Despite having recorded 10 points from a possible 18 in the Championship, Coventry have dropped down the table, a consequence of some of the teams around them putting together unforeseen turnarounds in form.
Nevertheless, Mark Robins can be pleased with the recent efforts of his squad, particularly after they rallied to claim a 3-2 victory at Reading on Saturday.
Although Robins will have issues with some of Coventry’s defending, he will be delighted with the rare occurrence of scoring more than twice in a game, the winner also coming from an unlikely source in Ian Maatsen.
Coventry sit five points adrift of sixth spot but with an extremely favourable fixture list up until the March international break, the Sky Blues can still make an impact in the promotion hunt.
Two players netted their first goals of the season at the Madejski Stadium, and Robins will hope that extra help for the likes of Viktor Gyokeres and Matt Godden is a sign of things to come.
From Cardiff’s perspective, Steve Morison will welcome the opportunity to go into games without any lingering pressure on his shoulders courtesy of a recent three-match winning streak.
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There was speculation regarding his future at the club, even though he has only been recently appointed as interim boss, but that nine-point haul has put breathing space between the Bluebirds and the bottom three.
Cardiff and Morison will still want to accumulate more points in the short term, particularly after Saturday’s defeat at Millwall, but a relegation battle now seems unlikely with the four teams behind them seemingly scrapping between themselves.
Morison recently demanded an improvement in the final third and Cardiff have now netted in five league games in succession, although they were reliant on a last-minute Joel Bagan goal to continue that run at The Den.