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'In future, we have to be better'

23 March 2013

Steven Pressley was left disappointed after the 2-0 loss to Portsmouth...

Coventry City manager Steven Pressley was left 'extremely disappointed' by his side's 2-0 defeat at Fratton Park. 

The Sky Blues suffered a rare away defeat at Portsmouth with Jed Wallace and Patrick Agyemang scoring either side of the break for Pompey.

The Scot believed City needed to have more patience in their play and believes they have missed a great opportunity.

The City boss said: "I am disappointed by our performance today as I thought we started really well and looked like we could take the game to them.

"But I think we lost patience in the forward areas of the pitch so our ideas didn't come off. When they went ahead, we didn't keep our shape and seemed to struggle.

"We are all disappointed because it was a great opportunity for us to pick up more points on the back of some great results.

"We will work hard on the training ground this week because we have to put that performance right. There was nothing wrong with our work-rate, but I thought our passing was sloppy at times and that is something we have to work on."

Gary McSheffrey had an early penalty saved by Portsmouth keeper Simon Eastwood but Pressley refused to blame the defeat on the penalty miss.

He added: "We were all disappointed when it was saved but that happens. There will be no blame culture at this football club as we win as a team and lose as a team.

"The biggest disappointment is that we didn't go on and win the game. No doubt it would have given us plenty of confidence had we scored the penalty but that wasn't the case and we will move on.

"We had plenty of opportunities today but I still think we need to be better and we will strive to make that happen.

"Our passing and our play under pressure must improve in future. I think our link play between the midfield and the forward line has to be better, and we will be working on that throughout the week." 

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