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Jay Bothroyd beats pain to hit Cardiff winner

Jay Bothroyd sends the winner into the back of Coventry's net
Jay Bothroyd sends the winner into the back of Coventry's net at Ricoh Arena

Cardiff City boss Dave Jones revealed Jay Bothroyd played through the pain barrier to score the winner in their 2-1 triumph at Coventry on Tuesday.

Bothroyd had half-time treatment on a foot injury, but struck four minutes from the end of normal time.

"He [Bothroyd] had blood coming through his boot - he'd been stamped on, not caught," said Jones

The Bluebirds manager also hailed some of his side's attacking play at Ricoh Arena as 'breathtaking'.

Peter Whittingham scored from the penalty spot after four minutes and Gary MCsheffrey equalised just before half-time following a poor Mark Hudson pass.

Jones was 'baffled' as to why Coventry's Ben Turner wasn't sent off four fouling Michael Chopra in the incident that led to the penalty.

But after coming under intense pressure after the restart, the Bluebirds' Chris Burke set up Bothroyd's winner.

Jones said: "It was a battle. I thought we played some good football. It was certainly the way they play.

Bothroyd happy to silence boos

"They get every opportunity to put it into the box and they're a big side and we had to match that physical part of it and I thought we did that well up to the last couple of minutes before half-time.

"It [Hudson's] was probably the only mistake we made all game in that 45 minutes and it cost us a goal.

"But we should have defended it better when we did give it away, but the second half we had to be a little bit patient and be strong at the back because going forward I thought we looked like we were going to score every time.

"When you're full of confidence as he is at the moment , you just relax a little bit more.

"We don't settle for a draw - not with the players we've got. We've got to go forward, that's the way we play and we were always going to try and get the winner.

"It was a great pitch to play on, we can knock it around and it was a good move to get the goal.

"There was some good inter-link play for us and Burkey picked out the man finally because he [Burke] was a bit unlucky for a long, long time.

Battling Cardiff pleases Jones

"He [Bothroyd] had blood coming through his boot - he'd been stamped on, not caught - and we just said we can get him in for an injection, have a look at it.

"But when they took the boot off, it was a cut so they [medical staff] just injected it with something, patted him on the head and kicked him out again.

"He's playing really well and because he drifts - and okay we like him to stay a bit more central sometimes - but part of his game is drifting and coming in and he holds the ball up so well and gives us time to get forward and we've got no problems or complaints with him.

"But I thought some of our moves going forward were breathtaking, but you've got to put it in the back of the net.

"But we can't do that all the time and if we've got to wait for that long in the game, we'll wait for that long."

Bothroyd and fellow ex-Sky Blue Craig Bellamy were booed at every turn, but Jones says that is par for the course.

The Cardiff boss also stuck with his pre-match plan to field Bellamy and Michael Chopra for a set amount of time as they continue to recover match fitness after injuries.



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