Coventry City striker Marcus Tudgay has urged Sky Blue supporters to stop booing the team and get behind the players following Tuesday night’s 1-1 draw to Scunthorpe United which saw large sections of the dwindling home crowd, the clubs lowest home league attendance in Coventry since 1962, turn against the clubs owners, players and manager Steven Pressley.
Tudgay, who scored a 93rd minute equaliser that spared City a 4th loss in 6 matches, told the Coventry Telegraph; “We need the fans behind us rather than booing… Sometimes when the fans boo you it’s not a nice feeling, but we’ve kept the ball. We haven’t lost it”
Many City fans saw Tudgay’s classy finish at the death on Tuesday as merely papering over the cracks of what was another poor display at home. Large sections of the crowd in the second half voiced their frustrations against owners Sisu who have recently launched a fresh legal challenge against Coventry Council’s sale of the Ricoh Arena to rugby franchise, Wasps. Fans bemoan the fact Sisu can afford to run up legal costs running into 6 figure sums and yet have shown unwillingness to invest into the playing side of the football club, whilst continuously affirming their desire to build their own stadium outside of the City.
On Tuesday however fans anger, frustration and growing despondency also became directed at the City squad and management after a series of under par performances which has resulted in City picking up just 4 wins in 23 attempts in the league since September, without a league home win since 25th October and finding themselves just one place and 4 points above the relegation places.
Coventry supporters audibly voiced their frustration at the clear lack of quality in the playing squad coupled with consternation over manager Steven Pressley’s tactics with chants of, “You don’t know what you’re doing” echoing around the sparsely populated Ricoh Arena. Following the game, supporters became even more exasperated after Pressley described what the majority of supporters saw as an unacceptably turgid performance as ‘excellent’ whilst stating he was ‘exceptionally proud’ of the players. Immediately, City supporters took to social media to express their dismay at Pressley’s verdict of the game with many questioning the Scots judgement…
— Michael Louth (@Louthdog) February 11, 2015
— David Johnson (@lamtara2006) February 10, 2015
The fact Pressley said it was an “excellent performance” baffles me… If that was excellent then what hope have we got!? #PUSB
— Matty ‘CCFC’ Roper (@M_Roper96) February 10, 2015
It appears that Coventry City supporters patience has been tested to the limit. Asset stripping owners, under performing players and management decisions that have been described as baffling have all contributed to increasing anger amongst large sections of the Sky Blues and an atmosphere that at times on Tuesday night became poisonous against many aspects of the club and the way it is being run both at boardroom and management level. The gloomy storm clouds have began to descend over the Ricoh Arena with fans demanding a change to the recent turmoil… And fast. For many Sky Blue fans it looks as if the only outcome to the current road the club is careering down is League 2 and a second relegation in just 4 seasons.