‘That’s the biggest criticism’ – Coventry City boss picks the bones out of Bournemouth defeat

Coventry City slipped to fourth from bottom of the Championship after a 4-1 defeat at AFC Bournemouth.

A stunning Matty James free-kick was the pick of the action on a day when rivals Birmingham City leap-frogged the Sky Blues up to 18th place.

Elsewhere, third placed Rotherham United cut their gap to six points after playing out a goalless draw at Huddersfield Town, with three games in hand.

And it makes for an even bigger game on Thursday night when City travel to the New York Stadium looking for a rare win on the road.

Here’s every word from manager Mark Robins’s post match press conference:

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Initial reaction:

“You’ve got to look at the result in context, if we’re at full tilt and at full confidence away from home it’s always a tough game here, they’ve tried to execute a game plan as best as they possibly could do.

“We get punished after 30 seconds, which is a joke, but I can’t be too critical because of what we have out on the pitch.

“We’ve got to deal with things better at times but whilst it’s a disappointment, I think the scoreline is very harsh.

“We didn’t lose heart, we got back into it and almost immediately got back on level terms again which was good. The second goal against us was a blow but we were still in the game at half time and had a chance of doing something.

“Around the hour mark we started to tire because mentally it’s a tough game and when they fancy it, they’ve got top players and they can take the game away from you really quickly because of the movements and the way they move the ball.

“We’d done okay without really being able to get a proper foothold in the game because of the quality that they’ve got.

“You can’t give them space in-behind and we’ve just done that a couple of times too many. They want you to chase the game, their pace is miles more than our space.

“We were trying to deny them space and then break off them.”

Coventry City’s Josh Pask (16) goes down injured after a challenge from AFC Bournemouth’s Philip Billing

Chances:

“We had a couple of brilliant chances at 1-1, Tyler Walker’s almost had a goal and Leo Ostigard had a header that he threw his head at.”

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Biggest disappointment:

“The only disappointment for me is that we tend to sit off from time-to-time when we can go and get on the front foot and also the set-play delivery and set plays that we’ve practiced don’t resemble what we’ve done the day before.

“That’s the biggest criticism that I’ve got.

“This is a really tough game, we came up against a team that fancied it today and they need to pick some points up to get into the play-offs, we need to pick points up for other reasons, this isn’t the end of the world, the scoreline is harsh, we have to learn from this and move on.”

On Pask injury:

“He’s in hospital with a doctor so we’re just waiting for some news.

“He was semi conscious after taking a whack to the back of his head and they were saying they were just worried about his spine at this moment in time because he suffered a bit of whiplash, so they’re obviously trying to rule out any concern about his neck.”

Josh Pask of Coventry City down injured before being stretchered off the pitch

First goal 24 seconds in:

“It’s something we tend to do, give teams opportunities early on, so we have to cut that out.

“First and foremost you have to look at the fact that if we had a fully fit, fully ready players this is a difficult game, especially when they fancy it because they have got top players and they fancied it today.”

On the youngsters:

“With Pask’s injury we ended up with JT (Jordon Thompson) on the pitch and also had Josh Eccles at right wing-back, so young, young players still learning the game. But it is what it is. It’s a brilliant game for them, brilliant learning for them but not ideal.

“If Bournemouth want to turn it on here with the players they have got then there’s not a lot you can do about it. We tried to execute a game plan and they did it pretty well to a degree, but then we were punished.

“So early doors we didn’t get it quite right on that occasion and it’s something we seem to sleep walk into.”

Dominic Solanke (centre) celebrates scoring Bournemouth’s fourth goal against Coventry City

Communication issue:

“Communication is a big problem for us because there are a lot of lads who don’t talk on the pitch, so there’s a lot of shouting from us, but again, that’s a learning things and we move on from it.

“But what I don’t want them to do is just sweep it under the carpet, you have to take some learning out of it whether it’s hard or not, and just stand up and be counted and then move on from it knowing that you’ve learned something from it.

“And when you’re in the same position again you do something which means you don’t concede the chances again in the way we gave chances to them.

“I don’t think there was anything where we were sliced open, although they move the ball brilliantly, and you have to move quicker. other than that, we got it wrong coming forward when we should be just going with the run, but that’s just naivety and youth and the young players have got to ry to learn from that.

“If a good player is on the ball and got time on it then you can’t come running underneath the ball because they will just put it in behind you, and with the pace they have got they will get in behind, and that was a problem for us today.

Jack Wilshere of AFC Bournemouth tackles Matty Godden of Coventry City

“We sat in in the first half but we wanted to try to get in positions where we could get all over them eventually, and I thought we did it well to a degree.

“At 1-1 we had chances; Tyler Walker had a shot saved and a cross that came in from Josh Eccles, there was a header at the near post that went wide, and you have to make those count to put them on the back foot and gives them a little bit of doubt.

“Whereas today there was no real doubt from Bournemouth who were probably disappointed to concede a free kick, brilliantly executed, and we got the goal back from it.

“And that’s about it from our perspective. I want them to move on from it but I do want them to learn from things and be in a positive frame of mind for the last six.

“And Thursday is and always has been a big game, and will be a big game for both clubs because both want to get positive results.”



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