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INTERVIEW: Matty James Cardiff Reaction

The captain for the day reflected on a disappointing afternoon...

14 February 2021

Matty James felt as if the Sky Blues were not good enough in their 3-1 defeat to Cardiff on Saturday.

James admitted the manner in the way they conceded the goals was something that they should have ultimately dealt better with.

He said: “Obviously, the Gaffer has come in and said the words he needs to say but we have to be in games more and we gave ourselves a mountain to climb in terms of being three nil down after fifty minutes.

“The way we played second half and the pressure we put on them, they were quite relaxed because it was 3-0 and it needs to be 0-0 or 1-0 to us so we can be relentless with that pressure.

“It is frustrating because we have given them three goals, they have not had to work hard for their goals.”

He then spoke about how you cannot afford to have slow starts like in the second half.

He said: “You can do all the talking you want at half time and come out, everyone is trying to get rallied up and get to the point we get that first goal because at a 2-1 score line anything can happen; it is a complete kick in the teeth and it takes the wind out of you.

“This is the first year back in the Championship with this squad and ultimately how the team’s played in the first half of the season and in games I have been in; you can tell we are a good team but the Championship is a tough league and lessons are learnt, you have to learn from them quickly.

“Coventry have got to be pleased these players have come into the Championship and held their own and we have some big games coming up now.”

The Sky Blues created several chances in the game but were unable to find the back of the net until the 81st minute.

He said: “To come to Cardiff and the way they play and the players they have got, you have got to have that (fighting spirit) and you have to earn the right to play, there are other games like that where the ball will spend more time in the air opposed to the floor.

“You have to compete for the first ball and second ball and these are things you have to get nailed down. Obviously, we have to be ruthless at the other end of the pitch because the chances created to goal ratio isn’t where it needs to be at the moment.

“The positive is that the chances are being created and we need to keep the backdoor shut and be more aggressive in terms of that. “

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