Coventry City away. What was the score? Drew 1-1
We managed to break the code today and had uninterrupted radio commentary from the game. Admittedly beggars can't be choosers but BBC Radio Kent is sooo much better than BBC Radio London and at the end of the first half co-commentator Bradley Allen described our performance as the best of the season. Certainly the back 5 appeared very solid, it was just a shame that it couldn't last because it was a different story in the 2nd half as Bougherra and then fatally Powell buckled.
Some of our play first half sounded very good, we weathered a spell when Mifsud hit the woodwork but the turning point was when referee Neil Swarbrick ignored which everyone else, including the radio commentator thought was a blatant penalty. Varney clearly impeded as he looked set to put the result in all possibility in no doubt. Lloyd Sam again proved that we don't need the arrogance of Thomas and at the half we sat here quite contented, if not a little hungover.
The 2nd half was very different though and our comfortable play got swept up in some frenzied and heated spells. This suited the Sky Blues and it even got the home fans out of their Old Trafford stupor. Scrambles were aplenty, mostly down our end. This might have weighed on Pards mind when he brought on the stronger McLeod for Varney, when the more obvious choice to me was the cooler head of Toddy.
The clock was ticking away but the victory never seemed assured and sure enough as the game moved towards its conclusion Mifsud pounced on some deliberation by Chrissy Powell to bring them level.
The thought here then was that Cov would go for it but if anything it was us that looked the more likely to win the game with the BBC Radio Kent commentator winning the prize for broadcasting misrepresentation when he had my brother and I up in the air celebrating a Big Chris winner only then to tell us that the header went wide. By all accounts it was a poor miss although the confidence lacking McLeod was adjudged to be more wasteful by Addicks in the ground.
I would have taken a draw before the game but we need to learn how to be more potent away from home and certainly some players are far more effective at The Valley than they are on the road. We get another chance Tuesday and I would expect some team changes.Who was at the Ricoh Arena
: Addicks Championship Diary
; All Quiet
: Kent Online
; Daily Mail
; Gary Mabbutt's Knee
; Sunday Times
.What Pards' said
: "Even more so it is two points dropped when you see that chance go begging. Chris has had a good game but he has got to be disappointed with that because he should have won it for us by taking that chance."
A bottle of fizzy pop for
: Andy Reid. Pivotal to most of our attacking play.