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'Support played their part' - Pressley

4 January 2014

Steven Pressley has praised the efforts of his players and the fans after the 2-1 over Barnsley....

Coventry City manager Steven Pressley was delighted with the 2-1 win over Barnsley in the third round of FA Cup.

Jim O'Brien delicately chipped the opener over Joe Murphy after 19 minutes in a full blooded first 45 minutes in Yorkshire which saw the Tykes take the lead.

A barnstorming second half from City though saw Franck Moussa level on 77 minutes before Leon Clarke grabbed the winner with two minutes to go.

The City boss has praised his player's efforts and hopes to see the side produce that type of performance weekly.

Pressley said: "I am absolutely delighted with the result as we always knew it was going to be a difficult game today. 

"I said before the game that even though they have struggled this season, it is always going to be difficult to play a side from the league above.

"We weren't at our best in the first half but the way they came out in the second period was fantastic. It is the fourth time in a row we have found ourselves behind and come back to get something.

"We have a lot of injuries and it looked as though it would take it's toll in the first half. But they found it and I am really proud of them."

The win sees the Sky Blues into the hat for the fourth round draw and means City have only lost one game in nine matches.

City were backed by another huge City away following with 2,932 fans at Oakwell and Pressley has praised their role in the win.

He added: "It is a remarkable achievement and the players are currently giving everything for this football club.

"You could see at the end there the relationship between the players and the supporters. Our support was fantastic.

"They really believe in us and there is a real energy. It has been crucial all season to us and I'm sure they will continue to stick with us throughout the rest of the season.

"We are a very small squad but every player knows their role and they focus on doing their jobs right."


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