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'Great heart, great character'

16 March 2014

Sky Blues boss says fans should be proud of the players after the battle back to snatch a late point

Coventry City manager Steven Pressley said his side 'showed great heart and character' after they fought back from two goals to earn a draw against Port Vale at Sixfields.

Goals from Doug Loft and Ben Williamson saw Vale go two goals up, before a Jordan Clarke header and a late Callum Wilson solo effort rescued a deserved point for City.

"I think that the fans can be proud of the players today," he said. "we stayed true to our passing philosophy despite being two goals down, we kept attacking them and continued to pass the ball and pressurise the game, and we ground them down.

"We will continue to attack when we can, I want our team to play attacking football, that's the best way we play.

"It was a big point for us today, from the response of the team to the way we played."

Pressley also praised the impact of his substitutes, particularly Mark Marshall, whose fantastic cross to Jordan Clarke was key in the Sky Blues' first goal.

"I placed (Marshall) in a central area, and it worked really well. He can create moments, and it was a wonderful delivery for the goal.

"However all the midfielders were fantastic today, and it was a fantastic goal from Callum. He didn't let his earlier miss effect him, he kept coming back for more and his finish was truly outstanding.

Aside from Joe Murphy and Carl Baker, all of City's starting 11 today were under 24, and Pressley believes his side can mature further over the coming months.

"We are a young team, over the last two or three games we have looked more like ourselves.

"The message this week has been to do what we do best: play fast, exciting football, and I think we did that.

"We are now the leading scorers at home now, and that's great. Our reaction as a very young team was fantastic today."

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