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The sweet (but so short) taste of success... Fans' Zone.

Byline: Neil White

As my son and I leapt like salmon behind the goal at the KC Stadium, I was overwhelmed by a feeling of joy which took me back a fair few years.

Celebrating Cody McDonald's winner evoked memories of Dion Dublin scoring at Anfield when a vital victory seemed so unlikely and yet so vital in preserving our Premier League status in 1997.

In front of us at Hull, cheering like mad, was Gary Hoffman.

It gave me a sense that, despite the back cloud which has shrouded me all season, things might turn out all right in the end, after all, for the Sky Blues.

A mate of mine suggested that I had rekindled my love of the City. And, for a brief moment, he was right.

I called BBC CWR and proclaimed that I had probably been wrong about Andy Thorn all along and his would be an astonishing achievement if we survived.

On the journey home I was genuinely thinking we would stay up, Hoffman's consortium would buy the club and all would be well again.

And then, ironically, just as I was believing in a resurrection of sorts, came black Easter.

Both on and off the pitch the last few days have brought a startling reality check.

To be fair, I couldn't complain much about the Peterborough game. In isolation, it was very entertaining and, although we gave away a daft goal, there was much to admire.

But then came Bristol City: remarkable only for its awfulness. It was as if the team and manager had unlearned all of the habits of the past few weeks.

While the fans (Bristol's largest away following of the season) had pride and passion, the team lacked both.

And then, on top of that deflating defeat, came more revelations about Sisu's financial jiggery-pokery.

Was the late payment of rent on the ground prompted by lack of funds or was it inspired by brinkmanship? Certainly, the figure of pounds 100,000 sounds a huge amount and I was left wondering who would pay it if the city council and its co-owners turfed the Sky Blues out.

Comments surrounding the issue heightened my opinion that Sisu and the council are probably as bad as each other.

Either way, it all goes to prove what a sorry state Coventry City is in and makes fans fear for the future - be it in the Championship or, depressingly, in League One.
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Apr 12, 2012
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