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 Wednesdays victory over Everton, Strachan was looking at the ages of
players like Richard Gough, Gary McAllister, Colin Hendry and Mark Hughes and joking:
"Its 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.
"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 Coventrys team performance and he was
full of praise for the young Belgian striker Cedric Roussel who struck the Everton
"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."
"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."