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Pressley hails strike duo

Coventry manager Steven Pressley heaped praise on his team after they came from behind to win 2-1 at Barnsley to progress to the fourth round of the FA Cup.

Last Updated: 04/01/14 at 20:03 Post Comment

Steven Pressley: Thought his side controlled the game

Steven Pressley: Thought his side controlled the game

Second-half goals from Franck Moussa and Leon Clarke gave Coventry victory after Jim O'Brien had given the hosts a first-half lead.

O'Brien (19) got on the end of a long ball from Jean-Yves M'voto and then lobbed goalkeeper Joe Murphy to put Barnsley in front.

Barnsley's Tomasz Cywka then twice went close to putting the home side further ahead, testing Murphy with a 30-yard free-kick and hit the keeper's left-hand post with a curling effort.

Moussa (78) equalised after bursting through the middle before beating Luke Steele to set up a stirring finish.

Clarke struck the winner just a minute from time after holding off a couple of defenders.

Pressley said: "Both goals were outstanding finishes and I'm delighted for everybody connected with the club today.

"I thought that Leon Clarke in particular was outstanding, leading the line.

"The most important thing for us was that we started believing in ourselves.

"In the opening 30 minutes, we never managed to pass the ball in the manner that people have come accustomed to with a Coventry side.

"I thought we were terrific in the final 15 minutes of the first half and in the second half.

"We controlled the game and passed the ball with much greater speed. Like normal, we pressured the game brilliantly.

"I think the one thing that's very important is that we've been behind in the last four games and we've gone on to win three of them and draw the other.

"That shows the type of spirit and mentality within the group at this moment in time.

"I am extremely proud of the way they're going about things. They will now have three games off because they've worked exceptionally hard over the Christmas period."

Barnsley assistant manager Micky Mellon said: "We were disappointed with the second half.

"We felt that we lost a lot of the individual battles that you need to win. We lost too many of them today, certainly in the second half.

"We value the competition highly as a football club but we never showed the fire in the second half to progress in the tournament and that was disappointing.

"We didn't put the chances away and we were poor in the second half in the important moments.

"We'll need to get going again. They know that they let themselves down. As professional people, we'll get going again, there's no doubt about that because that's what we do.

"There were a lot of things said in the dressing room that needed to be said and we will get a reaction."

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