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'Penalties are always a lottery'

8 October 2013

Goalkeeper Murphy doesn't want penalty defeat to overshadow performance against table toppers

Coventry City goalkeeper Joe Murphy says the Sky Blues will not be getting too downbeat following their Johnstone's Paint Trophy penalties exit at the hands of Leyton Orient at Brisbane Road.

City played out a goalless 90 minutes with the League One leaders but their campaign was brought to an early end on spot kicks as Orient scored their first four while the Sky Blues missed penalties from Franck Moussa and John Fleck.

Murphy said though that despite the disappointment of the cup defeat, City had plenty to be positive about in terms of the way they handled the table toppers over the 90 minutes.

"Of course we're disappointed but penalties are always a bit of a lottery and it's always a tough way to go out," Murphy said.

"I felt like I should've kept one out to be fair because I like to think I fancy myself on penalties but before then I thought we defended pretty well and settled down second half against a team that have been scoring for fun at home so I'll treat it as a clean sheet."

Murphy also spoke about youngsters Jordan Willis and Aaron Phillips who both featured at right-back in the absence of injured Cyrus Christie.

"Jordan's come in and done really well and Aaron has done the same, he was fantastic. He got some good tackles in and got into some good positions at the back stick.

"You can see with the way they performed that the gaffer's philosophy has been drilled in to everybody, including the younger players which is great to see because as the season goes on and fatigue and injury start to creep in you are going to be looking to your bench so they did really well tonight."


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