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'We were under-par' - Carsley

2 March 2013

Lee Carsley was disappointed with the manner of defeat against Swindon Town...

Coventry City interim first team manager Lee Carsley felt the Sky Blues were ‘under-par’ in the 2-1 defeat to Swindon Town.

Carsley’s side started well when Franck Moussa put City into a 2nd minute lead but two late goals from Andy Williams and Darren Ward sealed the win for Kevin MacDonald’s side.

The interim City boss was disappointed with the levels of performance City produced but has backed the side to bounce back.

Carsley said: “I was disappointed with the performance from the players because we never really got up to what I expect.

“You could tell the longer the game went on, the more it looked like they were going to score. We could have held out for a point after that but it wasn’t to be.

“They probably thought they had seen the pressure out because we did really well at the start of the second half.

“They made plenty of vital blocks and we defended well. The first goal was a soft goal to concede because we had done so well up until that point.

“We were under-par and we need to make sure we get back up to the levels we need for the next match.”

City travel to Scunthorpe United next week seven points off the play-off positions with the home defeat to Swindon.

Carsley has urged his players to keep their concentration on getting into the play-offs.

He added: “I think we lacked options today and we need to make sure we do the ugly side of the game much better.

“We allowed them too much space today and they were much better at closing us down. We needed much more movement and creation but that is what we will be working on this week.

“It is a difficult place to go but they will work hard to make sure we are much better than we were today.

“It is very disappointing but we have to make sure we are focused on the bigger picture.”

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