Coventry City boss pinpoints fire at Holiday Inn in Portsmouth as a key factor in Fratton Park loss – The News

Coventry City boss pinpoints fire at Holiday Inn in Portsmouth as a key factor in Fratton Park loss - The News

Portsmouth 2-1 Coventry City

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The win was promotion chasing Pompeys seventh in a row in the league as they keep pace in the race for the automatic stops. 

The Sky Blues struck an early lead, with Hiwulas strike in the 9th minute, but were unable to hold on to the lead as Portsmouth rallied in the second half. 

How the League One promotion race looks as Portsmouth pile pressure on Sunderland and Barnsley

Coventrys manager Mark Robins was left frustrated by the result and laid part of the blame for the defeat on a fire at the teams hotel on Easter Sunday. 

Firefighters from Southsea were called to the Holiday Inn in Pembroke Road, Old Portsmouth, at 6,20pm on April 21. 

Speaking to Coventrys website, Robins said: Weve created brilliant chances; weve scored a great goal. 

As it is, they are probably one of the best second half teams in the country and theyve come back and what they have got in their armoury is different to what we have.

They have got that power that shone through from the set plays. When you have got a bit more nous which they have, the bench is strong, and you have got to try and cope with that, but we ran out of steam a little bit.

The front end tried to keep working for the 90 minutes in this heat, it didnt help yesterday when we had a fire at the hotel, we had no food, so we had to order in from a well-known chicken establishment which wasnt great. 

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But after Tom Naylor headed home a second half leveller, Brett Pitman struck seven minutes from time to secure a vital three points for the south coast side.

That win moves Portsmouth up to second in League One, piling the pressure on Sunderland and Barnsley ahead of their 3pm kick-offs.

They sit narrowly ahead of Barnsley, who have also played 43 games and have racked up 85 points. The Tykes have the best goal difference of all the promotion-chasing sides with +38.

And Sunderland sit two points behind Barnsley on 83 points, having played 42 games and with a goal difference of +35.

Both the Black Cats and the Tykes face tricky away tests today, with Sunderland at play-off chasing Peterborough and Barnsley making the long journey to Plymouth Argyle.

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