Coventry City endured a hugely disappointing night on Wednesday, as they were thrashed 5-0 by Luton Town at Kenilworth Road.
A double from Elijah Adebayo as well as goals from Luke Berry and Harry Cornick had Luton 4-0 up at half time, with Cornick’s second of the night adding further gloss to the scoreline for the hosts just before the hour mark.
That result has ended Coventry’s four game unbeaten run in emphatic style, and sees them drop to fourth in the Championship table after ten matches of the campaign.
Perhaps not surprisingly therefore, Sky Blues boss Mark Robins will have plenty to think about after this setback.
So with that in mind, we’ve taken a look at three things we learned about Coventry from that defeat to the Hatters.
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Back down to Earth
Up until now, this has been an excellent start to the Championship season for Coventry, in their second year back at this level.
The Sky Blues had gone into the game with 19 points and just two defeats from their nine league games so far, seemingly setting them up for a push for the play-offs this season.
Their position in the table even after this defeat still gives them the chance to do that, but this is a wake up call to Coventry of how quickly things can change at this level, and the pressure is now on them to bounce back quickly against third-place Fulham on Saturday, ahead of the October international break.
Exposed down the left
One player who certainly endured a difficult night for Coventry on Wednesday, was on loan Chelsea man Jake Clarke-Salter.
Starting on the left-hand side of the Sky Blues’ back three, the 24-year-old was left badly exposed to Luton’s attacks down that flank, conceding the penalty from which Adebayo scored the opener down that side, before two more goals in the first half came from attacks in that area of the pitch.
With that weakness having been ruthlessly exposed by Luton on Wednesday, you wonder whether Robins could now be inclined to change his defensive setup moving forward.
Concerns going forward
While much of the talk will be about the goals shipped by Coventry on Wednesday, there attacking play was seemingly below par as well at Kenilworth Road.
The Sky Blues have often been a threat in front of goal this season, but despite enjoying the majority of possession on Wednesday, they could must just six shots – the first time they have failed to reach double figures for efforts in the league this season – across the whole 90 minutes.
With only one of those efforts on target as well, this was certainly an evening to forget all round for Coventry, who will need to get this out of their system quickly if they are to maintain their strong start to the campaign.