After a steady start, Chris Coleman’s side have progressively weaved their way up the league table and are only a few games away from positioning themselves perfectly in the play-off position they have been cruelly chasing for the last ten years.
From his first day in charge, Coleman has spoken wisely about his sides Championship predicament. When he took over from the Iain Dowie regime the club were struggling yet it was Coleman who alerted the fans with his relegation worries, which were proved correct as the club stayed up on goal-difference.
Not until Saturdays 1-1 draw with Plymouth did Colemans start to mention the Sky Blues play-off credentials. He told the clubs official website, “Why not mention the play-offs? Let’s go for it and if we get there by winning all our games 1-0 I won’t care at all. We are on a good run at the moment but that is always in the past, it is all about the next game for us. We are under the radar, no-one fancies us and that is fine by me.”
The signing of young players such as Northern Ireland midfielder Sammy Clingan, England under-21 international Martin Cranie and Richard Wood combined with the proven quality of striker Jonathon Stead and young midfielder Aron Gunnarsson has finaly given the Sky Blues some much needed depth to a squad that has started to turn the Ricoh Arena back into a fortress.
In the past, particularly under the likes of Iain Dowie and at times Micky Adams, Coventry have played attractive football at home, but failed to build up any sort of momentum. In fact I struggle to remember a City side in recent years that has indeed won two games on the bounce! The football at times and rather ironically in recent weeks where results have gone City’s way has not been brilliant but as Chris Coleman rightly emphasised he would be more than happy to sacrifice pretty football for a host of 1-0 victories.
Indeed it does seem as though the dark days really are over for a team which has struggled to come to terms with its relegation from the top flight, but it’s the fans who deserve it most, not the players. it’s the people who have travelled the length and depth of the country to see a powerless performance away from home then wake up Sunday morning with an aching head not remembering how you left the stadium.
Seeing more than 3,000 City fans join on the band wagon and take a short trip to Peterborough immediately made me thin the worst. We have all seen it before, it had to end it tears, but it didn’t. The players responded and unlike any other CCFC side in the last ten years the fans for once were not let down. Saturdays draw to Plymouth may on paper look like two points dropped, but in theory it is a valuable point gained on the play-offs and a win over Cardiff City in mid-week could push the Sky Blues into promotion contenders.