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Thorn proud of Sky Blues

Sky Blues boss felt Derby win was well-deserved

Last Updated: 10/09/11 8:18pm

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Thorn: Proud of Coventry after Derby win

Thorn: Proud of Coventry after Derby win

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Coventry manager Andy Thorn was full of pride for his team after they earned their first win of the season with a 2-0 home victory over Derby.

Up until Saturday the Sky Blues had endured a torrid start to the campaign and were without a win from their first five encounters.

But Thorn was buoyed by their triumph over the Rams and believes they can now push on with their season.


"We've started the season well and I keep repeating myself that our points tally doesn't add up with our performances," the manager told Sky Sports HD2.

"So we know what we had to do, we just had to keep doing what we were doing and take our chances when they came along.

"I thought we were fantastic today. I thought we moved the ball really well against a very good side.

"I think we deserved the victory. I was proud of the boys. Because of their ages there's no end to what they can go onto achieve.

"It's important we focus on the pitch and we can go on from this."

Thorn says he spoke to his side when the match was still goalless at half-time to try and inspire some belief.

"We just talked about how we felt we could still play better and do better than we had done," he added.

"I just said to them about belief and how I believe in them and how we can go up two or three more gears and to play more on the front foot. And I thought we did that."

Coventry's opening goal came when Richard Keogh went down in the area under a challenge from Jason Shackell and the referee pointed to the penalty spot.

Keogh appeared to go down easily but Thorn felt the Sky Blues were owed for decisions that have gone against them previously.

He added: "We've had blatant penalties that haven't been given to us. I haven't complained about them so I'm not going to talk about that."


Some Coventry supporters used the match as an opportunity to voice their displeasure with the club's owners, investment fund SISU.

Thorn admits he can empathise with the fans' frustrations after a disappointing start to the campaign, adding: "I can understand the supporters because they've been absolutely fantastic to me and to the team as well.

"I'm sure everybody connected with Coventry tonight will go out and have a beer, I know I certainly will."

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