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"There’s no point being negative. We’re relying on one game now so we’ll go out with a game plan." - Coventry City's Chris Stokes

25 April 2015

The City defender also believes the Sky Blues missed some crucial early chances which gave Crewe Alexandra the impetus...

Coventry City defender Chris Stokes believes there is no point dwelling on the negatives after a 3-1 home defeat to Crewe Alexandra as the Sky Blues’ relegation battle will go down to the final game.

With six teams still under the threat of relegation, Coventry go into their final home game needing just a point to secure their League One status.

Stokes said: “There’s a few teams down there fighting for it so we’re going to have to get something out of the game at Crawley- perhaps a point. They’re going to be fighting for their lives to get a win because they need to win. Our away form has been good though so we will try and be positive and get the three points.

“I’ve been in this position at Forest Green where we stayed up by two goals. It’s going to be that sort of scenario. It’s going to be difficult but we need to pull our socks up and, with our away form, try and get the three points.

“Away from home, we haven’t conceded in four games and we’re here to look at the positives. There’s no point being negative. We’re relying on one game now so we’ll go out with a game plan and work towards that and hopefully the game plan will pay off for us.”

The Sky Blues made the stronger start but they were undone by Crewe’s first attack of the game after 23 minutes when Lauri Dalla Valle scored a tap-in from Ryan Colclough’s cross.

He continued: “Early on, we had a couple of chances- Jim O’Brien had that chance at the back-stick. If he had scored that then it probably would have been a completely different game but we didn’t take our chances.

“Crewe left three players up and they were very brave to do that. For the goal, they’ve slipped it wide for the cross and the player’s just tapped it in. 

“They knew we’d try and push bodies forward, and they kept a few players up to hit us on the break. I think all three goals have come from that sort of position in truth.”

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