THE SKY Blues stretched their unbeaten run in all competitions to seven games thanks to a 2-1 defeat at home to Yeovil Town.
Steven Pressley’s side made it two wins out of two back at the Ricoh Arena thanks to goals from skipper Reda Johnson and Canadian Simeon Jackson who cancelled out Sam Folley’s second half leveller.
And the likeable Scot has once again praised the character of his squad and in particular the performances of the two goalscorers.
“I always thought we could win this game.” Pressley told the club’s official website. “It was always going to be a tough game, but there is a real confidence about the group at the moment.
“I thought Frank (Nouble) was excellent, he put in a really tough performance, and showed a lot of work ethic.
“I was also delighted for Simeon. To take off Josh (McQuoid) was tough because I thought he played really well but he took a heavy knock to the head and we were worried as to whether he might me concussed.
“To be honest it was disappointing at half time as I thought we could have been more than 1-0 up. But it takes courage after you get pegged back and we showed that. I’m really proud that the unbeaten run has been extended.
“There is still work ahead, but the amount of effort everyone is showing is fantastic.”
It took the hosts just six minutes to go ahead on Saturday afternoon thanks to leading scorer Johnson.
Jim O’Brien delivered one of his trademark corners which was met by the head of Johnson and sailed into the top corner of the net for his third goal of the season.
Minutes later provider O’Brien almost turned goalscorer with a spectacular effort from 25 yards out which had goalkeeper Chris Weale beaten but his shot rattled the crossbar.
The visitors themselves struck the bar shortly after the half-hour mark when Kevin Dawson picked out AJ Leitch-Smith inside the area and his acrobatic volley beat Ryan Allsop but struck the top of the bar and James Haytor struck the rebound just wide.
However the equaliser came five minutes after the break. A neat through ball from Leitch Smith found Foley and he was able to glance the ball past Allsop from close range.
A draw would have been an unfair result for the Sky Blues after they dominated much of the match for long periods and they got their just reward by taking the lead again 20 minutes from time.
On-loan striker Franck Nouble did all the hard work by manufacturing a hot at goal which could only be parried by Weale and half-time substitute Jackson was on-hand to poke the ball home.
Jackson nearly got his second of the match late on when he turned his marker before firing towards goal but his effort whistled just wide of goal.
Attendance: 11,085 (458 away)
Team: Allsop, Clarke, Johnson (c), Willis (Hines 73), Webster, Haynes, O’Brien, Thomas, Fleck, McQuoid (Jackson 46), Nouble
Subs not used – Burge (GK), Pugh, Swanson, Phillips, Tudgay
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