Just came on to read the meltdown and thought I'd throw in my 2p as there is so little balance on here right now.
I thought we did fairly well and were unlucky not to take at least a point. Very few chances in the game but Coventry put away their best chance and Nolan squandered ours.
In no way should we be content with losing to Coventry at home, but they are top and we are crap. It takes time to turn it around and this was a small step in the right direction.
I didn't think anyone had a poor game, other than Garbutt. His performances tell the story of our season. Natural replacement for Leighton Baines? He has next to no interest in defending and has lost all confidence going forward. Right now he looks a poor player in the third tier.
We're finished, there is no way we'll make the playoffs and we might yet finish in the bottom half. Lambert clearly has to go and I think he will as soon as Evans can do it. Until then, the criticism is going to be deafening, but people going off about Judge for example seems pointless.
Yes Judge has had a rubbish season by his own standards and admission, but he gave everything yesterday and had a good game. You can say he was ineffective but the whole team is ineffective right now. He was everywhere, busting a gut for 90 minutes. Chambers is another one. Yes he's made mistakes this season, but he gives it everything every week and is clearly hurting. Wolfie aside, we have nobody better, so what are you going to do? I repeatedly see fans judging our league one players (because that's what they all now are) with championship eyes. It's pointless. We're not going to become a top 6 championship side overnight with the same personnel and the quicker we come to terms with that as a fanbase the better.
What we need is a manager who can coach these players to become more than the sum of their parts. Doubtless some of our more promising youngsters will be picked off this summer, but there is no reason why the right manager can't get us promoted with what's left next season. There is still a hell of a lot of quality in this squad for league one, with more youngsters coming through or returning from injury.
Until then, yes I'm thoroughly fed up with Lambert, yes Evans needs to know how pissed off we are, but give the players a break. I don't think the majority could give much more than they did yesterday and "you're not fit to wear the shirt" etc is only going to make it worse. Direct your bile at Evans and Lambert. Anybody saying the players aren't trying hard enough, don't care etc is talking rubbish in my eyes.
For those who didn't pick this up from Phil's Warnock story earlier:-
"Lambert's contract... break clauses were included in the deal, one of which states that the Blues boss would receive a greatly reduced settlement if he were to be fired at the end of the season with Town having failed to make the top six."