Pressley’s taking his lead from Wolves
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.”
STAR MAN NATHA