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"We lost three goals Saturday, one from a set play. That needs to be addressed." - Coventry City manager Tony Mowbray

9 March 2015

The Sky Blues boss will look through Saturday's game with the City players as they prepare for tomorrow's game against Bradford City…

Coventry City manager Tony Mowbray has said that the Sky Blues squad will look through the video of Saturday's defeat to Port Vale as they prepare for tomorrow's game with Bradford City.

The 3-2 defeat at the weekend was Mowbray's first game in charge, but the 51-year old says that he will continue to look to play a passing game to move up the League One table.

However Mowbray is aware that the style of play may have to change in order to get the results needed for City to retain their League One status.

"Today we're going to look back at the video of Saturday as a group," he said. "I didn't feel threatened by Port Vale. But we lost three goals, one from a set play. That needs to be addressed.

"We need to find a way of giving confidence to the team. We were all left bitterly frustrated by Saturday.

"Conceding goals and negative results will inevitably knock confidence. It can be boosted quickly though with a win. Younger players take a bit more time to readjust after a defeat than older players who have seen it and done it.

"I will look to the older lads and get them to just steer the younger ones through this.

"Normally I like to play an expansive game but we are where we are and we have a pitch that is difficult to play on. We need to win football matches, keep clean sheets. If we have to change our style of play than that is something we will look at.

Mowbray is nearly a week into his role as manager and he believes that he is close to knowing who he thinks his best team is.

He also revealed that he has spoken to 'friends with vast experience in this league' to seek advice on how to lift City up the League One table.

He continued: "After Tuesday and Wednesday's Under-21s game I will have seen pretty much every player play. I'll have a clearer picture in my mind then.

"I've spoken to some friends who have vast experience in this league and they say it is all fine margins, that little bit is what separates the teams at the top of the table from the teams at the bottom.

"I have no excuses and am aware of the situation. The pitch doesn't concern me and I know that it won't concern Bradford either tomorrow.

"Our back four and goalkeeper is young and I thought they were okay at the weekend. We will find the faults with each goal and eradicate those mistakes in the future.

"I'm positive about Lee Burge. He is young and young goalkeepers do make mistakes, it is a learning curve. He has good hands and a good temperament, his future is bright.

"We need to keep clean sheets and win games, tomorrow is the next opportunity to put that right."


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