Press­ley pre­dict­ing big things for City

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Liam Cole­man

AFTER a slow start to the sea­son Coven­try are fi­nally fig­ur­ing things out ac­cord­ing to boss Steven Press­ley, and he in­sists end­ing their 54-year hoodoo against Port Vale was the per­fect way to serve no­tice to the rest of League One.

April 1960 was the last time the Sky Blues beat the Valiants but a cap­tain’s per­for­mance from Reda John­son en­sured that drought fi­nally came to an end at Vale Park.

The skip­per scored just be­fore the hour mark after he rose high­est at the back post to head home Matthew Pen­ning­ton’s loop­ing cross and Gary Ma­dine sealed the deal with a stop­page-time tap-in.

The three points mean Coven­try climb above their op­po­nents in the ta­ble but Press­ley claims that de­spite los­ing just one of their last six league games, there is still more to come.

“It’s not quite the per­fect per­for­mance but it’s a very good one – we’ve kept another clean sheet and that’s some­thing that pleases me,” he said.

“I just felt that if our fi­nal pass and our fi­nal mo­ment were bet­ter, then we could have scored a num­ber of goals.

“If we add that fi­nal ball to our game we can be a re­ally good team.We’re not far away – if we keep that men­tal­ity, and that at­ti­tude, then we’re on our way.”

Coven­try dom­i­nated pos­ses­sion in the first pe­riod but were un­able to cre­ate any clear-cut chances and it was Port Vale who came clos­est on 28 min­utes.

Mark Mar­shall’s cor­ner was flicked on at the front post by the tow­er­ing Chris Robert­son, forc­ing Ryan All­sop into a save.

The hosts’ best chance fell to their best player on the day seven min­utes into the sec­ond half but Mar­shall had the ball smoth­ered at his feet by All­sop when through.

And John­son made the home side pay as he pow­ered home a header on 57 min­utes be­fore Ma­dine wrapped things up in time added on.

Vale were caught on the counter and keeper Chris Neal could only parry Jim O’Brien’s shot into the for­ward’s path.

Man­ager Rob Page be­moaned the Valiants’ cur­rent mis­for­tune with in­juries and sus­pen­sions but ad­mit­ted that was far from the only is­sue on dis­play.

“Ob­vi­ously when you have all your play­ers fit and el­i­gi­ble to play it helps your cause but we can’t sit and grum­ble and use that as an ex­cuse,” he said.

“It’s not the only rea­son for our de­feat, a lot of things have con­trib­uted to the loss – not de­fend­ing prop­erly at the back post was one.

“We’re dis­ap­pointed with the re­sult and dis­ap­pointed with the per­for­mance, but we will ad­dress it and aim to put things right as soon as pos­si­ble.”

STAR MAN MARK MARSH

ALL PortVale

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