Mark Venus reflects on a third straight win at the Ricoh as City defeat the Spirerites...
Mark Venus was happy with the Sky Blues’ second half performance as they made it three wins on the bounce against visiting side Chesterfield.
Despite a sluggish first 45, goals from Jordan Willis and Andy Rose, his second in as many games since returning from injury, secured all three points for the home side.
Venus admitted responsibility for the slow start, but was delighted with his side's response. He said: “I take blame for the slow start, for a number of different reasons I changed the side and it obviously didn’t work in that first half.
“We spoke honestly and frankly at half-time and we all knew it wasn’t good enough and that we hadn’t reached the levels of our performances in previous weeks.
“We came alive in the second half, created chances and played forward. We got a goal from a set-piece, our first of the season, so that’s another big plus for us.”
Venus reserved praise for midfielder Andy Rose, who contributed to both of City's goals, and netted himself to ensure the home side claimed all three points.
“He is a very important player for us because he can be effective in both boxes and he is a goalscoring midfielder, which is a huge boost for any side.
“We have to be careful not to expect too much too soon. I didn’t want him coming on and breaking down, but it was great to see him do well when he came on.”
He added: “Not just Andy Rose, but I thought Lee Burge was excellent tonight and Jordan Willis is a player growing in confidence every week, becoming a man and becoming a leader.”