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Shaw disappointed with defending

1 September 2012

Caretaker boss Richard Shaw bemoaned his side's defending...

Coventry City caretaker manager Richard Shaw was frustrated by his side’s defending for the only goal of the game at Crewe.

Despite having the better of the early stages, the Sky Blues went behind to a Max Clayton goal after 24 minutes. 

City pushed for an equaliser in the second half with Cody McDonald hitting the crossbar and substitute Gary McSheffrey delivering a number of dangerous crosses.

But Clayton’s strike was decisive Shaw’s men couldn’t find a way through.

“We are disappointed with the result, obviously. We weren’t at our best today and it is a shame to play like that in front of a large away support.” said Shaw.

“It was a really, really poor goal to concede. When you have periods where teams have a lot of the football you have to be stronger. 

“We talked about concentration in the week but a couple of people have dived in and not tackled and we are disappointed with the defending for the goal.”

Coventry face Burton Albion on Tuesday at Ricoh Arena in the Johnstone Paint Trophy giving Shaw’s side little time to recover.

Shaw added: “We changed a lot at half-time, changed the formation, had more width and we had a go at them. Some balls were flashed across the edge, Cody (McDonald) hit the bar and we felt we had enough chances to win the game in the second half.

“Crewe is a hard place to come and get a result. They have a tremendous record at home, good young players just like Ashley Westwood, who moved to Aston Villa recently for £1million.

“They are a good side and they will give anyone a match at home we are just disappointed with our performance.”

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