Coventry City caretaker boss Mark Venus was delighted his side picked up their first win of the campaign as they saw of Port Vale 2-0 at Vale Park.

Just days after the resignation of Tony Mowbray, Marvin Sordell and Chris McCann both scored for the Sky Blues to end the Valiants' 100 per cent home record.

And Venus believes his players put in their fine performance in honour of their former boss, who had spent 18 months at the helm.

He said: "The players definitely did this for Tony. Everyone was disappointed when that happened and professional people have to have a response and they did that today.

"I think we showed a lot of energy, we played to the way we've been working on for two days. I enjoyed it.

"The players gave us everything and I'm grateful they got what they deserved from the game. My message at half-time was to keep focused and continue with the momentum we were showing.

"I wasn't sure we'd be able to maintain the workload, but I thought they did. We played well, but there are a lot of areas where we can get better.

"I still think we gave the ball away too easily at times and I think we can make cleverer movements when we attack to finish the play off.

"But it's a start, it's a win and it's built on a lot of effort and I think the boys showed they are right behind everyone. All the team worked hard and against a decent team too."

Port Vale boss Bruno Ribeiro rued his side's bad day at the office and is preparing to ring the changes for their next game against Mansfield Town in the EFL Trophy on Tuesday night.

He said: "Today was very bad. I'm sorry to our supporters and sorry for everybody here because it was very bad. We didn't get into the game, all the time it is too slow.

"Our movement is never like what we normally do, it was a bad game. Now staying in the top six is important, but if we won today we would have been in the top three.

"But we will keep going and keep our heads up and tomorrow we will speak with the players about what has happened. I don't want more bad days.

"We will be changing some players for next Tuesday because today was very bad. I think there will be six changes as some players are tired and need rest.

"It is very important we get a reaction in the next game. Now we'll try to win again on Tuesday. We need to improve - 95 per cent of the match today was very bad.

"Maybe we thought with Coventry last in the league they would be easy, but I said before the game they play good football and that league position is not correct."