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"That was a proper Coventry City performance. The young back-four were outstanding." - Coventry City's Steven Pressley

3 January 2015

The City boss believes the result could prove to be a turning point as City climb to 16th in the League One table...

Coventry City manager Steven Pressley praised his 'young back-four' after the impressive 2-0 win over Midlands rivals Walsall.

The Sky Blues secured three points at the Bescot Stadium in front of 1772 City fans and climbed the League One table up to 16th.

Jim O'Brien scored an incredible 30-yard strike in the fifth minute before Marcus Tudgay sealed the victory with a header four minutes from time.

The City boss praised his defence after the win over Saddlers having only concede four goal in the last eight League One games. 

Pressley said: "I thought we were outstanding today. We performed in a manner which I expect from my sides and it was great to see.

"A lot of credit has to go to our young back-four who performed brilliantly to keep our fifth clean sheet in eight games and we've now only conceded four goals in eight. A fantastic record.

"It gives us a really good foundation to build from. We had quite a bit to contend with before the game with Gary Madine and Aaron Martin out, and Andy Webster withdrew just before the game.

"The players didn't let it get to them. I have to give a big mention to Aaron Phillips who, with very little training time under his belt recently due to injury, performed brilliantly. He gave everything to the team today."

City now have to wait 10 days for their next game against Swindon Town and the Sky Blues boss wants to see his side build some momentum.

He added: "You can always work on the tactics but it is up to the players to apply them on a match-day. We did that and we needed that to show how good we can be.

"As I said leading up to the game this week, this game will show us where our season will go. Either get momentum and push up the league, or battle in the bottom half.

"We've come through a challenging period but picked up some decent results. It gives us something to build on now. 

"We've got to use this result to push on with now. I think this result shows the group how good we can be and they need to take confidence from what was a proper Coventry City performance."

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