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'We didn't deserve to lose' - Pressley

3 August 2013

City boss Steven Pressley believes Sky Blues second half dominance deserved points

Coventry City boss Steven Pressley says his side did not deserve to lose their season opener against Crawley Town.

The Sky Blues came away from Broadfield Stadium empty handed despite fighting back to cancel out a two-goal deficit with goals from Callum Wilson and Franck Moussa before the Crawley snatched a late winner through Mike Jones.

City were given a big challenge to overcome after going into the half-time break two goals down after strikes from Jamie Proctor and Joe Walsh but Pressley said he was hugely encouraged by his side's second half performance.

"When we got our second goal I thought there would only be one winner I really did. We didn't deserve to lose that game in my opinion," he said.

"I was a bit frustrated with the first half and thought we lacked a bit of self belief and the kind of intensity we showed in pre-season but I was really proud of the group after that second half performance because I thought we were outstanding to a man.

"We showed great resilience and character and I couldn't speak highly enough of them in the second half.

"We just need to instill a bit more self belief in the younger players and make sure we avoid relegation which are two of the key aims at the moment but I'm hugely encouraged with the way the young boys grew into the game and came to handle themselves.

"Once that intensity changed we dominated the second period and created alot of really good chances and like I say, after we got the equaliser I really thought we would go on to win the game."

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