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'We deserved three points' - Pressley

12 March 2013

Steven Pressley praised his side's performance despite not getting the three points...

Coventry City manager Steven Pressley praised his side’s character despite not claiming a ‘deserved’ three points against Colchester United.

Despite a dominant first half display, City went in at the break behind thanks to Gavin Massey’s goal in the 39th minute. 

Colchester went into a surprise 2-0 lead when Michael Smith slotted home past Joe Murphy with 18 minutes to go but City rallied. 

Callum Wilson slammed home a terrific effort 13 minutes to go and Carl Baker rescued a point in stoppage time with an outstanding free-kick.

Pressley believes City should have won the game but has praised his side’s determination to get a point at the death.

The City boss said: “We were dominant for long periods of the game and it was disappointing to see us fall behind like that as we should have taken our chances.

“We will be disappointed with not getting what we deserved but the response was fantastic and it could prove to be a big point for us.

“It was a really spirited performance and a good display so we have to make sure we are taking the positives out of the game and keep those late levels in our game.

“In the end, we may well have won it with a few chances right at the end but it wasn’t to be so we have to make sure we are taking all the points we can when we play as well as we did.”

Pressley responded to going 2-0 down by bringing on John Fleck and Callum Wilson, and the City boss has praised their impact. 

He added: “The substitutions did work out but it isn’t down to me, it is down to the players. They came on and made a great impact, a game changing impact.

“I was very impressed and it shows what a brilliant squad we have here. They had a lot of work to do but the determination they showed in getting the win was brilliant.

“Everyone wants to start matches so they will have done themselves no harm by showing what they can do tonight.” 


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