22nd Oct, 2017

Sky Blues good enough to beat the drop

Coventry Editorial 7th Apr, 2015 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

MIDFIELDER Adam Barton believes the Sky Blues have enough quality to avoid relegation from League One despite dropping two points at Notts County.

Tony Mowbray’s side have five games to secure their survival starting with this Saturday’s home clash against Colchester United at the Ricoh Arena.

Having won just five league matches at home all season, Barton knows the task in hand remains difficult.

But the 24-year-old is confident the Sky Blues can pick up more points than the other relegation candidates to move clear of danger.

“We look at the amount of teams that are two points above or below us, it’s all really tight and everyone is playing for the same thing,” said Barton.

“This game and our last game where we got beaten, we might’ve only got a point from those two but our quality is showing. We are running out of games of course, we’d rather win nasty and play poorly and win.

“If we look at the five games to play, we’ve got to play Bristol City which will be difficult, but the rest are teams around us so we have to get three points against those teams. It’s a knock-out league really and it all matters as long as we’re the last man standing.

“We’re all disappointed that we’ve only come away with one point, we should definitely be winning this kind of game especially being on top for the majority of the second-half. It sometimes doesn’t go your way, we have five games left to turn those chances into goals.”

Barton was recalled to the first team by manager Tony Mowbray for his first start since the 3-1 home defeat over Doncaster last month.

And he came within a whisker of snatching all three points at the death but his back-post header was well saved by veteran goalkeeper Roy Carroll.

“I wasn’t going to go in the box, but we had enough protection and with it being the last minute I thought ‘get yourself in there,'” he added.

“I crept round the back and it fell to me. I did everything I could to guide it to the near, the lads said it was a good save but I felt I should’ve scored.

“I tried to direct it towards the back-post and got what I could on it, I tried to get enough power on it but the keeper made a good save. Either way, we should have won the game.

“The way the new manager wants to play he likes the midfielders to be more advanced, that gives us our chance to be in and around the box, but we have to take our chances.”

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