Coventry City winger Gary McSheffrey was delighted with his part in the 0-0 draw with Sheffield United last week and now believes the team have halted the poor run of form that has left the club without a win in seven games.
Although Coventry didn't win on Saturday, it was one of the most one sided encounters of the season and City could have won by 4 or 5-0, but they failed to score with any of the twenty odd shots on goal, partly down to poor finishing and partly down to an inspired Simonsen performance in the Blades goal.
McSheffrey, who hit the bar twice and could have won the game in added time, but blazed over the bar, said to the CT: "I think Saturday was the most enjoyable game I have played in for a long time and I think Carl Baker can say the same on the other wing because we both saw a lot of the ball."
"Doyle and Gunnarsson kept things ticking over for us and we got corner after corner and enjoyed a few good efforts. Unfortunately we didn't put the ball in the net which we obviously need to do but that was the best we've played in a while and the fans appreciated that we had a good game."
The 28 year old striker who now plays on the wing thinks tat bad luck was a contributory factor in the poor run of results over the Christmas period and cited one or two dubious decisions by the officials which could have cost City dear.
He said: "It is a step in the right direction after the horrendous Christmas and New Year we had and I hope our bad spell is behind us now. A couple of wins will get our confidence going again and we like to think that we have had our bad run and we can focus on getting back to the run in.
"Looking back I think we were unlucky with some bad decisions when we could have had penalties and got red cards when we didn't really need to, but Marlon King is back this week and Sammy Clingan is fit again and will have a reserve game so hopefully things are coming back together at the right time."
"We have really clicked as a team over the last couple of weeks and I think this is a turning point from the lacklustre performances we were doing."
McSheffrey thinks that the one dimensional tag the side have been given is unfair and denied the team are little more than a route one, long ball over the top side incapable of playing any other way.
He explained: "People have probably pin pointed us as a long ball team with no real plan B, but I think we have shown we can mix it up. We have played well in the last couple of matches and shown that there is another string to our bow."
"When we find each other the long ball is effective and the diagonal is good passing in my opinion, so Carl and I link up quite well and a goal for both of us would have been the icing on the cake."
McSheffrey explained the series of short corners he took with fellow winger Carl Baker, "It was off the cuff really because Bakes and I both like the ball at our feet and he's such a good dribbler and tricky player that we feel if we move the ball quickly we can really terrorise defenders.
"We beat Palace in the Cup and had a good performance on Saturday so that puts us in good stead with a bit of confidence to go and play QPR on Sunday."
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