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Coventry Sphinx recover to get off the mark

By Steve Carpenter 07/08 Updated: 07/08 15:53

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SPHINX manager Carl Nolan has revealed his surprise at how well his players have gelled after the opening weekend of the Midland Alliance season.

Nolan lost the bulk of last season's squad after taking over from Danny McSheffrey in the summer.

But despite losing their opening game of the season 1-0 away to Studley, Nolan got just the reaction he was after on Monday evening when they registered their first win at home to Causeway United with the same scoreline.

"We spoke after Saturday's defeat and I told the lads if they showed the same determination and effort on Monday we would get the win,” revealed Nolan.

"And that's what happened right from the off. We got the goal and we kept our shape and composure, and to be fair we created five or six good chances in the game.

"We knew it was going to be tough this season and to be honest I did think it would take at least three games to get off the mark.

"The players are still learning each others game so I'm delighted to have picked up my first win."

Former Coventry Copsewood manager Nolan's attention now switches to the preliminary round of the FA Cup this weekend when Sphinx travel to Ellesmere Rangers on Saturday.

"We didn't enter the competition at my old club so we're all really looking forward to it and we will go to Ellesmere looking to give a good account of ourselves."

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