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“We need to work on the percentage of chances we convert, but a lot of good stuff to take from the game.” - Coventry City’s Tony Mowbray

1 August 2016

The City boss is still looking to make additions to his squad before the start of the new season...

The Sky Blues rounded off their preseason campaign with a win against Nuneaton Town on Friday evening, with just five days until the official League One start this coming Saturday. 

The City Manager was relatively pleased with his side’s application to the re-arranged fixture, having originally planned to play Doncaster Rovers who had to pull out at last minute due to injury concerns.

Mowbray said: “I’d like to place on record my thanks to Nuneaton Town for taking the fixture on at such short notice. I wish them all the best in their league this year. 

“From our point of view, a lot of the principles that we’ve been working on in training were put in place on Friday. How we asked the team to play and approach the game was good. I’m pretty disappointed with the goal we conceded, considering we restricted their chances.  

“We need to work on the percentage of chances we convert, but a lot of good stuff to take from the game. I thought the whole team defended well, we restricted them. We’ve been working a lot on the whole team closing down and pressing as a unit. 

“Ideally we’d have played against a league team, who would give us a bit more of a difficult test. But it allowed us to play our shape and test ourselves with the ball.”

City’s Ruben Lameiras marked his return from injury with a goal and was generally a handful throughout the first-half. The Manager spoke about City’s Portuguese frontman in the aftermath of the game.

He added: “I have talked to Ruben a lot about end product, he’s got a good left foot and he needs to use it more. He has to keep showing me he can create, as he did on Friday; first 30-minutes I thought he was outstanding and really showed his talent. 

Mowbray finished by assessing the shape of his squad in the run up to the new season: “We need to bring some more experience and quality in to the side, some more men to do the job. I talk about how well the young players are doing, but with total respect this is a man’s league. 

“They have showed me I can trust them when I need to, but in an ideal world we bring in some more strength in depth who can do the job week in week out.” 

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