City climb out of the drop zone with a hard fought point in the Midlands derby...
Midfielder Andy Rose bags his second goal of the season as he returned to first team action against Walsall.
The 26-year old has been nursing a knee injury for the past two months but announced his return in style against the Saddlers as he rounded off a well worked City move with a volleyed finish.
The 1-1 draw means that City jump out of the relegation places for the first time since August and Rose was especially pleased to contribute.
He said: “It’s been a long couple of months for me, any injury is difficult. Getting over the finish line fitness wise has been difficult but I was pleased to be back out there today.
“I’ve maybe overworked myself a bit of late, working to try and get back in the team and I’ve taken a little knock today - nothing serious.
“It’s been a dramatic season and having to watch from the sidelines has been frustrating but to score today felt great, we should have closed the game out in the second-half really.”
Since Mark Venus has taken the reigns, the Sky Blues have only lost once, and the point against Walsall has meant a climb in to the safety of 19th place.
Rose added: “When you’re leading 1-0 you tend to waste a few opportunities and sometimes that comes back to bite you. We’re disappointed with the result, but I’m pleased to be back out there.
“Confidence is high, if we get a second we see the game out comfortably. Things have been simplified now and I think the system plays to a lot of our players strengths.
“Four at the back is working, more than anything we’ve got that hunger. The boys here are footballers and want to play with the ball on the ground. Saying that Dan has been superb at perhaps providing a different option.
“It’s one game at a time at the moment, we’re all working hard to climb this table.”