Coventry City boss reflects on the perfect away performance on the final day of the 2015/16 season...
Tony Mowbray’s Sky Blues signed off League One duty in style with a confident 2-0 win over Oldham Athletic at Boundary Park.
After a lacklustre first-half, it was the changes from the subs bench that injected some pace and energy in to the Sky Blue performance.
The introduction of Jacob Murphy in particular proved to be the turning point, as his brace of assists gave Romain Vincelot and Adam Armstrong the opportunity to score two past Joel Coleman in the Oldham goal.
Armstrong netted his 20th goal for City, in a memorable first season away from Tyneside for the 19-year old striker. Additionally, two standout performers for the U21s this season - Cian Harries and Dion Kelly-Evans - made their senior debuts for the Sky Blues, with both delivering positive performances.
Mowbray said: “I think there were a lot of aspects to be pleased about today. Cian Harries had an outstanding game and great for Dion [Kelly-Evans] to get 45 minutes as well.
“George worked hard again and Armstrong got his 20th goal. All in all, a lot of positives. It’s great for the club and Adam himself, you could see the way the team celebrated with him that it meant a lot.”
The Sky Blues have finished the League One season in eighth, just five points shy of a play-off place. Mowbray gave his assessment of a season that has witnessed significant progression, but ultimately fallen just short of the chance for promotion.
Mowbray added: “We are disappointed, if I’m looking for positives it is a progression on last season and I’ve spoken about incremental improvements. To finish eighth is a huge improvement, we set our targets high and fallen just below.
“We’ve got to push on now and get this club out of this league. To the supporters of the club, almost an apology that the club has fallen away. The supporters need to try and stick with us, we’re looking to build a squad that can get out of this league and we need to stick together.”