Tony Mowbray believes Coventry City have what it takes to beat the drop after win over Chesterfield

Chesterfield vs Coventry - Gboly Ariyibi pulls one back for Chesterfield - Pic By James Williamson

Chesterfield vs Coventry - Gboly Ariyibi pulls one back for Chesterfield - Pic By James Williamson

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Tony Mowbray believes Coventry have what it takes to beat the drop after he picked up his first win as City boss.

Second half goals from Sanmi Odelusi and Frank Nouble sealed a vital 3-2 win at Chesterfield to bolster the Sky Blues’ survival hopes.

It was Mowbray’s first win in four attempts since taking over from Steven Pressley and only Coventry’s second win in 11 games.

“Any win is important when you are in the position we are in and it is about the club and not me getting my first win,” said Mowbray.

“Chesterfield used the ball better than us, but we looked a real threat with our speed and power when possession turned over.

“They put us under pressure, but we withstood it well. We need a stronger centre to the team and that was on show today.

“We are starting to score goals now and if we show this level of determination then we will be ok at the end of the season.”

City went ahead on nine minutes when Marcus Tudgay headed Aaron Martin’s flighted cross past Tommy Lee.

Lee Burge nearly spilled Caolan Lavery’s low effort into the goal on 16 minutes, before Adam Barton went close from Grant Ward’s corner on 31 minutes.

Jay O’Shea levelled for Chesterfield when his 20 yard effort beat Burge with the aid of a deflection on 42 minutes.

Lavery was inches away from putting the home side ahead on 52 minutes when his angled shot was deflected just wide.

Substitute Sanmi Odelusi gave Coventry the lead on 65 minutes following a woeful clearance by Ian Evatt.

Frank Nouble then took full advantage of a defensive error by Ritchie Humphreys to run 45 yards and fire cooly past Lee on 75 minutes.

Gboly Ariyibi gave Spireites hope on 85 minutes after firing home from a tight angle.

Burge then produced a superb diving save to deny Lavery and wrap up the points deep in to stoppage time.