Praise for all-round display

BLUES Boss Jim Magilton won't spend too much time basking in the victory and has already urged his players to do the same again at Hull on Saturday.Coventry felt the backlash of Town's four-goal defeat at West Brom last week as the players heeded the criticism and netted four of their own.

By Derek Davis

BLUES Boss Jim Magilton won't spend too much time basking in the victory and has already urged his players to do the same again at Hull on Saturday.

Coventry felt the backlash of Town's four-goal defeat at West Brom last week as the players heeded the criticism and netted four of their own.

Magilton said: “This was an excellent all-round team performance.

“We were very critical of each other after last week. We now need to build on that.

“I wish we could bottle that and take it away with us. We are constantly working with them and wanting more and to give them credit they are giving me everything.

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“All we need is that composure and confidence and maybe that arrogance that we have at home and take it away with us.

“These are building blocks so we have an opportunity to go away to Hull and get something there.”

Magilton picked out Pablo Counago and Jon Walters for special praise after the duo combined for three goals, after Jason De Vos had headed them ahead.

He said: “Get Pablo in the box and he will score goals so he needs to get into the box more away from home.

“Every successful team relies on the home form but we need those sort of performances from key players away from home.

“Pablo is a key player so he needs to replicate it.

“Jon's work ethic, his passion and his desire to get better is second to none. Had I asked him to play right back he would have done.

“A striker playing wide has a natural desire to get into the box and he scored with a great header.”

The win was extra special for Magilton coming over old friend Iain Dowie, who he shared a drink with after the game.

Magilton said: “I was on the end of a 4-0 last week and sitting in the opposition manager's office after that was not easy, but you have to take it on the chin. Iain will too and will get on with it and we will look to next week.”

Dowie was livid at the way his defence capitulated.

He said: “It was a game where both teams played attacking football but one team could defend and the other one couldn't.

“It was a very poor defensive display from us. The first goal was a litany of errors and we carried on in that vein.

“It is out of character for us and I put it down to a blip. We are going to have to work on our defending.

“I would have liked to have brought some defenders in but financially we can't so we just have to get on with it.”

But Dowie admitted it was not easy having to deal with Magilton's post-match gloating.

He joked: “If I never see Jim Magilton again it would be a day too soon.”

But he added: “Jim has got one over on me so he will dine out on that for some time.

“If you have to lose to anyone I would lose to Jim. He is going through some difficult times with his son's illness but he is always garrulous.”

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