RED-HOT REDA LIFTS SKY BLUES
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.
HEAD BOY: Reda Johnson scores for Coventry
NO1: Sam Foley celebrates his strike for Yeovil
STAR MAN REDA JOHNS