Bright Future Ahead

City 2 Macclesfield 0 – Carling Cup 1st Round – Tues 22nd August

For the 6,000+ City fans turning up to this game, the team news was what most City fans had hoped for, with Rob Kelly starting with 5 players who had come through our Academy and not one of them disappointed on the night. 

Most fans also got their first view of Gareth McAuley, as Kisnorbo was given a complete night off (although I spotted him chatting to fans in the car park after the game) and Henderson, Johansson, Fryatt, Hughes and Hammond were all given bench warming duties. As a contest the game was totally one sided and even a 2-0 score line didn’t reflect the complete control City had on the game.

The main threat to our goal nearly always came from casual defending and short headers or pack passes to Conrad Logan, which at least give him a chance to demonstrate his speed of his line and his own heading skills. Throughout the game Logan also showed some excellent kicking skills finding his man on most occasions….

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Coventry Match Report

Coventry 0 City 0 – Fri 18 August 2006

This was the first time I had seen City this season, having been caught out by it starting earlier than I expected, although I had seen most of the Luton game courtesy of a friend who taped it for me.  There were a couple of surprising starters (Hammond and Porter), although my neighbour told me the latter had done well in the Ipswich game.  Hume was again on the bench and I found it hard to believe that Hammond is more effective, even if he did score a few times in the pre-season friendlies. 

City started brightly and I was particularly impressed with Low, playing wide on the right; he was involved in a lot of the play and made some telling passes.  The defence looked reasonably solid and up to half-time City looked the more likely to score.  They faded away in the second half, though, and at times it looked as if Coventry would sneak a goal.  Had they not lost their best striker perhaps the result would have been different….

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