FOOTBALL: JODI Jones’ first half strike ensured Coventry City returned to winning ways on Saturday, beating Port Vale 1-0.
The talented teenager collected the ball mid-way into Vale’s half before calmly slotting the first – and only – Sky Blues goal into the far left corner after coming under little pressure.
Jones’ goal helped the Sky Blues earn their first league win since defeating Grimsby 2-0 away from home in early August.
And the three points was welcomed by City boss Mark Robins, who admitted his side made it ‘tough for themselves’.
Defender Rod McDonald was shown a red card with ten minutes to go while a host of clear cut chances weren’t converted into goals as the Sky Blues edged out Saturday’s tense contest by just a goal.
Speaking after the game, Robins said his side created enough chances to see the game off.
He added: “They (Port Vale) set their stall up from minute one and were trying to pump the ball on top of our back four.
“It was just a case of us as a defence being brave enough to stay high, which we did.
“We did well to restrict them to chances until we went down to ten men and even then they did not have many.
“I thought we were going to run away with it and the chances that went begging then become all the more important when we lost McDonald to a dubious red card.
“It may have been a foul, but it is the player who has caught Rod’s feet so it did not really look like a sending off but we will have to see it before we appeal it. I felt it was a harsh red card.”
Another clean sheet for the Sky Blues means the club boasts the best defensive record in the league having conceded just three goals from six games.
And Saturday’s win provided the Sky Blues with their fourth clean sheet in six matches.
Robins said: “A clean sheet is important and also it was a fantastic goal from Jodi. If you are looking for a little bit of brilliance you have found it there.
“The movment of Tony Andreu created a lot of that goal along with the other midfield players.
“It was great technique, and he found himself the time to move it from his right foot onto his left foot before finishing suberbly.
“It was important that we built on the point we earned last week away at Chesterfield and this week to get all three, even though we have a couple of knocks and a red card but we can take those on the chin.
“This is a great result.”