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"We're hugely disappointed. The players showed great character and desire." - Coventry City's Tony Mowbray

28 December 2015

The City boss also praised the impact of James Maddison since returning to the side from an ankle injury...

Coventry City manager Tony Mowbray admitted he was 'hugely disappointed' not to claim the win against Chesterfield.

The Sky Blues rescued a late point through James Maddison's free-kick after Lee Novak had put the Spireites ahead before the break.

City stay in fourth position in the League One table and move up to 44 points with a trip to Crewe Alexandra next.

Mowbray credited his players for the second-half performance and also the supporters who travelled to the Proact Stadium.

The City boss said: "We're hugely disappointed we didn't take three points, particularly because Chesterfield have been struggling of late.

"They scored a great goal, I don't think there is much we could have done about it and then they dug in, and showed plenty of character.

"Ultimately, we got some reward for our efforts and I'm happy for my players as they showed character, commitment and desire, all the things we talk about.

"The fans came today and showed how passionate they can be and for me, as a team, I think the players showed plenty of passion for the club and the cause as well."

With the 88th minute free-kick, Maddison has now scored two goals in two games since returning and Mowbray has praised the City Academy graduate.

He added: "We only expect it from James now and he's showing us what we've missed over the course of his injury spell. He was looking pretty leggy towards the end but thankfully he was on the pitch for the free-kick.

"He's getting plenty of attention but I'm sure he's used to it as he would have got attention through his Academy career as well because of the way he can move a ball.

"I'm pleased for him to come back and get two goals in two games as he's been working hard to get back over the past few months."

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