Press­ley: ‘Penalty’ cost Cov the points

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By James Owens

STEVEN Press­ley felt his Coven­try City side were de­nied a clear penalty as they came from be­hind to sal­vage a point at home against Fleet­wood – but he re­fused to blame ref­eree Lee Collins.

The Sky Blues were forced onto the back foot by Gra­ham Alexan­der’s fast-start­ing Fleet­wood side, who went ahead in the 19th minute when An­drew Web­ster headed a Gareth Evans cross beyond his own goal­keeper.

The Cod Army con­tin­ued to en­joy the bet­ter of the first half, with An­toni Sarce­vic close to dou­bling the vis­i­tors’ lead with a lob on the half hour.

But Press­ley made changes at half-time, bring­ing promis­ing 18-year-old James Mad­di­son on in place of Josh McQuoid as the hosts set about get­ting level.

Left-back Ryan Haynes drib­bled past his man and into the box seconds after the restart be­fore go­ing to ground, only to be cau­tioned by ref­eree Collins for sim­u­la­tion.

Fleet­wood looked set to weather the storm, but were de­nied their fourth away win of the League One sea­son ten min­utes from time when Gary Ma­dine headed Adam Bar­ton’s high ball across goal for sub­sti­tute Simeon Jack­son to scram­ble home.

“With­out doubt we should have had a penalty,” Press­ley said of the in­ci­dent which saw Haynes booked.“I’ve seen it again, and it was a penalty kick.”

But the for­mer Scot­land in­ter­na­tional ac­knowl­edged that the Sky Blues had paid the price for their poor start.

“In the open­ing 30 min­utes of the game, Fleet­wood had the bet­ter of it,” he ad­mit­ted.

“For the re­main­ing 60 min­utes I thought we were ex­cel­lent. It took a lot of per­se­ver­ance and a lot of ef­fort from the play­ers to get the point, but for most of the 90 min­utes I felt it was a game that we de­served to win.”

Press­ley’s for­mer Scot­land col­league Alexan­der felt that the draw was the cor­rect out­come.

“I think over the 90 min­utes a point was a fair re­sult,” the for­mer Coven­try mid­fielder re­flected.

“I thought we con­trolled the first half and Coven­try had the bet­ter of the sec­ond half.

“Look­ing back on the first half, we should have been two or three up at half-time.We played some ex­cep­tional foot­ball and cre­ated good op­por­tu­ni­ties.”

And Alexan­der in­sisted that his young side could have left the Mid­lands with all three points had they made their first-half dom­i­nance count.

“If we had just got another goal, it would have given us the ex­tra cush­ion and maybe given us a bit more com­po­sure,” he added.“But when it’s 10, you know they can come back.”

STAR MAN JAMES MADDI

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