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“The away tie was a challenging game, but we made hard work of progression tonight." - Coventry City's Nicky Eaden

15 November 2016

Nicky Eaden reflect's on the Sky Blues victory against Morecambe in the FA Cup...

First-Team Coach Nicky Eaden admitted the result was the most important aspect of the night, despite a below-par performance from the Sky Blues.

Dean Winnard had put Morecambe ahead in the tenth minute, adding to his goal in the first game between the sides, before Marvin Sordell scored twice to ensure the Sky Blues progressed. 

Eaden was relieved to have progressed and targeted an improved performance in the next round. He said: “Top and bottom of it, the result was what we wanted but it was certainly a difficult game for us. 

“The away tie was a challenging game so we didn’t expect anything different, but we made hard work of progression tonight. I thought we got ourselves in good positions but the final ball wasn’t quite there.

“We’re not the most free-scoring team, or haven’t been so far this season. We seem to get into that final third and whether it’s a poor decision or a poor pass it’s just not quite clicking.”

Eaden was happy to see the Sky Blues remain patient, despite going behind in the opening ten minutes. City controlled possession throughout and earned the reward of a second round tie against either Dover Athletic or Cambridge United.  

“They kept playing and they kept passing, which has been a feature this season really. I would have liked to have seen a little more urgency at times and really tested Morecambe. 

“Marvin Sordell has got a good strike on him and that helped us out tonight. One thing he could add to his game is more goals, but if you look at tonight he has worked incredibly hard and lead the line well.”

He added: “We said to the players at half time we’ve just got to be better in everything we do. There is a lot of stuff we work on in training and that didn’t happen during that first half. Luckily we improved in the second 45.”

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