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Proud Graham Kavanagh hails Carlisle United

19 February 2014

Carlisle United manager Graham Kavanagh praised his players after they came from a goal down to beat Coventry City 2-1 at Sixfields.

Franck Moussa's 14th of the season opened the scoring for the Sky Blues in the first half, but two second-half strikes from Liam Noble and substitute Sam Byrne secured all three points for the Cumbrians and their first away win since October.

The victory also lifts United six points away from the Sky Bet League 1 relegation zone, and boss Kavanagh was delighted with the character his team showed to come from behind.

"I am extremely proud and extremely pleased with the players," he said.

"On the whole, the performance, the energy and the work-rate was excellent and I'm really pleased.

"I have to pay big tribute to the players. I had a bit of a go at them at half-time because they respected Coventry too much.

"I asked them to step on 10 yards in the second half and we managed to get our full-backs on the ball and that was a real feature of our play.

"It was a very organised rigid defensive display and it was a really good all-round performance. Back-to-back victories now will give us confidence.

"You don't usually get a win coming away from home when you lose the first goal but we have here and that is down to the players."

Coventry had the better of the first half and after Moussa's strike they should have doubled their lead but debutant Chuba Akpom was denied by a marvellous save from Jordan Pickford.

Carlisle came out rejuvenated after the break and, after Noble's fine strike, substitute Byrne, on loan from Manchester United, secured the win after he latched on to John Fleck's poor header with 30 minutes to play.

Coventry manager Steven Pressley was disappointed with the two goals conceded but also praised the performances of new signings Akpom and Michael Petrasso.

Pressley said: "We played well in the first half and thoroughly deserved the lead at half-time and could've had a couple of others.

"In the second half I feel that we didn't win enough important tackles and I felt that we weren't as aggressive in our passing. It wasn't until we lost the second goal that we started passing more aggressively.

"It's a disappointing result. They were two poorly conceded goals because, on the whole, I didn't think they created too much. To lose a game where you don't give up many chances is obviously disappointing.

"I thought Chuba and Michael did great, they both applied themselves really well and I think they're going to be terrific acquisitions for the club. I was really pleased with their performances."


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