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'We showed we can achieve' - Pressley

2 January 2014

Coventry City boss Steven Pressley also thanked the 1,198 City supporters who traveled to the New York Stadium

Coventry City manager Steven Pressley hailed City's 3-1 win at Rotherham United as an 'outstanding result'.

The Sky Blues had to come from behind to claim all three points as Joe Skarz's effort put the Millers ahead at the break after a poor first-half from City.

The game turned when Callum Wilson raced through on goal and Millers captain Craig Morgan fouled the City striker which saw him receive a straight red card and captain Carl Baker dispatched the resulting penalty.

City took the lead when Cyrus Christie's header was deflected in from a Baker corner in the 85th minute. 

Joe Murphy was the hero in stoppage time when he produced a fantastic save to deny Michael O'Connor from the spot before Baker sealed the win in the final moments, slotting home from the half-way line. 

City boss Pressley said: "It was an outstanding game and an outstanding result. To deal with what they threw at us today was incredible.

"I was really disappointed with our performance in the first half. We are better than that and in the second half, we showed it. The message at half-time was 'are we going to be a team who gets a pat on the back and told how good we are, or are we a team who actually goes and achieves?'

"We shouldn't be the team everyone talks about as a great side who play nice football but in fact a side which will start winning things.

"Joe Murphy has produced an outstanding save right at the end and it shows how important the mix between our experienced players and our young players is."

The City side were backed by a loud 1,198 City fans who had traveled to the New York Stadium on New Year's Day and the City boss thanked them for their support.

He added: "Again, it has to be said with it being a difficult time to travel around the country, thank you to our fantastic supporters today.

"Even after a difficult first half, they remained behind the side and backed us all the way. I think they're really proud of the team and we're really proud of them.

"They have gone with us every where over the Christmas period and throughout the whole season, and their support will be crucial in the coming months." 

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