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"It’s a huge time for the club, a defining time for the club and we’ve got to be better than what we are." - Coventry City's Russell Slade

4 February 2017

Jake Cooper and Steve Morison on the scoresheet to send the Sky Blues to defeat at the Ricoh...

Manager Russell Slade admitted his side were outplayed by Millwall, as they fell to defeat at the Ricoh against the Lions.

The Sky Blues are now eight points adrift of safety and are still looking for their first league win of the New Year. 

“Player for player they were better than us, overall in every department. As much of the ball we had, which we did in-between the two boxes, we lacked that bit of ruthlessness or quality,” Slade said.

“Basic defending on the corner was poor, and then we lose the first contact on the header, he has ran at the back two and we have not recovered. Burge makes a save and we’re still favourites to get the ball but don’t.

“Of course it frustrates me, it is a horrendous run at the minute and if we go a goal down there are times we look fragile. We played too safe, we didn’t penetrate enough against a strong, physical side who are not there to be rolled over. 

After a spell of City pressure and a stoppage in play as tennis balls encroached on the field of play, centre-half Jake Cooper bundled in from a corner, consolidated by Steve Morison as he turned home a rebound from close range.

Slade added: “Millwall got their goals at great times today but we are not helping ourselves. We are finding it difficult to get a goal. 

"We need to do that because goals lift you as a team, and we certainly need that lift. We are not getting it often enough and the numbers don’t lie, we have only won four games this season.”

“It’s a huge time for the club, a defining time for the club and we’ve got to be better than what we are. We’re trying to get the best out of the group we’ve got because they’re the one’s battling for us.”

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