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INTERVIEW: Luke Tisdale Millwall Reaction

City slipped to a 1-0 defeat...

19 October 2020

Sky Blues Under-23s Head Coach, Luke Tisdale admitted it was a difficult result to take last week, as City fell to defeat against Millwall.

Tisdale’s side seemed in control of the game and were on top for the majority of proceedings, until a lapse in concentration enabled Millwall to snatch all three points.

The defeat was the first of the season for the Sky Blues and Tisdale reflected on the game following the full-time whistle.

“It was a tough one to take.” Tisdale said.

“We’ve only got ourselves to blame really because we’ve dominated possession, dominated the chances in the game, but we’ve switched off on a restart with 15 minutes to go and that’s cost us the game.

“We felt at half time we should have been up in the game, we felt we could have had a better control of Millwall in terms of where we wanted them to go and the press and things like that and that came to the front second half and we created even more chances which is why it’s a tough one.

“Like I say we only have ourselves to blame because the chances were there to be taken, they were big chances.

“Everyone is involved it’s not just the centre forwards who have missed the chances the midfield players have switched off, the back three have switched off on the throw so everybody’s involved back to front and that moment in the games killed us.”

The Sky Blues had almost a makeshift defence towards the end of the game, with fullbacks Joe Newton and Blaine Rowe playing centre-half and winger Aaron Evans-Harriott filling in at wing-back.

However, regardless of who was there, Tisdale told how the error leading to the goal shouldn’t have happened.

“I don’t think it matters who’s on the pitch or in what position, ultimately now that’s two home games that we’ve played now and we should have 6 points from, but we’ve got one because we’ve switched off on a restart.

“So yes there was an imbalance to the team but going forward it didn’t affect us because we were still able to create, so if it doesn’t affect us going forward it shouldn’t affect us defending because you should just do the job you’re asked to.”

Finally, Tisdale revealed that midfielder Dan Bartlett has sustained an injury following a game behind closed doors last week.

Bartlett recently returned to action from an ACL injury which ruled him out of the 2019/20 season and Luke provided and update on the youngster.

“We don’t know the extent of his injury yet.

“We played in a game behind closed doors on Tuesday and Dan was just a bit unfortunate in a collision which wasn’t a foul and wasn’t a bad tackle, it was just one of those contact injuries.

“We’re waiting for the swelling to go down and then I think they’ll get a better grasp of what it is, so hopefully touch wood it isn’t too bad.”

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