Coventry City manager Steven Pressley felt his players found ‘another level’ in dominating Colchester United...
Coventry City manager Steven Pressley felt his players found ‘another level’ in dominating Colchester United to wipe out their points deduction and climb off the bottom of League One.
Strikes either side of half-time from the Callum Wilson, the division top scorer with goals, saw City over the line in a game they dominated, twice hitting the woodwork in the first half.
And Pressley was delighted with the way in which his troops responded to his request for more.
He said: “I have said to the players, although you think you have given your lot in the first six games, you can always give more.
“Today I said to them, ‘can we squeeze a little bit more out of ourselves?’ And boy did they do it.
“They took the game to another level today, a great performance, against a very good Colchester side with a good manager who has done a remarkable job there. So to dominate the game in the way that we did is great praise for our players.”
City could have been out of sight by half-time were it not for the bar and post, and U’s keeper Sam Walker, who played out a personal duel with Leon Clarke.
But it took until the 37th, when Wilson tapped in a rebound from a shot Walker spilled, for City to trouble the scoreboard.
Wilson doubled the lead 20 minutes later, rounding Walker after a neat one-two with Leon Clarke, and from there it was just a case of maintaining focus.
Pressley added: “I just want us to get what we deserve. Often you can dominate a game for long periods and one moment, one lapse, one set-play can throw all your good work out the window and today it didn’t.
“Jordan Clarke, in the last 10 minutes, had three successive headers in his own box and that is the type of aggression and responsibility we need to see these games through.”