23rd Oct, 2017

Steven Pressley remains upbeat despite Bradford defeat

Coventry Editorial 11th Aug, 2014 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

SKY Blues boss Steven Pressley could not hide his disappointment after watching his side concede a late goal at Bradford which consigned them to a 3-2 defeat on the opening day of the 2014/15 campaign.

It had looked as though the Sky Blues had earned a point on their visit to the Valley Parade on Saturday.

Skipper and summer signing Reda Johnson had twice cancelled out goals from James Hanson and Alan Sheehan’s 88th minute penalty.

But just minutes after Johnson’s late equaliser Hanson scored his second of the match to ensure the Sky Blues made the long trip back to Coventry empty handed.

“Obviously I’m disappointed with the way that the game ended because the commitment of my players today was first class.” Pressley told the club’s official website.

“It was a lapse of concentration after getting back into the game and to be fair it was a typical Hanson header.

“We put alot of pressure on Bradford in the second half, it finally told and after Reda had scored his second I felt we were going to go on and win the game but to concede so soon after scoring is something we’re going to have to learn from.”

Despite the late setback, Pressley was pleased with many aspects of his side’s style of play and was also encouraged by their determination to come away with at least a point.

“I know people have been concerned about our ability to create the same level of opportunities or play with the same level of excitement as last season and we certainly demonstrated that we can do both of those.

“I am pleased with aspects of our performance but at the same time football is about winning games.

“It will be disappointing considering how hard we worked but we can take a great deal from this game and people should be genuinely encouraged.”

Pressley also found time to praise defender Johnson, who became only the seventh player in the club’s history to score twice on his debut.

“I said when we signed Reda (Johnson) that he could be a fans’ favourite.

“He’s very aggressive in both boxes and he will be a terrific captain for us. I said to him before the start of the season that I think he can get into double figures on the goals front and today was certainly a good start for him.”


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