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"There's absolutely no advantage for us, teams are accustomed to playing two games a week." - Coventry City's Tony Mowbray

1 October 2015

The Sky Blues boss has also placed an importance on his side taking the chances they create as they prepare to face Shrewsbury...

Coventry City manager Tony Mowbray has admitted his frustration watching other League One teams play in midweek.

The Sky Blues had their fixture against Barnsley at home moved to Tuesday, November 3rd due to an event at the Ricoh Arena and safety concerns.

This meant City had to watch the rest of the league play in midweek, with manager Mowbray taking advantage by watching this weekend's opponents Shrewsbury suffer a 3-2 defeat at Rochdale.



Despite the lack of a game in midweek, Mowbray believes there is no advantage to be had over Shrewsbury ahead of the weekend's game. 

Mowbray said: "It's a bit frustrating really. It would have been another opportunity for us to get another three points at home.

"We've been doing well at home so far so we would have welcomed the opportunity to keep that going in what would have been back-to-back games.

"It wasn't to be so we really have to focus on this weekend coming now. I don't think you get any advantage when teams play in the week. Teams are accustomed to playing two games in the week in the modern game.

"With cup competitions, the best sides will end up playing more games anyways. The more successful you are, the more games you play so there isn't an advantage to be had."

City return to the Ricoh Arena following a trip to Gigg Lane where Bury recorded a 2-1 win despite the Sky Blues enjoying the vast majority of chances in the game.

Mowbray has placed an importance on taking more chances during matches and making sure his side claim the points they deserve.

He added: "We're not conceding loads of goals in open play, we're conceding goals from free-kicks where we've got to be more aware. Bury only had seven attempts in the whole game so it wasn't like they were peppering our goal.

"For me, I'm not concerned about the defence but we need to be putting away the chances we create with better efficiency.  We're creating plenty of goal-scoring opportunities each game but we need to be doing better.

"If you can take the opportunities when they come along, then really the goals which you concede don't become such an issue really."


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