The Association’s ‘Special Guest’ yesterday at the Sky Blues’ contest with table-topping (and unbeaten) Bristol City was one of our former player committee members, Dave Bennett. ‘Benno’ needs little introduction for his tremendous contribution to Sky Blue history, being part of the victorious 1987 F.A.Cup winning squad and scorer of a crucial equaliser at the Wembley final. Dave did all the usual duties expected of a special guest during the afternoon including touring and entertaining the various Ricoh lounges (in the humorous company (pictured right) of fellow CCFPA member and CCFC host Brian ‘Harry’ Roberts) before the game and meeting fans after the match ‘doing a turn’ in a lively Q&A on the stage of Lady G’s in the Ricoh’s G-Casino.
As is traditional our guest forms part of the matchday commentary team of BBC Coventry & Warwickshire during and immediately after the match (left). Like most fans Dave was mightily disappointed with the performance of the Sky Blues who succumbed, rather too easily, to a stronger, combatitive and seemingly much nore accomplished Bristol City side. Only a few Sky Blues players came out of the game beyond criticism and Dave acknowledged that the 3-1 defeat which leaves CCFC flirting with the relegation zone in League One requires swift ‘management’ by the Sky Blues gaffer Steve Pressley and his team to turn things around soon. Notwithstanding loss of key players to injury, Dave felt that the team needed better on-field communication, more desire and concentration over the full 90 plus minutes (cutting out costly defensive mistakes) and a greater frequency of the sort of attacking penetration exemplified by our sole goal scored by Shaun Miller after a lovely through ball from promising youngster James Maddison.
Benno’s typically forthright and trenchant comments reflected those of many of the fans contributing to the BBC C&W’s post match phone-in and were also mirrored in the post match interview with Steve Pressley. Let us hope the Sky Blues bounce back from the Bristol defeat with a much better performance in their away game with Oldham Athletic on Tuesday night and their home fixture with 2nd in the table Peterborough United next Saturday!
Thanks to Dave for his contribution as our ‘special guest’ on Saturday (and thanks to CCFPA’s Frank Pritchard for the photos). Look out on these pages for news of who will be doing the honours for us next week against the Posh.