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INTERVIEW: Captain Michael Doyle on the Newport County defeat

The Sky Blues suffer their first defeat of the League Two season

20 August 2017

Midfielder Michael Doyle has claimed the Sky Blues' loss against Newport County is a learning curve...

Mark Robins' side suffered their first defeat of the League Two season after Reece Cole's solitary strike separated the two.

"We didn't play well enough today, we didn't meet the standard we have set in the first couple of games," Doyle said.

"We gave the game away to be honest. We knew Newport County would be well organised but we should be walking away with a draw. Unfortunately for Liam O'Brien he has made a mistake and put his hands up.

"When you look back at it we didn't play anywhere near where we wanted. These are the type of games that when you're not at your best you take a point, and that was the most disappointing aspect."

The Sky Blues return to action next weekend to make the long trip down to Huish Park to face Yeovil Town, with Doyle targeting a much improved performance.

"There has been a feel good factor so far this season so it's natural people are turning up expecting us to win the game. We're the one's who have set the standards for that, the crowd are desperate for some success.

"It is a big learning curve today. They had the extra man in the middle with them playing three at the back, but we were sloppy in possession, particularly in the first half and gave the ball away far too much.

"We've just got to pick ourselves back up and you can't feel sorry for yourself. We can't get into a habit of losing and make it two games on the bounce,"

He added: "We had a feel good factor going into the game, maybe people got a bit carried away with themselves, but we'll obviously have to get back in on Monday and go from there."

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