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"They were the 12th man and drove us on to get that result." - Coventry City's Tony Mowbray

18 August 2015

The City boss has also praised the early season form of Jim O'Brien after his impressive winner tonight...

Coventry City manager Tony Mowbray has hailed the Sky Blues' home support as the '12th man' after the 3-2 win over Crewe Alexandra.

The Sky Blues maintained their 100% start with a battling victory over the Alex as Jim O'Brien struck late for the Sky Blues.

John Fleck put City ahead in the first-half before Bradden Inman stunned the Ricoh Arena on the half-hour to equalise. Adam Armstrong put City back in front but just a minute later, Marcus Haber netted for the away side.

With nine minutes remaining, O'Brien netted from 25 yards and the City boss has praised the crowd who drove the side on.

Mowbray said: "I said it after the Wigan game but I can't emphasise it enough, the crowd really played their part.

"The noise was brilliant and they were truly the 12th man, and they drove the side on to get the result we deserved in the end.

"It was a difficult game because Crewe Alexandra always felt like they were in the game and we had to keep up our attacking play.

"I've just been told we had 27 shots so I think that proves we deserved the victory in the end and keeps us going in the right direction."

It was O'Brien's second goal of the season and Mowbray has praised his early season form.

He added: "He's been magnificent at the side of the season. We want him to keep wide and play that position, and we're seeing the best of him.

"He always wants to be on the ball and be working for the team but I think he sees the importance of playing wide and giving the team a valuable option.

"He looks 20-years old out there and the confidence he is playing at the moment is great to see."


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