RED-HOT REDA LIFTS SKY BLUES

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Chris Spit­tles

COVEN­TRY City con­firmed their sta­tus as League One pro­mo­tion con­tenders as they made it back-to-back wins since re­turn­ing to the Ri­coh Arena – much to the de­light of boss Steven Press­ley.

Play­ing an ex­cit­ing brand of high­tempo, flow­ing foot­ball, the Sky Blues proved to be too good for Yeovil Town as goals from Reda John­son and Simeon Jack­son clinched vic­tory.

City will no doubt be con­cerned that a crowd of 27,000 for their first game back at the Ri­coh had dropped to just over 11,000 for Yeovil’s visit.

But as long as they con­tinue to chalk up vic­to­ries back in their home city, the Sky Blues support is sure to grow.

Coven­try moved up into the play-off places thanks to the three points gained against the Glovers and cer­tainly have mo­men­tum after end­ing their year-long ex­ile in Northamp­ton.

Press­ley was de­lighted with their per­for­mance against Yeovil and said: “What pleased me most was the com­mit­ment to the cause, the en­ergy and the work-rate, through­out the team.

“The three lads in mid­field set a ter­rific ex­am­ple with their non-stop run­ning and they just don't let the op­po­si­tion set­tle.

“But it wasn't just them, you can look at all the other play­ers as well. Up front Frank Nou­ble has come in and re­ally bought in to what we are do­ing here in terms of the team ethic.

“He looks a threat up front but he doesn't mind do­ing his share of work de­fen­sively for the team as well.”

In con­trast, Yeovil man­ager Gary John­son pointed to in­di­vid­ual er­rors as the Glovers saw their four-match un­beaten run come to an end.

He was angry with his de­fend­ers after they al­lowed John­son to pow­er­fully head Coven­try in front from a cor­ner.

And he ad­mit­ted that goal­keeper Chris Weale ac­cepted re­spon­si­bil­ity for the Sky Blues' sec­ond goal after drop­ping Nou­ble's shot at Jack­son's feet.

John­son said: “I thought two mis­takes cost us. We've got to do a lot bet­ter for both of the goals we con­ceded.

“After go­ing be­hind we then worked hard to get back into the game and then another poor goal cost us the game.

“If you make two mis­takes like that then you are go­ing to have to score three to win the game and that's not go­ing to hap­pen.

“No­body means to make a mis­take but we have to as­sess how the goals are com­ing about and we might have to make changes.”

John­son headed the home side in front on seven min­utes when he out jumped the Yeovil de­fence to con­vert Jim O'Brien's cor­ner.

Yeovil lev­elled early in the sec­ond half when Sam Fo­ley latched on to a pass from Jack Price and shot beyond Ryan All­sop. But Coven­try claimed vic­tory when Weale spilled Nou­ble's shot straight into the path of Jack­son and he tapped in from close range.

PIC­TURES: Pin­na­cle

HEAD BOY: Reda John­son scores for Coven­try

NO1: Sam Fo­ley cel­e­brates his strike for Yeovil

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