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'We must toughen up' - Pressley

22 March 2014

Sky Blues boss says his side need to toughen up and he needs to see more hurt from certain individuals

Coventry City manager Steven Pressley says his players need to toughen up if they are to turn performances into points as the season draws to a close.

The Sky Blues took an early lead at Brentford only to go down 3-1 to the Bees at Griffin Park and Pressley said his players need to toughen up but that he also wants to see more from certain members if his squad.

'We started ever so well and alot of the aspects we worked on in terms of our press and switch play we did brilliantly and we obviously scored and created a number of great chances to add to that," Pressley said.

"We got a warning when we conceded a penalty and Joe Murphy goes on to make a superb save but we didn't learn from that and the goals we went on to concede were a bit soft.

"We then come out in the second half and we have a situation on a counter-attack where it's three on three which I'm fine with but we don't defend it properly and then we found ourselves with a mountain to climb. That's disappointing because I thought we played some terrific football at times and caused them problems.

"Brentford haven't really been conceding goals of late and we've not only scored but we could have had three or four others but we need to toughen up, there's no doubt about it. We need to win more tackles and go into those tackles with more intensity.

"Another thing just now is we have a slight problem in respect to loan players because I don't think it means enough to them and the same goes for certain players whose contracts are coming to an end. They need to do better and they must do better and I have to see more from them. I need to see more hurt in the dressing room because I feel sometimes it is hurting some more than others and that needs to be looked at."

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