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"The naivety of the first goal is ridiculous but we shouldn't have lost the game." - Coventry City's Tony Mowbray

26 September 2015

The City boss has also praised substitutes Marcus Tudgay and Marc Antoine-Fortune after their performances...

Coventry City manager Tony Mowbray was frustrated with City's finishing following the 2-1 defeat to Bury.

Former City striker Leon Clarke scored both goals, either side of the break, with one coming from the penalty spot after a challenge with Reda Johnson.

It was Johnson who headed home for City to get the away side back in the game but the Sky Blues couldn't the equaliser their play deserved.

The City boss expressed his frustration at the quality of goals, especially the penalty.

Mowbray said: "The naivety of the first goal is ridiculous really. It's been 15 years since teams starting doing a cut back, how they didn't pick up that space, I don't know.

"The goals were really frustrating. The referee had no intention of giving it but the linesman wanted to put his flag up. The challenge starts 10 yards outside the box.

"I've watched it back and I think it's a really poor decision. Those moments change games but I don't think I could have asked much more from them in the second-half.

"They really went for it near the end and we've made plenty of chances. We probably lacked the quality to finish them off but we created a lot more than they did and definitely deserved something.

Marc Antoine-Fortune and Marcus Tudgay came on after Bury's second game and Mowbray praised the pair for their experience and quality.

He added: "Marc Antoine-Fortune is a good football player. I'm just trying to get him up to speed and he'll be starting a match sometime down the line.

"No-one should question Fortune's quality and what he brings to a team. He will give us a platform for our young players and has such good experience.

"We put some experience on the pitch to try and change the dynamics of the game, and I think we looked better. 

"We were pressing forward for the equaliser and we definitely should have got it. We've got to take it on the chin and move on."


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