Coventry City finally brought an end to a run of three consecutive defeats by managing a 0-0 draw with Shrewsbury Town. As a result, they have been able to arrest the slide that threatened to pull the club into the relegation dogfight. Coventry were expected to be a challenging for at least the play-off places, but they have encountered a turn in form for the worst since the turn of the year. The possibility of qualifying for the Championship automatically now looks a distant dream, but they can still hope of finishing in the play-offs.
In order to do that, Coventry first needed to bring an end to the run of three consecutive defeats, which started with the 3-0 defeat against Notts County a few weeks ago. Since then, Carlisle United and Tranmere Rovers have been able to beat Steven Pressley’s men. The manager was understandably delighted at having managed just a draw against Shrewsbury because it meant that his players could celebrate their first clean sheet in a long time. Pressley says that this performance could ultimately kickstart the campaign. Coventry have played a game less than most of the teams above them.
There are still several matches left in the campaign and Pressley says that he has not given up hope on reaching the play-offs just yet.
“I think the run of disappointing results of late has affected the confidence of the team. In the final third we weren’t as potent as we have been but it was pleasing to end that run and we also kept out first clean sheet since November so it gives us a foundation to build on. We’ve been losing far too many goals, we need to tighten up in that department. The players have been working exceptionally hard and confidence only comes from results,” said Pressley.