|Big Mo Konjic grinned from ear to ear as he made a
pledge in front of a crowded hospitality lounge at Highfield Road
when I asked him what he would do if he scored the winner in the
Play-Off Final at the end of the season.
had just scored the goal all Sky Blues fans had been waiting for. As
I have commented before in this column, his occasional forays
upfield with the ball at his feet are always accompanied by a huge
roar from the home supporters – and, no doubt, panic in the hearts
and minds of the opposing players!
Against Rotherham United, with five minutes to go, he found
himself in possession just inside the visitors’ half. After
momentarily looking up to see if he should play it long down the
middle or on to one of the wings, he realised that Rotherham, under
pressure from a City side that seemed able to do everything but
score, were backing off waiting for that long pass.
His head went down and the booster rockets in his head went into
supercharge as he suddenly burst forward keeping the ball close to
his feet. It is always a sight to behold when a big man dribbles
well, and no one could describe Mo as clumsy when he’s on the
He simultaneously weaved and charged his way through the
Rotherham side, even dropping his shoulder at one point and
appearing to step over the ball, DeLorge style. Inside the penalty
area he kept going, finally unleashing a drive that ‘keeper Mike
Pollitt could only turn on to the head of Lee Hughes. He, in turn,
headed against the bar before big Mo headed home the rebound.
If we had been, as promised, in a stadium with a sliding roof,
the crescendo that greeted this Konjic Special would have taken it
off, never to slide again.
Lee Hughes came off the sub’s bench to score City’s second
with the last kick of the game, giving new Chairman Mike McGinnity
his first win since taking over from Bryan Richardson. It also
visibly relieved the pressure of all concerned, on and off the
Quite what watching Crewe manager Dario Gradi made of it all, we
should no doubt find out at Gresty Road on Saturday.
But back to big Mo and my interview with him after he’d been
named Bass Sky Blues Man of the Match.
After he’d told us how important it was for the team to win and
how his team-mates had pulled his leg about his goal, I told him
that I could just see him scoring the winner in the Play-Off Final.
Through that huge smile, in his wonderful broken English, with
that lovely Bosnian accent, he replied:
“I think so. I like that very much. In fact, for that I do
Now – if we didn’t have an incentive to make it to the
play-off’s before, we certainly do now!
Altogether: “He comes from Bosnia….he is a big feller!”
(those are the words, aren’t they?).
[THE MATCH WAS PLAYED AT HIGHFIELD ROAD ON
WEDNESDAY 6 FEBRUARY - COVENTRY DEFEATED ROTHERAM UNITED 2 - 0]