Today’s post is by arse_or_brain
Putting the ‘Friday’ into FA Cup
“I think he has done a remarkable job and the one thing about him is that he has been true to himself and true to his beliefs and the one thing that has been difficult for him is that I think other clubs have abused their spending powers and indulged in what could almost be considered financial doping at times.
“He has managed that club in a truly brilliant way and he has never compromised on the style of play and what he believes and I have the utmost respect for him for that.”
No this is not a quote from our own George but from Sky Blues manager Steven Pressley, so let’s sign him up for PA; I’m sure his post would be very interesting.
As we go into the next round of the cup let’s first look at our opponents. Well they are eleventh in the first division table, their leading scorer is Leon Clarke with eighteen goals in all competitions, they are sponsored by Puma and they got to this point in the FA cup by beating Barnsley, Hartlepool and AFC Wimbledon. Generally their away form is not bad with five wins and four draws from 12 games so far.
The last time we met them it was in the League Cup, in September 2012 and the score was 6-1 to the Gunners. Coventry’s captain suggested the score-line didn’t reflect the match and really his team were overawed and the same won’t happen this time. He also said of their fans:
“The world will see how passionate and vocal city fans are.”
Whether the Friday evening rescheduling of the match has any affect on this remains to be seen.
I’m sure most people are aware at the moment Coventry are being forced to play their home games in Northampton because of an argument between the owners of the club and the owners of the ground and there may be a protest on Friday at the Emirates. I hope all Gooners give that protest their support – at the end of the day we are all football fans.
As far as we are concerned the spectre of last year’s exits from the cup competitions hangs large. Normally you would assume picking a team for this fixture would be quite easy with squad players and talented members of the U21 squad making up the team; this formula has served us well over the years.
Last season we went the more Chelski route, playing primarily a full strength side and were duly dumped out of both domestic cups.
Being at home and with the standard the U21 players have set, I think we can go with our former policy and pick an exciting team easily able to cope with a pumped up Championship side and at the same time give some of our First Team a rest before our squashed February and March fixtures.
As far as team news is concerned, it looks like TV5, who you would expect to be a shoe-in for this game, will not make it, unfortunately and another player, SuperNic, who this game would prove ideal, looks like only having a small chance of making it. We may get another a chance to see Sanago and Benik Afobe who have both been out with long injuries with the latter who is right back on goal scoring form. Fab should be in goal with Jenks as Right Back and Poldolski and the Ox also definite starters.
And then I’m lost.
Which first teamers are in least need of a rest and which youngsters are to be trusted I really don’t know. Oh and then there’s Park who doesn’t really fall into any category. Of the youngsters I would assume Hayden, Olsson, Yenneris, Eisfield, Frimpong, Zelelam and the aforementioned Afobe stand the most chance with an outside chance for Jon Toral.
Whatever the team, where ever you are this Friday night enjoy the game, and of course, COYG.
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