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'Good response to poor first half'

8 November 2013

City boss Steven Pressley has praised his team's response to a difficult first 45 minutes...

Coventry City manager Steven Pressley was delighted to see his side progress to the second round of the FA Cup with a 3-1 win over AFC Wimbledon. 

After a goalless first half, which featured three great saves from City keeper Joe Murphy, Michael Smith headed home to the Dons ahead. 

It only took City three minutes to level as Dons keeper Seb Brown spilled a Cyrus Christie cross and Callum Wilson tapped home. 

The Sky Blues completed the turnaround just a minute later as Carl Baker slid home a Franck Moussa cross and Baker sealed the win with a deflected free-kick.

With City going behind at Kingsmeadow, Pressley was happy with the response from his players after a poor first half.

The City boss said: "It is great to get the result as my thoughts were the opening 45 minutes was the worst I've seen from us in a long time. 

"With their 4-5-1 shape, they sat off the game and we should have took advantage of that. When we lost possession, we struggled to get an immediate press on the ball.

"That has been a big feature of our play and that's why we struggled in the first half. If it wasn't for some brilliant saves from Joe Murphy, we could have found ourselves in a difficult situation.

"We changed it around at half-time and pushed our midfielders forward. It seemed to work and the come-back was great to see."
AFC Wimbledon came into this first-round tie on the back of an impressive 2-1 win at high-flying Rochdale.

Even though the Dons are a League Two, the City boss didn't want to undermine the importance of the result.

He added: "I am really pleased with the group. We saw problems with the team and the side made sure those problems were sorted out.

"To get a win away from home anywhere in the FA Cup is a really positive result, regardless of the league position of the team we are playing.

"As I said before the fixture, it is always a positive to get a cup-run going and hopefully we can continue this into the next round.

"We have continued the form we have shown now and hopefully we can bring that back into the league." 

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