A late winner from Cian Bolger condemned Coventry City to another defeat at the Ricoh Arena on Saturday afternoon. The three points sees Fleetwood Town tighten their grip in the play-off positions, but the Sky Blues fall further behind at the foot of the table. Russell Slade’s men are seven points adrift of safety and the winless run in SkyBet League One extends to 11 games.
I am starting to lose faith and I have never once said that before. We look destined for the drop and it is painful to see. Why do I justify travelling back from university to watch insipid, losing football every weekend? I love this club as do all of the supporters and that is why it hurts so much. With no disrespect to Fleetwood, they are a small club and they are showing what a little investment can do in this division – we are the polar opposite. Paying peanuts gets you players who are cast-offs from other teams and it is always an uphill task.
With regards to this game, it was arguably the worst 90 minutes of football I have ever seen. I feel like the visitors probably stooped to our level and the standard was abysmal. City hoofed the ball long at every opportunity and nothing stuck in the final third. Stuart Beavon worked hard in the half he featured in but he was feeding on scraps and George Thomas barely had a touch. We simply can’t persist with this direct style unless we get a natural target man in. This squad just simply isn’t good enough to mount a run of wins and that is a necessity if we are to clamber away from danger – we look doomed.
Our performance away at Chesterfield didn’t fill me with confidence and today has just pushed me further towards the end of my tether. If you can’t score goals you will find picking up points incredibly tricky anyway, but when you combine that with shipping shoddy goals you have no hope. Slade has been brought in to try and fix this mess and some of his signings look good on paper, but I feel sorry for him. Any manager who comes in here deserves respect as they are given very scarce resources to work with – it’s like trying to build a house without bricks.
To tell the truth, I am just lost for words at the moment as it seems to be the same story every week. I genuinely believe the attitude of the players doesn’t deserve to be questioned, they do try but it’s just not good enough. Not learning from mistakes is proving costly and to allow an opposition player a free header in the final minute is a schoolboy error. People are blaming Lee Burge’s poor kick for the goal as it led to the corner, but we still should have defended the delivery. We have now lost five points over the recent weeks due to last gasp lapses in concentration and that is worrying.
Whilst we still have a glimmer of hope due to there being 57 points left to play for, major reinforcements are needed before the transfer window slams shut. Farrend Rawson looked capable enough on his debut, but we need some firepower up the other end. We are far too easy to play against and unless we can change that very quickly, I fear that League Two football beckons. Will that force SISU to offload the club? Who knows – but I don’t particularly fancy the trip to Accrington regardless.
Despite City Chairman Tim Fisher insisting that this (OUR) club “is not dying”, I still envision us ceasing to exist in a matter of years, or maybe even months. All we can do now as a fan base is fight for Coventry City, but it’s how we go about that that is causing debate. We are in a horrible situation as fans, but I am just praying that our City’s football club can come out of this still breathing. I am fed up of seeing clubs being torn apart – it’s just a shame I have an unbreakable bond with one of the affected ones! Nobody deserves this level of torture.
Lee Burge – 6
Jordan Willis – 5
Farrend Rawson – 5
Nathan Clarke – 5
Jordan Turnbull – 4
Ryan Haynes – 4
Ben Stevenson – 5
Callum Reilly – 4
Andy Rose – 4
George Thomas – 5
Stuart Beavon – 5
Jodi Jones – 5
Ruben Lameiras – N/A
Coventry City: Burge, Willis (C), Rawson, Clarke, Turnbull, Haynes, Stevenson, Reilly, Rose (Lameiras 85), G. Thomas, Beavon (Jones 45).
Unused Substitutes: Charles-Cook, Di. Kelly-Evans, Harries, Gadzhev, Reid.
Fleetwood Town: Cairns, McLaughlin (C), Eastham, Bolger, Davies, Bell, Dempsey, Glendon (Schwabl 69), Grant, Ball (Burns 75), Hunter (Long 60).
Unused Substitutes: Neal, Nirennold, Maguire, Cole.
Attendance: 8,129 (121 away)