Coventry collapse mystifies Mowbray
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