SKY BLUES boss Tony Mowbray has praised the travelling support after over 3,000 fans cheered his side onto victory as they got back to winning ways at Blackpool on Saturday.
In-form striker Marc-Antoine Fortune scored the only goal of the game as the Sky Blues got their League One play-off charge back on track with a much-needed win, which keeps them seventh in the standings.
Fortune was alert to stab the ball home inside the area in the 25th minute and despite having to play the final seven minutes with ten men because Chris Stokes went off injured, the visitors held out for all three points.
“I thought that the team showed their heart and soul to get the result we needed,” said Mowbray. “We gave everything we got to get over the line.
“The support was a big factor for us as it shows the players what a big club they play for and they really drove on the team when it was needed.
“We needed a result to kick-start us again and hopefully this was it. We’ve got another tough game against Swindon next week but we’ve got to start looking up the table now going into the last ten games.
“To achieve what our aims are, we need to fight hard like we did on Saturday and prove we’ve got the willingness and desire to get the result for this football club.”
Fortune has started 11 times since joining the Sky Blues last September but he impressed once again after being thrown in at Shrewsbury on Tuesday evening.
The French striker scored what could prove to be a crucial goal against the Seasiders and Mowbray was full of praise for the experienced striker.
He added: “Marc was a real positive again for the side. He’s had a difficult year with lots going on in his personal life.
“That’s maybe why I haven’t used him as much as I would have liked to but he showed why I’ve signed him three times in the past.
“He’s a real handful for any defender with his strength and physicality, and delighted he got the winning goal and I’m sure he’ll have a part to play in the last ten matches.”