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'Big step in the right direction'

26 March 2014

The City boss has also praised Sky Blues midfielder Anton Robinson for his debut performance...

Coventry City manager Steven Pressley says his side 'took a big step in the right direction' following their 1-0 win over Stevenage at Sixfields.

A Dan Seaborne header claimed three vital points for the Sky Blues and saw their unbeaten record at Sixfields stretch to five games.

Pressley was also happy at the nature of their performance, which saw their defence hold firm to secure a clean sheet.

"That's one of a number of steps we need to take." He said. "It was a big step in the right direction. It was not a typical Coventry City performance in terms of the passing stats, but our performance showed courage and determination.

"We were asked some big questions, and we answered them. However there's a lot of answering to go.

"We sat a bit deeper tonight, not our usual high press, but it was effective. I felt like we did the less glamorous side of the game very well.

"We showed heart, courage and determination. That's what I wanted to see."

In a solid all-round team display, Pressley singled out debutant Anton Robinson and match winner Seaborne for praise.

"(Robinson) had a wonderful performance. He brought great energy, and he was tough in the tackle. If he plays like that then he'll be a great player for this team between now and the end of the season.

"We also saw the Dan Seaborne that we all know. That header at the end was the Seaborne I know, he's had a rough couple of weeks but he turned into a leader again tonight. He was outstanding."

Pressley also had kind words for Joe Murphy, whose wonderful save in the last minute ensured City would earn all three points.

"That save at the end was world class. (Andy) Webster and (Jordan) Clarke were great tonight ads well, and Joe has pulled off something special right at the end."

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