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Murphy reveals players meeting

17 September 2012

Also speaks about the appointment of a new manager...

Coventry City goalkeeper Joe Murphy has revealed the players have held a meeting over recent results.

The side suffered their third straight defeat in League One at Tranmere with two second-half goals from Jake Cassidy and Andy Robinson winning the game for Rovers.

Despite controlling the majority of the game, Murphy says the players were open and honest with each other after the result.

The 30-year old said: "The lads were talking this morning about how you can get used to losing. We played quite well on Saturday and we looked like the team who were going to win it. But it was like Lee Carsley said when one thing goes wrong, things just snowball.

"It has a chain reaction when we miss chances at one end as that can lead to us becoming anxious and sloppy at the back.

"The meetings are quite honest really as we want to sort out the problems. Even after the game, Richard Shaw told us to speak up about the game as we are all in it together. 

"We need to sort this out very quickly and it isn't Richard Shaw's fault, it's ours really. The two goals we conceded were not good enough and we have to take our chances. It isn't up to a manager to defend and score goals for us.

"But I am sure we will do that as I was in a similar situation at Scunthorpe. After six games, we hadn't won a game but we sorted the problems out and went on to win the league."

Development director Steve Waggott revealed at the Fans Forum last week that the club is set to appoint a new manager in the coming days.

Murphy believes when the new manager comes in, it won't be a case of whole-scale changes but more like fine-tuning the team’s performances.

He added: "It always changes a team when a new manager comes in. It is a new start for the players to prove themselves and all the spots are up for grabs.

"Whoever it is going to be, it is a good thing to get the manager in. When that happens, hopefully that can be the beginning of turning around our fortunes.

"I don't think we are far away but it is just defensively where we have looked a little bit naive. It might take a little bit of work to get it right but I think we did alright at Tranmere and have another opportunity at Shrewsbury tomorrow night to prove ourselves.

"It is one or two little things which are costing us and regardless of the new manager, we know we can get that right."

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