The dawning of a new December brought with it the dreadful despairing of a deciduous dip in our displays. The six-game unbeaten spell that befell us in the autumn was now well and truly confined to the remnants of football history, and we have left our positive vibes to freeze in the harsh wintry climes.
Often, as the sun sets on the first third of the footballing season, for many clubs the reality of their campaign starts to manifest, and rear it’s oft-ugly visage. Teams who struggled to start with may find their feet and dance to a rhythm, whereas those who hit the ground running may often trip over and start to lose pace to the other competitors. Only the truly great teams manage to continue their solid starts, whereas an inability to overturn a poor beginning marks the sign of a team far less befitting the league they find themselves in. So, where does that leave us?
Coventry City vs Luton Town – 15/12/2018
I think that, going into this game, the best way to describe the difference between these two promoted signs is that while we want to mean business, Luton just do the business. For a promoted side to just get on with things and continue to do so past the first two months of the season is not to be sniffed at. Of course, it helps that the Hatters have managed to keep the core of their team intact, further allowing them to employ the same philosophy that brought them here to begin with. On the flip side, we continue to encourage an possession-based, attacking philosophy, but the departure of Marc McNulty over the summer, and the loss of Max Biamou to injury for the season, has led to a dearth of goals that such an outlook would otherwise entail.