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"The lack of goals is frustrating. It was almost the perfect away performance." - Coventry City's Tony Mowbray

2 April 2016

The Sky Blues boss also praised the defensive performance of right-back Aaron Phillips after his return to the side...

Coventry City manager Tony Mowbray has bemoaned the lack of goals in the side after a dominant performance in the 0-0 draw against Gillingham.

Marcus Tudgay had the chance to give the Sky Blues all three points as the clock struck 90 minutes, but his effort was saved by the underside of the crossbar as City settle for a share of the points. 

It means the Sky Blues are now nine points off the League One play-offs ahead of a trip to Wigan Athletic next week.

The City boss believes his side should have taken all three points at Priestfield and praised the defensive performance.

Mowbray said: "We had the best chances in the game and arguably should have won it. Marcus' shot at the very end. He has said the goalkeeper has got a touch so it's a great save.

"Jacob also had another one which came off the bar so we're frustrated really. For most of it, it was a pretty poor quality football match but we had a game-plan which nearly came off for us.

"We were looking to keep solid and nick one on the break but in the end, we've come here and dominated most of the game and created the best chances, just couldn't take them. It was almost the perfect away performance in that respect.

"The lack of goals is frustrating, it's been our problem for the last two or three months actually and something we need to work on for the rest of the season."

Jodi Jones was taken off after 60 minutes after another promising performance from the 18-year old who is currently on loan from Dagenham and Redbridge.

Mowbray confirmed he was taken off due to a dead leg suffered during the Colchester United game and also praised the performance of right-back Aaron Phillips.

He added: "Jodi had a dead leg from the last game and it was touch and go whether he'd actually play. He was also being kicked about a bit so I thought it was important we took him off then. 

"He was limping a bit and he's an 18-year old boy who I can't expect to keep going for 90 minutes having just come into the club. It was the same with Adam Armstrong as well because he'd played a lot of minutes for England so we had to protect him.

"Aaron is a young player who went through a spell of making mistakes which was costing us so he needed to be taken out of it, but he's done fabulously well today.

"We put him in because I feel as though Aaron is a better one-one-one defender than Martin Lorentzson and Gillingham have a lot of threats from wide areas but he coped really well."

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