Speaking after the game this evening, Sky Blues boss Mark Robins reflected on defeat at the Coventry Building Society Arena.
The Sky Blues conceded twice in the opening 12 minutes to go down 2-1 despite Kyle McFadzean bringing City within one before the break.
“I think we are on the end of a result where we were the authors of our own downfall because we didn’t start the game.
“Don’t get me wrong, it’s difficult because they are a good team, they want to move you around, they try and do things that we want to do to opposition teams that make you uncomfortable and they made us uncomfortable because we couldn’t get to grips with it and their movements.
“It can be difficult, but we gave them a brilliant head start in the game, the second goal is two yards off, that’s a disappointment the linesman’s got to be up with play but he wasn’t and ended up costing us the second goal, it’s not all together his fault by the way it’s our fault as well.
“But we’ve got to work out when to press, when we release, when we don’t and when we stay at home, who goes and who doesn’t go and that is something we didn’t sort out quick enough across the backline.”
Robins believed his side preformed much better after the break and were unfortunate not to take at least a point from the encounter and wished his team made the most of the chances they created.
“But we got ourselves back into the game from a corner, first one of the season I think and then had opportunities, because no matter how good they are they give you opportunities if you get after them and when we did that we looked like getting ourselves back into the game and not only that had we been level at half time I think we would have gone on and won it, I’m sure of it.
“The second half changed we missed two chances obviously, Callum and Matty when the ‘keeper made the save then we gave him it back when he was on the floor, really we need to take those chances and score those chances and we didn’t.
“They then had to make some changes to their shape and they did but they are well coached, I think Russell Martin is going to be a top manager and he’s got some staff as well, so it was always going to be that sort of game, a very tactical game and also a technical game and we just kept giving them the ball back too easily at the start of it.
“Second half we were a lot better I thought we were on the front foot, we opened up them a little better apart from a six minute spell where they kept the ball from us then when we won it back we kept putting it out of play and giving it back and that was the thing with chasing the game and trying to get back into it and we just couldn’t find that last bit of quality.
“We got into good positions and then turned down opportunities or didn’t see opportunities, the pass or didn’t execute it well enough so we’re going to have to take it on the chin and thankfully we’ve got another game back here on Saturday.”