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“Gutting to lose in the 86th minute, at the moment it stings a bit.” - Coventry City’s Andy Rose

6 August 2016

Rose dampens the rumours that he is unsettled in the West Midlands and confirms that he 'loves' playing for Coventry City...

City’s 26-year old midfielder gave a 90-minute performance against the club’s opening day opponents, as the Sky Blues were unlucky to be on the wrong end of a 1-0 scoreline.

The decisive goal was scored in the final ten minutes of the game by Yaser Kasim, with the tie looking all but likely to end in stalemate after a goalless 85 minutes. 

Rose partnered Vladimir Gadzhev in central midfield, with the Bulgarian making his first competitive start in a City shirt and has often been hailed by teammates as technically one of the best at the club.

Rose said: “Vlad is fantastic technically, we both found it difficult to dictate the pace of the game today. Their midfield was on top of us. Not every team will press us like Swindon did today.

“You want quality players in the squad, Vlad is that, and more are coming. It’s good to have healthy competition. But at the end of the day, you have got to get a result.”

Speaking about the disappointment of the result, Rose added: “We would have liked to have a bit more possession of our own, but there will be matches where you have to be smart tactically and set up behind the ball.

“When you break you need to finish your chances, we probably had three or four, that on another day would have gone in. Gutting to lose in the 86th minute, as a team we dropped a bit too deep and unfortunately they were able to finish a play. At the moment it stings a bit. Certainly frustrated.

“Against a team like Swindon who are very expansive, you have to be smart and stay in your shape. Marvin was unlucky hitting the post early on, but we need to be more ruthless in front of goal. Right now we need to digest this, take the positives and assess the negatives.”

Rose finished by addressing the talk of his career being linked with a move to Australia. He said: “No truth to those rumours, they come and go. I’m very happy here and I love playing for Coventry. No truth to those what so ever.” 

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