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'Feel sorry for the players' - Pressley

8 October 2013

City boss Steven Pressley expresses his sympathy for the players after the penalties loss against Leyton Orient...

Coventry City manager Steven Pressley believes his City side didn't deseve to go out of the Johnstone Paint Trophy on penalties against Leyton Orient.

The Sky Blues traveled to the League One league-leaders in the JPT second round after receiving a bye in the first round. 

The two sides played out a goalless draw with Joe Murphy keeping City in the game when he saved a late David Mooney header. 

City had chances throughout the game but couldn't find a way through and Pressley expressed his sympathy for the City players after the game.

The City boss said: "It is always disappointing to go out on penalties as it is a cruel way to decide the outcome of a match.

"I thought we played well, controlling the majority of the play in the second half but we just couldn't find the break-through.

"We need to take the positives as we came to the league leaders and played very well. There wasn't very many chances but the players gave so much and we should have won.

"It was another clean sheet away from home and the players handled the situation really well. We didn't make many changes tonight so the players should take a lot of confidence from the game."

Lloyd James scored the winning penalty for Orient after Franck Moussa had his effort saved and John Fleck missed his spot-kick.

Pressley added: "We are playing in the right way and how we always looked for the switch of play was brilliant tonight. 

"It is a big part of our game. We played Franck (Moussa) on the right tonight which was the only change to our system and I think it worked well at times.

"That helped Blair (Adams) to be more advanced on the left and I was really happy with his performance tonight. 

"We need to make sure we have a positive mind-set from our performance because this has been an extremely difficult place to go this season."


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