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"The players have to take responsibility for the defeat. Our first-half performance wasn't good enough." - Coventry City's Danny Pugh

11 October 2014

The City defender wants to see more from the City squad in training ahead of the Bristol City game next week...

Coventry City defender Danny Pugh believes the City players have to take responsibility for the 2-1 defeat against Crewe Alexandra.

City suffered their third consecutive away league defeat after first-half goals from Febian Brandy and George Cooper sealed the win for the league's bottom side.

Anthony Grant turned a Pugh free-kick into his own net at the start of the second-half but City couldn't find the second goal to grab a point as defender Jack Finch was sent off in the final stages.

Pugh admitted the first-half performance wasn't good enough and wants to see a reaction from the City squad in training.

The left wing-back said: "We were poor first-half. We didn't start well and we need to look at why that was the case. 

"We came out strong in the second-half and I thought when we got the goal back, we'd press on with a second and maybe a third.

"But, it didn't come for us. We had a couple of chances but we couldn't get it over the line. We need to get out of this poor run of form.

"We've got good enough players here and we've got a good squad. That's why it is disappointing because our squad has enough quality in it to be competing higher up the table."

City welcome League One leaders Bristol City to the Ricoh Arena next week and Pugh wants to see City start games much better in the future.

He added: "We need to have a good week in training but I don't think that's the issue. We need to make sure we're starting games much better to give ourselves a chance.

"It all comes down to the players. We can only be sent onto the pitch with the tactics and after that, it is up to us to get the job done.

"We've got to look ourselves and demand much better. Obviously, we're missing a few players like Reda Johnson and Frank Nouble but we've got enough players to make up for it.

"It is still early in the season but we've got to put an end to this run of form."

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