Mental strength the key to victory says Rodgers

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Swansea boss Brendan Rodgers admitted that his side's crucial late win over Coventry owed as much to mental toughness as technical ability.

Stephen Dobbie climbed off the bench in the 72nd minute and netted the winner just four minutes later as the Swans narrowly clung on to the second automatic promotion spot in the npower Championship.

"It was a tough game for us and we knew it would be. We knew Coventry would be coming into this fresh and they have a style that meant we knew we would have to defend a lot of high balls," Rodgers said.

"We stood strong to that and we kept ourselves in the game for long enough that we could eventually take control of a difficult game and get a fantastic win."


He added: "We had to show steel and determination to get the result and those are the things you have to have if you are going to be a top team and be successful.

"I think we have shown what we are all about and Ashley Williams has just said that we are now winning games that we maybe wouldn't have done before.

"That's our eighth away win in the Championship and that's a very pleasing return."

Aidy Boothroyd's focus was on referee Keith Stroud's controversial decision not to award a penalty to the Sky Blues just after the restart when Dorus De Vries appeared to bring down Lukas Jutkiewicz in the box.

"We gave a very good team a hiding for long periods and we made them look average. I don't say that lightly because I really respect Brendan and his team," the Coventry boss said.

"But what cost was a mistake by one of our defenders and an unbelievable error from the man in the middle. We are all human, we all make mistakes but that was glaring.

"It was a WWF move from their keeper. It's a penalty so give it. Their keeper took one of our players out and then dragged another one down."

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