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Saturday, September 29, 2007

Don't Wait Up, Mrs Monica.....

Sorry, wrong Monica. But it has to be said that, bearing in mind the recent result at Sainburys, which was better than sex apparently, the Coventry manager will probably exchange a bit of weekend nooky with the missus in order to put one over the Addicks today, so to speak. It seems there's nothing better in Dowie's books than proving a point and although he's says he's forgotten everything about his very short tenure at the Valley, frankly, we don't believe him.
But after Coventry's unexpected win at Old Trafford on Wednesday there seems to be a few nerves around the Addicks this morning with very few people predicting a win in todays game and a draw against an jubilant Coventry seems to be the best result we can expect.
But Pards will not be taking too much notice of Wednesdays result against a youth side, or even of Monica's past record as a Head Coach at the Valley, he's after points and solving a problem away from home. We've suffered a bit on our travels especially against Stoke and Colchester and we needed a 5 man midfield against Palarse to keep them out. Will he be tempted to use a five man buffer again to stop Coventry?
As far as results are concerned, we arrive in Coventry with exactly the same record away from home as Dowie has in his own Ricoh stadium, a win, a draw and a defeat and more interesting than their win in Manchester was their last home game, a 0-3 defeat against Bristol City two weeks ago.
Pards will know that Coventry created a host of chances in that game and had 10 shots on target but failed to score and Bristol had their Brazilian goalkeeper Adriano Basso to thank for keeping their opponents at bay. All three midfielders Stephen Hughes, Michael Doyle and Jay Taff had good chances saved by the Brazilian. Coventry also earned themselves 5 yellow cards in the process which goes some way to explaining their style. After 7 games they have collected the most yellows 15, in the Division along with bottom club Sheffield Wednesday.
So it'll be a tough game and there's bound to be adjustments to the team that played Leicester to cope with Coventry's style. Pardew will have noticed that Coventry are very poor first half performers, especially at home, where they have failed to score in the first 45 in all three games and gone in to half-time tea losing on two occasions. And in the three games they have only scored a total of three goals. Not really what you would call promotion form and Pardew is probably alone in silently hoping to get something from the game.
Anyway, while our gaffer has already stated that he is looking to the first 10 games as a pointer to our progress, a helpful guide via the Fink Tank in this mornings posh murdoch gives a long term Fizzy Pop view with a nice little table showing their end-of-season predictions and there we are in 2nd place behind our apparent real challengers, West Brom.
Coventry, you will notice, are nowhere....

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