What a difference 2 months make! I have been unable to produce previews due to a problem with my laptop constantly being reformatted by Windows Update.
In my last preview vs. Rochdale I noted that we had finally managed to score a goal from open play and now we are on a run of 5 winning games to first time we have managed to do this since Gordon Strachan’s reign. Bakayoko, Chaplin, Clarke-Harris, Jordy Hiwula all getting into the scoring habit with team morale looking as good as it was during last season, the team that Mark Robins’ built is looking more and more like a team that has gelled together and playing for each other.
Last time out we played then 7th placed Doncaster Rovers and completely out-played them in the 1st half taking a 2 goal lead at the break with goals from Jordy Hiwula and a first ever professional goal for Derby Loanee Luke Thomas. But the 2nd half belonged to Doncaster who were very unlucky not to go home with a least a point and a last minute block on the line from Junior Brown meant the Sky Blues wrapped up the 3 points for the 5th successive game in a row leapfrogging Donny into 7th position.
Accrington are currently in 6th place and have taken this league by storm since they gained promotion last season.
Coventry finally got a goal from open play when Jonson Clarke-Harris headed into the net early in the second half at Priestfield Stadium to give City the lead at Gillingham. Unfortunately they were unable to hang on to their lead despite their dominance during the game when Elliot List equalised for the home team.
City have been boosted this week by finally getting their no. 1 summer target forward Conor Chaplin on loan from Portsmouth with the deal set to become permanent in the January transfer window. Chaplin has been given the number 10 shirt which was vacated by last season’s top scorer Marc McNulty.
Rochdale opened the season with a fine away win at newly relegated Burton Albion but have struggled for results since then other than a draw at Fleetwood. They were also knocked out of the Cup at Middlesborough’s Riverside stadium in midweek.
Coventry managed their first win of the season on Saturday courtesy of a 1st half penalty scored by Adamou Bakayoko but despite Plymouth being reduced to 10 men for most of the 2nd half City were unable to capitalise on their 1 man advantage and are yet to score a goal from open play so far this season. Luke Thomas signed on loan from Derby came on as a 2nd half substitute and impressed during the short spell he made.
There is better news on the injury front with long term absentee Jodi Jones being named in the starting line up for this afternoon’s U23 game at home to Burnley U23’s. Jodi has already completed 45 minutes in an in house game and came through unscathed.
Blackpool are still seeking their 1st league win this season having drew 0 – 0 away at Shrewsbury on Saturday.