RESULT DIDN’T MATTER, COV’S RETURN DID
ON occasions such as this, the match is an irrelevance.
This was about the banners saying ‘Welcome home lads’, the PA belting out The Boys are
Back in Town, the cheers that greeted pictures of Jimmy Hill on the big screen. This was the celebration of a club’s identity and its supporters’ enduring loyalty.
Yet the players only just held their part of the bargain. The atmosphere that buoyed them in the opening half-hour was equally stifling in the game’s final third, the weight of expectation clearly taking its toll.
As Coventry’s players fell deeper and deeper in a bid to protect their lead, so Gillingham pressed, playing on jangling nerves.
They didn’t get the equaliser they deserved, but both managers can be rightfully proud of the way their troops dealt with a unique occasion.
As Pressley said, this was a game that showed the potential of Coventry – if 27,000 people turn up every week, plenty of teams will crumble.
STAR MAN RYAN HAYNE