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“A few wins on the bounce and you’re in the top six. There’s no need to worry about tables at this stage.” - Coventry City’s Tony Mowbray

29 August 2016

With a busy week of football ahead, the Sky Blues boss reflects on the draw with the Cobblers at the weekend...

The Sky Blues boss has encouraged the squad not to look at league standings in the early stages of the season, while his side drew 1-1 with unbeaten Northampton Town, whose winning run stretches all the way back to January. 

Marcus Tudgay nodded in the second-half equaliser from a Jodi Jones cross, with the 18-year old making his comeback from a short-term injury that has kept him out of the side for two weeks.

The City boss said: “Young players look at results, points accrued but I’ve told them they mustn’t do that. They don’t have to think about the table until we get a dozen games in.

“The group felt as if they’d done enough to win the game – but I’ve told them that doesn’t count if you don’t put the ball in the net and we obviously haven’t done that enough this season.

“I was happy enough with the performance – they gave a good account of themselves and how we came in 1-0 down at half-time is mind-boggling. 

“We need to be more clinical: I can talk to them, tell them, even show them the clips but you’ve got to work at it and if you get a yard you’ve got to shoot.

The Sky Blues face West Ham United PL2 in the opening game of the newly named Checkatrade Trophy tomorrow evening at the Ricoh Arena, with City yet to lose a game on home soil.

The transfer market also reaches its climax this week, with Mowbray keen to continue the summer recruitment drive at the club. The City boss expects there to be some more business done before the window slams shut at 11pm on Wednesday evening. 

He added: “What I do know is that I see the signs of a pretty decent team growing together and once we get this window shut and get the group together we can start working on how to improve the results.

“I feel quite confident about the team; I think it will get stronger in the next few days and once we can do the work on the grass I think this will be a difficult place for teams to come. I don’t think we’re very far away from that.”

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