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"It's disappointing but it should take nothing away from a good performance." - Coventry City's Tony Mowbray

11 August 2015

The Sky Blues exit the cup at the first stage but Mowbray has praised a strong performance at Spotland...

Coventry City manager Tony Mowbray has praised the attitude and commitment of his players after the penalties defeat to Rochdale.

City drew 1-1 in the 120 minutes, with Marcus Tudgay netting a late equaliser in the 90 minutes after Donal McDermott's first-half opener. 

Ruben Lameiras was the unfortunate City player to miss in the lottery of the penalty shoot-out as Dale netted all five of their penalties. 

Mowbray, despite the penalties defeat, praised the players' performance to get back into the game during the second-half.

The City boss said: "It is disappointing but it should take nothing away from a good performance.

"We came back into the game and did brilliantly for the last hour of the match, and probably deserved to get through to the next round but that's penalties.

"They were pretty direct and we knew that was coming. We had to rise above that and it was a poor time to concede a goal really.

"The disappointment is that we're out of the competition when we've probably done enough to get into the second round."

City travel to Millwall on Saturday in their second league game of the season as the Lions suffered a 2-1 defeat at home to Barnet.

He added: "We'll go to Millwall in a good frame of mind. Tonight won't get to us, they've got to shake it off and go again.

"I was happy with Reice's debut tonight. He deserves the chance and he needs the experience because if Lee gets injured or goes out of form, he has to come into it.

"There were plenty of good performances tonight as Marcus should be proud of his contribution and showed great awareness to score." 

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