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"I think we’re a little fragile and lacking confidence, it is certainly a bit of both." - Coventry City's Nathan Clarke

11 March 2017

The Sky Blues suffer defeat at the Ricoh after two second half goals give Bradford all three points...

Defender Nathan Clarke admitted the Sky Blues need to toughen up if they're to have any chance of maintaining their League One Status.

The 33-year old joined City from today's opposition in January, but second half goals from Alex Jones and Jordy Hiwula meant it was a day to forgot against his former side. 

“I think we’re a little fragile and lacking confidence, it is certainly a bit of both. We’re not in good form and that certainly shown second half.

“I wouldn’t like to say our heads drop, we tried to push on but we couldn’t quite break them down. It is one of Bradford’s strengths, remaining resilient and organised at the back.”

“The new manager has tried to stamp his own authority on how he want’s things to go, but it has only been a week. He wants people working hard and grasping what he is trying to achieve in training.”  

After a goalless first half in which the Sky Blues created some good openings in front of goal, a set-piece proved to be their achilles heel once again, as Jones finished from close range to open the scoring.

“It was probably one of our better first half performances, we created one or two good opportunities. We’ve got to take more care in the final third and make sure that pass or shot goes where it intends to go.

“Playing against a team like Bradford, they were always going to come strong and that showed second half. It was poor defending for the first goal, poor marking and Jones has got free."

He added: “We’ve worked the past couple of days on the strength of Bradford, they have fantastic delivery and are a threat from set-pieces, but again a lack of concentration and we’ve conceded.”

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