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"Believe in our methods" - Pressley

18 February 2014

City boss says Sky Blues must keep the faith in their methods and take lessons from home defeat to Carlisle

Coventry City boss Steven Pressley says the Sky Blues need to keep believing in their methods after suffering a 2-1 defeat at home to Carlisle United.

Franck Moussa's first half opener was overturned by goals from Liam Noble and Sam Byrne as City fell to their first home league defeat since November.

Pressley said: "We played well first half and thoroughly deserved our lead and we could have had a couple more but second half we didn't win enough tackles and we weren't aggressive enough in our passing.

"It wasn't until we conceded the second a goal that we got back to passing aggressively and that has been a feature of our play all season so this is a disappointing result but we need to keep believing in our methods because we are a very good side.

"We've had some setbacks of late but we'll try to continue to improve as a team. I didn't actually think that Carlisle created too many opportunities and that's the disappointing aspect.

"To lose a game where you don't give up many opportunities is obviously disappointing but the main aspect of this game is that we need to win more tackles and maintain the aggression in our passing."

Pressley did though single out the performances of young loan debutants Chuba Akpom and Michael Petrasso who played the full 90 minutes.

"I thought the two young boys did great. They applied themselves really well and they're exciting players. I think they'll be terrific acquisitions for the club and they worked extremely hard and I'm very pleased with both of them."

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