Win worth a For­tune for Tony’s Sky Blues

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Scott Hunt

MO­MEN­TUM, they say, is cru­cial at this stage of a sea­son.

If that’s the case, Coven­try could be back in the hunt af­ter walk­ing away from Bloom­field Road with a vic­tory that man­ager Tony Mow­bray hopes will kick-start their play-off push. In con­trast, Black­pool’s down­ward slide shows no signs of halt­ing.

Marc-An­toine For­tune prof­ited on a lapse by Black­pool keeper Colin Doyle to end Coven­try’s run of four straight de­feats and earn just their se­cond win in 11 to keep touch with the play-offs.

Black­pool are now win­less in seven, two points adrift of safety and in dan­ger of los­ing touch with those above them.

Sky Blues boss Mow­bray said:“We needed to find a re­sult from some­where which will hope­fully kick-start us to win­ning foot­ball matches.

“We should be pos­i­tive and hope­fully it’s the start of us look­ing up­wards rather than fall­ing out of the play-offs which we have done.

“We’ve got to fight hard, like we did here, and achieve our aims for the sea­son. I thought the team played with heart and put ev­ery­thing on the line.

“The amaz­ing sup­port we had here shows the play­ers what a big club they’re play­ing for and our tar­gets haven’t changed. I think we de­served the points but we wish Black­pool well in their plight.”

Black­pool went close as on-loan New­cas­tle mid­fielder Liam Smith al­most notched a su­perb league de­but goal af­ter six min­utes, but his 25yard strike was well saved by Re­ice Charles-Cook.

But Coven­try took the lead af­ter 26 min­utes. Doyle made a hash of claim­ing a drop­ping ball fol­low­ing a cor­ner and it fell to For­tune, who lashed home from three yards.

Joe Cole came on for Coven­try and al­most set up a goal for Adam Arm­strong in the 71st minute, but Lloyd Jones blocked the strike from 12 yards.

Not for the first time this sea­son, Black­pool boss Neil McDon­ald be­moaned bad luck and crit­i­cised the ref­eree, while in­sist­ing his side be­lieve they can sur­vive. “We didn’t get that lit­tle bit of luck or help off the of­fi­cials,” he said.

“I thought it was a bla­tant foul on Colin Doyle but that’s cost us in the end.We’ve had a cou­ple of chances but it’s just not fall­ing for us at the mo­ment.

“We’ve just got to keep on be­liev­ing in what we’re do­ing. It’s a tengame sea­son to get as many points as we can.

“It’s a huge lost op­por­tu­nity for us, that’s for sure. Ev­ery game is a cup fi­nal now.

“Ev­ery­body be­lieves, I be­lieve and we have ten games now to get enough points on the board.”

STAR MAN JA­COB MURPH

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