Coventry City failed to make it two wins in succession on Saturday as fellow strugglers Swindon Town ran out 3-1 victors at the Ricoh Arena. Returning striker Nicky Ajose scored one either side of a Jonathan Obika header and that proved enough to seal all three points for the visitors. George Thomas did pull one back for the Sky Blues in stoppage time, but Russell Slade’s men are now 11 points from safety with just 13 games of the 2016/17 campaign remaining.
After we regained a minuscule amount of hope following last weekend’s win over Gillingham, it was inevitable that we would fail to capitalise versus Swindon, a side who we never seem to beat. The manner in which we limped to defeat frustrated me, however, as we gifted Luke Williams’ men all three of their goals.
The Robins are fighting to stay in this division and they didn’t have to get out of second gear to condemn us to yet another loss. It was dubbed as a proverbial ‘six-pointer’ and we flattered to deceive, and with that, I’m afraid I have finally resigned to the fact we will be in the fourth tier next season.
Despite the fact Swindon picked up what was a routine victory on their travels, they didn’t seem too impressive. We simply couldn’t break down their back five as having very little firepower up front proved costly. Once they got their opener, it was game over.
Our build-up play was neat in phases but nobody took the responsibility of taking on the shot when the opportunity posed itself. Time after time, we attempted to walk the ball into the net and their defence mopped everything up all afternoon. It was a typical away performance from them and it paid off – hats off to them.
With regards to City’s showing, it was painful to sit through. We probably had more possession in dangerous areas but we didn’t do anything with that apart from carving out a few half-chances. George Thomas did manage to muster a late consolation amidst the jeers from the home support but it meant absolutely nothing. Kwame Thomas worked hard and won his fair share of aerial duels over the course of the 87 minutes in which he featured, making him the only bright spark.
Jordan Turnbull put in a couple of crucial challenges to deny Swindon more goals and it really could have been embarrassing. Last week we showed superb character to hold out for the win, today we looked deflated and defeated before a ball was kicked. Swindon were more streetwise to the way things were panning out and I have to question Slade again.
When he was appointed, I thought he would improve our organisation – how wrong was I? The amount of (simple) goals we have shipped since he joined is ridiculous. You can build on a solid defence, but we make it far too easy for opposition teams to beat us.
It is soul destroying to witness the capitulation of our club and I fail to see it getting better any time soon. Our squad is far too poor for this division, we have a manager who is very limited tactically and our off-field situation is precarious to say the least.
I’m getting bored writing the same things every week and we continue to slip into the abyss. All we have to look forward to is a trip to Wembley and we need to savour that – I don’t envision our time in League Two giving us much to shout about.
Lee Burge – 5
Dion Kelly-Evans – 5
Nathan Clarke – 4
Jordan Turnbull – 5
Ryan Haynes – 5
George Thomas – 5
Kevin Foley – 4
Andy Rose – 5
Callum Reilly – 4
Kwame Thomas – 6
Marcus Tudgay – 4
Stuart Beavon – 5
Yakubu – 4
Kyel Reid – N/A
Coventry City: Burge, Di. Kelly-Evans, Clarke (C), Turnbull, Haynes, G. Thomas, Foley, Rose (Beavon 45), Reilly, K. Thomas (Reid 87), Tudgay (Yakubu 70).
Unused Substitutes: Charles-Cook, Rawson, Jones, Vernam.
Swindon Town: Vigouroux, Thompson (C), Ormonde-Ottewill, Gladwin, Obika, Brophy (Goddard 77), Ajose, Colkett, Ince, Barry (Thomas 86), Jones (Conroy 74).
Unused Substitutes: Henry, Rodgers, Stewart, Norris.
Attendance: 9,543 (853 away)