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Hendry Relief As Losing Streak Ends

Scotland captain Colin Hendry has expressed his relief after helping Coventry to bounce back from a miserable month of action.

Before Saturday's 2-1 victory over Middlesbrough the Sky Blues had lost their previous three games and conceded eight goals in the process.

Hendry played in all of those matches and admitted it was pleasing to turn in an improved performance, but most importantly, to have taken the three points.

He said:

"It is always nice to win. The five defeats I have been played in since arriving at the club have been against five of the top six teams.

"We have played three sides from lower down the table and have beaten them all so I would like to think that is the shape of things to come.

 "It is satisfying that we have bounced back because in football you take knocks and get knocked down but you have got to show character and ability, you have to keep proving things to people and to yourself.

"I think against Middlesbrough we have shown our ability and won so we are happy at that."

The former Blackburn man had sympathy for Boro midfielder Paul Ince who put the Sky Blues ahead after turning in the first own goal of his career.

The feeling that experience brings is still fresh in the mind of Hendry, he did the same less than a week ago during City's defeat at Stamford Bridge.

He said:

"I feel sorry for Paul Ince because it is not a mistake, it is just an unfortunate that happens from time to time.

"He knew as much about his as I did on Wednesday night. Generally it is defenders who score own goals but he was running back and the ball just touched him and went in."

Although the big central defender is still trying to recover full fitness after nearly a year on the Ibrox sidelines, he looked back to his best on Saturday and was pleased with the defensive display.

He said:

"We knew what we had to cope with, a lot of aerial ability, and the pace of the lad Campbell.

"Once Juninho came on they had a bit of everything and I think we coped quite admirably."

However, the 34-year-old believes that his Coventry team-mates may have to stifle some of their attacking instincts in order to collect more points.

Several times during the game City were caught on the counter attack looking for a third goal and Hendry is urging more caution.

"It is great to try and go for goal after goal but that may be something we will have to look at in the summer because that is not always going to win us games."
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CWN / Sport / Football / Coventry City FC / 17 Apr 00

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