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"The support drove the team on and showed what a big team the players play for." - Coventry City's Tony Mowbray

12 March 2016

The City boss also confirmed the club will assess the extent of Chris Stokes' injury after he was stretchered off today...

Coventry City manager Tony Mowbray believes the support drove the side towards the three points at Blackpool.

The Sky Blues claimed a win against the Seasiders after a run of four defeats to stay in 7th spot in League One, three points outside the play-off positions.

Marc-Antoine Fortune turned in another impressive performance as he scored the only goal of the game in the 25th minute for the Sky Blues.

The City boss has praised the spirit shown by the side after they had to play the last seven minutes with ten men after Chris Stokes' injury.

Mowbray said: "I thought that the team showed their heart and soul today to get the result we needed. We gave everything we got to get over the line.

"The support was a big factor for us today as it shows the players what a big club they play for and they really drove on the team when it was needed.

"We needed a result to kick-start us again and hopefully this was it. We've got another tough game against Swindon next week but we've got to start looking up the table now going into the last ten games.

"To achieve what our aims are, we need to fight hard like we did today and prove we've got the willingness and desire to get the result for this football club."

Stokes' injury in the last two minutes of normal time meant City had to play with ten men as the left-back was stretchered off.

The City boss said the club will assess the situation once the injury is known and also praised Fortune.

He added: "Marc was a real positive again today for the side. He's had a difficult year with lots going on in his personal life.

"That's maybe why I haven't used him as much as I would have liked to but he showed today why I've signed him three times in the past.

"He's a real handful for any defender with his strength and physicality, and delighted he got the winning goal and I'm sure he'll have a part to play in the last ten matches.

"We wish Chris all the best of course as it takes a lot for him to go down. We'll assess the situation once we know the extent of the injury." 

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