Bury 2 Coventry City 1
by The Boy Holty
Remember John Sillett and Ron Atkinson, that league cup semi final against Nottingham Forest, winning the FA Cup in 87 and all that? Anyway those days are long past and these days Coventry City are slumming it with the likes of Bury in league one. On Saturday they brought their highly fancied promotion contenders to Gigg Lane but were beaten by the mighty Shakers who were on a run of three straight wins and full of confidence.
We won 2-1, thanks to some dodgy defending, a clinical Leon Clarke strike and a soft penalty decision. They got one back from some uncharacteristically poor Bury defending but Bury held on, however, that doesn't tell half the story.
It was clear from the off that Coventry are a very decent side and most of us would have taken a draw, but from a free kick down near the corner, Hussey slid the ball into Leon who was unmarked to slam the ball into the net for a Shakers goal. Maybe it was a clever new set-piece routine, or something done on the spur of the moment, but either way it was dreadful defending from a Coventry point of view and Tony Mowbray must have been fuming, and rightly so. It not like they didn't value the threat of Clarke. He's our top scorer and used to play for Coventry so they should have known to mark him in the box. Shortly after this Cameron hit the bar with a header as the Shakers began to enjoy themselves.
Early in the second half we were awarded a fairly dubious penalty. Clarke was tearing down the right wing, burst into the box and went down. I didn't think he was tripped, rather he just went to ground following what looked like a fair challenge. If there was a foul, then it ocurred outside the box. Anyway, he got up and despatched the penalty to make it 2-0 to the Shakers..
After that it was relativley comfortable for a while. Coventry huffed and puffed and Bury defended well until a corner was won by Coventry in the 70th minute. A Bury head was first to the ball and sent it straight up in the air. On its return to earth it was a Coventry head which knocked it past Lainton for a soft goal and then the game changed. At 2-1 Coventry piled on the pressure, and a piledriver rattled the crossbar as Bury held on bravely to make it four wins out of four and that left us fifth in the league with only one defeat from our first nine games.
In other news I took my step-son Noah for his first trip to Gigg Lane. He's four and said he'd like to go again, so that's his life ruined. However I'm sure you'll appreciate that you've got to get in early before they start harbouring notions of asking for red or blue shirts for Christmas because I'm not going to stand for any of that shit in my house. Sorry kid.