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Steven Pressley salutes Coventry City spirit

5 February 2014

Boss Steven Pressley praised the character of his developing Coventry City side after a backs-to-the-wall second-half effort in their 2-1 win at Bristol City.

With a strong wind and driving rain in their faces, the visitors defended for their lives and conceded only once to a deflected header from substitute Wes Burns eight minutes from time.

First-half goals from Franck Moussa and Andrew Webster had put the Sky Blues in command in atrocious conditions. It took a tremendous effort by groudstaff at half-time to clear surface water and ensure the game was completed.

A delighted Pressley said: "We played some great football in the first half and then showed tremendous character with our backs against the wall in the second half.

"Facing such a strong wind, we were penned in at times, but I made a couple of tactical adjustments to help us defensively and I couldn't be more proud of my players.

"They have come a long way in a short time and we are still developing as a side. This is a tremendous result for us because Bristol were coming off a good home win on Saturday.

"We suffered a setback at Leyton Orient in our last match but one thing this group of players have shown is that they can bounce back from poor results."

After seven minutes Moussa raced clear of the floundering Adam El-Abd to burst into the penalty area and held off a challenge to bury a low drive past Simon Moore.

Coventry doubled their lead after 25 minutes when Nathan Delfouneso flicked on a Carl Baker corner and Webster reacted quickest to stab the ball home from six yards.

Sam Baldock hit the inside of a post for the home side on 43 minutes after Coventry keeper Joe Murphy had misjudged a run out of his area and been rounded.

The hosts had second-half chances with the elements in their favour but Coventry worked hard to protect their lead against concerted late pressure.

Robins manager Steve Cotterill said: "We definitely deserved something from the game. But we conceded one goal from our own throw-in and the other from a corner.

"It doesn't matter how well you play if you make mistakes like that. But the players showed great spirit and could count themselves unfortunate not to get at least a point.

"Both teams deserve credit for putting on that sort of game in the circumstances. Conditions were truly awful.

"We gave ourselves a mountain to climb and there is a repetitious element about the goals we are conceding.

"But we will keep working and I don't want a blame mentality developing because we are all in this together."

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