Coven­try prob­lems mount as fans re­volt

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Michael Perkin To comment on this match go to http://boards.footy­

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.”

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