Gustafsson could have made a first team place his own after an inspired display in the 3-2
defeat at Manchester United on Saturday.
The Swede, signed earlier this season from AIK Solna for just £250,000, was drafted
into the side on Saturday for his first full game and produced an exceptionally polished
With Paul Telfer now struggling after being carried off with a knee injury, and Marc
Edworthy still sidelined with ligament trouble, the Swedish international looks set for a
long run in the side at right back.
"I enjoyed the game but I would rather be a substitute and watch Coventry win than
play the game and us lose.
"I was very tired towards the end as it was my first game for three months but I
didnt want to let my team mates or the manager down and hopefully I didnt.
"I always get a bit nervous before games and it doesnt matter which team I
am in it could be a practice match, a pre-season friendly or Manchester United
"I think Coventry is now a club which everyone respects but it is points which
count and we didnt get any. Sometimes when you concede you just have to say it was a
world class goal, and Andy Coles was just that."
Meanwhile Cedric Roussel left a game for the second week running having scored two
goals but ending on the losing side.
The young Belgian kept City in the game with his sixth and seventh goals of the season
but Paul Scholes goal 14 minutes from time proved decisive.
"I will have to stop scoring and maybe it will bring us more luck! I thought the
team did very, very well and we were unlucky not to get something from the game.
"Manchester United had one chance in the first half but they scored and that is
the sign of a great side.
"We have got the team to finish in the top 10. Moustapha Hadji and Youssef Chippo
are back from Africa which will help the team, we have a lot of good players and we are
Hadji and Chippo were expected to train with the squad today after Moroccos exit
from the African Nations Cup.