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"We come into every game at the Ricoh Arena thinking we'll win so draws feel like defeats, particularly today." Coventry City's Chris Stokes

28 November 2015

The defender was disappointed City let the lead slip twice, but believes the side will look at the positives in the long run...

Coventry City defender Chris Stokes was disappointed that the Sky Blues let a lead slip twice in the 2-2 draw with Doncaster Rovers.

Adam Armstrong gave City the lead, before Nathan Tyson equalised. John Fleck then powered City ahead before Tyson capitalised on a defensive error to claw Rovers level.

Stokes believes the conditions played a part in the goals at the Ricoh Arena but refused to use it as an excuse. 

"Having been in front twice in the game we should have seen the game out," Stokes said.

"It was silly little mistakes and maybe we were a bit complacent.

"It was a slippery surface so it was difficult for both keepers, but we have to protect Reice a bit better. The conditions will get worse than that later in the season.

"The goal is sometimes going to happen when we play from the back, we don't want to just whack it up there, and Flecky was brilliant all game apart from the error.

"We were comfortable in the game and our home form has been really good. We come into every game at the Ricoh Arena thinking we'll win so draws feel like defeats, particularly today.

"We had chances and some of them didn't go our way today, we should have won with two goals though."

Despite City letting a lead slip, the result was City's 11th in a row without a defeat, the best run since 1967.

Although disappointed immediately after the game, Stokes believes the side will look at the positives as they reflect on the game.

He continued: "It's hard not to look at the negatives at the moment but we have to look at the positives in the long run.

"We're unbeaten at home this season, teams are fearful of us here and we're on a good run. So we need to keep going, we're still top. 

"We've got two weeks until the next game so we'll come back refreshed and ready to go for another three points."


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