Dowie praise for Best efforts
Iain Dowie is happy to have kept Leon Best, while Simon Davey insists there is no disaster at Barnsley.
Last Updated: 03/02/08 2:05pm
Iain Dowie is happy to have kept Leon Best at Coventry City, while Simon Davey insists there is no disaster at Barnsley.
Best was keen to join home-town club Nottingham Forest before the close of the transfer window, but the League One side failed to match Coventry's valuation.
The striker went on to score twice in the 4-0 home win over Barnsley on Saturday and Dowie praised Best's contribution.
"I never wanted to sell Leon," said Dowie. "He knows that.
Too hot to handle
"He said he wanted to go there because it is his home-town club. They never matched the valuation.
"He has set his standards. He has shown it at West Brom and he showed it fleetingly at times against Manchester United.
"He put in a 90-minute display today and Barnsley found him too hot to handle.
"I am delighted for the players. We were edgy occasionally when we were 1-0 up. We had to grind it out in a positive fashion. We played with a bit of swagger when we got the second goal and really worked hard on our possession."
Barnsley had lost 4-1 at home to Coventry on the opening day of the season and Davey concedes they could be a 'bogey' side for his players.
Davey said: "There is no disaster at Barnsley Football Club. We have a good group of players, but unfortunately for me this is two heavy defeats for Barnsley against Coventry this season.
"They seem to be a bit of a bogey side at the moment. Thank God we don't play them every week.
"Every time I have played against Coventry they have put four past us. I didn't expect that with their position in the league.
"It is always a hard game here. Some of my players didn't turn up today.
"I have got a better group of players than when I came here last season and lost 4-1 although on today's showing it doesn't look like it."