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“The balance between artists and soldiers is proving difficult, but I’m sure that win is around the corner.” Coventry City’s Tony Mowbray

8 March 2016

The City manager looks at new approaches to kick-start a winning streak for the out-of-form Sky Blues...

Sky Blues’ boss, Tony Mowbray has spent the training week addressing the balance in his squad ahead of the Shrewsbury fixture on Tuesday evening. 

Mowbray’s men were dealt a third consecutive loss on Saturday against Rochdale and a sixth loss in eight League One games. 

With 12 games left in the League One calendar, Mowbray is looking to encourage his side out of the mid-season lull and regain the kind of form that inspired the initial promotion chase.

The manager said: “Little fine details seem to be going against us at the moment.

“I went into the game [Rochdale] pretty confident because we had stripped things back to basics and looked at what we were doing toward the start of the season.

“We limited Rochdale to a few chances and created things ourselves, had the better clear cut chances and restricted the opposition more than we have in recent weeks, so we have to keep striving to put things right."

The Sky Blues side has changed significantly since the opening stages of the season, with the back four witnessing the most disruption through injury.

Talking about the dynamics among the team, Mowbray said: “Things have changed quite considerably at the back and one of the other things we have missed is Ryan Kent who gave us break-away speed. He was our ball carrier. Ryan Kent going back changed the dynamic of the forward players.”

Chris Stokes and Sam Ricketts have been mainstays among Mowbray’s side, as well as the midfield pairing of Romain Vincelot and John Fleck. Mowbray is hoping that a bit of consistency toward the latter stages of the season will yield some positive results for the Sky Blues.

Mowbray added: “The balance between artists and soldiers is proving difficult at the moment but I’m sure that win is just around the corner.

“I felt we restricted the opposition more on Saturday than we have done for a few weeks and there is a lot to be pleased about; yet nobody is pleased about the result.

“Let’s not get dragged down by negativity, we will keep going and get a lucky goal or something to kick-start us and we'll be up and running again." 

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