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Bradford Will Be Tougher

Coventry boss Gordon Strachan has gone from big-bang theory and dinosaurs, to a brave new world.

"The world is a brighter place when you have won," is a favourite saying of his. Doubly so when it comes on the back of four successive defeats.

He said that the recent bad run of four successive defeats had come without warning, like a big bang.

Before Wednesday’s victory over Everton, Strachan was looking at the ages of players like Richard Gough, Gary McAllister, Colin Hendry and Mark Hughes and joking:

"It’s like a veterans’ match. It will be Jurassic Park."

It was one of the ‘dinosaurs’ Gary McAllister, who starred for Coventry and grabbed their winner, to put the smile back into their game.

McAllister said:

"To know how much that victory meant to us you only had to be in our changing room. The relief was plain for everyone to see."

His goal took him to ten for the season, his biggest total since his best years at Leicester City. But he was more concerned with Coventry’s team performance and he was full of praise for the young Belgian striker Cedric Roussel who struck the Everton woodwork twice.

"We forget that Cedric has only been in the Premier League for a few weeks. He has been slightly off the boil recently and we have missed him. Against Everton he was back to near his best."

‘Macca’ said Coventry had targeted the two home games against Everton on Wednesday and Bradford tomorrow.

"The Everton match was one win and one win only. If we get six points then it would go a long way towards getting us away from the bottom of the league.

"We know it will not be easy. Bradford are a side battling for their lives and they were very unlucky at the weekend against Leeds. They will see this match as a chance to steal points off a side just above them in the table.

"It may well be a tougher game than against Everton, who were in mid-table and safe. Bradford are scrapping for survival and will contest every ball to the full."

Strachan said:

"I did not think we could lose four games on the trot and not score a goal, but hopefully we are now on the road to recovery. We have to try to put as much space as we can between us and the teams in the bottom three. The recent bad run hit us hard, but now we can build on the Everton result."

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