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“They wanted it more, they ran more, they tackled harder and I think we were a bit of a soft touch.” - Coventry City’s Chris McCann

5 December 2016

The 29-year old was disappointed with City's lack of desire after crashing out of the FA Cup to lower league opposition...

City midfielder Chris McCann made his return from a one-month injury lay off against Cambridge United at the weekend, but his second-half substitute appearance wasn’t enough to ignite a Sky Blues revival.

The League Two side were 3-0 up at the break as Luke Berry netted a hat-trick, and followed up with another in the second 45 to end the game 4-0. 

McCann gave his assessment: “Very difficult to take, it wasn’t good enough from start to finish. No disrespect to Cambridge but we should be coming here and winning that game. 

“It is disappointing to lose to a team in the league below you and we’ve missed the chance to go through to the third round of the FA Cup. 

“Simply, we weren’t good enough. We didn’t turn up. They wanted it more, they ran more, they tackled harder and I think we were a bit of a soft touch.” 

The Sky Blues now face a second knockout tie in the space of four days at the Ricoh Arena on Wednesday evening, as the club hosts another League Two side, Crawley Town.

McCann added: “The confidence shouldn’t be low, we’ve been playing quite well but the last couple of results haven’t been what we wanted. We’re a confident bunch in the changing room but nothing takes away from the fact that this is a disappointing day.

“The younger lads have played quite a lot of football now, you’re playing league football and you need to understand the demands.

“The way the fans reacted is fully understandable. To watch us get beaten 4-0 on a Sunday is not good. We haven’t done them justice.” 

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