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Thorn says the bar is set

21 August 2012

Sky Blues boss says performance against Blades has set a marker for the season

Coventry City boss Andy Thorn says his Sky Blues side have laid down a marker for the rest of the season following their 1-1 draw with Sheffield United at the Ricoh Arena.

Striker Stephen Elliott marked his full home debut with a well taken opener after the hour but the Blades rescused a point with a Nick Blackman equaliser with five minutes to go.

Thorn said: "We gone up against probably the league favourites tonight and we stood up to the test.

"I was disappointed in the way we conceded after going in front and then Kevin Malaga's header not being given but despite that, all in all, I thought it was a good game and a decent performance.

"Both teams tried hard to play, we had alot of new boys in again but I thought we did well.

"We've opened the season with two tough games, first Yeovil who had a strong pre-season and then at home to the favourites but I think we've got a good chance as well and we're going to keep grinding away because we know we can pit ourselves against the best in this league.

The City boss also singled out full home debutants Elliott and Steven Jennings for praise.

"I thought Stephen was phenomenal. His work ethic was everything we asked of him and he got his rewards with a superb goal. He's missed alot of games after the injury he picked up at Hinckley in pre-season but I thought his work rate tonight was brilliant.

"Jenno I thought as well was excellent, Malaga as well although it was disappointing his goal was not given. I think we just got caught up going for another goal in the last five minutes which is disappointing but I thought it was a decent performance and a good marker for the rest of the season."

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