Coventry City: Marcus Tudgay will fight for Sky Blues future

Marcus Tudgay had an early penalty saved in Saturday's 2-0 win against Walsall at Bescot
Marcus Tudgay had an early penalty saved in Saturday's 2-0 win against Walsall at Bescot

Marcus Tudgay's first goal for Coventry City appears to have changed his mind about staying with the League One club.

The much-travelled 31-year-old-striker, who has struggled since signing on a one-year deal last July, talked over his Sky Blues future last week.

But he scored after receiving a recall for Saturday's 2-0 win at Walsall.

"It's a funny old game. I had a conversation regarding my future and we all felt it might lie elsewhere," he told BBC Coventry & Warwickshire.

"But then Gary Madine took a whack on Thursday afternoon, I got told on Friday morning that I could be starting and here we are."

Marcus Tudgay's goal record
Marcus Tudgay has hit 89 goals in 318 career appearances (plus 88 as a substitute), more than half of them (48) in his five seasons at Sheffield Wednesday. Having started at Derby County, he has also played for Nottingham Forest and on loan at Barnsley and Charlton.

Tudgay - who had not played since the FA Cup first-round embarrassment against Worcester City in November - had a contentious early penalty saved by Walsall keeper Richard O'Donnell but atoned when he headed home Coventry's late clincher

"I could have gone out on loan but I said to the manager I want to fight for my place," added Tudgay.

"The opening seven games I didn't get a goal, then a loanee comes in and another and I fell down the pecking order. But I signed here to play, not to come and collect my wages."

Coventry have scored just six goals in their last eight league games, but manager Steve Pressley said the Sky Blues' defence was the key to their turnaround in fortunes.

Mean times at the Ricoh
Coventry City have now kept five clean sheets in their last seven league games, during which they have conceded just three goals.

"We've come through a challenging period but picked up some decent results," said Pressley.

"We were outstanding, especially our young back four. Now we need to use this result to push on. It shows how good we can be.

"As I said leading up to it, this game will show us where our season will go. Either get momentum to push up the league, or leave us battling in the bottom half."

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