Boothroyd hails King
Coventry manager Aidy Boothroyd hailed striker Marlon King, while Ian Baraclough could not fault Scunthorpe¿s effort.
Last Updated: 27/11/10 8:13pm
Coventry manager Aidy Boothroyd hailed striker Marlon King after the Sky Blues beat Scunthorpe to rise to fifth in the Championship.
The visitors took the lead at Glanford Park via Gary McSheffrey on 31 minutes before King saw his effort come back off the post and go in off Scunthorpe goalkeeper Joe Murphy on 73 minutes.
While the strike was given as an own goal, Boothroyd believes it should be credited to King, who is yet to score for his new club after joining earlier this year following a spell in prison.
"For me that was Marlon's goal. He has worked so hard since joining us," said the Coventry boss.
"He deserves to be credited with a goal. It takes a great deal of character to come back from a place where Marlon has been. He knows that and is working so hard for this club."
Boothroyd believed his side had adapted better to the frosty conditions to claim the win.
"Scunthorpe is a difficult place to come and they're in a false position at the moment, down near the foot of the table," he said.
"I know their manager Ian Baraclough well and I'm sure he will soon get them climbing back up the table.
"Conditions were getting difficult as the pitch became more frosty, but we adapted better."
Scunthorpe boss Ian Baraclough could not fault his side's effort.
"We have matched Coventry's physical style of play for most of the game," he said.
"They have not had many opportunities but have scored from two of them. At the opposite end we have not passed the ball well enough, though the conditions were getting difficult as the pitch became more frosty.
"We have not hurt Coventry enough when we have got in behind them. We had an early chance and it might have been a different story if O'Connor's shot had not been well saved."