, Agyei and Wright up front. Meanwhile Vale had won all their home games this season so it looked a tough game.


City attacked the far end in the first half in the rain. It was a cagey start but City looked up for it and were working very hard. It was the home side that had the first real chance when their winger broke through but could only fire into the side netting. Vale then won a free kick as the fans pointed out that Vale’s Paterson was totally unmarked, the ball came over and Burge got up for a weak punch the ball fell to the unmarked Patterson who placed the ball just over the bar. The atmosphere in the away end was very good with plenty of Sisu Out chants. City were now taking a grip on the game, solid at the back the midfielders beavering away and the front three closing everything down. Turnbull put a header just wide as City started to dominate. Tim Fisher meanwhile was receiving plenty of abuse from the away section. City kept up the pressure as another flowing move saw Vale panic as City picked their way through and Agyei fired home the celebrations were soon muted as confusion rained as the referee wasn’t pointing to the centre circle but what was he awarding, a penalty, no a free kick! “Advantage ref” was the main cry from the away fans as the man in the middle robbed City of a deserved goal. City kept going as Agyei went wide it was now nearly all City and it was hard to see why Vale were unbeaten at home. City had a grip on midfield with Bigirimana again dominating in midfield if a pas did go astray he won it back the other two midfielders McCann and Stevenson were also performing well. It was one of those Bigi winning the ball back that led to the next chance as the midfielder got into the box and laid it back to Sordell who knocked the ball home to give the away side a deserved lead. “We’re going to win the league”, sang the City fans ironically. Vale upped their game somewhat for the rest of the half but City stood firm and made it to half time with a lead and everyone really happy.

The second half saw City kicking towards the raucous away following. There was concern at the far end as the ball bounced away in the City area but for once it was the City players getting to the ball before the opponents and the ball was cleared. City soon regained control before Bigi was taken out with a bad tackle that the referee didn’t see. City kept up the hard work with Sordell leading by example up front closing everything down. Not for the first time this season City looked secure with a goal lead but needed another one to make sure. The atmosphere was still good in the away end as we lambasted the lack of Vale fans despite their good start as I wanted their Coventry born chairman to sell up and buy us. Back to the action and Wright went off for some treatment he returned to the field of play but Alnwick in the Vale’s goals couldn’t have seen him as his throw to his right was intercepted by the forward but the keeper made amends with a good save to keep his team in it. Vale just couldn’t get going as City kept up the pressure then McCann blocked a pass and the ball fell to Agyei, the big forward charged forward and knocked a ball to the side and McCann steamed in and lashed the ball home the away end went ballistic I had a bit of a lump in my throat as we finally had a second goal and the way we were playing it looked like three points. Despite the winning lead the abuse aimed at Sisu just got louder. Mark Venus made his first change off came Agyei after he point in a real stint in the focal point up front and on came Lameiras who did fall over a few times in the box once with no one anywhere near him. The Portuguese played did however got close with a curling shot and City continued to dominate. Tudgay then replaced Sordell who must have been cream crackered by the hard shift he had put in during the game. Sterry then was hacked down in the box but Vale was saved by an offside flag. Tudgay almost put the icing on the cake when he nipped in but the keeper just done enough to force the shot inches wide. The whistle finally went and City’s second longest wait for a league win from the start of the season had ended. The fans were happy and so were the players, Bigirimana was last off the field and Bigi really gave it a biggy in front of the away fans to our delight.

Man of the Match
It was a case of 7, 8 and 9 for the starting eleven in the votes.
1st Gael Bigirimana: Outstanding yet again
2nd Marvin Sordell: Worked very hard deserved his goal, Sordell is on fire.
3rd Ben Stevenson: A great performance from the midfielder
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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2016/17   Thu Sep 29, 2016 8:14 pm

Coventry City Vs A.F.C Wimbledon

With the game on a Wednesday City knew the situation a win tonight and we would remain bottom. Four points adrift but playing another struggling side could City get the first win? The team was in goal Reece-Cook playing his 50th game for the club, in defence and on his 80th league appearance was Willis, with him in defence in a 4-3-3 was Turnbull, Sterry and Page, in midfield we had Bigirimana, McCann and Stevenson, up front was Reid, Sordell and Tudgay.

Wimbledon won an early corner but City counter via Reid who ran at the defenders before getting in a shot the Wombles’ keeper parried and Sordell was on hand to knock the ball home to become top league scorer with two, what a start. “That’s why we are bottom of the league”, I sang. Wimbledon a team that had taken nine years to regain League status after the League let them die, worrying for us, were moving forward but the City players were working hard to close them down. Willis blocked a shot as the London team relied on the long ball, nothing ever changes. City were looking comfortable with Reid giving the opposition plenty to ponder before Stevenson had a shot deflected narrowly wide before Tudgay also had a shot blocked. City now were looking the better side but desperately needed a second goal as McCann had a shot blocked before Sterry got one on target. At the other end another good block prevented a shot on the City goal as Wimbledon started to get more possession. As City were still looking comfortable Wimbledon floated in a free kick it was flicked on and Meades beat Reece-Cook to the ball to level the game up. City hit back immediately as Sordell got into a good position but not for the first time miscued in front of goal then it got worse as the a minute late the ball fell to Tudgay with only the keeper to beat but he blasted it high. City kept up the pressure until half time.

The second half kicked off as Reece-Cook had to save early on. Not long after we had a big hold in play as Tudgay had gone down. After treatment the referee booked a Wimbledon player for an elbow, now there should be only two outcomes, one accidental clash no booking or an elbow straight red card. Wimbledon were happy to hold on to their lead as City tried to break them down and Reid went close with a shot. Another lengthy injury, this time to a Wimbledon player allowed City fans to sing the anthem “we want Sisu out”. The first change was then made as Jones came on for Stevenson to give City a bit more attacking edge. Jones had a shot blocked before another sub as off went Reid, maybe with a slight injury and on came Agyei. The referee Mr Heywood was happy to book just about anyone by now for next to nothing as the game entered the last ten minutes. The game was looking like a draw with seven minutes left a header was kept out by a great Reece-Cook save but Taylor was on hand he head it back the ball was cleared but it clearly crossed the line and City we staring at defeat. Jones had a shot put wide. T.M played his last card throwing on Wright for a disappointing Tudgay. Meanwhile Wimbledon were getting away with serial time wasting, as they were allowed to keep the ball in the corner, I feel F.I.F.A needs a change in the rules to stop teams doing this. Nine minutes of extra time was added which was spot on. City couldn’t get the ball from our own half but eventually got it forward. With five minutes of stoppage time left Bigirimana launched a throw into the box there was a scramble, Agyei had a shot save but the ball fell to Wright to ram it home and to level the game up. City went close twice in the remaining minutes before the referee blew for full time as City remained bottom but reserved the unbeaten home record.
Post match Mowbray sounded like he was on the verge of quitting over the inability to attract the right sort of players or the lack of funds.

Man of the Match
1st Kyel Reid: Dangerous again.
2nd Jamie Sterry: Had a good game
3rd Jordan Willis: Steady at the back
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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2016/17   Sun Sep 25, 2016 9:35 pm

Gillingham Vs Coventry City


A bleak week in the history of Coventry City as Sisu start on major assets stripping by putting Ryton up for sale not long after banning The Coventry Telegraph rumours are they will start to wind the club up around Christmas. Still the team it self could be heading for the label the worse in our league history as we attempted to win for the first time this season in the league as we made the long journey down to Kent. It was a surprisingly sunny day in the Medway district, shirt sleeved weather. We entered the ground’s own bar to find Steve Waggott their, the only thing Sisu ever did right was to appoint him. He was chatting to many City fans and is now employed by Gillingham. In the ground and on Gillingham’s so-called temporary open stand we heard the team news, it was in the goal Reece-Cook with Dion Kelly-Evans, Ricketts, Turnbull, Willis and Page at the back, Gadzhev and Bigirimana in midfield with Reid, Sordell and Wright who was making his first start.

City attacked the away end in the first half in the black kit but was the Gills that went close in the first minute with a shot just going wide. City soon got things moving and the ball broke for Sordell but the keeper beat him to it leading to an accidental collision, the keeper, Nelson needed some treatment before being able to continue. Both teams were still testing each other out with a few off target shots from Gillingham and Sordell getting a shot in on target whilst Reid was looking the danger man for City. Dack got one on target the far end before City got the ball up and Gadzhev found Reid, the wide player turned on the edge of the box and sent his shot passed Nelson to give City the lead. This prevented City scoring the fewest number of gaols in the first nine league games in our history. It was a well deserved goal for Kyel. We didn’t have time to get used to the lead as minutes later a throw in was flicked home by Ehmer a very soft goal. City were not playing too badly with again Bigirimana pulling the strings in midfield. Gillingham’s main danger came down our right as they put a tall man on Dion and he was being exposed and lead to the game’s first booking for the very good referee. Sordell then had a good shot pushed over before Wright also went close. Half time all level.

Second half saw a sub as City switched to 4-4-2 it was no surprise that Dion went off and on came Jones. It was the home team that started the half the brighter and pushed City back for the first seven minutes as a header went wide before former City forward Cody McDonald broke through but could get a shot in on goal. City started to grow back into the game as Gadzhev had a shot saved but most moves ended down the left when Lewis Page failed to deliver and was having a poor game, we wondered how he can be picked ahead of Haynes when we are struggling for goals. Gael then had a very poor free kick as the game was in a bit of a stalemate. T.M made a surprise change as off went a forward, Wright and on came a midfielder Stevenson, was he playing for a draw? As City was readjusting Gillingham attacked and McDonald found acres of space he played in Knott who only had the keeper to beat and City were behind. Now T.M made another change and it looked like Stevenson could come off until Gadzhev did the walk and on came Agyei and yet another change of formation, why Agyei couldn’t replace Wright is beyond everyone. Reid and Sordell had shots on target but City were too poor as the front line was starved of supple in the end the ref blew and City were cut adrift of the bottom of the table a long struggle ahead of us not only to stay in League One but maybe our very existence.

Man of the Match
1st City fans: When will we ever see a successful side?
2nd Gael Bigirimana: Again!
3rd Kyel Reid: Looked dangerous and scored.

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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2016/17   Sun Sep 18, 2016 8:51 pm

Coventry City Vs Oldham Athletic


So City were at home still looking for the first league win of the season against the team we last beat in the league. Oldham very similar to use struggle to score don’t tend to concede many. For some reason T.M went for a change in formation to 4-4-2, in goal we had Reece-Cook, with Sterry, Willis, Turnbull and Page at the back, Reid and Jones out wide, Gadzhev and Bigirimana in midfield with Tudgay and Sordell up front.

First incident was a blatant dive from an Oldham player who was very lucky not to be booked. Oldham went forward early on as Sterry conceded a corner. City soon got into the game as Jones was testing the defence with a run and shot over before Bigirimana shot at the keeper. Jones then went on another run before blazing over. It wasn’t great stuff and low entertainment but the battle between Oldham’s big forward Ladapo and City captain Willis. “Sisu out” chants rang out from the naughty corner as City kept probing main via Bigirimana who last this type of form in our relegation season (gulp). At the other end Reece-Cook had to be alert to push away a Ladapo shot. Then a good move Jones found Biggi, the midfield unlike Jones went for the by-line and cut the ball back to Sordell in space but the forward horribly miscued his shot and went well wide. Jones then again fired wide after a great ball from Biggi. Neither side seemed to know how to get a decent shot in as it was cagy stuff. With the end coming to a close Page whipped in a good cross and Tudgay rose to meet it only to plant his header embarrassingly wide.

Second half saw Lameiras replace Gadzhev and left everyone scratching their head to what formation T.M was now playing. Oldham took advantage and pushed forward. Reece-Cook was called into action to push away a shot. Then Sterry flew into a challenge and stayed down there was considerable delay for the stretcher and the player on his home debut was taken off and replaced by Dion Kelly-Evans. Oldham kept on top as Erwin smacked the bar before two or three more efforts went over. Reece-Cook saved again as City were struggling. Stevenson then came on for Reid, City switched formation to 4-3-3 and started to improve. Sordell had moved wide and was looking better as he found room and had a shot blocked in the area. Kelly-Evans was also getting forward and forced a foul that resulting in a booking. The game could have gone either way still but City came close when Sordell knocked in the great cross but Tudgay couldn’t make contact. Jones then put a free kick over the bar and we still hoped we could make the break through in the eight minutes of injury time but couldn’t leaving us bottom.

Man of the match
1st Gael Bigirimana: Again third in a row
2nd Jordan Willis: Battled well at the back
3rd Charles Reece-Cook: Some important saves.
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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2016/17   Sun Sep 11, 2016 8:24 pm

Millwall Vs Coventry City


It’s a long trip to South London we started off with an English breakfast in Lutterworth before the drive down to Stanmore in London. After parking in their massive car park we five hopped on The Tube and made our way to London Bridge were it was a short train journey to South Bermondsey. Again it was raining but we were well under cover at The Den. He heard the line up in the Millwall Café just outside the ground, £1 for a coffee can’t argue. The team was in goal Reece-Cook, with Sterry, Ricketts, Turnbull, Willis and Page, in midfield we had Gadzhev and Bigirimana, with Sordell, Reid and Lameiras up front. Many City fans were predicting a hammering in contrast to our 4-0 victory last season.

The home side, high in the league started off the better pushing City back at the end were we where. The Lions were looking dangerous as a player missed a cross before a header went over. The home side won a couple of corners as the City players were struggling to pick everyone up in the box. City seemed to have seen off the early pressure and started to get going with Gael pulling the strings in midfield and Reid a handful up front, meanwhile Sordell, a former West Ham player who apparently received racial abuse on his last visit was being booed again. Reid had a shot on target as the game now seemed level. Bigirimana got the ball moving again and found Sordell from outside the area the big forward swivelled and blasted a shot past Archer for his first long awaited goal for the club as we went mad celebrating in the away stand. “You must be sh**, we’re winning away you must sh**” sang the City fans followed by “we’ve scored a goal”. City were defending well with Ricketts using all his experience to combat Millwall’s own experienced forward Morrison. Then mayhem at the back as a ball was passed back to Reece-Cook far too firmly, the keeper under pressure couldn’t bring it down but had to hack it away, it fell to O’Brien who raced into the box as the defenders tried to cover the ball was played to Morrison but a sliding challenge prevented him getting a clean shot and City survived. Sordell, who was looking a lot better went wide with a long range shot. The rest of the half passed without incident with City looking good.

The second half City attacked the away end as Millwall had an early chance but the header was straight at the keeper. Page put in an excellent cross but no forward went for it. Reid was still running at Milwall’s players and causing trouble. City then won a corner and Gadzhev knocked in a corner Sordell got a header in but couldn’t get it target when he should have scored. Millwall’s attacks were constantly being halted by off sides as City looked solid at the back. Then just after an hour we came very close when Reid crossed and Sordell got to it, his shot deflected off a defender as we watched as the ball beat the keeper and creep towards the goal the ball then bounced and went wide, no luck Ricketts went close with a header before Dion replaced Page. Then Millwall attacked down the right Turnbull missed his tackle on Morrison, he raced on and found O’Brien who beat Reece-Cook from close range. City’s heads didn’t go down as City kept playing well, Mowbray, never the one for negative subs sent on two forwards as Jones and Agyei replaced Lameiras and Reid. Meanwhile entertainment was being had in the stands, as normal plenty of banter between away and home fans normally responded with much of the same from the home fans until one fans took great exception to the away fans and when the fans saw this it got worse with the fans coining over to the away fans, we were in the upper tier, it ended with the fans getting on the pitch and was grabbed by the authorities and maybe seeing his last game at The Den for a while, all very funny to us. Jodi was making an impact as twice he threaten to break clear and twice he was pulled back earning yellow cards for the good referee. The second pull earned a free kick, Jones took it himself and Archer, in the goal tipped it over the bar. City ended on the front foot but could force a winner, no wins in the opening seven league games but a lot more positive.

Got home at 8.30 not too bad going

Man of the Match
1st Gael Bigirimana: Controlled midfield
2nd Kyel Reid: Looked dangerous
3rd Jamie Sterry: Confident at full back

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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2016/17   Sun Sep 11, 2016 2:33 am

Fleetwood Vs Coventry City

Back on the coach for this one on a wet Saturday and made up to the coastal town in plenty of time. The transfer deadline had come and gone no players out but only two in as City looks set to stick with the youngest team in the football leagues. City had won the only two previous visits here without conceding a goal against a team that was in the North West Counties League ten years ago which is the 5th level on non-league football. The manager changed formation to a 5-3-2 as the line up was in goal Reece-Cook, with Page, Harries, Turnbull, Willis and making his debut Jamie Sterry at right back. In midfield we had Gadzhev, spelt with an “x” on the scoreboard, Bigirimana and McCann in midfield with Sordell and Agyei up front. No former City players anywhere in sight for Fleetwood.


It was raining heavily which seemed even too much for Fleetwood’s cod mascot who didn’t show much before kick off. City attacked the far end in the first half. It was the home side high up in the table that started the better as Turnbull block an effort on goal before the son of Andy Cole got past Sterry too easily got through but couldn’t enough power on the shot to test Cookie in goal. The Sky Blues then started to get hold of the ball more with Bigirimana orchestrated the midfield. City then had the first chance as McCann put a shot wide from distance. After 17 minutes we had drama as Fleetwood counter-attacked from a corner leaving City exposed Charles-Cook decided to race out to help out when he should have stayed on his line but he did get the ball flattening Harries in the process but the ball fell to Ball and put in a lobe that went over the keeper’s head and looked to be dropping into the net but then suddenly Sterry arrived on the scene to head it away from under the crossbar. This lifted the home side as they got forward more as a player got in the box Bigirimana threw himself at him, thankfully missing before the ball fell to Long whose shot was blocked by either Reece-Cook or Turnbull or maybe both. Cole then fired wide as he was giving Sterry a difficult debut. City soon were back having most of the ball as Page had plenty of room but his crossing was either not good enough or no forward was gambling to get on the end of one. Change then had to be made as McCann had picked up an injury and he was replaced by Tudgay. Gadzhev fired in a free kick saved by the keeper. The game was a pretty poor spectacle but City then had a chance as Sordell finally woke up with a run and played in Agyei but the ball stuck under his foot and he couldn’t get a shot away. ..


Second half City were attacking our end as Sterry sent in a curling shot that Neal in the home goal pushed away for a corner. Agyei was by far looking the best City forward as he made his way into the box but couldn’t test the keeper. Fleetwood were happy to sit back and counter attack as one swift move saw Cole blast a shot out of the ground. City continued the passing game when Bigirimana played Agyei through and the big forward tried to lift the ball passed the keeper but he stood up and slapped the shot away. Then Sordell lost the ball and City were countered with the quick move down our left the ball fell to Long who curled his shot past Reece-Cook for Fleetwood’s first ever home goal against City. TM decided to make a change but it wasn’t up front instead off went Gadzhev, who was poor and on came Stevenson. It then got worse as City were warming up a change again Sordell lost the ball and a swift counter saw Ball play in Woolford who drove home to make it 2-0. The new boy, Andre Wright was then introduced and I was surprise he looked quite tall but the away fans were unhappy that Agyei was taken off and not Sordell as the first time the fans turned on TM with “you don’t know what you are doing”. Wright didn’t look too bad as City tried to break down the home side Sterry knocked a couple of good crosses but it was plain to see why we have only scored two league goals this season, finally the referee, who was very good, blew for full time.

Man of the match
1st Gael Bigirimana: Best game since his first stint at the club.
2nd Chris Turnbull: Solid at the back
3rd Daniel Agyei: looked the only threat

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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2016/17   Sun Sep 11, 2016 2:33 am

Coventry City Vs Northampton Town


It was the day of a planned protest against Sisu as rumours were rife that they could take City out of Coventry again. Back to the game and talking of out of Coventry, we welcomed Northampton to the ground, the Cobblers unbeaten away in the league since Cambridge beat them on the 17th of October. For the first time we faced a team with no ex-City players in the starting line up but did have Aaron Phillips on the bench. Meanwhile City gave home debuts to three players and not two as the media reported as Turnbull, Agyei and at last Sordell started; the rest of the line up was in goal Reece-Cook, with the other defenders Dion Kelly-Evans, Harries, Willis and Page, in midfield were McCann and Gadzhev leaving Tudgay up front supporting the other two. Just before kick off the heavens opened and we had lightening I timed it at about 1.8 miles away but thankfully the storm moved away leaving us with plenty of rain.


City looking to bounce back from the hammering at Norwich started of well when Sordell got in a shot. Tudgay then had a chance from a Page cross but the forward could only poke the ball well over. City fans were chanting “Sisu out” as the rain continued. The away side won a free kick before a raid down the left saw Harries slide in to concede a corner. The game itself was quite entertaining as City attacked again and McCann miscued the ball but it fell to Sordell in acres of space his first time header went straight to Smith in the goal when he should have done better. City were knocking the ball around well as Agyei got in a cross before Tudgay blasted a shot towards goal that looked goal bound before a defender go tin a good block. A powerful run then from Agyei open the Cobblers’ defence up but his shot just curled wide as City were on top. City were defending well with Willis and Turnbull looking good. One person that wasn’t looking good was the referee would put in an inept performance throughout missing several fouls and booking players for far less he wasn’t helped by Northampton team’s constant moaning and pick up yellow cards for that. Both sides shot over the bar before Gadzhev got a free kick on target but without any bother for the keeper. City needed a goal to turn our edge into a lead but it was the visitors who struck first when Gadzhev lost the ball resulted in a sweeping attack and Beutyman was there to slide the cross in for our first home league goal conceded at home for 252 minutes. City hit back as Sordell had a shot blocked before Tudgay headed over.


Northampton came out a lot stronger in the second half and pushed City back as a header went close. City soon regained the upper hand and started to probe again. Ten minutes into the half City went close as a ball was played into Tudgay’s feet outside the box the forward spun and sent a volley in on goal that Smith did well to turn away for a corner. The first change soon came as Jones replaced Agyei. The first contribution for the sub was to win a corner, this was delivered but Sordell wasted. Thankfully the rain started to relent as City continued to press. Down the left Page whipped in another cross but a bit too strong, Jones however picked the ball up on the other wing and knocked it back in and before Tudgay could reach it we were celebrating the forward’s 10th goal for the club. All level now and City looking most likely to win as McCann and Jones had chances the later testing the keeper. TM then went for a bold move brining on a midfielder for a defender, off went Harries and on came, for, technically, his third debut was Bigirimana who had signed early on Friday. Jones then had a great chance breaking clear to face the keeper but he showed why he has a poor goal scoring record by failing to beat the keeper. Bigirimana then volley over. The Cobblers threw on Phillips was we requested him to give us a penalty. McCann then into the book after sliding in making contact with the ball but not with the player, seconds later Jones was hacked down in the corner but no booking. Both sides to give them credit went looking for the win as City nearly took the lead with an own goal but the ball wasn’t running kindly. City then escaped after a good save from Reece-Cook. McCourt header over with the goal at his mercy but that would have been rough justice on City. Jones had a couple of shots but the game ended level with a performance most were happy with.

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1st Chris McCann: Drove on from midfield
2nd Lewis Page: By far his best game.
3rd Marcus Tudgay: Maybe a run in the side

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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2016/17   Sun Sep 11, 2016 2:32 am

Norwich City Vs Coventry City

With only three of us and the notorious A14 to tackle at night we decided to go my coach for the League Cup Game. We set off in the air-conditioned coach in wonderful sunshine and after a good three hour trip arrived in Norwich with the sun beating down making it feel like a pre-season friendly. It was my first visit to Carrow Road for five years after a walk around the ground we heard the team news and to our surprise TM put out the strongest team possible but with half the team missing though injuries or suspensions he didn’t have much of a choice. The line up in goal was Reece-Cook, with Dion, Harries, Ricketts, Willis and Page in defence; in midfield we had McCann, Gadzhev, and Stevenson and up front were Reid and Agyei. Norwich made 11 changes to the starting line-up from the last game and included two ex City players in Maddison and Murphy. Despite the wholesale changes the Canaries put out a very strong side.

The recently relegated home side started the better attacking City from the off with Ricketts being alert to stop one attack early on giving the home side a free kick with which Maddison put over the bar. City did settle down and started to play some football but the home side looked the better. Five minutes later Norwich won another free kick when Page was pulled up for a foul, instead of going for goal Maddison rolled the ball sideways for a team mate to have a crack on target but straight to Reece-Cook. City were holding on as Norwich dominated as one of their players shot wide. Their fans were singing as well mainly about their hatred of their neighbours, Ipswich, (some 45 miles to the south). The home side kept up the pressure and won a corner; Maddison took it and picked out their captain, Martin, whose header was tipped over by Reece-Cook in the goal. At the other end Agyei did fire wide in a rare attack but when we did get forward Page refused to take on his man whilst Dion was trying his best to get beyond their defence. A good sliding tackle by Ricketts broke up another attack. Minutes later no such luck as Willis misread a ball and the dangerous Canos got it and advanced he played in Northern Ireland International, Lafferty in for a one-on-one with Reece-Cook and he scored. Gadzhev had a shot that was saved by the Welsh International keeper (I said they had a strong reserve side) Jones, but it was off a side. City started to get into the game a bit more as good work by Dion found Stevenson who forced a save before Gadzhev fire not too far wide. Ten minutes from the end of the half Canos got the ball on the left and cut in then he curled a great shot around Reece-Cook to make it two. A good goal and this got the noisy but annoying home fans singing again whilst I reminded them of the money gap between the clubs. City were now hanging on for half time as Reid lost the ball to Maddison he played in our 2nd highest scorer from last season, Murphy, whose shot was blocked for a corner before the half ended.


Second half saw a change on came Lameiras for Reid. City started quite well with Agyei forcing the keeper into a save. Maddison then had a shot save at the other end. Agyei then got the ball to Gadzhev who fired into the side netting. It wasn’t a bad game now as both teams used the ball well to get forward as Norwich came close with a header. At our end of the pitch Dion looked for a through-ball and was clearly pushed in the back the referee Mr Webb, who had a good game, agreed and gave City a penalty. It was quite surprising to see Lameiras step up for the spot kick but after a short delay the sub despatched the kick and suddenly we were back in the tie. One thing you mustn’t do in these circumstances is conceded quickly but that’s what happened as a Maddison corner was floated in and Martin knock it home and the stuffing out of the young City side. Lameiras had a good chance to make it 3-2 but scuffed his shot before Murphy was played in and he curled the ball past the keeper to wrap up the game. Norwich made a change but it was not popular one for me off went Jacob Murphy and was replace by his twin Josh and I complained bitterly that it would be good to see twins on the field minutes later it happened as Devon Kelly-Evans came on for his debut and for only the 5th time in our history we had brothers playing and for the first time twins. “See Norwich”, I shouted “We have a sense of occasion!” City then were unlucky as Agyei got his head on a good Dion cross only to hit the post and ball rebound off him and for a goal kick he was then withdrawn for Kyle Spence for his third game, all in different competitions. Norwich were well on top as Canos ghosted in to score again. The Norwich fans celebrated and taunted us whilst I replied “£150 million for failure!” as Norwich received somewhere around that for being relegated and Maddison alone cost several times more that our entire squad. I carried on entertaining the people near me rounded on Norwich, being a Premier League team allowing a Leicester to win the league. Dion and Devon combined well down the wings as City keep playing the ball and Spence again looked lively but it was Norwich who again scored this time Godfrey scoring with a powerful kick equalling our heaviest ever away cup defeat. Norwich fans where celebrating by taking their shoes off whilst I responded with “take your shoes off if you got six toes!” implying genetic deformities through inbreeding. The home side looked for seven as they hit the post. Thankfully there were no more goals and we could head back to the coach for the trek home.

A closer to the A14 meant we hit Cov before 2 a quick jog home and I got to bed at 2.30.

Man of the match
1st The fans: For turning up
2nd Dion Kelly-Evans: Got forward well
3rd Daniel Agyei: Our only big player.

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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2016/17   Sun Sep 11, 2016 2:32 am

Bradford City Vs Coventry City


The day started with set setting off to Kev’s house for the pick up when half way my car started to sound like a motorbike. At Kev’s had a quick check and I had blown my exhaust. Thankfully we had Adam with us today who had a car so he drove to the next pick up point in Leicester where Paul was waiting. A trouble free trip up the motorway to Bradford for my 9th visit and yet to see a win there in fact we haven’t won there since the 1960’s. Chatted to a few Bradford fans outside the ground and they already love Vincelot whilst they wished Reid had signed for them. They also confirmed the price of season tickets at Valley Parade was a mere £150 and if you wanted to add a child’s season ticket to that it would cost only an extra £5. Quite incredible no wonder they can always fill the ground, meanwhile we were charge £20 for the honour. In the ground we got the news that we wanted about our new forward playing the team was in goal, Reece-Cook, with Ricketts, Willis and making his debut Jordan Turnbull, the fullbacks were Page and Dion Kelly-Evans, with McCann, Gadzhev, Stevenson and up front was ex-Bantam Reid and making his debut the big and powerful looking Daniel Agyei. Today’s former City players were, apart from Vincelot playing at the back they had Colin Doyle in goal and Mark Marshall on the wing.


City attacked the far end in the first half in the rain. It was clear from the off Bradford more a passing side under McCall than under Parkinson then again it would have been difficult to go more direct. Then City started to play well first off Agyei show his power and speed by getting beyond the defence but could test the keeper before Reid broke free and was denied by the legs of the keeper. City kept up the pressure with some slick football as Stevenson won the ball and feed Agyei on the edge of the area, the big forward turned and got beyond the defence the keeper came out and was chipped to register City’s first goal of the season. At last a goal and the forward looked exactly what we needed. City now with the confidence flowing went looking for a second. Meanwhile Bradford were struggling to get going with the defence well on top. McCann had a blast wide before Marshall had a dangerous run before blasting well wide. At the other end the referee Mr Miller who ran the game well awarded a free kick which Gadzhev just put too high. Agyei had another good run and he looks a real handful. Bradford were slowly getting back into the game but the back three looked solid with Willis winning everything. McCann then had to be alert for a block as the Bantams ended the half on top before a Law shot was scrambled away. City ended the half in the lead and things were looking good.


Not long into the second half City had a great chance as Agyei played in Reid who had only the keeper to beat as he was about to shot McMahon slid it with a perfectly timed tackle, from behind to take the ball away. The Sky Blues were coming under increasing pressure as Page was staring to struggle to keep a hold of Marshall. The home side kept pressing and Vincelot had a header that just went over. Willis was again on hand to clear after a good cross as City started to hang on. City then spring a counter attack as a ball was played up to Reid a defender challenged him fairly to stop him breaking free the ball fell to Stevenson who had only had a defender in front of him Mr Miller blew a half so the players could receive treatment. Reece-Cook then had to make a save at the near post. TM decided to change things around and took off a clearly tiring Agyei after a great debut and throw on Marcus Tudgay for his 50th league game only the 70th City forward to reach this mark. City under pressure but looking strong then the wheels came off, Billy Clarke raced into the area passed Turnbull the defender got a hold of his shirt and brought him down, penalty and to make it worse he was the last man so no other choice from Mr Miller but to send him off, I think the first debutant to be sent off since David Thompson. McMahon took the kick and despite Reece-Cook going the right way it was well placed and level. TM decided to change things around to see if we could hang on for a point at least as Reid was withdrawn with great applause from the home fans and on came Harries, “the best laid plans of mice and men”, as Robert Burns says as Marshall got the ball on the right cut in and released a terrific shot from the edge of the area curling around Reece-Cook and Bradford led. It was now all Bradford as they went close again before Gadzhev clipped a player just inside the box, again a clear penalty and an unnecessary one. McMahon again took it Reece-Cook went the wrong way but it was tucked in the top corner, so he wouldn’t have saved it anyway. It was now a case of how many as George Thomas was thrown on for Ricketts. Marshall had another good run and got around the keeper for what looked like a certain goal but somehow the City defenders managed to clear it off the line then minutes later a quickly taken free kick saw a Bantam player free in the box he beat the keeper but this time it was Dion in too clear off the line. Thankfully the game ended as City slipped into the relegation zone but more showed promise as the team is still being built up.

Man of the Match
1st Daniel Agyei: Power, speed and can score.
2nd Jordan Willie: Player of the season so far
3rd Kyel Reid: Best game so far.

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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2016/17   Sun Sep 11, 2016 2:31 am

Coventry City Vs Bury Town

A good crowd of just fewer than 10,000 turned up to see if City could get off the scoring mark but the team news hardly inspired confidence. Reid and Jones apparently carrying knocks no news on Kwame Thomas and Sordell still out the front three were Tudgay, George Thomas and Lameiras, in midfield we had Gadzhev and making his debut Chris McCann, the back five were Rose, Ricketts, Harries, Willis and Rose but the new defender Jordan Turnbull wasn’t signed in time to be included. In goal was Reece-Cook playing his 40th league game. Today’s ex-City player, enforced in the F.A. rules you have to have one, was Jermaine Grandison who played 8 games for us some six years ago now. Last season City won this game 6-0 but only Ricketts and Reece-Cook started both, Rose and Lameiras came off the bench that day.

The game started quietly and basically remained that way (I could finish the match report there but I will plough on). Town were pushing forward early on but Harries was getting to everything at the back. With the game still trying to settle we had problems for Bury when Danns went down and tried again after treatment but had to be taken off. Lameiras then had City’s first shot fizzing well wide as both defences were well on top. City looked toothless up front, George Thomas who would maybe 7th or 8th choice forward after the transfer window, looked lost, Lameiras was too weak, Tudgay tried his best to win the headers but City were nowhere as strong as the visitors. A brief worry as Bury knocked in a free kick and Reece-Cook came out and totally missed it but it went out for a goal kick. With ten to go Bury’s Jones flew into Rose with studs up and injured the player, many fans were screaming for a red card but maybe a yellow would have been more appropriate but Mr England decided to just give a warning. I wonder what he thought minutes later when Rose had to limp off and be replaced by Dion Kelly-Evans. City’s tactic of knocking the ball down the wing for Rose to head was now over. Reece-Cook had us on the edge of our seats as he was closed down but City retained the ball. Up front it was awful but at the back it was solid with Willis and Ricketts joining Harries in clearing everything up. Etutu then blocked a free kick and was booked, so a studs up challenge that injures a player gets nothing an instinctive block gets a yellow card, strange rules football has. Tom Pope came close to getting on the end of a cross as we entered injury time where Pope fired at the keeper and McCann fired wide. The team was booed off.

Second half, at last a chance off went Lameiras who was missing again and on came Jones. City won a corner early on that Willis headed wide as the search for a league goal went on. Jones was improving things with a couple of darting runs but after one of them I could see he was clearly holding his groin and he looked like he had pulled something. Finally George went off and was replaced by Reid, City now looked a bit better. City won a corner and Gadzhev nearly picked out Harries but Bury counter attacked and fired over. Jones then got himself into a good position but instead of shooting, maybe his injury didn’t help, he picked out Kelly-Evans who hit the side netting. Reid worked himself into some good positions but his finishing was poor maybe a collective lack of confidence amongst the players. The game itself was still very poor as Harries now started to take the ball out into midfield to get things moving. Haynes put in a couple of good tackles as the clock ran down. Late on Bury had a couple of good chances one blocked by the keeper the other fired over before Tudgay volleyed one wide then Mr England blew for full time.

More booing but with two players promised by the manager before Bradford and maybe Sordell available things are maybe not too bad.

Man of the match
1st Cian Harries: A great talent
2nd Jordan Willis: Played well.
3rd Sam Ricketts: Used his experience well.

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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2016/17   Sun Sep 11, 2016 2:31 am

Coventry City Vs Shrewsbury Town

Toady obituary ex-City players were Jim O’Brien and Gary Deegan meanwhile Sordell failed a late fitness test but we did have a new defender. The line up was in goal Reece-Cook, with Rose, Ricketts, Willis, Harries and making his debut Lewis Page at the back. Gadzhev and Stevenson were in midfield leaving the front three of Reid, Lameiras and Jones. Inside the ground, using my season ticket I was ready for the first home league game of the season.

City looked bright early on with Ricketts going close from a corner. City were still using the ball well when Lameiras slide in Gadzhev who hit the side netting. City were passing the ball around well and testing the Shrews as Reid tried to escape down the wing earning a booking for the Shrews’ fullback. The resulting free kick taken by the Bulgarian found the Portuguese who couldn’t beat the Swiss in the goal. It was all City as Page did well to keep the ball in play and found Reid, the forward then back-heeled to the full back whose cross picked out Rose but the header was wide. Shrewsbury were sitting deep and already wasting time as City continued to probe. Reid then went close with a shot over the bar. The away side finally had an effort before the half ended without any goals.


Second half saw Town make two changes, they had the first chance of the half before Gadzhev curled a free kick wide. Ricketts was then booked as Mr Joyce the referee started to take centre stage. City then counter attacked well with Reid getting in a shot that the keeper turned around the post the resulting corner saw Rose go close. The first subs were then made of went Jones who was looking good and on came Tudgay. The referee meanwhile was still allowing the away side to waste time and seemed to give every decision their way. Stevenson was then booked as the ref was happy to show the yellow card. Rose fired wide before Harries was booked. Lameiras then was taken off and replaced by Kyle Spence who’s only appears was a couple of years ago in the J.P.T at Wycombe. Page was then booked and this time I had no complaints. At the other end Gadzhev showed strength in knocking over Deegan but the so-called Pitbull refused a hand shake from the midfielder. The Reid was withdrawn and Kwame Thomas came on for his home debut. Spence had a good run but then Thomas went down and was in a bad way, after a couple of minutes the distressed forward was stretchered off which is a massive blow for the club. City now had to play 15 minutes with ten men. Despite being lighter in numbers City still went forward but it was the away side that came closer hitting the post then in the dieing seconds a ball ran across the goal and it seemed a tap in for O’Brien but thankfully he couldn’t reach it and we got our first point of the season.

City look good apart from the scoring department with Thomas now injured a lot is riding on Sordell.

Man of the Match
1st Jordan Willis: Strong at the back
2nd Kyle Reid Looking good
3rd Cian Harries A great future.

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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2016/17   Sun Sep 11, 2016 2:30 am

Coventry City Vs Portsmouth


So with the fiasco that is Coventry City forcing me down the Ricoh early as possible for despite paying in May I still hadn’t received my season ticket, along with many others and since I ticketed the cup ticket section I also never received my Pompey ticket either. The ticket office was closed at Butts earlier in the day so turned up at the Ricoh at 6.15, thankfully the queue wasn’t too long and it took me 15 minutes to reach the tills. I tried to book my season ticket seat but that was not available on the fact it had been reserved for me, being a season ticket holder but I couldn’t buy it because it had to be set aside for myself, so no one else could take it not even I, who is the season ticket holder! I bought the ticket and had to pay a £1 surcharge making it more expensive than the Portsmouth fans were paying. Left the office and now the queue was stretching well beyond the door of the office despite only having a small attendance. Into the ground and I heard the team news and T.M didn’t tinker with the side as much as I though he would, in goal was Reece-Cook, with Rose, Ricketts, Willis, Harries and Haynes at the back, Gadzhev and making his debut Ben Stevenson, leaving Lameiras, Tudgay and George Thomas up front meanwhile today’s ex City player was Adam Barton captaining the League Two side with Baker and Doyle on the bench. By now the organisers had a brainwave and decided to open up two cash turnstiles as the queue was stretching to the roundabout, this prompted a mad rush but everyone tried to get in before kick off.

So City set out trying to win a League Cup tie for the first time since we beat Birmingham in 2012. City started fairly well with Willis having a header cleared before Haynes went on a run and fired in shot but no problem for the keeper. Pompey then got a shot in at the end where their fans where. Haynes had another go before Tudgay had a shot none of them on target as the game had a pre-season feel about it. The League Two side were finding their way into the game and after a second corner Bennett advanced into the box and Gadzhev missed his challenge and brought him down, the linesman gave it and it looked a pretty clear penalty. The City players protested claiming a dive as Vladimir was booked. Main took the spot kick as we waited to see if Reece-Cook was any better at penalties than last season the answer no, as again he dived the wrong way as Pompey took the lead. Haynes was taken out with a bad tackle and his assailant was very lucky to escape without a booking. The away side started to drop back and defend as City came forward. Rose was given plenty of space down the right and he picked out Tudgay who couldn’t get any direction or power on a header. City were looking comfortable on the ball but the Portsmouth defence were having no problems. One shift counter-attack saw the lower division side break clear but Willis showed great pace to get back and break up the attack, the Cov Kid was having a good game. Barton almost scored for his old club forcing the keeper to tip the ball over his own bar. City were being let down in several areas, Lameiras and Tudgay up front and Haynes at left back were poor. Portsmouth came close at the other end before Gadzhev again picked out Rose who crossed but Tudgay could get it on target. The away side were wasting time and they got away with taking what seemed like over thirty second for a throw in. In the last minute Rose had a chance, after the ball had broke to play in Ricketts, how had made a run into the area but instead passed to Thomas in an off side position. Half time a goal down most of us would have liked to see new signing Lewis Page come on for the second half for Haynes.

At half time the P.A announced that all season tickets have been despatched whilst I shouted back that I could have delivered them quicker on my bicycle.

Second half did see a change as Jones replaced Thomas. The change had an immediate impact as the player showed great skill in jinked past a couple of tackles and lifting the team and crowd. A couple of “Sisu out” chants rolled down from the stands. Rose again crossed well before Stevenson had a blast, the young midfielder was playing well, and passing the ball with great proficiently it was hard to believe it was his debut. Haynes then over hit another cross as City started to dominate. Jones then wriggled free and teed up Lameiras for a shot that hit the woodwork. City kept up the pressure as Lameiras had a cross cleared and Gadzhev clipped the ball back it the Portsmouth defence couldn’t clear and the ball dropped to Haynes who hit it first time to level the game up the club’s current longest serving player’s second goal. Reid came on for Tudgay and now City started to look very threatening. Portsmouth were pulled up, too the delight of the home supports for taking too long over a throw in. Suddenly all the passes where sticking City were knocking it around well and Haynes went from a poor player to one full of confidence as Reid was dragging defenders around. Reid fired in a cross as Jones just couldn’t get on the end of it. T.M made another change off went the immaculate Willis and on came Jack Finch for his first game since a home game again Milton Keynes a couple of seasons ago so it was the defender’s first game under Mowbray. Then with eight minutes left Jones found Lameiras who played in Gadzhev and the former Levski man got off the mark by rolling the ball past the keeper. I celebrated by showing people my Levski key ring and shouting “rakia”, a popular drink in Bulgaria. Portsmouth went forward minutes later and won a free kick some 25-30 yards out but Naismith hit it perfectly and scored with a brilliant free kick and we were level again. It was Portsmouth looking the most dangerous in the closing minutes but the referee blew for full time meaning we had another half an hour to watch.

Maybe not so much fun for the travelling fans from Hampshire as the first period of extra time got under way as we all dreaded a penalty shoot out. Now it was all City who were keeping the ball as Portsmouth looked knackered. After a 100 minutes Jones forced the keeper into a save. The big danger was a counter attack and this happened minutes later as Portsmouth raced down the right Bennett was free down the middle, he received a pass and only had Reece-Cook to beat the keeper raced out but the played was about to skip around him when Cookie reached around him and took the ball off his feet and the defence got back to clear the danger. The first period ended.

The period was seconds old when Haynes fired in a shot the keeper pushed it away but only to Rose who scrambled the ball home to give City the lead again. I insisted that the game should now be a Golden Goal as City showed great skill in keep ball. Poor old Portsmouth couldn’t get the ball as the Sky Blues were showing great professionalism. City could have added to the score line but Bass in the away goal was keeping his side in it including scrambling back to prevent a spectacular own goal. The Portsmouth fans were still giving good support with the Pompey Chimes and the dieing minutes saw Portsmouth finally get the ball and go forward but the defence stayed resolute to see out the game and for City to make the 2nd Round.

Man of the Match (a real tough choice)
1st Andy Rose looked great at right back and scored
2nd Vladimir Gadzhev: a natural replacement for Fleck
3rd Ben Stevenson: a great debut

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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2016/17   Sun Sep 11, 2016 2:29 am

Swindon Town Vs Coventry City


So the season was back and we kicked off against a team we have not beaten in the league since the 1960’s. It was a wonderful warm day, a day for doing the garden, being by the sea or watching cricket as they where when we finally pulled into the cricket ground in Swindon which is next door to the football ground. It had taken three hours to reach the Wiltshire town but the mood was kept high by the boxes of cakes I brought with me being my birthday recently for the three in the car. It hasn’t been a great summer for City with the expected number of players not signed and the academy threatened with closer because Sisu don’t want to maintain civil relationships with anyone. Season tickets still not posted and a club run on the standards that would embarrass a Sunday League team
In the old and frankly dangerous County Ground at last we could get a new season underway. The first game of the new season is normally trying to get used to all the new faces but it wasn’t hard today as we only had one debutant starting, the team was playing 5-2-3, in goal Reece-Cook, with Dion Kelly-Evans and Haynes as wing backs, Harris, Ricketts and playing his first game of the year after a long injury Willis. In midfield we had Gadzhev, Rose, with Jones, George Thomas and new boy Marvin Sordell up front.

City were in the new home kit that looks a lot better at a distances than it does close in. It was a good turn out for the City fans. City attacked the far end in the first half and early on Jones was brought down and won a free kick it was cleared but not very well and the ball came back to Sordell whose shot took a slight deflection and hit the post. Swindon had former City player Connor Thomas playing but in defence and amazingly as captain. City were looking quite good going forward with Sordell showing some good control. The Robins looked poor at the back and City were looking the better side. Swindon were looking poor at the back as Sordell found space again after a run and knocked the ball across the penalty area George Thomas threw himself at it but couldn’t make good contact. Swindon started to retain more of the ball but they couldn’t find a way through the defence. City were easily the better side as Sordell flicked the ball and Kelly-Evans forced the Robins’ keeper into a save. The home side kept the ball and continued to probe and finally had a shot on target. Sordell was first into the book and he was very harshly booked by a not very good referee. Jones was looking lively as well when he played a ball through for Thomas to run onto he only had the keeper to beat but made it easy for him with a poor shot. The first half ended as Mr Hendley the referee was booed after a poor first half.

The second half saw a surprise as Sordell didn’t re appear and was replaced by debutant Kyel Reid. City attacking the section of the away fans saw the first chance as Jones had a shot blocked by the keeper’s legs. Swindon started to improve and missed a golden chance when they blasted over. Harris made a great block back in the defence. City didn’t look as sharp without Sordell as Swindon were now looking the better side. Willis blocked a shot. At the other end Jones went down with cramp and was replaced by Lameiras. Not long after one Thomas was replaced by another as Kwame made his debut as it seemed City couldn’t afford more than one Thomas on the pitch at the same time. City had now lost their way up front as the midfield were disappointing. The Robins were winging around the area and a shot smacked against the crossbar before Reece-Cook made a save. Late on Swindon found room and Kasim unleashed a great shot to give the home side the lead and they probably deserved it.

Man of the Match:
1st Cian Harris: Only his second game but played well
2nd Sam Ricketts: Under ratted
3rd Marvin Sordell: Looks promising.

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PostSubject: Choccy's match reports...2016/17   Sun Sep 11, 2016 2:28 am

Here ya go Choccy...sorry a bit late...

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