Mow­bray: Re­sult for Coven­try, not for me

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Stephen Thirkhill

TONY MOW­BRAY be­lieves Coven­try have what it takes to beat the drop af­ter he picked up his first win as City boss.

Sec­ond-half goals from Sanmi Odelusi and Frank Nou­ble sealed a vi­tal win to bol­ster the Sky Blues’ sur­vival hopes.

It was Mow­bray’s first win in four at­tempts since tak­ing over from Steven Press­ley – and only Coven­try’s sec­ond win in 11 games.

“Any win is im­por­tant when you are in the po­si­tion we are in, and it is about the club and not me get­ting my first win,” said Mow­bray.

“Ch­ester­field used the ball bet­ter than us, but we looked a real threat with our speed and power when pos­ses­sion turned over.

“They put us un­der pres­sure, but we with­stood it well.We need a stronger cen­tre to the team and that was on show to­day.

“We are start­ing to score goals now and, if we show this level of de­ter­mi­na­tion, then we will be OK at the end of the sea­son.”

Ch­ester­field boss Paul Cook was left to re­flect on two costly de­fen­sive er­rors as the Spire­ites slumped to their fifth de­feat in seven.

“We were the ar­chi­tects of our own down­fall to­day,” said Cook. “We want to en­cour­age a pass­ing game and play­ers will some­times make mis­takes when they ex­press them­selves.

“We made the same mis­takes against MK Dons and were not pun­ished. When you do not get pun­ished, peo­ple for­get them.

“We make mis­takes and that is our achilles heel this sea­son. When play­ers make mis­takes, I will al­ways back them.

“We shot our­selves in the foot and it is a dis­ap­point­ing re­sult.

“We needed bet­ter game man­age­ment. but we have to give Coven­try credit.”

City went ahead on nine min­utes when Mar­cus Tudgay headed Aaron Martin’s flighted cross past Tommy Lee. Lee Burge nearly spilled Caolan Lav­ery’s low ef­fort on 16 min­utes, be­fore Adam Bar­ton went close from Grant Ward's cor­ner.

Jay O'Shea lev­elled for Ch­ester­field when his 20 yard ef­fort beat Burge with the aid of a de­flec­tion on 42 min­utes.

Lav­ery was inches away from putting the Spire­ites ahead when his an­gled shot was de­flected just wide.

Sub­sti­tute Odelusi gave Coven­try the lead on 65 min­utes fol­low­ing a woe­ful clear­ance by Ian Evatt.

Nou­ble then took full ad­van­tage of a de­fen­sive er­ror by Ritchie Humphreys to run 45 yards and fire coolly past Lee on 75 min­utes.

Gboly Ariy­ibi gave the Spire­ites hope on 85 min­utes. Burge then pro­duced a su­perb save to deny Lav­ery and wrap up the points.

STAR MAN AARON MARTIN Covent

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