When Coventry City secured a magnificent 1-0 victory at Ipswich Town last March it marked a sea change in confidence in the camp.
On went ‘Sweet Caroline’ – Neil Diamond’s anthemic feel-good tune – in the dressing room, prompting manager Mark Robins to capture the scenes on his mobile phone, knowing it was a significant moment in the season.
That was the point the Sky Blues really believed they could win the League One title, albeit just before the country was plunged into a lockdown.
City were unable to play out of the remainder of the campaign, of course, but did go up as deserved champions in the end.
Fast forward several months and it’s been a tough start to life in the Championship, City having played the top seven sides – including the three that were relegated from the Premier League – against a backdrop of a string of key injuries and absences due to suspensions and isolating due to Covid-19.
But Saturday’s result at top of the league Norwich City appears to have seen another significant turning point in for the Sky Blues, whose spirit appears to know no bounds.
“The lads were absolutely buzzing with the point,” said goalkeeper Ben Wilson, reflecting on the 1-1 draw, courtesy of a late Max Biamou equaliser at Carrow Road.
“Sweet Caroline came on straight away in the dressing room!
“But at the same time we feel we deserved so much more from the game. A clean sheet would have been nice.
“Maxy took his goal great and we had a few chances before that to score, but I am absolutely delighted for Max because he’s been in and out, had a few starts but came off the bench and scored one hell of a goal for us.”
He added: “We fully believe we can beat anyone in this league and today it showed because we played Norwich, who are top of the league, and played them off the park.”
Saturday’s point means City are unbeaten in three, having earned a point against Birmingham City and beaten Cardiiff ahead of this week’s trip to bottom of the league Derby County.