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“If you look at the history of this proud club, this defeat ranks as one of the worst." - Coventry City manager Steven Pressley

9 November 2014

The City boss has also revealed he will be speaking to Lee Burge in the week after his red card gifted Worcester the opener...

Coventry City manager Steven Pressley has stated that the performance of his side was “embarrassing” as they crashed out of the FA Cup after a 2-1 defeat to Worcester City.

Two goals from Sean Geddes was enough for the non-league side against the Sky Blues who also had Lee Burge sent off for violent conduct just before the break.

Reda Johnson missed a penalty for City right on the stroke of half-time and his goal with ten minutes to go was not enough for the Sky Blues to get a result, despite a late period of pressure.

The manager admitted that he ranked the result as one of the worst in the club’s history as they bowed out at the first round stage of the FA Cup against the Dragons who sit 63 places below the Sky Blues. 

“It was embarrassing and I said that to the group,” the manager said.

“I was extremely embarrassed. If you look at the history of this proud club, this defeat really ranks as one of the worst, or the worst.

“We’re all responsible for that, we are all bitterly disappointed. We really didn’t play well enough to get a result and congratulations to Worcester City .

“Again, it is an embarrassing defeat for us but we have to show our resilience and our character to get back and restore our pride over the coming months.”

Worcester were gifted the lead after a moment of madness from Burge saw the stopper see red just before half-time, as he kicked out in an altercation with visiting striker Daniel Nti.

Pressley called the young ‘keeper’s actions “inexcusable” and has said he will speak to the player in the coming days regarding the incident.

The City boss explained: “One of the things I said before the game was don’t get involved in an provocation don’t give the referee an excuse.

“We weren’t playing particularly well at the time, but we were still in a situation where as the game grew our quality could shine through.

“Then we are down to ten-men, we immediately lose a goal and I’m bitterly disappointed with Lee. I know he is a young goalkeeper but it is a massive learning curve. When he was impeded his action was not acceptable and I’ll speak to Lee in the coming days on the matter.

“He apologised to the players afterwards but we’re still very disappointed.”

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