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Pressley disappointed by Crawley loss

13 April 2013

City manager Steven Pressley hopes to see an improvement in the next two games...

Coventry City manager Steven Pressley was disappointed after the Sky Blues' 2-0 loss at Crawley Town in League One.

Billy Clarke's deflected first-half free-kick and Connor Essam's second-half header won Crawley the three points at the Broadfield Stadium.

Pressley brought Billy Daniels, Jordan Clarke, Jordan Stewart and Conor Thomas back into the side for the game and he believes the conditions played a part.

The Scot said: "It was a poor performance from us. In terms of the game, the conditions were poor and it certainly influenced the game, especially in the second half.

"We struggled to get the ball out off our feet and play the way we know we can. It certainly didn't make for playing good football on.

"We can't blame the pitch for the result but if the ball was moving freely, we would have used the ball much better in the attacking areas.

"I thought when we did get into areas where we could influence the result, we didn't use the ball well enough and couldn't get our shots away.

"The most disappointing factor from today was the fact we conceded two goals from set-pieces and that isn't good enough."

With Leyton Orient and Notts County the two remaining games for Coventry City this season, Pressley wants to see an improvement on the performance against the Red Devils.

He added: "I want to see an improvement in the next two games but also, if we are going to be serious about promotion next season, this is the sort of place we need to get a result from.

"I brought in a few players today and I thought it was difficult for them with the conditions. Billy (Daniels) is a player we have a great degree of hope for.

"We believe he can develop into a top class footballer and that sort of experience will prove invaluable.

"I want to see more passing and pressing in the next two games. This was a game we wanted to win and that will not change for the next two games."

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