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We didn't deserve anything

19 September 2012

Sky Blues caretaker boss Richard Shaw expresses disappointment at defeat to Shrewsbury

Coventry City caretaker boss Richard Shaw said the Sky Blues did not deserve to take anything away from the Greenhous Meadow Stadium after their 4-1 midweek defeat to Shrewsbury.

A brace from Matt Richards and strikes from Darren Jones and Marvin Morgan sealed the points for the home side before second half substitute John Fleck netted a consolation penalty for City.

Shaw said: "It was an embarassing night to be honest. It's the first time I've been so disappointed with a performance. There have been games like Tranmere where we were excellent for 81 minutes and Stevenage where I thought we deserved to win the game but at Shrewsbury we got what we deserved.

"That's an honest reflection from me. We didn't deserve to get anything from the game because we were really poor. There was a total lack of confidence from the players, we try to give them self belief but we saw the first goal go in and we could see the second one coming afterwards.

"It's the players that cross that white line and they make the decisions on the pitch and at the moment they're poor ones. Talk is cheap and now is the time to deliver because we train well but don't seem to perform when we step out on the pitch."

Despite the midweek performance, which sees the Sky Blues still searching for the first win of their League One campaign, Shaw added he felt it would only take one scrappy win to break the current trend.

"That's all it will take. One win, a scrappy one where the winning goal goes in off somebody's backside. The players are in a losing mode at the moment, partly from some of the players suffering relegation last season, and at the moment it's a hard mode to break.

"When you're down the bottom you don't get any luck or any breaks but and at the same time we are not playing well enough to earn any luck or get any results. The players are capable of so much more and that is what is so frustrating."

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