Press­ley’s tak­ing his lead from Wolves

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Jonathan Green To com­ment on this match go to http://boards.footy­mad.net/

STEVEN Press­ley is look­ing for Coven­try to fol­low in Wolves’ foot­steps af­ter the Sky Blues en­sured League One foot­ball next term by hold­ing the cham­pi­ons.

Dave Ed­wards fired Wolves into the lead with just six min­utes left as the cham­pi­ons looked to sur­pass the League One record of 101 points at Six­fields. But they must now win on the fi­nal day against Carlisle to do so as the Sky Blues went up the other end and equalised through Nathan Delfouneso’s header.

The point also had big ram­i­fi­ca­tions for Coven­try as it means they are safe from the drop with a game to spare, and boss Press­ley be­lieves the only way is up from here on out.

“I’m im­mensely proud of the team, my staff and all the play­ers be­cause we’ve en­dured a lot this year,” he said.

“It’s been a re­ally de­mand­ing sea­son for ev­ery­body. To get over the line con­sid­er­ing we had the ten-point de­duc­tion and all the other things we have to take into con­sid­er­a­tion, it’s been a won­der­ful ef­fort.

“Cel­e­brat­ing not be­ing rel­e­gated shouldn’t be a great deal at this club.

“I just hope that in the fu­ture we’re not cel­e­brat­ing avoid­ing the drop but we’re cel­e­brat­ing what Wolves have been cel­e­brat­ing. That has to be our aim for the foot­ball club.”

Wolves started brightly but it was the home side who had the game’s first real chance, Delfouneso fir­ing nar­rowly wide af­ter 11 min­utes.

Liam McAlin­den then headed straight at Joe Mur­phy from eight yards at the other end be­fore the Coven­try goal­keeper had to be alert to keep out Michael Ja­cobs’ 25-yard shot be­fore half-time.

Kenny Jack­ett in­tro­duced Bakary Sako on the hour mark and Wolves’ top-scorer caused the home side all sorts of prob­lems. And the sub­sti­tute was in­flu­en­tial in Wolves tak­ing the lead as he floated in a cross which was touched home by Ed­wards from six-yards for his ninth goal of the sea­son. But Wolves were de­nied their piece of his­tory mo­ments later Delfouneso headed home Mark Mar­shall’s free-kick – al­though Jack­ett in­sists they won’t give up.

“Reach­ing 100 points sets up the scale of what we’ve done this sea­son and it sets us up next week know­ing that a win at home breaks the record – that’s our fo­cus now,” Jack­ett said.

“We take our point and move on and now all of our fo­cus is to try and get that record and we want a re­ally good per­for­mance next week at home.

“There will be a great at­mos­phere and we will be well sup­ported and we re­ally want to send off our sea­son on a high.”

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