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“The supporters were amazing today, for me sitting in the dugout and looking across at that was amazing." Tony Mowbray

8 August 2015

The Sky Blues manager hailed the atmosphere generated by the 13,131 fans inside the Ricoh Arena...

Coventry City manager Tony Mowbray hailed the Sky Blues fans as “amazing” after the 2-0 win against Wigan Athletic.

Adam Armstrong netted a brace in front of 13,131 fans inside the Ricoh Arena and Mowbray was full of praise for the supporters, who he believes helped make a difference to the side against the League One favourites, particularly being grouped together in the main stand.

He said: “The supporters were amazing today, for me sitting in the dugout and looking across at that was amazing.

“It was such a different feeling as opposed to last year and it was massive for the team today to see a bank of Coventry City fans cheering their team on. Fortunately for the fans, the players on the grass with their boots on sent them home happy.

“It does help seeing that. The players in the tunnel look across to see that it is inspirational, we’ve got to try and make this place a fortress.”

Armstrong netted a goal in each half to give City the perfect opening day victory against the Latics.

But the manager was delighted that all 11 of his Sky Blues team stuck to the gameplan on the day and is pleased that the hard-work on the training pitch transferred to the 90 minutes.

“We’ve won what was on paper a very tough game,  against probably biggest budget in the league,” Mowbray added.

“It’s pleasing because the goals were what we’d worked on all week, Arma running in behind, so we’re delighted that the game plan worked andthe fact the players took it on board is good for me as a coach.

“We worked really hard on the pressing, as they can pass you off the pitch. At times we managed the game well, sat deeper, let them pass and then nicked it off them so the players deserve a lot of credit for their work today.”

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