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"I'm not making any excuses today though as we simply weren't good enough." - Coventry City's Tony Mowbray

23 January 2016

The Sky Blues boss was left frustrated at the final whistle following the 3-0 defeat to the Shrimpers...

Coventry City manager Tony Mowbray wants a quick response from the Sky Blues following the 3-0 defeat to Southend United.

City suffered a poor defeat at Roots Hall as Stephen Hendrie and Tyrone Barnett netted to secure the points for the Shrimpers.

Former City player Gary Deegan was sent off in the second-half for two bookable offences as City suffered their second consecutive defeat.

Mowbray said: "I think we struggled from the start today. We knew we were coming up against a physical side and we didn't rise to the occasion.

"We needed to do more in the final third. We had plenty of shots but didn't create many chances in the game and that's disappointing.

"We were without Jacob Murphy and Adam Armstrong today as we found out yesterday and we missed their presence in the final third today."

The Sky Blues were also without the suspended John Fleck as Gael Bigirimana came into the midfield to replace him. 

Mowbray continued: "We missed John Fleck as well today as he is really influential on the ball and drives us forward.

"Gael is getting up to speed with the way we play at the moment and Stephen Hunt came in to make his debut today, he was full of energy.

"I'm not making any excuses today though as we simply weren't good enough today but I'm sure these players will get us going again.

"This group of players has got us into the position we're in today and we should remember that. We need to respond next week."

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