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'The final decisions cost us' -Pressley

20 April 2013

Sky Blues boss Steven Pressley was disappointed with the final ball...

Coventry City manager Steven Pressley believes the 'final decisions' cost the Sky Blues in the 1-0 home defeat to Leyton Orient.

Since taking over as manager at the club, Pressley had enjoyed an unbeaten home run but suffered his first defeat in front of the Ricoh Arena crowd against Russell Slade's side.

Dean Cox's low strike just before half-time sealed the win with David Bell and Franck Moussa having second-half chances to get Pressley's side at least a point. 

Pressley believes the lack of quality in the final third cost the Sky Blues and wants to see improvement in the future.

The Scot said: "There were many good aspects to our play but I was disappointed with our decision making in the final third. 

"That has to improve. Our lead-up play was good but the presence in the final third was lacking. I wasn't disappointed in the overall performance but what did disappoint me was the final ball.

"I am disappointed because our home form has to be the cornerstone, the foundations of how we go about building this football club in the future.

"I want this stadium to become a place where teams fear to come and won't find it easy to get a result from the game.

"You only do that by winning games of football. We need to score more goals. We have been extremely reliant on our striker's goals this season. 

"We need to have players contributing all over the pitch. That is something over the course of the summer we need to address."

Danny Philliskirk and David Bell were handed their first starts of the season by Pressley, and he was impressed by the players' work-ethic.

He added: "Danny (Philliskirk) really worked hard up front and his attitude since coming to the club has been first-rate. 

"It has been difficult for him as he was brought into the football club but had to play a lot of Under-21's football. I gave him his chance today and I thought he gave a good account of himself.

"David (Bell) almost made the impact we had worked on during training. He definitely provided a threat on the wings but also has things to work on.

"I didn't think we utilised him enough out wide but as it is his first start, I thought he did well and has definitely made a claim."

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