Midfielder Andy Rose on the Sky Blues disappointing defeat against Fleetwood Town at the Ricoh...
Midfielder Andy Rose admitted his side need to remain focused for the entire 90, after conceding in the dying minutes in three of their previous four League One encounters.
Fleetwood struck in the final moments to leave the Sky Blues empty handed, in similar vein to the Peterborough and Bolton ties just weeks before.
“I think it certainly wasn’t a lack of work rate or a lack of desire, all those who played today left everything out on the pitch,” Rose said.
“We can’t continue making this a habit of conceding late goals, that is a lot of points we have left off the board in the recent weeks, but we need to try and stay positive.
“Tomorrow is another day, the lads are disappointed and we’ve got a mountain to climb, but we’ve got to go again, stay positive and stay together.”
City changed to a back three in an attempt to match-up their in-form visitors, with Farrend Rawson, Nathan Clarke and Jordan Turnbull playing as a defensive three.
Rose operated in an unfamiliar forward role for much of the second half, after injury curtailed Stuart Beavon's day. The 26-year old added:“Of course the lads are disappointed. After a match like that where you put everything in to it and work so hard, it’s gutting to concede late.
“For a team that is pretty in-form, we matched them. We changed the system to try and match them and that worked for large periods of the game going man for man.
“Obviously they had a few chances in the first half and we hit the post in the second, but to once again concede late is a lesson we need to learn quickly.”