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“Nathan cares, puts his body on the line and that is exactly what you need at the football club." - Coventry City's Russell Slade

2 January 2017

Manager Russell Slade on the cruel injury time equaliser for the second game running...

Russell Slade admitted it was gut wrenching to concede so late for the second game running, as the Sky Blues were denied three points in injury time. 

In a case of De Ja Vu, Max Clayton scored in added time to cancel out what looked to be a winning goal from the impressive Stuart Beavon on his City Debut.

Slade said his side need to manage the game better in certain circumstances, but couldn’t fault their commitment to the cause. He said: “I’ve got a headache and feel sick after that, to be honest. Two games running we’ve been in the driving seat, but we do fatigue. 

“The lads put in a fantastic shift today but it is the finest of margins. At the minute little decisions are going against us, it is the tightest decision ever for the offside – it actually may even be on, but they are the fine margins at the moment.

“In terms of attitude, desire and purpose I cant fault the lads out there – we’ve been working on organisation and playing without the ball and it has been much, much better than what they were in the very first game.”

Slade fielded three new signings in the starting XI, just days after their confirmation as City players. Stuart Beavon, Callum Reilly and Nathan Clarke all featured prominently throughout, with Beavon getting on the scoresheet in the second half.

“Firstly, I was really pleased that we were able to get them in which is positive, and all three of them were thrown straight in and did very well today," Slade said. 

“They’ve not had much football recently so it was difficult one for them. To say they’ve not played a competitive fixture for a few months or so, they’ve all done great and helped us improve." 

He added: “Nathan Clarke cares, puts his body on the line and that is exactly what you need and want at the football club. You want a manager that cares and players that want to shoulder the responsibility.”


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