After reaching the giddy heights of the play-off places, which for the average pessimistic City fan is an achievement in itself, the Sky Blues have now gone on a run of 3 straight defeats and have slipped to 11th place. Not exactly what the doctor ordered.
So, is Aidy Boothroyd still doing a good job, or is the honeymoon period well and truly over? I would argue he is doing a good job.
Every team goes through a bad patch (at least one!) each season, and let us hope that this is our allocation now out of the way and we can now push on rather than going the way of recent seasons when our bid to escape from the Championship is over by Christmas and we begin to look over our shoulder at the looming threat of relegation.
After all, the league remains very tight and we sit just 3 points behind Derby in 4th.
The squad this season is in far better shape and has far better depth than at any time since we were relegated, and this should stand us in good stead for the forthcoming Christmas and winter period.
Coupled with the fact that Marlon King, love him or hate him, is of obvious Premier League quality and just needs a goal to kick-start his season. The future is potentially very bright for the Sky Blues.
However, two things need to happen for us to make a concerted push for promotion: the defence needs to cut out the silly mistakes which are costing us a goal a game at least on average; and the strikers need to start putting away the multitude of chances that are coming their way.
It is certainly not rocket science and if things click, we are more than a match for anyone in this league.
The key difference between this season and those of the recent past, for me, is Lee Carsley. His experience in the middle of the pitch is apparent in every game and it is definitely no coincidence that players like Aron Gunnarsson have rediscovered their form this season.
So what needs to happen now? We need the crowd to be the 12th man at every home game and get crowds regularly in excess of 20,000 once more at the Ricoh. The team is showing signs of doing the job on the pitch, the manager is bringing belief back to the club.
Come on, let’s all sing together and carry the Sky Blues back to the Premier League - it is the best chance we have had in years!
Disclaimer: The views in this article are that of the writer and may not replicate those of the Professional Footballers' Association.
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