Late own goal sinks the Cod Army

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Guy Clarke

FLEET­WOOD Town’s new man­ager Steven Press­ley re­mained up­beat de­spite his reign start­ing in de­feat as for­mer side Coven­try City se­cured a nar­row vic­tory at High­bury.

The for­mer Sky Blues man­ager al­most saw his side grind out a hard­earned stale­mate be­fore Richard Wood de­flected a Chris Maxwell save into his own net in the dy­ing mo­ments.

Press­ley though is clear where Town need to im­prove, hav­ing now not kept a clean sheet in nine games, dat­ing back to their 4-0 win over Colch­ester United in Au­gust – also their last league win.

“We worked ex­cep­tion­ally on the de­tail dur­ing the 90 min­utes. I thought we gave up very few clear op­por­tu­ni­ties within the game,” he said.

“The start­ing point of re­build­ing has to be that we keep more clean sheets than we have done.

“In terms of the play­ers try­ing to adapt to the new prin­ci­ples I think the play­ers did rea­son­ably well.

“We had a cou­ple of re­ally good op­por­tu­ni­ties in the sec­ond half. Nick Haughton at the back post, he had an op­por­tu­nity to score and hit the post.

“David Ball, when he came on, had a bril­liant op­por­tu­nity that came back to him and we had one or two in the first half, but there is plenty of work to be done.”

Ahead of kick-off Press­ley was given a warm re­cep­tion by all four corners of High­bury, in­clud­ing the trav­el­ling Coven­try fans.

Ea­ger to im­press their new man­ager, it was his side who started the brighter.

Haughton and Jimmy Ryan both went close fol­low­ing knock downs by Jamie Proc­tor.

As the half pro­gressed, the Sky Blues showed their at­tack­ing in­tent.

First Ja­cob Mur­phy bun­dled a Sam Rick­etts cross past Maxwell only for Dion­atan Teix­eira to clear off the line, be­fore Jimmy O’Brien curled

an ef­fort wide from the edge of the area.

In the sec­ond half it was a sim­i­lar tale, Fleet­wood started the stronger be­fore Coven­try ramped up the pres­sure late on.

Within the first seven min­utes af­ter the restart both Hunter and Haughton went close.

First Re­ice Charles-Cook turned a Hunter ef­fort around his post with Haughton hit­ting the up­right mo­ments later. With ten min­utes to play, sub­sti­tute Ball tried his luck with the 21-year-old in the Coven­try goal again thwart­ing Town.

As the game reached its con­clu­sion, Mur­phy cut in from his wide left post­ing be­fore his low drive bounced back off the up­right.

It was only a brief let-off though as a rou­tine save by Maxwell from a Ge­orge Thomas shot in the last minute ric­o­cheted off Wood, giv­ing Coven­try the points as they con­tinue their early play-off push.

And de­spite the lucky na­ture of the win­ner, Coven­try City man­ager Tony Mow­bray felt his side de­served the vic­tory.

“It’s a tough place to come,” Mow­bray said.

“As we knew Steven’s team would, they worked ex­tremely hard and pressed us all over the pitch and I’m sure he’s go­ing to de­mand more of that from them from now on in as he set­tles in.

“I felt as though we con­trolled the game for long spells, re­ally at­tack­ing the op­po­si­tion goal and re­ally tak­ing the game to them.

“Sec­ond half, Re­ice had a few saves as they came into the game but I be­lieve we got our just desserts here and de­served the win.

“We pressed enough and worked hard enough in all ar­eas of the game to win the game and thank­fully we did ex­actly that.

“We were adamant that we weren’t go­ing to come here, dom­i­nate the football game and lose – and thank­fully we didn’t.”

LET RIP: Ge­orge Thomas shoots in in­jury time and sees his ef­fort go in via Fleet­wood’s Richard Wood

PIC­TURES: Ac­tion Im­ages

ALL SMILES: Sky Blues play­ers celebrate their last-gasp win­ner against Fleet­wood



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