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“We tried to play and express ourselves and ultimately we have paid the price.”- Coventry City’s Tony Mowbray

24 August 2016

The Sky Blues boss gave his post-match thoughts as his side suffered a heavy defeat at the hands of Championship outfit Norwich City...

Coventry City were knocked out of the EFL Cup’s second round on Tuesday night following a 6-1 defeat away to Norwich City.

Goals from Sergi Canos (2), Kyle Lafferty, Jacob Murphy, Russell Martin and Ben Godfrey secured victory for the Canaries, while a consolation piece was scored by City’s Ruben Lameiras from the spot. 

Disappointed that his side conceded six goals for the first time under his stewardship, Tony Mowbray stated that his team failed to express themselves effectively enough throughout the 90-minutes.

“We tried to play and express ourselves but ultimately we paid the price,” said the manager. “As the game unfolded we went chasing it. We left ourselves open to the counter attack. We of course know about Murphy and Maddison but they have other players all over the pitch that can hurt you.

“This hasn’t been typical of us this season. We have had a couple of clean sheets. I thought we were in control against Bradford at the weekend until the second half and the penalty.

“I don’t want to come and play negative football. I want to come and test our young players and see how far they can go and they fell short tonight, but its a good lesson for us all.” 

City will now turn their attention back to League One duty, with a tie against Northampton Town at the weekend, and the manager is hoping that a good league performance will finally bare fruit on Saturday. 

“We haven’t picked up the rewards for our decent play,” the Sky Blues boss added. “We have a big game on Saturday and generally in the league we have played fairly well.

“At some stage we have to turn that into points and I am sure at some stage we will. At this moment it feels tough but yet it will all be forgotten about quickly if we get a victory at the weekend. It will be a tough test for us, but we’ll try and rise to the challenge and get three points.”

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