Coventry City had a tough pre-season off the field with the news surrounding their stadium.
The move to Birmingham’s St Andrew’s would have demoralised the club and the supporters, so a good start to the season was needed to boost morale.
A 1-0 win against Southend United, a lackluster 0-0 draw to Bolton Wanderers and a convincing 4-1 win at home to Exeter City has seen a relatively balanced start to the campaign
From it, there are plenty of points to take away…
Coventry’s summer recruitment has had early positive blemishes. Coventry’s new-look defence includes centre-back Kyle McFazdean, the versatile Michael Rose and full-back Fankaty Dabo. The trio have helped Coventry complete back-to-back clean sheets for the first time in almost five months – albeit one of those clean sheets came against a depleted Bolton side.
They have also given Coventry individual qualities that have improved the team in their defence. McFazdean and Rose possess leadership qualities, whilst Dabo gives the Sky Blues explosive pace and athleticism down the flank.
A reliable goalscorer is needed
However, if they are going to finish in the top six, they will need to rely upon a goalscorer to always dig them out from a tough spot. Manager Mark Robins criticised his team after failing to convert one of their 24 attempts at he Macron Stadium.
Matt Godden could be the player to step-up to the challenge. Even though Godden could not get off the mark after coming off the bench at Bolton, he did so in the Carabao Cup First Round against Exeter City.
Godden scored 18 goals in all competitions last year for Peterborough United. If he can translate a similar, or a better total, to St Andrew’s in the first-half of the season, Coventry will likely be able to position themselves into a healthy position near the top.
Positive home start
After a tormenting off-season, Sky Blue supporters would have felt more frustration once they took their seats at St Andrew’s, and not the Ricoh Arena, on the 3rd August. Despite the painful emotions, Coventry’s positive start at the stadium would have softened the blow.
Two wins from two games is what Robins would have hoped for entering this season. The more positivity Robins, his staff and his players can generate around St Andrews, the more likely fans will become uplifted about the change of stadium.