It would be easy to offer excuses. This was a makeshift side put together from a squad ravaged by injuries, down to the bare bones and playing away from home in difficult playing conditions with 8 changes from the previous week.
However, it would be wrong to do so.
When the squad was put together back in the summer, it was done so in the belief that everyone within in it was able to perform at this level – those who were newly recruited and those who remained from the previous season. Anyone coming into the side on a match day was at least of the same standard as the player they were replacing.
So it extremely demeaning of anyone to offer excuses. Any team Coventry puts out this season, with any combination of players, should be good enough to perform at this level. Yes, we have had a terrible of injuries, far worse than the coaches probably ever envisaged back in September, but that’s why we have such a large squad.
And rather than blame the new recruits (as was then) for not being up to the job, as was done pretty much done from the end of October, and publicly too, it’s clear that if blame is to be apportioned, then it is in truth the squad that isn’t competitive at this level…not individual players.
We’ve lost 10 out of 19 games.
10 games lost already and still another 11 to go. That has to a problem with the whole squad.
Or with the coaches.
Clearly something has to give. A previous post was entitled ‘I’ve been down so goddam long it looks like up to me’ and was done so for a reason. The Richmond result was a fantastic effort, but it was only a draw. But a draw given the position we’re currently in seemed like a victory.
Talk about of successful second half of the season now seems a long time ago. Hull next week should be a banker, given that we’ve beaten every team below us in the league so far and Hull are in 11th place. Anything but the win would have to be seen as unacceptable, surely?
But then we face Fylde, Rosslyn Park and Esher…
And I think that’s where I leave, for the time being at least.
I’m on holiday for a while. A bit of summer sun. The benefit of retirement and a chance to take your holidays when the children are still at school. And where am I going?
Irony of ironies…
An island in the Caribbean. The one where ‘Death In Paradise’ is filmed – you know, BBC series, the original series of which involved a British detective being sent to the Sainte-Marie, originally on a temporary basis, to do a job at the ramshackle police station before returning back to the real world. His reward obviously was to stay on a beautifully sun-drenched island, something that turned out to be his hell on earth.
Death in Paradise.
Coventry this season.
It all started off so well…a couple of wins in the first two games and it was beginning to a bit like paradise too…
…but how the dream has died since.
All my bags are packed
I’m ready to go
I’m standin’ here outside your door
I hate to wake you up to say goodbye
But the dawn is breakin’
It’s early morn
The taxi’s waitin’
He’s blowin’ his horn
Already I’m so lonesome
I could die
….I’m leavin’ on a jet plane
Don’t know when I’ll be back again
I’m Leaving On A Jet Plan – John Denver
On a final note, I ask readers to vote for their dream team.
…this how the poll was looking after the day’s voting. A few talking points there…but that’s for another day.
15 Gaston Mieres
14 Dom Lespierre
13 Callum MacBurnie
12 Rob Knox
11 Peter Weightman
10 Cliffie Hodgson
9 George Tresidder
1 Andy Brown
2 Devlin Hope
3 Adam Parkins
4 Tom Poole
5 Courtney Roberts
6 Tom Preece
7 George Oliver ©
8 Jacques le Roux
16 Joe Foreman
17 Matt Price
18 Sam Pailor
19 James Tincknell
20 Wayne Evans