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City remain on the up

Hull City
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Coventry City

KC Stadium

31st January 2006, 19:45

Attendance: 18,381

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Coventry City's season goes from strength to strength with a comeback from a goal down and a rare away win that leaves us in 13th place in the Championship table.

Results at the foot of the table show that City cannot afford to take their foot off the pedal in the remaining part of the season even if the play-offs look just too far away and with the FA Cup still a (welcome) distraction.

Thankfully there is no sign of that, and with players such as Dennis Wise and Robert Page returning to the side for this game nor was there likely to be.

Apart from the win itself, the most pleasing aspect of the game has to be the post-match comments of Hull City boss Peter Taylor.

He said: 'I thought we did well in the first half but we knew that maybe it wouldn't be enough.

'Their strikers were better than our defenders.

'I thought their strikers dictated to our defenders and I'd like it have been the other way around.'

Taylor's comments show how City's recent revival means that they are now, if not feared, healthily respected by other teams in this division, especially the attacking trio of Adebola, John and McSheffrey.

Those three are currently providing power, skill and pace in abundance and that is a combination that frightens any defence, as Middlesrough found out last week.

It means that when City do fall behind away from home, the prospects of a depressing 1-0 reverse are a lot less likely than in many a previous year.

The increased depth to the squad meant that Don Hutchison and Richard Shaw could be rested and Dennis Wise again gave a performance that infuriated the home fans but made all the difference for City.

Spirits are high then ahead of Saturday's game with Brighton and the FA Cup trip to Middlesbrough.

Although the 5th Round draw was a bit of a let-down, City's current form means that they have nothing to fear from any opponents.

Star Player

For the goal alone it has to be Dennis Wise but his presence had a visible effect on his team-mates and he is proving to be a master stroke of a signing.


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Writer:CCFC
Date:Thursday February 2 2006
Time: 11:11AM

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