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'Our courage was wonderful' - Pressley

25 August 2013

City boss lauds praise on his defiant side as they grab a point in dramatic eight-goal thriller with Preston

Coventry City boss Steven Pressley handed out praise for his side in spades after watching them battle for a point in yet another Sixfields thriller with a 4-4 draw against promotion hopefuls Preston North End.

City twice came from behind to level the game with goals from Leon Clarke and Callum Wilson before snatching what appeared to be a late winner through Wilson.

Preston then levelled themselves and grabbed a fourth in injury time only for City sub Mathieu Manset to grab City's fourth and his first for the club with only a minute left on the clock.

Pressley labelled his side's effort and application as 'wonderful' and praised their courage for continuing to battle on despite conceding a late fourth goal which Pressley believed resulted from a foul on City centre-half Andy Webster.

He said: "I'm proud but disappointed at the same time because there's no doubt we deserved to win that game.

"There was a couple of disappointing goals from our point of view but their fourth was without a doubt a foul on Webster. Kevin Davies has got two hands on his shoulders and it's a poor decision for me and one that could have been very costly but they players' attitude and and effort were wonderful.

"We created so many chances. Leon Clarke hit the woodwork three times and at this moment in time we are so exciting to watch.

"The players deserve so much credit. When you're 4-3 down with two minutes to go it takes enormous courage to come back and to have such a young team to show that much character made me so proud of them.

"The truth is we absolutely dominated the game but conceded four goals due to small details but these are the things we need to improve on. We don't look like we're going to lose goals and it might sound silly to say but we are not getting cut open by teams, we concede goals from minor details and we know we need to improve on that."

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