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"I'm confident of getting back to winning ways, we're obviously disappointed as we deserved something." Coventry City's Steven Pressley

7 February 2015

The Sky Blues manager also praised midfielder John Fleck for his performance and is eager to get a result on Tuesday night...

Coventry City manager Steven Pressley is confident of getting back to winning ways after the Sky Blues' 1-0 defeat to Preston North End at Deepdale.

City were desperately unlucky not to take a point when John Fleck hit the crossbar with a stunning effort from 30-yards after Kevin Davies scored the only goal of the game in the first-half.

City were much the better side in the second-half and Pressley believes the side were unlucky not to take a share of the spoils in Lancashire.

"I'm very confident of getting back to winning ways," Pressley said.

"It's disappointing to lose but the manner of our defeat is encouraging. Our fans stayed to show their appreciation which showed how much they thought of our efforts today.

"We're obviously disappointed as the players gave everything I asked of them today. 

"Frank had the best chance for us and we had three or four unbelievable moments on the counter, where our final pass should've been much better. 

"In the second-half we were far more aggressive in the press and it was a performance which merited a result."

Pressley was also full of praise for Fleck, who was inches away from scoring his first goal of the campaign with his dramatic 30-yard effort.

Ahead of the Scunthorpe game on Tuesday night, the manager is also hoping for good news on Frank Nouble and Andy Webster who both went off injured, and admitted he wants to extend Matty Pennington’s loan deal.

He added: "John Fleck typified what we were looking for out of possession, he showed composure and bravery on the ball - he was a shining light for us.

"His effort was very much like the Frank Moussa moment from last season, we had them pinned back and it was outstanding shot, which was almost a carbon copy and the difference between us and a point.

"I've also got to praise Adam Barton, he acquitted himself really well after being out of the side after a long run of games. He came back hungry to play for us and looked composed.

"Frank's injury is disappointing news for us as we have a tight squad and cannot afford to lose and players. Before the game we had Jack Finch out and Sanmi Odelusi had a tight hamstring that we couldn't risk.

"We would like to extend Matty Pennington's loan as well as we are down to the bare bones at the back."

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