Sky Blues need help to stay up, says Slade

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Joel Lamy

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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