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“They believed in themselves & kept at it until the end. We took a few risks and they seemed to pay off." - Coventry City's Mark Venus

9 November 2016

Mark Venus reflect's on the Sky Blues' victory against Wycombe to secure top spot in Group D...

Mark Venus believes his side showed great character to comeback from 2-0 down to defeat Wycombe and top their Checkatrade Trophy group.

Second-half goals from Ryan Haynes (2), George Thomas and Gael Bigirimana sealed a remarkable comeback to secure a home tie in the next round.

Venus believes it was a tough test, but one his young side passed. He said: “I think the lads shown great character out there tonight, especially after conceding the second goal.

“They believed in themselves and kept at it until the final whistle. We took a few risks and they seemed to pay off, but a few players certainly made a difference tonight.

“I’m really pleased for them because stuck at it and produced a fantastic comeback to secure a great win for the team. It was a tough test against a very physical side tonight and we coped well for the majority.”

Ryan Haynes made his comeback from a knee injury, replacing Jamie Sterry at half time and contributed two goals and an assist for Bigirimana’s fourth, to stake a claim for a first-team spot. 

“Ryan is a talented footballer, we all know that at the football club. It’s up to him if he wants to continue and make a career out of the game because he has the ability.

“It is partly my job and partly his belief to learn from tonight and take the positives. He was very good when he came on and was an important part of our attacking play,”

He added: “Every game we take separately and tonight we brought a young team to Wycombe, and the longer the game went on the more they grasped the challenge.”  

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