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"This football club is in debt many, many times over for the work Jimmy did." - Coventry City's Tony Mowbray

19 December 2015

The City manager paid credit to the former manager and chairman Jimmy Hill after the 1-1 draw against Oldham...

Coventry City manager Tony Mowbray couldn't hide his disappointment after the 1-1 draw against Oldham Athletic at the Ricoh Arena.

The Sky Blues went ahead early in the second-half when Aaron Martin headed home for the Sky Blues from Joe Cole's corner.

However, City were dealt a body blow as Danny Philliskirk scored from a corner in the final minute of the game as the Sky Blues drop to third.

Mowbray believes the impact of defender Ben Turner going off injured in the first-half changed the game as the club awaits scan results.

The City boss said: "It was a strange game for us really. We had a couple of early chances and we could have been up quite early on.

"We didn't take them chances but dominated the first-half and I wasn't overly disappointed with the way we were playing.

"I think Ben Turner's injury changed the game. We had to move the back-four around and I think we missed his presence and physicality, especially at set-pieces.

"The drop the points in that manner at the end of the game was extremely disappointing and it feel like a loss today."

Former manager and chairman Jimmy Hill passed away before the match and Mowbray paid tribute to him, saying the club owes a huge debt to Jimmy.

He added: "It would have been really nice to get the three points for Jimmy Hill. We only found out just before kick-off and there is a huge picture of Jimmy Hill in our dressing room.

"I remember watching Jimmy Hill every Saturday night on Match of the Day and the impact he had at this club was remarkable. 

"We see him on the big screen before every game and he was a visionary for both the club and football as a whole. In an era where football needed pushing on, he introduced the future to the game.

"The modern footballer has a lot to thank Jimmy Hill for and this football club is in debt many, many times over for the work he did as a manager and chairman."


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