PRESSLEY POSITIVE PLAY-OFFS CAN BE REACHED
COVENTRY ......1 BRENTFORD....1 Coventry appeal their ten-point deduction
STEVEN Pressley admitted he hasn’t given up hope of Coventry making the play-offs after the club appealed against their ten-point deduction.
The Sky Blues submitted an appeal to the Football League on Thursday, with Sisu maintaining the division of the club that is in administration does not hold any assets or staff of its own.
If their appeal is successful, Coventry would move four points behind the play-off positions with three games left to play.
The gap could have been smaller were it not for an impressive fight back by promotion-chasing Brentford as they came from behind to salvage a draw.
Harry Forrester pounced a minute after the restart to cancel out Carl Baker’s first-half penalty, but afterwards Pressley was still aiming high.
“I’ll never give up hope, but you have to convince the players that it might happen,” he said. “There’s no denying it’s had an effect on the momentum of the group.
“The last two weeks have not been easy for the players.When you’ve worked as hard as they have and then you have ten points deducted, it’s difficult.
“We played against a Brentford side with the bit between their teeth but I thought the players worked extremely hard to get the result.
“We’re just disappointed to lose the goal so early in the second half, but I was satisfied with many aspects of the play.
“We’ve now gone four games unbeaten at home but there is a lot of hard work ahead of us.”
A lacklustre opening period sprang into life when Callum Wilson had a shot saved and a header cleared off the line within the space of ten seconds.
At the other end, Clayton Donaldson saw his delicate chip fall just the wrong side of the post. A foul by Harlee Dean on Richard Wood allowed Baker to put Coventry ahead from the penalty spot just before the break.
However, the visitors were level a minute after the restart. A cross from Donaldson on the right flank found its way to Forrester who converted emphatically from eight yards.
Brentford poured forward in search of a winner after the equaliser, although clear-cut chances remained a rare commodity. Donaldson had a glorious chance to win it in the last minute but he fired high and wide – a chance which Bees boss Uwe Rosler was left to rue.
“We had the better chances, the more clear chances,” he said.“We went forward over 90 minutes to win. I think we are hard done by we didn’t get three points.
“I thought we totally controlled the second half. The pitch made it difficult for us but you sometimes have to adjust your style of play.
“I asked the referee why he gave the penalty and he explained it to me. I think it was a soft penalty.
“There were a few occasions where I think we should have had a penalty with the handballs but it’s more important that we stopped the rot and we build confidence now going into the very decisive game with Crewe.”
RALLYING CRY: Harry Forrester equalises for Brentford
SPOT ON: Carl Baker comfortably converts his first half penalty