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"I’m delighted with the three points, but slightly upset we haven’t got six points from the last two games." - Coventry City's Russell Slade

18 February 2017

The Sky Blues hold on to a vital three points, at the expense of visiting side Gillingham...

Russell Slade secured his first win as Coventry City manager against Gillingham, but is still rueing the missed opportunity midweek, as the Sky Blues take four points from their previous two fixtures.

The win means City are still nine points from safety, but have a game in hand on 20th placed Bury - with the fixture against the Shakers scheduled for the end of the month.

Slade said: “The first-half performance was really strong, scored two and possibly could have had another two. Dominated the first-half so I was really pleased, we set our stall out, and mixed our play up well. 

“Second-half we were under pressure, Burge had to come off, he’s suffering with a bit of mild concussion. So many times we haven’t hung in there, but so pleased we managed to do that today.

“Really well worked goals, and we had opportunities to wrap the game up. We’re Coventry City and we don’t always do things easy.” 

The manager picked out a couple of star performers, with George Thomas and Kwame Thomas both on the scoresheet, while also reiterating that his Sky Blues side are in need of a further victory against Swindon Town next Saturday. 

He added: “George is having a nice run of games, it is great to see him grow in confidence and stature. Not only his energy, but he is contributing so really pleasing.

“I’m delighted with the three points, but slightly upset we haven’t got six points from the last two games. A deserved return from the performances, fight and commitment that the players have shown. 

“Reilly worked tirelessly from back to front, he put in a terrific performance and another one who is growing. Kwame is out on his legs, his contribution has been timely and of decent quality as well so really pleased with him.

“It’s not about the eleven, it is about the group. They all have to be ready, we go again on Saturday. Fans were fantastic again today, stayed with us, it has been testing times for them and pleased we’ve managed three points. We need a repeat performance next Saturday.” 

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