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Tony Mowbray remains grounded despite first win as Coventry City boss

16 March 2015

Tony Mowbray is keeping his feet firmly on the ground after his first victory as Coventry City boss - 3-2 against Chesterfield - kept the Sky Blues two points above the relegation zone.

A ninth-minute header from Marcus Tudgay put Mowbray on course for his first Coventry victory only for a deflected Jay O'Shea shot to creep inside goalkeeper Lee Burge's near post in the 42nd minute.

But the Sky Blues showed the character they will need to stay up when substitute Sanmi Odelusi turned in a low cross from Grant Ward in the 65th minute and Frank Nouble raced clear to make it 3-1 10 minutes later.

Gboly Ariyibi drove in a Gary Roberts pass in the 86th minute to set up a tense finish, but Coventry held on to give Mowbray hope that they can pull clear of the Sky Bet League 1’s bottom four.

"We know where we are and I'm not going to stand here and shout about how good we were," he said.

"At times, we still gave the ball away far too much and they put us under a bit of pressure, but the pleasing thing for me was a very young defence withstood most of it.

"If the players show the determination they did here, we should be ok, but we know there's still a long way to go and a lot of tough matches.

"But we are scoring a few goals now and that gives you a chance of winning games.

"We have played against a good side, they moved the ball better than we did and yet we looked potent on the change of possession and scored three, so it's good that we are causing a threat to teams. In our predicament, any victory is important."

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