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Pressley disappointed with second half

21 September 2013

City boss dissects Sky Blues' costly second half performance in defeat to Port Vale

Coventry City manager Steven Pressley said he was disappointed with a second half performance from the Sky Blues which saw opponents Port Vale twice come from behind to win 3-2.

City went into half time 2-1 up thanks to goals from Callum Wilson and Franck Moussa but Vale twice levelled through Tom Pope and Doug Loft before former Sky Blues midfielder Chris Birchall grabbed a winner for the home side eight minutes from time.

Pressley said: "We played really well in the first half and we carried out everything we'd been working on but in the second half, for the first time this season, we lost the detail of what we are working towards.

"It was an opposite performance in the second half to the first. We didn't push our lines in the same manner and we allowed Port Vale to get between us which is disappointing because of the way we performed in the first half.

"It's no criticism of the players because they've been magnificent and they trained superbly all week but it's disappointing because the second half wasn't reflective of the standards we've set.

"We're always talking about pushing and squeezing the game and that's why we get the second balls and break with speed but because we were so spread out in the second half it made it difficult for us to press the game.

"It is disappointing because we had such a good first half and we were shooting to a massive travelling support in the second half and it was a great opportunity to get another win on the road."

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