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Wood slams 'school-boy' defending

13 September 2012

The Sky Blues defender hopes hard work leads to improvement

Coventry City defender Richard Wood has admitted he has been ‘very disappointed’ with City’s defending so far this season.

The Sky Blues have conceded seven goals so far this season with the two goals conceded against Stevenage labeled as ‘comical’ by caretaker boss Richard Shaw after the game.

The former Sheffield Wednesday man knows the defending has to improve and hopes hard work on the training pitch turns into points.

Wood said: “It has been really disappointing. We haven’t been at our best this season and hopefully we can improve soon.

“We have been working really hard on the training pitch and hopefully that will mean we can cut those mistakes out.

“They are silly school-boy mistakes really which shouldn’t be happening at this level. It shouldn’t be happening at all.

“We need to cut that out straight away and then we can start winning games. We know what we are capable of and we need to start putting that on the pitch.

“We just haven’t performed this year. We have seen glimpses of it but overall it hasn’t been good enough and we are working hard to put that right.”

With Tranmere currently flying high in League One after a great start to their season, Saturday’s trip will be a difficult test for the Sky Blues.

Wood commented that the players are fully focused on securing those first three points of the season and getting City back up the league.

He continued: “It will be a really tough test for us as they are full of confidence and started the season really well.

“They play some good football, in a different system but we have trained with this knowledge so we won’t be surprised at how they play.

“We need to get this season on track. It is still early doors but we need to start picking up our results and play the way we can.

“Momentum is everything in football and we need to gain that with some results. As soon as we get the results, we will be flying.”

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