Press­ley prom­ises to turn Coven­try around

NOTTS CO ..........2 COVEN­TRY ........2

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Sam Con­way

COVEN­TRY boss Steven Press­ley has vowed to re­turn the club to their for­mer glory af­ter the Sky Blues ended a tur­bu­lent sea­son with a point at Meadow Lane.

Tyrell Waite headed in his first goal for Notts County 11 min­utes from the break be­fore John Fleck equalised five min­utes into the sec­ond half.

Notts were back in front just four min­utes later thanks to Krys­tian Pearce but Franck Moussa struck late on to earn Coven­try a draw, giv­ing Press­ley hope for the new cam­paign in the process.

“My job is to turn this football club around and get us mov­ing in the right di­rec­tion,” Press­ley said. “I’m hugely mo­ti­vated to do that.

“This club was a Pre­mier League club, then it was a Cham­pi­onship club and they never re­ally chal­lenged in the Cham­pi­onship.

“Now it finds it­self in League One.We have to work ex­cep­tion­ally hard over the sum­mer to turn this club around and get our- selves chal­leng­ing for pro­mo­tion next year.

“There have been huge chal­lenges for me. I knew what I was com­ing into. I came in hop­ing to gain pro­mo­tion, but once the ten points went that be­came im­pos­si­ble.

“We penned them in for long pe­ri­ods.We just lost our way for 15 min­utes.We were out­stand­ing in the sec­ond half. We’re un­for­tu­nate not to have won.

“We scored two but we had nu­mer­ous other op­por­tu­ni­ties. I’m very proud.”

Waite headed home a re­bound af­ter Alan Shee­han’s shot was par­ried by Chris Dunn be­fore Fleck’s rasp­ing shot drew the Sky Blues level soon af­ter the in­ter­val.

But al­most im­me­di­ately af­ter the restart Jeff Hughes’ header came back off the post leav­ing County’s Pearce to fire into an empty net.

How­ever Coven­try sub­sti­tute Moussa’s sweet strike found the bot­tom cor­ner in the 86th minute, leav­ing Notts boss Chris Ki­womya plan­ning an over­haul to his side next sea­son.

“I’m start­ing to re­build, I’ll change the face of the team and try and get a team that can play,” he said.

“I found out what I wanted about the play­ers that we have got in the team, so that helps me make de­ci­sions.

“I want 11 cap­tains on the pitch for next sea­son. Es­pe­cially like this match, some­body needs to en­cour­age the play­ers to see matches out.

“I didn’t en­joy the last part of the game, we were just try­ing to hang in there to­wards the end. I thought we were tired.”

ALAN JUDGE

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