So far, so good for Sky Blues under Aidy Boothroyd

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Now that the international break has hit us, it would be a good time to review the Sky Blues' progress so far under Aidy Boothroyd. 

Looking at the league table and statistics, the Sky Blues are sat in 9th position: having played ten, won four, drew three, lost three, scored 14, conceded 13 with a total points’ tally of 15.  

Whilst Coventry are not storming the league, a clear sign of Aidy Boothroyd's management style can be seen; stability and consistency. 

Until a recent 0-0 draw with Hull City, Coventry was the only club left in the Championship to score in every game. The formations and style of play hardly changed; it’s usually 4-4-2 with wing play or a 4-3-3 variant with long balls up to Clive Platt in attack. 

This tactical consistency does make a huge difference to the players, from what we have seen from previous managements, as soon as results slip they start changing formations and line-ups every game and the whole situation gets progressively worse.  

But if Aidy Boothroyd can keep things tactically simple and consistent, then the players will be full of confidence for every match, knowing a clear game plan and what the other players are doing around them. 

Usually by this time of the season we have made a good start but then begin to fall behind over the winter period only to play catch up come Easter.  

If the form and consistency can continue as it is then by Easter we might actually be within touching distance of the play-offs and not hauling ourselves from the relegation places. 

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Clive Platt
Coventry City

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