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'They gave everything for the shirt'

19 October 2013

City boss Steven Pressley lauds his players for their 'magnificent' performance after 1-1 draw at Molineux

Coventry City boss Steven Pressley could not speak highly enough of his players after they battled to a 1-1 draw with Wolves at Molineux.

Leigh Griffiths gave the home side the lead after 67 minutes but City levelled with just four minutes to go courtesy of young substitute Aaron Phillips' first senior goal for the club.

Pressley said that he could not have asked any more of his players who, he said, gave everything for the shirt in pursuit of a points return.

"We gave a very mature performance today and the players gave their absolute lot," Pressley said.

"It was an incredible performance and attitude and I'm proud of them because that was a proper intense game of football and it would have been a travesty if we'd have got nothing from the game.

"In the end I actually thought we would go on and win it, I really did, because Wolves didn't really create that many opportunities in the game, we were solid and I thought we loked more likely to score, especially at the end.

"We've talked a lot about the team and giving yourself to the team and every player did that today. They were so unselfish and covered and recovered for each other. It was a real team effort and one that I think our supporters can be proud of."

Pressley also made special mention of his younger players, including 19-year-old goalscorer Phillips who had only been on the pitch for four minutes after replacing Jordan Willis when he snatched his dramatic equaliser in front of 3,400 travelling City fans.

"Substitutions are only good when they work for you but all credit to the likes of Aaron and Jordan. Jordan did extremely well against Bakary Sako and when we brought Aaron on we decided to go for it and give him licence to get up the pitch and he certainly did that.

"It's terrific for the kid. He's a Coventry lad that's come through our system and there's no better place to score your first goal than here infront of that many travelling fans."

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