Congratulations to the Sky Blues for another impressive victory against Burton Albion today. The battling qualities shown by the side in gaining all 3 points against a very capable side was great to see.
The victory was all the more pleasurable bearing in mind the absence of Adam Armstrong ( amongst others) on international duty but to his credit Marcus Tudgay came in and did an excellent job, took his goal beautifully and contributed to a determined team effort and a thoroughly dererved win. Any doubts about the legitimacy of Roman Vincelot's deft winner were also put to bed by the Sky TV cameras who proved it was a perfectly good goal.
Thirteen points from the opening six games is a terrific return. To be 2nd in the table albeit at this early stage has given city supporters the sort of lift we've all been looking for. There is now a genuine excitement about Tony Mowbrays team and real hope that we are finally moving in the right direction. The two signings this week have provided much needed strengthening to the squad and we'd like to welcome and send our best wishes to Marc-Antoine Fortune and Lateef Elford-Alliyu. We hope there are at least a couple more to join them in the coming weeks.
There is much to be upbeat about so let's hope the good times continue at Scunthorpe next week and that we then see a bumper crowd at the Ricoh the following Saturday at home to Chesterfield.
Well done Sky Blues. Another happy day with Coventry City FC.
So 4 wins to start the season wasn't to be with the performance at Walsall failing to reach the standards achieved in the opening fixtures. However I don't think there's too many of us that wouldn't have settled for 9 points out of 12 when the fixture list was compiled. The exciting attacking football we've seen and the quantity and quality of goals scored have made this the best start to a season for a very long time.
Certainly better than anything we've seen since falling out of the Premier League.
Although ultimately a disappointing day at the Banks Stadium there remains plenty to be positive about. That's not to say we should be getting carried away. With over a week left until the transfer window closes now would seem to be a good time to strengthen the side and we have faith in Tony Mowbray to identify the additions he needs to build a squad capable of making a promotion push if not a marked improvement on what we've seen in recent seasons.
The premature departure of James Maddison ( we hope his injury is not too serious) demonstrated just how important he is to the side.His was a huge loss and the link up play he provides so well was sorely missed once he went off It was also clear that Walsall boss Dean Smith had done his homework and therefore managed to negate much of our remaining attacking flair.
I'm sure Mowbray had already identified for himself that the promising young team he's assembled will need further help as the season progresses but Saturdays defeat will no doubt serve as a timely reminder of what's required.
Hopefully the early season optimism will not be dampened by losing to a decent side in Walsall. The next match at the Ricoh looks very winnable so potentially a quick return to the top of the league could be on the cards.
It would be great to see the biggest crowd of the season against Southend United on August Bank Holiday Monday and the terrific atmosphere we've seen for the Wigan and Crewe games recreated to spur the lads onto victory. Ticket arrangements have been improved, the club deserving credit for their quick reaction to the unacceptable handling of distribution earlier in the week, so if you're prepared to visit the Ricoh ( and we totally understand the position of those who remain adverse to returning whilst our current owners remain in place) and have been wavering about whether to get up to the Ricoh there shouldn't be any obstacles to prevent you getting along to enjoy what should be another entertaining and hopefully successful evening.
Who knows...we may be able to sing that song again at the end of it !
So Coventry City are top of the league ! Ok there's only 3 games gone and there's a hell of a lot of football still to play but let's face it we've endured plenty of miserable times in the last few years so I think we can allow ourselves to enjoy these early heady days.
We at the Sky Blue Trust just like all other city fans couldn't be more delighted at what we've seen so far from Tony Mowbray's men. Not only have we won 3 potentially very difficult games but we've done it with a style and swagger that we haven't seen from a Sky Blues side for many a long day.
Who would have thought when the fixtures were published in June that we would not only beat comfortably but outplay 2 sides who were playing in a higher division last season. Who would have imagined that neither Wigan or Millwall would have been able to cope with our pace and attacking movement. Who would have dared hope that we could finally lay our Crewe Alexander bogey to go top of the table with the best start to the season for 23 years.
So far Tony Mowbray's signings have looked inspired. The quality touch of Lameiras, the organisation and leadership of Ricketts, the strength and power of Vincelot and the undoubted class that Armstrong brings to the party have given us a fantastically exciting start. Add to that the undoubted qualities of Fleck, Johnson, O'Brien and Maddison and it's easy to see why many city fans are beginning to believe again.
Nobody should get carried away. The good run won't continue forever and there will undoubtedly be difficult times ahead but for now we salute Tony Mowbray and every single player who has worn the Sky Blue shirt this season.
Thank you for making us smile again !