Coven­try col­lapse mys­ti­fies Mow­bray

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By John Brind­ley

TONY Mow­bray was left shak­ing his head in dis­be­lief at this ul­ti­mately com­pre­hen­sive and po­ten­tially dam­ag­ing Sky Blues col­lapse.

Any sign of blue in the heav­ens af­ter two suc­ces­sive wins on the road was swept away by an aw­ful sec­ond-half show­ing in which hun­gry Don­caster snaf­fled all three goals.

The re­sult leaves Coven­try one point from the trap­door to League Two, with their new manager Mow­bray not about to sugar-coat things in the West Mid­lands.

Mow­bray raged:“It’s mind­bog­gling that we can start the sec­ond half so badly.

“I felt a help­less­ness on the bench, just try­ing to un­der­stand. I’ve gone into the dress­ing room and asked ‘what was all that about?’

“When you give the ball away so close to your goal, you’re al­ways go­ing to be in trou­ble.

“We’d been work­ing for ten days on play­ing off the big front man Frank Nou­ble but we didn’t do it.

“We can’t af­ford to get car­ried away by a few re­sults be­cause we are in a predica­ment – we are not at the wrong end of the ta­ble for noth­ing.”

Yet it all started so promis­ingly for Mow­bray’s men as Donny’s cen­tral de­fend­ers parted like the Red Sea and Do­minic Sa­muel stroked Jim O’Brien’s straight­for­ward pass across Stephen By­wa­ter in just the fifth minute.

Chris Stokes and Nou­ble both came close to mak­ing it 2-0 but that was as good as it got for Coven­try.

Nathan Tyson missed a golden chance in the 29th minute be­fore swap­ping passes for man-of-the­match Richie Wel­lens to sweep in shortly af­ter the break.

The per­sis­tence of Curtis Main and hap­haz­ard de­fend­ing then de­stroyed Coven­try. Paul Dickov’s su­per subs Jon­son Clarke-Har­ris, at the sec­ond at­tempt, and Harry For­rester both scored from close range af­ter Main mugged sleepy Aaron Martin and Stokes in the fi­nal 20 min­utes.

A first win in five league games reignites Donny’s play­off hopes and de­lighted boss Dickov.

“Our de­fend­ers went AWOL af­ter just five min­utes and I got into the lads at half-time to re­mind them what a great chance they have got,” said Dickov.

“In the sec­ond half, every­body was out­stand­ing. We were led by Curtis Main and Richie Wel­lens has run the show on the ball with Dean Fur­man do­ing the nasty things.

“The two subs were dis­ap­pointed to be left out but have both made an im­pact.We took off Ab­dul Razak be­cause we were wor­ried he could be sent off but I was al­ready think­ing of mak­ing a change.”

STAR MAN RICHIE WELLE

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