Sky Blues Under 23s coach, Jason Farndon was disappointed with his sides performance in the 2-1 defeat to Charlton Athletic at the Alan Higgs Centre.
City went into the game on the back of a 1-0 win against Crystal Palace on Monday, but were unable to replicate the same outcome.
The first half performance was something Farndon was unhappy with, as he believed his side lacked application and work rate against the Addicks.
He said: “We’re disappointing in the performance and really unhappy.
“We’ve come into the game on the back of two wins, but our first half performance let us down and we were nowhere near them and were second best and gave ourselves a mountain to climb at 2-0.
“We were better in the second half but still it was nowhere near where we want to be.
“We have two players playing centre midfield which don’t normally play there, so we’re a little unbalanced but that’s still no excuse for work rate and application.
“They got told at half-time.
“We made a change at half-time and again application wasn’t there and I’ve been brutally honest with them it’s their careers their playing for so I have to be honest and tell them how it is.”
However, in the second half the Sky Blues reacted to their team talk and pulled one bac just nine minutes after the re-start through Dexter Walters.
The winger was then also brought down in the area, but the referee waved away appeals for a penalty.
Looking back on that moment, Farndon suggested it could’ve been a game changer had the decision been awarded.
He said: “Second half we should have had a penalty, there’s no ifs or buts it should have been a penalty and we were pushing them then at 2-1, but we just didn’t look like we had the cutting edge.
“It would’ve been for the equaliser and also momentum, because it was in our favour despite not playing too well, but we were working a lot harder and I think we might have gone on to win the game if we get that.
“But, we have to suck it up and it’s not to blame for our first half performance and that’s what let us down.”