As Gary said yesterday, the moaners are out in force after five straight wins. You know, the same wins that took us from the bottom of a 24-team league to the top. Has that ever been achieved before? I dunno, you tell me.
Everybody wants us to sweep sides asunder [particularly visiting ones] with the flair of a Zorro or a D’Artagnan all the time but that concept is so unrealistic as to be barely worthy of consideration.
It must be said that we got lucky with the offside/interfering with play decision involving Tyler Walker. I’ve seen these given before and I’ve also seen them completely ignored by match officials and the goal allowed to stand.
As a believer in karma I’m looking at it like a belated payback from referee Gavin Ward for Simon Hooper’s ineptness that denied Cameron Jerome a perfectly good goal against Crystal Palace all those years ago.
Tim Krul also had to make the smartest of saves from Viktor Gyokeres, but apart from that a rather underwhelming Coventry City offered precious little as was only confirmed by manager Mark Robins’ post-match statements – and there are quite a few of these available!
Many have spoken about the 25-minute “losing of the ways” from the start of the second half until the substitutions which have now become trademark Dean Smith institutions. But I think I’d rather concentrate on our goals, each of which was a thing of minor beauty.
For the first, Marcelino Nunez eventually shook off Gustavo Hamer*** to play in the recalled Teemu Pukki who adopted his familiar modus operandi as in one touch to control, two to set and three to bury the ball past helpless Sky Blues keeper Ben Wilson.
Second time around there was a lovely move between Pukki and the impressive Aaron Ramsey which saw the latter put it on a plate for August Player of the Month, Josh Sargent.
Sandwiched betwixt the second and third goals there occurred what was a minor but seemingly significant incident. Fankaty Dabo wholeheartedly took out and passed Sam Byram only to see Byram leap to his feet like a gazelle and give belated chase.
You cannot do that if you are anything other than fully fit. Fingers crossed for you Sam.
The third strike saw a raking Todd Cantwell through ball find Sargent who still had a bit to do. He turned across his marker to unselfishly deliver the perfect cross for the untracked and oncoming substitute Kieran Dowell to make it three.
You can moan all you like but three quality goals like that are enough to keep me happy until we visit Turf Moor on Friday evening.
As is a quick glance at the quality of those who were brought on from the bench: Dowell, Gaby Sara, Onel Hernandez, Danel Sinani and Jordan Hugill. And that’s before we get Isaac Hayden, Dimi Giannoulis, Sam McCallum and Jacob Sorensen back from injury.
MFW’s “man in the stands” Don Harold told me afterwards:
“I can’t imagine that fans of any team, anywhere, have had to put up with as much nonsense as Coventry supporters have over the years. The fact that they were loud and humorous throughout is a tribute to them.
“This was as much of a stroll as I’ve seen for a long time. Surprisingly, I was surprised to see Pukki start, but not to see him score. Goal machine Sargent scoring just before halftime secured the points and Dowell put the icing on the cake.
“Coventry offered plenty of effort but not much else other than a disallowed goal in the first half, and forcing a good save from Krul straight after halftime.
“There was a huge gulf in ability between the teams and I’m looking forward to the next three games in which the standard of opponent should be much higher than the last two.”
*** Gustavo, Teemu says that if you really want his shorts that much he will get them washed and post them to you c/o CCFC.
The club will hold an extraordinary general meeting a week today [September 12] to appoint Mark Attanasio as a Director, with further proposals meaning he could purchase newly created C-preference shares which can be converted to ordinary shares.
The purchase of these C-preference shares could mean a potential £10million injection into the club, while Attanasio is also set to purchase 15.9pc of the club from Michael Foulger, who has been on the board since 1996.
Speaking in the club’s Coventry programme, NCFC board member Zoe Ward said: “Mark Attanasio is leading a buy-out of Michael Foulger’s shares in the club and will soon be part of the Norwich City family.
“His appointment as a Director comes after a long process which gave the club and Mark the time to get to know each other.
“His experience and knowledge will be a big asset to the board in the coming years.”
Normally I would think back to the Turners or the appointment of one Jez Moxey and grimace, but not this time around. It sounds like Mark is here for the long haul and that looks to be a good thing to me.
I’m dedicating this to Gary’s matchday mate “Boot It” and some of the others in the River End – and elsewhere as well: