Coventry City FC: Mid Season Report

At the time of writing, it is the eve of Coventry City’s away trip to Morecambe. The Sky Blues go into the game in sixth place in the Sky Bet League Two, after a dreadful season last year saw them relegated. However, this season has seen the Sky Blues’ form pick up, albeit in a lower league. Coventry have only lost once in their last nine games in all competitions, and look well placed for a promotion push at the first time of asking.

“Last season was horrendous”, explains Juggy Sandhu, head of Coventry City Leamington and Warwickshire Supporters Club. “We felt resigned to relegation early in the season, which took the enjoyment out of pretty much the entire second half.” Coventry went down with a whimper last season amidst the backdrop of many problems within the club behind the scenes. They were relegated second from bottom in League One, 11 points from safety. Despite this, supporters were always confident that they would bounce back. “We’re a big club, too big for League Two, although we deserved the relegation”, says Ian Davidson, Communications Officer for the Coventry City London Supporter’s Club. “We still have some very decent players, and the boys are showing what they can do at the moment. Yeah, we want to push on in the new year and seal automatic qualification, but coming down after a season like we had last year, things could certainly be worse.”

Fans have been impressed this season with Coventry’s form, with Jodi Jones and Duckens Nazon forming an exciting attacking partnership. The pair have 11 goals between them across all competitions so far this season, and are vital to Coventry’s hopes this season. This was showcased in it’s purest form in early November, when goals from Jones and Nazon saw Coventry come away from Lincoln City with a precious 2-1 win. “They’ve been fantastic this season, a real bright spot up front”, says Juggy. “Keane, Huckerby, Dublin, Quinn. I grew up watching great strikers playing in

Sky Blue, and these two are no different. I don’t know where we would be without them this season”, exclaims Juggy.

Coventry go into the new year primed for a promotion push, with a real sense of belief creeping back into the Ricoh Arena. There is a real hope that this side can bounce back and right the wrongs of last season, and although it is only the half-way point of the season so far, there are sure to be many great moments to look forward to. Not least of which the small matter of an FA Cup third round tie that will bring Stoke City to the Ricoh Arena. At the mid point in the season however, iCov sat down with Juggy and Ian for a chat about the season so far.

Have you been happy with the way that the season has gone for Coventry so far?

Juggy: “Very. We look set to go into the play offs at least and should be looking at pushing on and challenging for automatic promotion. We have played some good football and there have been some great results so far this season.”

Ian: “I’d say that after getting relegated it would have been very easy for us to just stay in crisis mode and sink deeper into this division, but we look well placed to bounce back up straight away, which would be very satisfying. We won’t win the league, but should be expected to go up.”

What has been your moment of the season?

Juggy: “The 3-0 win to send us into the third round of the FA Cup. It set up a tie with Stoke, another side in the local area, and to have a Premier League team come to the Ricoh will be a huge occasion for us.”

Ian: “Either of the 3-0 wins against Notts County and Luton. Probably Luton because it was an away game. It really showed what we can do – they’re the top two in the league at the moment – and showed why we should expect to go up this season.”

What has been your most disappointing moment of the season?

Juggy: “The three straight losses to Newport, Yeovil and Shrewsbury. Especially the two in the league (Newport and Yeovil). When you look at the table, and how far we are

off the automatic promotion, you can see how valuable six points against two teams that are below us in the table would have been.”

Ian: “Losing 1-0 at home to Forest Green Rovers. We shouldn’t be losing to a team so close to the bottom of the table.”

Would you like to see Coventry bring in anyone in the January transfer window?

Juggy: “Attackers. Anyone. We need more goals, as good as Jones and Nazon have been, we need more if we are going to challenge for automatic promotion.”

Ian: “Honestly, as long as we manage to keep Duckens (Nazon), I’m happy with what we have until the Summer. Keeping Nazon is crucial though.”

Who has been your player of the season so far?

Juggy: “Duckens Nazon. He could reach 25 this season in all competitions, and anyone who can do that in any league is a top player.”

Ian: “Duckens Nazon. He’s been so good that there’s been reports that Wolves want him back, and they’re flying at the moment. It’s crucial that we keep him until the end of the season at least because he could be the difference between us getting promoted and falling at the final hurdle.”

Vikash Patel

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