Post Match Thoughts – Coventry
Did we think that promotion was in the bag after our 4 in a row? Do we think we are going into meltdown now we’ve lost 2 games? The obvious answer to both questions is no. However you wouldn’t think so based on some of the stuff I’ve read and heard in the last few weeks.
Anyway, here’s some hopefully considered thoughts on yesterdays gutting defeat to Cov.
- More than anything yesterday was a massive missed opportunity. You’re never going to play away in the championship and not have a few scrapes, but I thought we looked the better side and certainly had two or three gilt-edged chances to take the lead. If one of those had gone in, I think we’d have won at a canter.
- Although we always have moans about refs for general rubbishness , I can’t recall us getting such a bad, game changing call for quite a while. It wasn’t even close to a foul and Chris Foy should hang his head in shame when he watches it back.
- Jamie Ward again missed a couple of chances but you can’t knock his work rate and nuisance value. He created his big chance yesterday himself and goals will come for him soon. Conversely I think me and sspaceram contributed more, cheering the lads on from my front room, than Steve Davies did on the pitch. I’m not a hater of Davies and he can definitely shoot, but he’s literally bringing nothing to the table in open play.
- In the absence of Bails, we were painfully lacking anyone who could make a telling pass. Bryson & Hendrik had decent games but neither looked capable of picking holes in the Cov backline. Ben Davies hit a couple of cracking corners but he and Crofty were distinctly average and caused little or no problems. I think we have plenty of midfielders who can play “the Eustace role”, what we need is someone who can play the Charlie Adam role and make us tick.
So next it’s another team on their arse, Forest. This is a tough game regardless of league position and McClaren will be only too aware that he can turn his whole situation around by thumping the Rams. We can’t let that happen.
Any result for us, with Millwall & Barnsley back to back at home to follow, and we’re back in business. A defeat and we’re back to square one. It’s a massive game on every level and a perfect platform for Tyson to launch his Derby career or perhaps Steve Howard to re-introduce himself to the Rams faithful.
Hold tight everyone, it’s going to be a long week.