HE MAY have picked up his first win since taking over the reigns as Sky Blues manager, but Tony Mowbray is keeping his feet firmly on the ground.
The Sky Blues eased their relegation fears with a 3-2 win on the road at Chesterfield on Saturday.
A header by Marcus Tudgay opened the scoring for the visitors before Jay O’Shea’s deflected shot pulled Chesterfield back on level terms shortly before the break.
Second half goals from Sanmi Odelusi and Frank Nouble put Mowbray’s side 3-1 ahead and despite allowing Gboly Ariyibi to pull one goal back for the hosts five minutes from time, the Sky Blues held out for a valuable three points in the their fight for League One survival.
“It was a massive three points,” Mowbray told the club’s official website. “It will mean so much to this football club.
“I won’t stand here and say we played really well because we didn’t. I think we played the best stuff when we had the ball, getting the right people into the right positions.
“There’s still a lot of work to be done and I still want to improve certain aspects but to come away from home, score three goals and win is very pleasing.
“We have done well to come here and win, there will be many more tough matches so we have to remain focused on staying in this division.”
There were several standout performances for the Sky Blues across the pitch but Mowbray singled out special praise for substitute Odelusi and Nouble, whose sixth goal in sky blue colours now makes him the club’s leading scorer.
Mowbray added: “The first goal was great wing back play from Jordan Willis who put a great ball in and Marcus has done fantastically well to get to that ball first and head home.
“Frank has also done great for his goal and kept a cool head.
“Frank has become our top scorer and had a good game, he forced mistakes from defenders and was a constant threat.
“Sanmi made a great impact too. I’m not going to take credit for the substitution, football is a squad game and he played his role superbly today.
“We now need to take this momentum into the next game, there are tough battles ahead and I want the fans and players all to be together. It’s in our hands.”