September 25th, 2016

Sky Blues boss Tony Mowbray hoping for more luck in front of goal after Swindon Town stalemate

Updated: 12:05 pm, Mar 21, 2016

TONY Mowbray admits a lack of goals is becoming a worry following Saturday’s goaless draw at home to Swindon Town.

It proved to be another frustrating afternoon for the Sky Blues on Saturday as Tony Mowbray’s side failed to find a breakthrough against a stubborn Swindon side who were backed by a healthy away following.

Substitute Darius Henderson had the best chance of the match deep into added on time but after chesting the ball down his first-time volley was superbly saved by Tyrell Belford.

It now means Mowbray’s side have managed to score just four goals in their last six matches

“We were defensively fine but I think the other end of the pitch is where we have to keep trying to work on it,” said Mowbray.

“We have to try and find the right balance. We will be without Adam (Armstrong) for the next few games, which will give us an opportunity to have a look at someone else, and see if we can find a combination that can change our fortunes in front of goal.

“But at the end of the day we need end product from our footballers. A cross in the box, we can have a shot a goal from, or score a goal from.

“Darius has been training really well and he’s scoring goals for fun on the training ground and his opportunity will come. Whether it be starting in a game, or getting a half-hour here and there.”

Martin Lorentzson returned to the side for Saturday’s match at the Ricoh Arena, with Joe Cole coming back into the side in place of James Maddison and Andy Rose replaced Jacob Murphy.

John Fleck had the first real effort on goal but he dragged his 25-yard shot on 15 minutes wide of the target while at the other end Reice Charles-Cook had to be alert to keep out Jonathan Obika’s effort across goal.

Macr-Antoine Fortune wasted an opportunity in front of goal before the home supporters were on their feet in celebration seven minutes before the break when Rose diverted a cross from the left but the goal was ruled out because of an offside infringement.

Chances were also few and far between after the break with Sam Ricketts heading a Rose cross over the bar and Charles-Cook did well again to save Obika’s curling shot.

The Sky Blues almost stole all three points in the final minute of added on time but Henderson’s goal-bound volley was tipped over the bar by Belford.

The result leaves Mowbray’s side two points away from the play-offs ahead of this Friday’s televised clash away at Peterborough.

“The game panned out as we knew it would, its just frustrating that we couldn’t win it,” Mowbray added.

“We had a great chance right at the death, which the keeper did very well to save from Darius. However, they are a good side and I thought we concentrated well and we saw off their threats pretty well.

“We have had to move the defence around a lot. I don’t think we have had the same defence for any length of time with all the injuries we have had.

“Lorentzson came off today, we have had to move Ricketts from right-back to centre-half to left-back, juggling the defence around as a result of the injuries coming thick and fast.”

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