Today’s report is by our friend Andrew ( @anicoll5 )
Arsene went with a strong starting line up as, I think, most predicted and at times last night his decision to go with experience and proven quality looked fully vindicated. He knows you know. Bravo the Sky blues one and all.
For anyone who had watched Poldi’s few minutes against Fulham then his performance in the opening 45 was exactly as expected. A player in perfect condition, mentally and physically sharp, and not a hair out of place. A well muscled greyhound in football boots. And how Lukas enjoyed those two well taken well worked goals. You know that this man is building the trajectory in his game that will come to fruition in July in the World Cup final.
Our other players, starters and subs, all performed to the standard I would expect. They are good players, they played well. We never really needed to get into ‘flat out’ mode. I thought Jack was a little quiet after his ankle knock but he saw out the full 90. Ox looked fully fit too. And welcome Gedion whose 17th birthday is tomorrow I hear.
One minor contrast struck me between Nick and Olivier. The former worked hard, got in good positions, earned the goal scoring chance, but just did not have the extra 1% to convert that overall effort into a goal. The latter, who does the same hard work, but who plays every week and whose confidence is higher than an elephant’s eye has one chance and, hey presto, one goal !
Keep plugging away Nick it will get better.
On a final game related point I thought the CCFC placard protest ‘Why ?’ and ‘When ?’ was very effective and I think we will see that again. Indeed I might recommend to Ivan that we equip the away supporters with ‘When ?’ placards the next time our North London neighbours come and St Totteringham’s Day approaches.
And the opening caption you ask ‘Why not ?’ Well partly as a mark of solidity with Coventry’s fans. However as we move into the serious bit of the season, trophy time, still positioned in the big three competitions, still playing well, still equipped with most if not all of our best players, let me share with you the stirring words of the late Robert Kennedy.
“There are those who look at things the way they are, and ask why… I dream of things that never were, and ask why not ?”
Have a good Saturday …………………..