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"Things go against you when you’re struggling at the root of the table, it has landed at a blue shirt." - Coventry City's Russell Slade

14 February 2017

The Sky Blues concede agonisingly late, as a 94th minute equaliser denies the away side all three points...

Coventry City's Russell Slade was left disappointed after his side conceded in stoppage time against AFC Wimbledon, cancelling out Jodi Jones' opener.

After conceding goals at the death against both Peterborough and Bolton since his arrival, the manager was particularly frustrated at dropping a further two points in the club's quest for survival.

He said: "We have to see a game out, 15 seconds to go. There was a response, difficult surface against a strong, direct side. Gradually felt Wimbledon ran out of ideas, we got the all important goal.

"And we’re seconds away from the win. Whether it was a game for Jodi from the start I don’t know, the tightness of the game makes it difficult, but when it opens up, a bit more space, he can make a big impact.

"I went big and strong at the back, in an effort to match them. We’re seconds from a clean sheet. We have to pick ourselves up again, this is the third time it has happened on my shift."

The City boss introduced Yakubu for his debut, while impact sub Jodi Jones made a real difference for the away side in an otherwise closely contested tie.  

Slade added: "Things go against you when you’re struggling at the root of the table, it has landed at a blue shirt. I still think it is a fine line, seconds away from three points. But we’re making it incredibly difficult for ourselves.

"Wins, it has to be wins. Two points we’ve lost tonight, two against Peterborough and Bolton and they tot up. I thought Clarke was immense at the back, we protected the goal well, we nullified them, but we didn’t get the win we needed.

"Stuart Beavon and Jordan Willis, we’re hopeful are going to be available. We saw flashes from Yakubu, linking up. He will be difficult for the opposition to handle at times." 

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