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"I'm disappointed as for 75 minutes, it was a brilliant away performance. We need to win those games." - Coventry City's Steven Pressley

21 February 2015

The Sky Blues boss has backed his players after the 2-2 draw against Sheffield United at Bramall Lane...

Coventry City manager Steven Pressley has expressed his disappointment after the Sky Blues failed to capitalise on a 2-0 lead against Sheffield United.

A brace from Dominic Samuel gave the Sky Blues a 2-0 lead before two goals in three minutes from Michael Doyle and Jamie Murphy secured a point for the Blades.

The hosts were reduced to ten men in the first-half when Jose Baxter lunged in at Adam Barton with two feet near the half-way line and the referee immediately gave the midfielder his marching orders.

Pressley praised the performance up until the 75th minute mark where he said they lacked the 'mentality' to see out the win.

Pressley said: "I'm disappointed as for 75 minutes, it was a brilliant away performance from ourselves. 

"Even in the early stages of the game before the sending off, we were dominating possession and looked the better of the two sides.

"We used the pitch brilliantly after the sending off and thoroughly deserved the two-goal lead. When you play against ten men in this environment, it can be very difficult.

"At 2-0 up, I'm thinking it is the perfect performance. When they scored, we didn't show the composure and showed a little bit of inexperience. We need to show a better mentality in those moments."

The Sky Blues face high-flying MK Dons next week at the Ricoh Arena as they look to get out of the bottom four in League One.

Chris Stokes and Adam Barton were taken off during the second-half and Pressley explained they were enforced substitutions.

He added: "Chris, who had done brilliantly on his debut, had to come off as he was suffering from a bit of cramp in the final stages.

"It was a definite sending off and Adam Barton had to come off in the second-half as a result of that tackle on his ankle.

"Due to that, we had a lot of young players on the pitch and I think it told. The experience to see out a game wasn't there. I feel for the players because they're giving everything for the club at the moment.

"The irony is that a 2-2 result at Sheffield United is a very good result but after that performance, we're disappointed we didn't get the three points we deserved."

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