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"We have to turn our dominance into goals, we didn't manage to do that. We're extremely disappointed." Coventry City's Steven Pressley

10 December 2014

Pressley has urged his side to be more ruthless in the final third as they couldn't make their first-half dominance pay...

Coventry City manager Steven Pressley was disappointed with his side for not capitalising on their impressive first-half display against Bristol City at Ashton Gate.

The Sky Blues were eliminated from the Johnstone's Paint Trophy by the League One leaders thanks to a goal in either half by Derrick Williams and Aaron Wilbraham.

But, Pressley has urged his side to make the crucial moments in the final third count and also believes that City should have had a penalty when Josh McQuoid was bundled to the ground in the penalty-area in the first-half.

"Ultimately cup ties are all about winning so we're extremely dissapointed," the City boss said.

"Despite the defeat there were some real positives out there today. We dominated the first-half for long periods and we gave up very few opportunities throughout the 90 minutes. During the game as a whole, Ryan Allsop doesn't have a save to make.

"Our key moments and final pass are areas we need to improve on, we will continue to work on it. 

"I also believe the referee has missed a big call with the penalty incident in the first-half. I've seen it again, spoken to the officials after the game and it is a stonewall penalty. The tackle on Josh McQuoid is undoubtedly a penalty, I've seen it a couple of times.

"I've seen a really assured and professional performance tonight at times. We've come to the league leaders tonight and looked confident, but we have to turn that dominance into goals and we didnt manage to do that."

The Sky Blues conceded the two goals from crosses, something that Pressley had prepared his side for prior to the game. 

The manager said that the team had coped well for large periods, but rued the set-play which gave the hosts the opening goal.

Pressley continued: "They are a very big and very physcial team and we'd absolutely talked about it before the game.

"We knew they were a real danger from crosses, as they have scored 50 percent of their goals from balls into the box. We prepared the players for that.

"In general we coped well but the set-piece cost us for the opener. We spoke about the difference in the final third after the game, we have to believe we can score the goal, put the right delivery in and get on the end of it. 

"We've seen a lot of really good things today our organistaion was excellent. There were so many good things yet ultimately we lost. We have to get ourselves prepared for Saturday away to Port Vale, which is a massive game. We're desperate to bounce back."


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