Coventry problems mount as fans revolt
BATTERED Coventry’s weekend from hell went from bad to worse as their late defeat at Crawley was marred by an ugly pitch invasion from a minority of their irate fans.
The Sky Blues face liquidation after failing to exit administration following a rent row over their tenancy at the Ricoh Arena and were docked ten points by the Football League on Friday.
And midway through the first half the fans’ anger at being forced out of their home finally boiled over as some spilled onto the pitch to remonstrate with chief executive Tim Fisher amid chants of ‘we want our city back.’
Manager Steven Pressley was quick to condemn those members of the away support but issued a rallying cry for fans to stick with his team and break a boycott of their temporary Sixfields home.
He said:“I don’t condone that type of behaviour but you have to understand their frustration. There is a great rapport between the players and fans and that will be pivotal for us.
“I’m not going to tell our supporters what to do. All I can do is work very hard with a group of young footballers and put on a style of football that will excite the fans and I hope they follow us.
“We’ve been through a great deal over the last few months and the point’s deduction was a hammer blow to us.We should take confidence from the way we came back from two down.”
Jamie Proctor gave the hosts the lead on 13 minutes with a fine strike into the top corner from 20 yards after Coventry’s young defence backed off the striker.
And the visitors were the architects of their own downfall again in the 21st minute when Joe Walsh was left unmarked at the far post to head home a Nicky Adams corner.
Coventry rallied in the second half and Callum Wilson pulled one back on the hour from close range before Franck Moussa fired in after a goalmouth scramble with ten minutes to go.
But Mike Jones latched on to a superb Nicky Adams through ball to slot home the winner with seven minutes to go, breaking Coventry hearts and leaving Reds manager Richie Barker delighted.
“It was a great game and a great advert for League One,” Barker said. “Sometimes when you’re on top your momentum can be ruined by half time and it was for us.
“Coventry were better by far in the second half and I’ve told the players we can’t have that.
“People said we had too many draws last season but if we can turn them into wins like we did today we will be better off.”