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Coventry v Portsmouth reaction

Coventry boss Andy Thorn felt Saturday's 2-0 win over Portsmouth was exactly what they deserved as the Sky Blues boosted their survival hopes.

The City boss did concede Portsmouth were the better side before the break, but was impressed with his players' performance after it.

Gary McSheffrey opened the scoring 10 minutes after the restart with his eighth goal of the season, before Olly Norwood sealed the victory with 12 minutes remaining.

Thorn said: "I thought they shaded the first half but we were feeling the effects of a trip to Cardiff on Wednesday night. There was no zip about us so I was pleased to get in at half-time.

"We changed a couple of things and we spoke about a few things and just filled them with energy.

"We moved the ball really well and scored two really good goals that had a bit of quality about them. We've got a bit of momentum going now and we have to make sure we maintain that and see what happens.

"It was always going to be a tough game because it's been a tough week with Watford away and Cardiff away, and those two points might be vital to us now.

"We followed that up with a win today and it's a good little run for us with seven games to go."

Chris Maguire was Pompey's biggest threat. He went close on three occasions in the first period and then cracked a free-kick against the post after McSheffrey had given City the lead.

Pompey were pushing for an equaliser when the Sky Blues put together the best move of the match as Alex Nimely, on-loan from Manchester City, squared for Norwood, who is on-loan from the red half of Manchester, and he powered into the roof of the net.

Portsmouth boss Michael Appleton said: "It's a missed opportunity for us to close the gap on Bristol City and Coventry. Looking back, we probably didn't do enough to force the issue and that cost us.

"The first half was almost at testimonial pace which was a bit confusing. Maybe it had something to do with the change of weather and we lacked a bit of energy. In the circumstances that we find ourselves in as a team and as a football, it's important that we start games better.

"I don't want to use any excuses. There wasn't the spark that we got on Tuesday in the win against Birmingham.

"We've got two home games to come and they will be crucial if we want to stay in this division. I know one thing, we've got the best fans in the division if not the whole of the Football League. You only had to hear them today to know that."