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Thorn relieved at first win

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Andy Thorn and Nigel Clough left the Ricoh Arena with vastly differing emotions after Coventry had beaten Derby 2-0.

For Thorn it was relief and pleasure after his young side recorded their first win of the npower Championship season, for Clough it was frustration at perceived injustice.

Thorn said: "I think that has been coming and I have said all along that our points tally doesn't match out performances so it was a case of carrying on doing what we were doing."

Coventry took the lead just before the hour when Jason Shackell brought down Richard Keogh inside the area, although replays showed he had made clear contact with the ball.

Lukas Jutkiewicz, who had just missed a close range chance, took the penalty with confidence to put his side in front, but with supporters clearly voicing their frustrations at a lack of investment at the club, they needed another to be sure and it came through Carl Baker with 11 minutes to go.

He volleyed home neatly after a throw-in to make sure of the win - and make his manager's night.

Thorn added: "It was important that it did not become a nervy thing and I thought we were fantastic throughout. We moved the ball around very well against a very good side and we deserved out victory.

"At half-time we talked about how we could play more on the front foot than we had been doing. We were sloppy for a period of about five or 10 minutes but we rectified that. I told the players how much I believe in them and how much the staff believe in them.

"The supporters have been fantastic to me and to the team. This week we were back on song and had begun to find our rhythm. As a team we were right at it. Lukas was fabulous and his professionalism and attitude was first class."

Clough had no doubts that his side were denied victory by referee Chris Foy's decision and said: "Jason Shackell got the ball. I have not discussed it with the referee because you are not allowed to talk to referees. I might get a chance for a word 30 minutes after the game but all you get is a form to fill in and that's it. That's all you can do."

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Topics:
Richard Keogh
Jason Shackell
Football
Championship
Carl Baker
Derby County
Lukas Jutkiewicz
Coventry City

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