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Gary Madine goal earns Sky Blues first away win

Coventry Editorial 24th Nov, 2014 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

A LATE goal from on loan striker Gary Madine earned the Sky Blues their first away win of the season but manager Steven Pressley has warned his side not to have another false dawn.

Madine’s scrappy goal 15 minutes from time was enough to secure a narrow 1-0 win at Colchester United on Saturday.

It was the club’s first away win in the league since March and Pressley wants his side to use the victory as a platform to push back up the League One table.

He said: “It was a great win, and a great performance. “But I said to the guys in the dressing room after the game, let’s just not have another false dawn.

“Since the Worcester game, the work ethic of the team has been fantastic. That standard we saw on Saturday is the standard I expect every day.

“I cannot compromise those ethics. The day I do, we have a problem. So hopefully we continue to do that day in day out, and if we do we will have a real team that will do well.

“I’m just so glad we gave the travelling support the win. They travelled in numbers as always, and they got behind the team. I’m so delighted for them.”

The visitors should have been ahead after six minutes when Frank Nouble found himself clean through on goal but the City striker failed to beat Jimmy Walker.

And Colchester’s best chance of the half came from Sanchez Watt who forced Ryan Allsop into a smart save from a pacey free kick.

Just after the hour mark the Sky Blues came close to breaking the deadlock. Nouble powered down the right and cut the ball back to the penalty spot for Madine who hit a low shot towards goal which was blocked by Marcus Okuonghae.

The breakthough finally came 15 minutes from the end thanks to Madine who bundled the ball home after substitute Danny Swanson had an effort initially saved by Walker.

Colchester were clearly shaken after conceding and the visitor had chances to score a second but Madine had another shot denied and Aaron Martin scooped a shot just over.

The win pushes the Sky Blues up to 18th in the table ahead of this weekend’s home clash against Walsall.

Pressley added: “Finally we took our game plan from the training ground onto the pitch at match day, we counter attacked well, and from one end of the field to the other we attacked with real purpose.

“We didn’t just grind out a draw, we controlled large parts and could have been five or six goals up, but we weren’t and it made for a nervous end to the game. But we got all three points.

“Gary Madine again played well, I thought that was the best he has played with Frank Nouble, they linked up well and I’m delighted with that.”


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