City beat Oldham: Bodak told ’em
CCFPA was pleased to welcome Peter Bodak as our special guest at last Saturday’s added time 2-1 home defeat of Oldham Athletic. Many of the Association’s guests are in demand by local media for their insights concerning Sky Blues’ games. Peter was no exception (as pictured by CCFPA committee man Frank Pritchard) assisting BBC CWR commentators Clive Eakin and Stuart Linnell in their matchday analysis.
Peter was impressed with the ‘shape’ of the team particularly in the first-half and commented at half-time that they just needed to be patient and continue in the same vein in the second-half. On the hour mark that patience paid off when Peter’s Man of the Match, Gary McSheffrey crossed from the left for Stephen Elliott to head the Sky Blues into a well deserved lead. Unfortunately, despite creating several excellent chances, they had failed to add that vital second goal (that would have almost certainly ‘killed-off’ the game) and very nearly paid a heavy price when Matt Smith ‘bundled’ the ball into the net for an 89th minute equaliser following a needlessly conceded corner.
When the Fourth Official lifted the board to show 4 minutes stoppage time it looked as though two more precious home points were slipping away but the Sky Blues new found resilience and never-say-die attitude produced what Peter described as the ‘goal of the game’ in the 94th minute, a stunning effort from James Bailey.
Peter stayed around to deliver his verdict and take part in a predictably ‘lively’ BBC phone-in before being entertainingly ‘grilled’ by CCFPA’s Billy Bell in ‘Lady G’s in the G-Casino and recalling that memorable ‘Goal of the Season’* he scored against Manchester City. So two positive home performances lift the Sky Blues to 7th place in Division One and the fringe of the ‘Play-Off’s’ for the first time this season. They now face a couple of testing away games at Preston North End and Sheffield United before entertaining Crewe Alexandra in the Regional Final first-leg of the JPT on February 5th when we hope to tempt a special guest from ‘North of the Border’ (keep checking this website for further news).
Birmingham born Peter is still a keen follower of the game in the region and is sad that so few Midlands teams are doing well this year. He is therefore particularly pleased at the Sky Blues resurgence under Mark Robbins. He is certainly looking forward to CCFC hurdling the final obstacle on the way to Wembley. Peter, along with many other Former Players are sure to be ‘Rockin at the Ricoh’ early next month in the opening leg of the regional JPT final.
*Associate Member Dean Nelson reminds us that Peter’s fantastic goal can be seen on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jfx8a45EfoU