Sunday 28 April 2019

Who could we face in the play offs?

Louis Mendez and one of his respondents on Twitter have worked out we could face any one of eight teams in the play offs. Admittedly, some outcomes would require some very strange results. The most likely semi-final opponents are Sunderland.

It's a remote possibility, but I just hope it isn't Coventry City. [As things worked out, they only managed a draw with Shrewsbury today and are out of the reckoning]. We lost twice to them this season, even though I didn't think they were that good in either match (I went home and away). But they were still singing about the three spires at Charlton Station as if they had won the cup.

I do have some sympathy with Sky Blues fans because of the way they have been treated by Sisu, among the worst of the rogue owners. But that's as far as it goes.

My non-league team Leamington have a song about why the fans don't support Coventry. We beat them 5-0 at the New Windmill Ground a few years ago in the Mayoral Cup and they have never shown their faces there since. They don't loan us Academy players like the Baggies, Blews and Saddlers.

Historically, Leamington used to be a strong area of Villa support with several coach loads of supporters going to home games. These days there seem to be as many supporters of Birmingham City or West Bromwich Albion. Sky Blues supporters are thin on the ground. My next door neighbour used to support them because his sons did, but he now goes to Wasps rugby games.

The play offs are a lottery. Either Sunderland or Portsmouth would be tough opponents, Barnsley perhaps more so. But we do have momentum, and we do have Lee Bowyer and Lyle Taylor. We are second in the form table, albeit behind Portsmouth, but well ahead of Sunderland.

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