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"One of the most bizarre referee displays I've ever seen," - Steven Pressley

25 July 2014

Sky Blues boss gives his thoughts on the events which saw four players sent off in the first half an hour of the club's penultimate tour friendly

Coventry City boss Steven Pressley said the club's latest pre-season friendly which saw four red cards in the first half an hour was 'one of the most bizarre refereeing displays I've ever seen'.

Danny Pugh and Billy Daniels both saw red in the opening 29 minutes of the Sky Blues 0-0 draw with Greek top flight AEL Kalloni along with opposition duo Paul Keite and Manuel Dalgado.

Pressley said: "The referee made some really bizarre decisions and to be honest I've never seen anything quite like it.

"What I say I say without any bias and while you could make a case for the sendings off of the two opposition players, our dismissals were a little bit farcical.

"That being said we still managed to get out of the game what we wanted and I while I felt we needed to be a bit more clinical and find that killer pass in the final third, I was pleased that our press and our intensity was evident and again the attitude of the boys was fantastic.

"I spent alot of the end of last season talking about our ability to be resolute in defence and we've picked up a second clean sheet in three days against top flight opposition which is pleasing.

"We pretty much dominated the second period, spending the majority of the time in their half but credit to the opposition, they were organised and difficult to break down so we need to continue to work at the final phase of play.

"In all though the players responded very well to the defeat in our previous fixture and gave me another performance full of positives despite the bizarre  first half an hour."

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