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"I think Marvin Sordell can score lots of goals this year, but he needs to believe in himself more." - Coventry City's Tony Mowbray

12 September 2016

Tony Mowbray was pleased with the performances of summer signings Gael Bigirimana and Marvin Sordell, as the latter nets his first for City...

The Sky Blues picked up their first point away from home on Saturday, as a Marvin Sordell strike earned City a share of the spoils at The Den.

The City boss was pleased with his forward’s contribution to the game, having netted his first goal for his new club and also spoke of the impact that midfielder Gael Bigirimana has had since his summer return to the Midlands.

Mowbray said: “I think Marvin Sordell can score lots of goals this year, but he needs to believe in himself more really. I watch him in training, he has got great speed and strength and two wonderful feet.

“Yesterday I showed him a lot of his career goals to show him how talented he is. Today he scored a wonder goal for us, a brilliant strike. Over the past two weeks he has been trying to take too many touches, but today he swung his left boot at it and it flew in.

“I also just said to the group that I thought Bigi was magnificent today, his energy, drive and quality on the ball. He’s growing in to a leader on the pitch and it is clear that he cares a lot about this football club. 

“His persona, I hear in the dressing room, he wants us to be the best team - as I do. Gael is here to be successful and he’s back in Coventry to be the top player we all know he can be. He’s much more focussed and driven and hopefully that continues.”

At a notoriously difficult ground to travel to, the City manager was pleased with his side’s performance, but disappointed not to take a full complement of points from the game.

Goalscorer Sordell, had a chance to kill the game in the second-half but was forced to watch his effort trickle agonisingly wide of the right-hand post. 

Mowbray added: “We were disappointed with the goal we conceded, but overall we did okay. Although the second-half we didn’t have as much control as I’d have liked. 

“The home fans let their side know what they thought at half-time and it is very difficult to keep them off your back really. We had a great chance at the end there, Marvin’s effort deflected past the post which would have made it a very good day for us.

“Millwall are a handful, especially for our young team. We’ll put the point in the bag and leave a very difficult place with more than we came with. 

“We work on set-pieces non-stop. We could have scored from a lot of set-plays this year. But we’re having one of those spells where things aren’t going for us. If we look back to last year, everything was flying in.” 

He finished by saying: “No team this year, other than in the League Cup, have dominated us. I think the points return has been a bit harsh on us really. But football is a harsh game and you have to score goals to win games.” 

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