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"It shows we've got warrior-like characters at the club. The whole squad are working hard." - Coventry City's Tony Mowbray

6 September 2015

The City boss also praised the performance of striker Marcus Tudgay following his first league of the season...

Coventry City manager Tony Mowbray has praised the quality of his squad following the 2-1 win over Burton Albion.

The Sky Blues went up to second in the League One table with the three points after goals from Marcus Tudgay and Romain Vincelot either side of the break after Aaron Martin's own goal put the home side ahead.

With James Maddison and Jordan Willis out injured, and Adam Armstrong away on international duty, the City boss was forced into changes with Tudgay making his first league start of the season.

Following the victory, Mowbray was delighted with the three points and praised the character of the squad. 

Mowbray said: "With the squad as depleted as it is, with the international call-ups and the injuries, it's a fantastic result for us.

"We're digging into the squad a little bit now but players have come into the side and done really well for us.

"I think the squad still needs adding to but we're definitely getting there. The players we've got at the moment are giving everything they've got.

"I think they showed today that we've got warrior-like characters at the football club and when it got difficult, they were prepared to battle it out."

The Sky Blues travel to Scunthorpe United next week as City look to continue their impressive early-season form which has seen Coventry pick up 13 points from six games.

He continued: "Marcus constantly worked hard up front and takes the brunt from some physical challenges but just dusts himself down and does it again.

"Considering he isn't over six foot, he challenges in the air for every ball and makes life difficult for the opposition.  

"I spoke to Marcus in the summer and he knows he isn't going to play every game but I knew he would have a part to play this season.

"He took his goal really well today and could have got another near the end. It shows us that we've got real options in the forward areas."


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