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“There will be changes made to the team, can’t keep getting the same result and expecting the team to stick." Coventry City's Tony Mowbray

17 September 2016

The Sky Blues held to another goalless draw at the Ricoh, as the lack of goals become a concern for the City boss...

The City boss is once again left frustrated at his side’s lack of goals as the Sky Blues can’t make the breakthrough against Oldham.

Marcus Tudgay had the best share of the chances for the home side, going close with a header from an inviting Lewis Page cross in the first-half.

Mowbray has suggested that there will be a rotation of the forward line in coming weeks, with the likes of Dan Agyei and Andre Wright with the opportunity to change the fortunes of a frustrating period for City.

Mowbray said: “Here we are, however many weeks in to the season, a completely different performance to the one against Oldham at the end of last year.

“It is different players of course, a different team. But we went away to Oldham not that long ago and totally dominated. We hung on at times in that second-half. It is frustrating and disappointing. 

“There will have to be changes made to the team, you can’t keep getting the same result and expecting the team to stay as it is. Bigirimana was immense again, and Stevenson deserves credit for stabilising the midfield when he came on.

“The top end of the pitch, the decision making isn’t good enough. People need to have desire to want to run and get in the box. We have to keep working on it, keeping telling them and keeping inspiring them. Sometimes you have to be selfish and think your job is to score goals. I need forwards to start believing that.”

Another clean sheet at home, as the Sky Blues extend their unbeaten Ricoh Arena run, but the manager is aware of the anxious need to pick up their first three points. 

He added: “We’ve put hours in on the training pitch this week, a lot longer than we usually would. And the group have looked sharp, but it isn’t happening on a Saturday. It’s big characters that need to step up and do it on this stage. 

“Wright and Agyei were disappointed they didn’t get on, and they will get an opportunity to show me what they can do. You can’t win football matches if you don’t score goals.

“Tudgay scores goals every day in training, he is a great finisher. He is a goal threat, and has physicality and experience. If you look at his minutes played to goals ratio from last year it is very good. We need him at set-plays against for example, but he also needs to score goals.

“A scrappy 1-0 win would have been nice, we can get on with it then. The more time that goes on without the first three points, the more questions that are asked.” 

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