Sky Blue Connections all over the place……..
A Happy Steve Pressley
Sky Blue Elvis
CCFC gaffer Steven Pressley (and CCFPA member) together with assistant Neil Macfarlane and coach (and fellow CCFPA member Steve Ogrizovic) watched their Sky Blues finish victorious over Port Vale in the Potteries yesterday afternoon. The 2-0 win achieved by a forceful second half Reda Johnson header and an injury time strike from Gary Madine gave the Sky Blues an important three points, another clean sheet and their second successive away win. The game was of limited quality and Pressley’s team struggled to gain mastery in what was a pretty dour midfield stalemate until Reda broke the deadlock. Amongst the over 700 members of the Sky Blue Army present was Association committee man Mike Young and Associate Members Kev Monks, Chris Lambert and Jim McIlwaine
After the game ‘Elvis’ told BBC C&W Radio,
“It was a very professional away performance. I thought we gave up very few chances. It’s another clean sheet which is something that pleases me greatly, as clean sheets breed confidence. But I felt again that our final pass, our final moment – if it had been better today, we could have scored more goals. I’m really pleased with the result but there are still aspects of our play that we can improve on.”
Rob signing up for CCFPA
Sky Blue Rob
‘Elvis’ and his team took bragging rights off the team of another former Sky Blues central defender (and CCFPA member), the Valiant’s gaffer Robert Page. Rob had to watch his team’s first home league defeat since he took over the manager’s chair in September from yet another CCFPA member Micky Adams, himself a former Sky Blues defender (1983-87) and manager (in the mid noughties). Both Rob and Micky both joined the Association in 2013.
After the game Rob told the Stoke Sentinel: “I am very disappointed. I thought we started the brighter of the two teams and had a lot of possession.But we knew what they were going to do, they were going to frustrate us and get bodies behind the ball. In the second half they changed it slightly and I thought we could have used the ball a lot better than we did in the second half.I think at times some of our forward play wasn’t up to the standard we have set in the past and that is what makes it bitterly disappointing.”
Sky Blue Carl
Another disappointed man will be the millionaire Vale owner and chairman Norman Smurthwaite who is a ‘Coventry kid’ (and known as a Sky Blue fan – perhaps no longer after yesterday)! The Sky Blues leapfrogged Vale to take 14th place in League One and the win was achieved against a team with four former Sky Blues taking the field. Former Sky Blues loanee defender and current Vale captain Carl Dickinson (2013) and former wide-men Mark Marshall (2013-14) started for the Vale and Marshall was very lively and posed difficulties to the CCFC defence. Both attacking midfielder Chris Birchall (2006-09) and recent loanee striker Alex Nimely (2012) were brought on as subs for the Valiants without success. A normally influential member of the Vale squad Richard Duffy (a Sky Blue serial loanee between 2005-08) was also an unused sub on the Port Vale bench.
Sky Blue Alex
Sky Blue Mark
Sky Blue Richard
Sky Blue Chris
Paul in 1995
Not too long now before another battle between teams managed by former Sky Blues player and CCFPA members. On Sunday 28th December Steven Pressley‘s Sky Blues will have their last home fixture of 2014 at thr Ricoh against Chesterfield FC currently managed by former Sky Blue defender Paul Cook.