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"I have to thank the supporters, they were brilliant with the team and brilliant with me." Coventry City's Steven Pressley

12 November 2014

The City boss also praised striker Gary Madine, who netted his first-goal for the club...

Coventry City manager Steven Pressley has thanked the Sky Blues faithful for their “brilliant” support of the side after the 2-0 win over Plymouth Argyle.

City were embarrassingly beaten by non-league Worcester City at the weekend, but responded well to qualify for the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Area Semi-Final.

But, Pressley was adamant that this is merely the beginning towards redemption of Sunday’s result and was grateful to the Sky Blues fans for sticking by the team.
“As I’ve said to the players in the dressing room after the game, that’s merely a step, one of many we have to take,” Pressley said.

“We’ve got a lot of work to do before we put Sunday’s performance to bed. It was unacceptable for this proud football club and I got the reaction I expected. We got a deserved result. 

“There is one thing that hasn’t changed in the game, there have been advances in technology  and tactics, but one thing that remains is hard-work. We built our game around hard-work and in the end got a very positive result. I’m proud of the reaction, but that’s the type of performance I expect from a Coventry City side and it’s no co-incidence our hard-work got us the result.

“Everybody that came here was looking for that type of response and I have to thank the supporters, they were brilliant with the team and brilliant with me, so I really appreciate that support right now.

“The pain that this football club has suffered over the last few days has been incredible, so I’m very pleased with the result."

Goals from Gary Madine and Frank Nouble made sure the Sky Blues did not slip-up against lower league opposition again.

Pressley was full of praise for Madine who netted his first goal for the club and urged Frank Nouble to continue working hard so he can fully reach his potential – something the manager says he hasn’t seen from the striker in the past two weeks.

The City boss said: “Gary was struggling with cramp in the last 30 minutes because he put so much in, but his response to my demands was terrific.

“It was a typical Gary Madine goal, a good delivery from Jim O’Brien was met with a wonderful header and that is the reason we brought him to the club – he has a huge threat from wide areas. Gary has really adapted well to the club and fitted in extremely well. He’s popular in the dressing room, but good players are always popular particularly when they work hard.

“The performance was also what  I expect from Frank Nouble, there is so much potential there. He got his goal from hard-work, something which I don’t believe we’ve seen from Frank over the past two weeks.

“His goal was tremendous and that’s what he is capable of, he has so much potential. That’s the frustration I have, the times he’s performed times he’s worked hard, so I want to see more of that from him.”

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