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'Important to see positives in defeat'

4 April 2013

Steven Pressley believes you have to look beyond a result to get a true reflection of the game...

Coventry City manager Steven Pressley believes you have to look beyond a result to get a true reflection of the team's performance.

The Sky Blues had a mixed set of results over Bank Holiday weekend having beat league-leaders Doncaster Rovers 1-0 at the Ricoh Arena before suffering a 4-0 defeat at the Bescot Stadium against the Saddlers.

City line up against Brentford at Ricoh Arena and Pressley says he has looked into both matches to find every possible way of improving the side.

Pressley said: "There are plenty of challenges when you are trying to build up a successful team and one of them is seeing the positives in defeat.

"You can't just write the game off. You have to look into what happened, what we did wrong and what was positive. 

"You can't change a philosophy overnight and there is plenty of work to do. People just look at the score-line and of course, the score-line is the most important factor in football.

"It is my job to look deeper into the causes of that score-line. I think it is vitally important, as a manager, you look into why you win games of football and why you lose.

"If you lose a game and you don't know why, then you are never going to build a successful side. The fact of the matter is, in the Walsall match, until they scored the second goal, we were doing well.

"The area I would like to see improved is the decision-making and the incisiveness of our play in and around the final third."

Since Pressley's arrival, Coventry's home form has improved with two wins and one draw so far at the Ricoh Arena.

The Scot wants to see the form continue until the end of the season which will set up a positive mind-frame for the future.

He added: "The home form isn't the only issue but it was definitely one of the main issues we needed to address.

"The player’s efforts should not go un-noticed because they have been working very hard on an issue which is often difficult to overcome.

"It was well known our home form wasn't great but they are determined to get a positive end to the season and make sure the home support have something to shout about."

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