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"It is good for them to feel your anger, passion and energy for the cause, but you can’t go overboard." - Coventry City's Tony Mowbray

27 September 2016

The Sky Blues set to face AFC Wimbledon for the first time in league competition, hoping to maintain an unbeaten home record...

Manager Tony Mowbray admitted there is a fine line between frustration and encouragement as his side look to bounce back from the defeat at Gillingham. 

The Sky Blues face newly promoted AFC Wimbledon under the lights at the Ricoh Arena on Wednesday evening, looking to reverse the fortunes of a nine-match winless league run. 

City have drawn all four of their League One encounters at the Ricoh, and the City boss is mindful that his side need to start turning single points into three if they want to climb the table. He said: “With the team we’ve got you have to judge the situation and it is a fine line between criticism and encouragement.

“It is okay to vent your frustration and on occasions it is good for them to feel your anger, your passion and your energy for the cause, but you can’t go overboard. 

“It is my job to try and encourage these players and make them aware of the positives on display, but also what they can improve upon because at the end of the day those improvements will win us football matches.” 

City have only conceded one goal at the Ricoh Arena in four League One matches this season - the best home defensive record in the league - but the Sky Blues 'goals for' column is yet to get going.

“The next game is tomorrow night and like any team you have to make sure you get it right at both end’s of the pitch and we have to find a way of scoring goals, whilst keeping clean sheets," the manager added.

“At home this season we have the best defensive record in the league, so we know where the problems are. It’s a positive that we are not conceding goals at the Ricoh, but we still haven’t won a game yet."

“We’ll approach the game like any other and I’ll pick the team that I feel has the best chance of getting us the result we want.”  


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