Tuesday’s 3-0 defeat at Fleetwood ended Coventry City’s excellent unbeaten run in League One and ensured a miserable journey home, on a terrible evening weather-wise, for the Sky Blues faithful who made the journey to Lancashire.
Mark Robins made his feelings clear after the game, saying: “We know what we have and where we are in terms of players and player qualities, but second half was defensively not good enough today.
Clearly the manager’s focus is always on pushing forward and getting more out of his team and he will see no reason why a second successive promotion cannot be achieved.
But with 20 matches of the season gone, the Sky Blues in the top ten of the division and a free weekend coming up it is worth looking at how far City have come in the past two years.
In November 2016, on the back of non-existent recruitment in the summer transfer window, Tony Mowbray had departed and Mark Venus was presiding over a freefalling Sky Blues side that were already looking likely to drop into the basement division, December’s opening match being a 4-0 hammering at League Two side Cambridge United in the FA Cup.
More than that it seemed as though the very future of the club was on the line and it was possible to see a scenario whereby relegation to League Two would not be the end of the descent.
At that stage it would have taken a supreme optimist to predict Coventry being back in the same division and looking upwards.