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"There were plenty of scouts here but James is our player and he's under contract." - Coventry City's Tony Mowbray

26 December 2015

The City boss also hailed a huge three points for the Sky Blues after an impressive second-half at the Ricoh Arena...

Coventry City manager Tony Mowbray has credited the talent of midfielder James Maddison following the 1-0 win over Port Vale.

The City Academy graduate came off the bench to fire home a 79th minute winner from 20 yards out to seal an important three points for City.

The Sky Blues travel to Chesterfield on Monday and the City boss has hailed a 'huge three points'.

Mowbray said: "Well, it was a poor first-half and I think they played as though they'd all had a bit too much Christmas turkey yesterday.

"They put us under a lot of pressure during the first-half and there was a discussion at half-time, not just from me, to get us going and the players responded after the break.

"With that massive crowd behind us, it was important to show them what we can do and the second-half was much better. We dominated and got the goal, and had a few opportunities to get another.

"The players stood up to the defending well in the final five minutes and earned an important three points. When you're not at your best, these points are really important."

Mowbray revealed Maddison ran over to the physio team Dave Hart and Pauline Robertson after scoring, and admitted many scouts watch City week-in, week-out.

He added: "The ball is a magnet to his feet and he just spins away from defenders. He's been working his way back and you can see the talent he possesses and what he gives us.

"He can take it with both feet, unbalance defenders and turn away as well as hit the target like he did today. It was a great goal and we'll start considering him for more minutes now as part of his programme.

"He didn't run to me after the goal, he ran to the physios. The physios have been putting in a lot of hard work in with him lately and deserve a lot of credit for the way he has been managed back.

"There were a lot of scouts here today, as there is every week we play. He's under contract and he's sensible about his football. He has seen players leave here too early before and not work out so for us, he needs to stay here and let him nurture his talent."

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