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Season Review: February

24 May 2016

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Steven Pressley was victorious on his return to Coventry City

Town lost just one league game during the month of February as Steven Pressley’s side picked up two wins and two draws, whilst slipping to a penalty shootout defeat against Barnsley in the JPT.

The game against the Tykes ended cruelly for the Cod Army at Highbury as they were beaten 4-2 with Adam Hammill netting the decisive penalty.

With the game tied at 1-1 from the first leg, Conor Hourihane gave the visitors the advantage in the second half before Ash Hunter equalled from close range on 81 minutes.

Chris Maxwell saved from Josh Scowen, but Barnsley's Adam Davies followed suit for the visitors to deny defender Conor McLaughlin.

Sam Winnall's successful kick gave the Tykes the lead and once Amari'i Bell's penalty was kept out, Hammill netted to confirm the win.

Town played out a goalless draw against Shrewsbury Town in their next game, and it was to be a nervy affair against Salop.

Micky Mellon’s men had the best of the opportunities, with Shaun Whalley and Abu Ogogo both missing two clear cut chances for the Shropshire side.

A trip to Staffordshire to take on Port Vale was next on the agenda, and it was to be another stalemate for the Cod Army.

Antoni Sarcevic hit the bar for the visitors early in the second period, while Bobby Grant was denied by Jak Alnwick as Town were made to settle for a point.

First half goals from Ash Hunter and Bobby Grant ensured three points for Pressley’s men as they beat Scunthorpe United at Highbury in their next game.

Jimmy Ryan played in Hunter down the right who touched beautifully and lobbed keeper Luke Daniels from the edge of the box.

Grant made it two minutes later as he headed Sarcevic’s cross in at the near post as he netted against his former employers.

In the second half, Scunthorpe's Paddy Madden scored from the spot when Tom Hooper was pushed over, but Town ended strongly for a deserved win.

Fleetwood’s unbeaten run was ended at Spotland when Joe Bunney’s 12th minute strike proved the difference on a cold Tuesday in Greater Manchester.

Jim McNulty was the provider for Bunney who slid home early on, but the Cod Army were wondering how they left with nothing as Burns smashed against the bar late on.

The highlight of the month came at the Ricoh Arena though, as Pressley returned to his former side for the first time since being dismissed in February 2015.

Burns gave Fleetwood the lead in the second half when he connected with David Ball’s cross to head home from inside the box.

The Sky Blues hit back to level when substitute Marcus Tudgay fired in on 75 minutes from Adam Armstrong's cut-back.

But Ball struck the game’s winner with an emphatic strike from 20 yards which flew into the top corner, much to Pressley’s delight!

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