Last season Henry was often left with two opposition players to mark out wide so he left the furthest unmarked. I guess it’s a calculated risk but it rarely happens to Dalsgaard.....we defended a free kick, with a Coventry player right on the end of the line unmarked he got the ball and shot wide when it looked easier to score. This was school boy defending and needs to be ironed out.
I felt the same about the defending. Poor marking on occasions. Not what we've become used to seeing.Long way to go yet, Ivan has settled in, as Leicester bee says very inept defending, we defended a free kick, with a Coventry player right on the end of the line unmarked he got the ball and shot wide when it looked easier to score. This was school boy defending and needs to be ironed out. Not firing on all cylinders as yet, but i think perhaps a better start than this time last year. We have also lost two very classy players, so i expect it will take time to adjust . Very impressed with vitaly and reckon he is a star in the making. I have faith in this club and see us getting there in the end, maybe not this season, i hope i am wrong.
Good report, and I completely agree that Coventry actually looked alright. I reckon they'll stay up.Brentford came out flying from the off, looked like they wanted to make amends for the Preston game. Coventry sat back with a 5 man defence and tried to catch us on the break but they couldn't get out of our half for the first 20/25 mins. We should really have been 2 or 3 up. Good chances for Pontus. Marcondes and Toney came and went and some last ditch defending and good goalkeeping kept us out. Jensen was on fire, picking out passes left right and centre and finding space for himself with ease, even coming out with a Said-like chip over a Cov players head..
Brentford were dominant without really putting them to the sword and after a bit of a pause for an injury to Henry, Coventry started to feel they could get something out of it. They pressed higher up the pitch and started to cause us a few problems. We held out fairly comfortably and went in at HT all square..
Second half needed a fast start and we got that, a lovely counter with found Marcondes, his ball to Mbuemo looked a tad short but the Cov defender slipped trying to reach it and Mbuemo's shot ended up being the perfect cross for Toney to tap in. Suspicions of offside but 1-0 bees..
Toney got his second after an absolute peach of a cross from Marcondes on the left, picked out Toney at the far post between two defenders and Ivan powered it in. At this point it was looking like a question of how many for the bees..
Unfortunately Toney went down under a heavy challenge and eventually had to come off. Forss replaced him but not long after Marcondes picked up an injury and he was replaced by Janelt for his debut. Again this seemed to give Coventry a little impetus and they started to put us under pressure again. We'd lost our shape a bit, Henry and Canos were looking tired and they started to play the ball around us quickly creating opportunities. Raya mad a great save at point blank range and we generally defended well but we'd lost our outlet in Toney and we couldn't keep hold of the ball. Ghoddos came on to give JDS a rest but the last 10 mins were pretty much all Coventry. However we looked kind of comfortable and a bit more like our old selves defensively and saw the game out..
Much better than last week with some real positives. Jensen was superb with his range of passing, JDS looked strong and Marcondes found lots of space in behind Toney and supported him ably which meant we were generally on top in midfield. Raya returning was a huge plus as was Henry. Canos and Mbuemo both worked v hard and had their moments but it's not quite coming off for them, pretty sure Fosu and Ghoddos will get some time this week. Toney going off is a worry, hope it's just a precaution as he looks like he's going to score a bucketful for us this season. Forss is v promising but the ball didn't really stick once Ivan had gone off.. Janelt looked like a real find, really comfortable on the ball and a sweet left foot. Looks a big fella too and not lacking in pace.. Could well be the cover for Norgaard we need but also potentially when he's back another strong option alongside. V promising..
We're still getting to grips with our new lineup but there were plenty of signs that we're heading in the right direction. Two tough games v Sheff W and Stoke this week will give us a bit more idea if we're back on track. I thought Coventry actually looked a decent side and I don't think they'll be the whipping boys some people think...
I agree, too. They were overawed and outplayed in the first 30 minutes but then got back to their passing game that Robins has had them playing for the last couple of seasons. For the final 30 minutes, I think there was a combination of us relaxing a bit and they changed to attack out wide and not try to go through the middle, which clearly wasn't working for them. They're well organised with a clear style of play but seem to be ineffective in front of goal, they won't be in the worst group of teams come the end of the season, start scoring and they'll be mid-table easily.Good report, and I completely agree that Coventry actually looked alright. I reckon they'll stay up.
The lack of a champagne thread is a sad indictment of locked down football. So many of the little things that can keep you amused - a crowd comment, an unseen bit of play - gets missed when you're not there.no champagne moment thread? i don't venture here often, but i suppose it's a sign of the times...
but i have a new toy... apologies... so i can use it t demonstrate my nomination, which surely would have drawn a cheer...