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Pressley hails relentless Coventry

16 September 2013

Coventry manager Steven Pressley hailed his side's 'relentless' display after their 2-1 victory over Gillingham lifted them out of the relegation zone.

The Sky Blues, who started the season on minus ten after administration, have already got more points on the board than at the same stage last season thanks to Pressley's side's high-energy, attacking football.

And Coventry looked on course for a comfortable win as Leon Clarke poked them in front after just 55 seconds from Cyrus Christie's cross.

But Gillingham came back strongly and deserved their equaliser when Cody McDonald latched onto a ball in the box and fired home.

With eight minutes left Franck Moussa was on hand to flick home Blair Adams's corner to delight his manager.

Pressley said: "With the exception of the opening ten minutes, I thought we coped with the challenge brilliantly.

"We had a couple of scares early on from set plays and Joe Murphy, who deserves a special mention because he had been struggling with a virus, made a couple of outstanding stops.

"After that, it was relentless pressure from us. They couldn't get out and we had good shape but we had to show patience.

"I said to the group at half time that we had to keep passing with patience and not get excited about the game.

"Overall, I am absolutely delighted with the result and this was an example that we are victim of our own performances because Gillingham came here and gave us respect and made life difficult.

"These types of games can take until the last few minutes to win but, in terms of chances created, we had so many in the match."

Gillingham manager Martin Allen said: "It's hard to take. The players put in a fantastic performance. We had a gameplan to frustrate them.

"I came here to watch Coventry play last Sunday and they were absolutely fantastic. There was no way that we could leave ourselves open - we couldn't do that.

"We did know the areas where they were weak and we exploited them and we had enough chances in the first half.

"They put their bodies on the line and to lose so close to the end from a corner, with the players we have in our squad is very disappointing.

"It was always going to be difficult but we knew they would be vulnerable on the counter attack. That was the way it had to be because we couldn't play and open, expansive game because they have great movement and highly technical players.

"If you'd sat with me last week and seen what that was like compared with this, you'd know we put in a good effort."

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