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"These are places we need to come to and win." - Coventry City manager Steven Pressley

20 September 2014

Sky Blues boss credits his side's application but said final decisions and final ball cost City a chance to take home some points

Coventry City boss Steven Pressley was complimentary of his side's efforts but disappointed in the manner of the goal that saw the Sky Blues' slip to a 1-0 defeat away at Rochdale.

Ian Henderson's 28th miniute penalty kick proved to be the difference between the two sides as City suffered a second consecutive defeat.

Pressley said he was pleased with the way his players were applying themselves but felt the final pass and the final decisions ultimately cost City at Spotland.

"I thought we started the opening 15 minutes very well, we worked previously on exploiting the wide areas and I thought we did that very well in those opening stages  so that was encouraging but I also felt we just lost our way a little bit," he said.

"The game became very bitty with no side really dominating the play but having said that I never though we looked in danger defensively. The origin of their goal was from an angle ball which we'd spoken about in the lead up to the game and although we defended well overall it was disappointing to lose the goal in the manner that we did.

"We look a very good side just now but our final pass and our final decisions cost us in terms of being able to create better goalscoring opportunities.

"In the second half though we played with greater intensity and the energy that I talk about, something I felt we didn't do in the first half but we spoke about that at half time and I was pleased with the way the players came out and applied that."

Pressley added that Tuesday night's midweek defeat at Scunthorpe United, where City had to play the majority of the game with ten men, may have had a residual effect on his team's performance.

"A couple of players looked a bit leggy I thought. John Fleck had been struggling with a groin injury since Tuesday and he didn't play with the level of freedom that he normally does and Conor Thomas covered exceptional distances for us on Tuesday and looked a bit leggy which was my reasoning for bringing them both off at half time.

"But I have no complaints in the way the group are going about things. I just feel though that if we want to move forward these are the kinds of places that you need to come to and win."

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