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'We won't blame conditions' - Daniels

13 April 2013

Coventry City midfielder Daniels was also delighted to start for City...

Coventry City midfielder Billy Daniels stated the players will not be blaming the conditions of the pitch for the 2-0 loss at Crawley Town.

The 18-year old, who has impressed during the Under-21s recent four-match unbeaten run, started his first game since September's home defeat against Carlisle United.

Billy Clarke's deflected first-half free-kick and Connor Essam's second-half header sealed the three points for the Red Devils.

Despite the difficult conditions, Daniels refused to blame the result on the pitch at the Broadfield Stadium. 

The City Academy graduate said: "It won't be a case of looking at the pitch and blaming the result on it. We needed to adapt to the conditions and become more direct.

"We will be looking at ourselves as individuals tonight and we will know we didn't do enough. We will be looking on how we can improve on that in training next week.

"The lads are extremely disappointed with today. We have got two games left now and we need to make sure we do better than our performance.

"Obviously, there were difficult conditions and they made two set-pieces count."

The City youngster was brought into the side along with Conor Thomas, Jordan Stewart and Jordan Clarke. 

Daniels hopes he can keep his place in the side for the games against Leyton Orient and Notts County, and values the first team experience.

He added: "It was a poor performance and difficult to come into but I am happy I was brought into the side today.

"Of course, it is down to the manager if I can keep my place in the side for the remaining two games of the season.

"I hope I have done enough to stay in his thoughts for the next two games. I have got a lot to learn in the game and I hope I can continue to get the chance to do that.

"It is really encouraging as a young player to know the manager wants to bring through the Academy players because then you know your performances in the Under-21s count."  

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