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Situation hasn't affected players

13 September 2012

Shaw has also taken time to praise David McGoldrick...

Coventry City caretaker boss Richard Shaw is adamant the managerial situation at the club hasn't affected the players.

Shaw has taken charge of first-team affairs since former manager Andy Thorn was relieved of his duties after a 2-2 home draw against Bury.

The Sky Blues travel to Tranmere this weekend searching for their first league win of the season and Shaw believes his players haven't been distracted by the situation.

Responding to whether the situation has affected the players, Shaw answered: "No, not really. I think the players would like to know who the next manager will be.

"But I don't think it is affecting them on the pitch. I was a player and all I did was think of myself. Managers come and go but players usually just carry on with the job.

"You always keep in touch with your old managers but that is just the way it is. It didn't affect them on Sunday as we had numerous chances to win the game and had a perfectly good goal ruled out.

"I'm just carrying on with the job at hand and making sure the boys are prepared for Saturday. We had a good training session out there today and they are really up for it.

"When the players cross the white line though, it is up to them to make the right decisions at the right time."

Despite losing the game 2-1, one positive to come out of the loss against Stevenage was David McGoldrick's performance.

The Forest loanee scored a speculator goal in the first half and Shaw took time to praise the 24-year old.

He added: "I thought David (McGoldrick) was brilliant against Stevenage. The goal he scored was great and showed some real promise for us.

"He was a real threat all game. We had talked about getting it up to the front two quickly during the game and David got himself into some dangerous positions.

"We conceded some really poor goals though and it was disappointing to lose the game. But I think what David showed is encouraging for the side.

"We have some real options up front now and they all have to be fighting for those front two positions."

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