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Steven Pressley hails determined Coventry City

27 March 2014

Coventry City manager Steven Pressley was delighted with the determination his side showed to grind out their 1-0 victory over Stevenage.

Dan Seaborne scored the only goal of the game and Callum Wilson missed a late penalty in a tense and tight affair which saw the Sky Blues move six points away from the relegation zone.

And Pressley also praised new signing Anton Robinson, hailing his impact in City's first win in five games.

"That will be good for the confidence of the group and it is important in moving us away from the relegation zone," he said.

"I am really pleased because that was not a typical Coventry City performance this season. It was a different type of performance.

"That clean sheet was really important at this stage of the season and there was real courage and determination not to lose a game of football.

"When you change the system and you win, you can say it is successful but it was up to me to come up with a solution to us conceding goals and I thought we looked more solid but I needed the players to do everything I asked of them.

"Anton Robinson came in and gave a wonderful performance and was everything I spoke about before the game. He will be a crucial signing for us at this stage of the season."

But Stevenage manager Graham Westley felt it was a "travesty" that his side came away from Sixfields without a point, and viewed it as a missed opportunity as a win would have taken Boro out of the bottom four.

"Steven said to me at the end 'your team were excellent' and I think we were," he said.

"We were the better side in terms of possession and chances. We've missed several good chances over the 90 and it was a disappointing result for us but we showed a lot of grit and a lot of courage.

"We kept pressing and kept pushing and I think at half-time they would've been glad to be at 0-0. The second half I thought was very much one-way traffic.

"It was a travesty really for the lads to come away with nothing, with the fight and the work rate they put in they certainly deserve a lot more than to go away from here empty-handed.

"We could have gone 19th with the three points but we've got some massive fixtures coming up where it will be them or us. But it shows how close we are considering we were nine points adrift."


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