Sky Blues need help to stay up, says Slade
COVENTRY City will turn to some old heads to fight their way out of relegation trouble with boss Russell Slade describing the January transfer window as “pivotal”.
Slade was denied his first win as the Sky Blues’ manager after Michael Bostwick’s 93rd-minute equaliser, but Coventry ended a run of seven straight league defeats thanks to Jordan Willis’ second goal in as many games.
Coventry remain secondbottom in the table, and Slade hopes to have three players in before Monday’s home match against Bolton.
He said: “It’s going to be a busy window, lots of wheeling and dealing. I think it’s going to be pivotal. We’ve already made moves and I’m hoping to have two to three players in very quickly.
“We need some help from outside. They all have experience. One is from League One and two from the Championship.”
Reflecting on his side’s draw, Slade added: “I’m disappointed with their goal. I think it was a stonewall free-kick on Marvin Sordell on the half-way line. For some reason the ref ’s not given it.
“Maybe Marvin and Bostwick were married because he was all over him.
“For all their huffing and puffing my keeper’s not had much to do.”
Coventry took the lead when Willis bundled in Chris McCann’s right-wing cross.
Lacklustre Posh only improved with Marcus Maddison’s introduction, and his deep right-wing cross was headed back across goal and in by Bostwick charging into the area.
Posh remain just outside the play-off spots, and boss Grant McCann said: “In the second half I thought we showed great resilience – we were first-class. The substitutes that came on made a difference.
“Marcus’s ball for the goal was great quality. To be fair to him he’s possibly unlucky not to start.
“We never gave up and that’s the sign of a good team.”
West Ham midfielder Martin Samuelsen was in the stands and is expected to re-sign on loan for Posh.
McCann said: “We are hoping the three or four players we are going to bring in will bring quality.”
Looking ahead to Monday’s match at league leaders Scunthorpe, the Northern Irishman added: “It will be a great game. It’s a perfect team for us to play.
“It’s going to be a completely different game.”
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