PRESS­LEY POS­I­TIVE PLAY-OFFS CAN BE REACHED

COVEN­TRY ......1 BRENT­FORD....1 Coven­try ap­peal their ten-point de­duc­tion

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Dan Machin

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.”

PIC­TURES: Ac­tion Im­ages

RAL­LY­ING CRY: Harry For­rester equalises for Brent­ford

SPOT ON: Carl Baker com­fort­ably con­verts his first half penalty

HARRY FORRE

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