Nilsson plays down Hughes rift
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The £5 million marksman was clearly angered by Nilsson's decision to substitute him during The Sky Blues' 1-0 victory over Sheffield United on Wednesday evening.
Hughes had to be restrained by his team-mates as he vehemently remonstrated with Nilsson after the Swede sent on Julian Joachim in place of the former West Brom ace.
Nilsson opted to withdraw Hughes, rather than strike partner Lee Mills because the Coventry chief felt the latter provided more adequate defensive cover.
He admits he can understand Hughes's frustration at being replaced but said the decision was made for the benefit of the team.
"That's how it is sometimes," said Nilsson. "Lee wants to stay on and I can understand that because he was working hard.
"You can't fault him but sometimes you have to make a decision for the team and that's how it is.
"If you're under the cosh, like we were at the set pieces, then you don't want Lee Hughes back defending and you don't want Julian Joachim back there either."