Opposition Focus: Coventry City
We caught up with Cov City Podcast #PUSB (@NiiLampteyShow) ahead for Town’s first of two visits to Coventry (St Andrews) inside a week.
Town face Coventry on Sunday in the first of two visits to your temporary home, what are thoughts ahead of the FA Cup tie?
Thoughts for me are that I don’t really care about the cups this season. I think I will be in a minority here as most fans love a cup run. Personally I see it as a distraction from a league season where we have to capitalise on the unexpectedly and possibly undeserved good position which we currently find ourselves in!
Is the cup something Mark Robins is taking seriously this year?
I would be surprised. Our progress to the fifth round last season was more a reflection on the poor opposition we faced rather than a genuine desire for a run. No one will complain about a cup run but I expect you to put us out this weekend.
This year you’re playing your games at Birmingham’s St.Andrews, how are you finding your home from home?
In short, not as bad as when we were at Northampton. The fans are closer together and it’s not as far away, it’s much easier to access, it’s a much bigger stadium than sixfields and we’ve not lost there in the league.
That said, it’s not home and that’s really all that matters. It’s scandalous that this has been allowed to happen again.
Rather worryingly there has been no real talk of where we will be playing next year, let’s hope we can be back at The Ricoh!
You were amongst the early pacesetters but have tailed off a little of late, looking from an outside point of view are draws hurting you?
Yes absolutely. We have only lost two league games all season. We have had lots of injuries but then so have most teams.
Our big problem is a lack of creativity and cutting edge up front. We largely look defensively solid, except for, ironically, Kyle Mcfadzean who was brought in to shore up our defence.
We have a wealth of choice in central midfield but for all of Amadou Bakayoko’s hard work, he is not the ball playing midfielder we’ve been crying out for.
Our big signing was Matty Godden who will be injured for a while but even he isn’t a name that strikes fear into the hearts of league one defenses. I am quite sure that will in fact be the first time that an Ipswich fan will have read his name!
Which players have stood out for you so far this season?
Dominic Hyam has in three seasons gone from gangly young back up centre-back to rock solid first choice. He may move on sooner with the aim of playing at a higher level.
Liam Kelly is an absolute class act in holding midfield and Fankaty Dabo is fun to watch at right back. He averages 8 yellow cards per game, he cuts a svelte figure for a man who weighs two tonne and can run in two directions.
The fan favourite is Max Biamou. Biamou has been sorely missed while injured and suspended. Not a prolific striker but good at holing the ball and will always other himself for the team.
What are the expectations placed on Mark Robins this season?
Robins left us once, you would have to be brave to try and take him again. He has not been terribly successful anywhere else. For some reason he seems to suit us.
You can’t knock him, he’s our most successful manager in God knows how long. Just a very sensible, unfussy misery arse and I wouldn’t have him any other way.
In terms of the league, who do you see challenging for promotion come May?
Ipswich definitely. Got the sort of presence that Newcastle had first time they got relegated from the Premier League. Too big to fail. It’s hard not to like Wycombe and I feel it will be you two going up this season.
It is great to see a couple of teams living up to there usual statuses, Peterborough are perennial bottlers and Sunderland continue to be an absolute calamity, it seems as thought normal service is resumed!
Team news ahead of cup game?
There are several injuries throughout the squad which won’t leave us with many chances to change. So expect the team to look very similar to the league fixture with some half decent kids maybe thrown in.
Morgan Williams and Josh Eccles are names to watch. Both could play and both look very much like their future could be at a higher level thought it’s very early
2-0 Ipswich in both games, hope I’m wrong though!