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Pressley proud of Sky Blues second half fightback

Coventry Editorial 27th Oct, 2014 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

THE SKY Blues came from two goals down to beat high-flying Peterborough United 3-2 and end a run of seven league games without a win.

Steven Pressley’s job may well have been hanging by a thread at half-time on Saturday afternoon after goals from Jon Taylor and Marcus Maddison.

But the Sky Blues bounced back superbly after the re-start and showed a desire and passion that had been lacking in recent weeks.

Ryan Haynes curled an exquisite shot into the top corner rust after the break and two quick-fire strikes from Jim O’Brien and Frank Nouble ensured the Sky Blues stole all three points in what was a pulsating second 45 minutes.

And Pressley revealed a few key words at the interval spurred his side on to win.

“It’s a very satisfying result,” said Pressley. “The clear message at half time was that we need to keep believing in what we’re doing because football matches can change very, very quickly.

“One thing from the first half was that we got into good positions but we didn’t have the belief to get on to the end of balls in the box and at the right time. It was something we did do in the second half.

“I’m really proud of the players because we’ve experienced alot of situations where it’s easy to go under when you’re two goals down and they didn’t do that. They were magnificent.

“This is the first step of a thousand steps moving forward and I won’t rest until we’re exactly where we should be.

“I’m delighted with the result because it’s a big result but I’m also aware of how much hard work lies in front of us.”

The Sky Blues had dropped to just one point away from the foot of League One but Saturday’s victory pushes them up to 17th ahead of this weekend’s trip to Leyton Orient.

Pressley added: “I said to the group that I had real belief that we could turn the recent form around.

“There’s no point in us feeling sorry for ourselves because nobody else will.

“We only get out of it through hard work and perseverance like I said in my press conference this week and that was evident in the second half.

“It certainly wasn’t a sparkling first half performance from us but in no way did I think we deserved to be two goals down at half time. But in football you have to make your own luck and we certainly did that on Saturday.”

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