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'The fans can be proud of their side'

6 August 2013

City boss Steven Pressley believes the fans can be proud in defeat against Orient...

Coventry City manager Steven Presssley has praised his player's 'effort and desire' after losing 3-2 against Leyton Orient in the Capital One Cup.

The Sky Blues got off to a great start with Carl Baker putting Pressley's side ahead in the 19th minute. Before the break, the home side pulled themselves ahead thanks to goals from Kevin Lisbie and Dean Cox.

The City captain Baker was given a straight red in the second half but that didn't deter the away side who pulled themselves level thanks to fantastic Franck Moussa goal. 

Leon Clarke was given a penalty in the 78th minute but failed to convert as Lisbie grabbed his second of the game four minutes from time to win the game for the Orient.

Pressley believes the fans can be proud of their players after a spirited performance, having been reduced to ten men.

The City boss said: "It is very difficult for the players to take the result as they have given everything tonight and it just hasn't gone our way.

"I thought we played brilliantly at times as we controlled long periods of play and their effort and desire was second to none.

"It was a few lapses in concentration which let us down again, but there are plenty of positives for us to take forward.

"Everyone saw the reaction of our magnificent fans tonight. They were still there at the final whistle, applauding their side off the pitch.

"They can be proud of their team's performance. Even when we went down to ten men, the spirit the team showed was fantastic.

"We could have won the game if Leon (Clarke) scored the penalty but it wasn't to be. We have to take that and learn from it.

"The player's will be disappointed with the result, but that is two performances now where we haven't got what we deserved."

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