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“The biggest concern for me is that we haven’t scored a league goal in three games.” - Coventry City’s Tony Mowbray

17 August 2016

City's manager Tony Mowbray gives his post-match thoughts while suggesting that the squad will have additions before the market closes on August 31st...

The Sky Blues were held to their second consecutive 0-0 draw of the campaign at home to Bury on Tuesday evening, having played out the same scoreline against Shrewsbury at the weekend. 

In a frustrating night of few chances, the City boss was pleased with his defenders resolute performance, but cited the lack of competitive league goals as a concern for his team.  

He said: “Let’s be honest, we got away with it. Physically, it was a miss-match. We’ve got one our two with knocks and Chris McCann hadn’t played 90 minutes before tonight and there are a lot of young players in the side. 

“Bury are a big strong powerful team and are pretty direct, who also have a lot of mobility and athleticism in their team. At times it was a real test for us and I’ve just said to them, let’s take the positives, take the point and move on. 

“My job is to make our team and our club stronger physically, as well as technically. We’re missing Sordell up top and maybe some physicality at the back. Saying that, Ricketts stuck to his guns tonight, Willis has been strong all season and Cian Harries was the best player on the pitch tonight.

“We defended fantastically with blocks and putting your body on the line, Pope was a constant threat all game. We’ll have better nights though, we’ll cause more teams problems with the ball.”

Coventry City travel to Bradford at the weekend, followed by an away trip to Championship side Norwich in the second round of the EFL Cup on Tuesday. With the fixture pile-up already taking its toll, the Sky Blues manager is keen to add to his squad before the transfer window closes in two weeks time. 

City’s latest recruit, Jordan Turnbull will be available for the trip to Valley Parade at the weekend, with Mowbray hinting that there may be another new face on his squad list for Saturday.

He added: “The squad size at the moment, we’ve been asking the same players to play three games in seven days. We need some more bodies in the squad and I’m sure we will address that.

“They stood up to the physicality I’d have to say, there were no goals conceded and yet we can’t keep relying on clean sheets. The biggest concern for me is that we haven’t scored a league goal in three games. We look a little bit lightweight. 

“Twenty-goal a season players aren’t falling off trees otherwise we’d be already there with one but we are working hard and I’d hope to have a forward in the building in the next two days ready for the weekend. I would hope there are a few players signed over the next week.

Talking about ex-Saints defender Turnbull, the manager added: “Jordan is experienced playing in this league, in a team that has made it to the play-off final. He can play with the ball and can defend, and can bring some stability. We’re trying to build the football club, so he’s here on a long-term contract. He will be a great addition.” 

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