ONE single error cost the Sky Blues dear at home to Notts County as Steven Pressley’s side slipped to their eighth defeat in ten league matches.
After doing their best to eliminate the memory of losing to Worcester last Sunday by beating Plymouth in the Johnstone Paint Trophy in mid-week, the Sky Blues were hoping to improve their league form at the Ricoh Arena on Saturday.
But Pressley’s side lacked any sort of creation or quality in the final third and deservedly lost 1-0 to Shaun Derry’s promotion chasing side.
Garry Thompson scored his sixth of the season and the only goal of the game in the second half.
And Pressley believes his side deserved at least a point from the match.
He said: “We’re disappointed of course because these are the games we have to win.
“I stood here last week and I was disappointed with the players’ attitudes after the defeat to Worcester, but our reaction was terrific in mid-week and our attitude on Saturday was terrific as well.
“We were the dominant team in the second-half and playing with great desire and purpose, but there is no doubt about it these are the types of games we cannot lose.
“When you’re on top your concentration is vitally important, one of our players made the wrong choice at that moment then we lose a game we should have at least drawn but probably deserved to win.”
Despite not producing one single shot on target, the hosts perhaps should have been awarded a penalty in the second period when Gary Madine was brought down inside the area.
Defender Haydn Hollis wrapped his leg around the City striker and failed to win the ball but the referee turned down any protests to the frustration of Pressley.
He added: “I don’t want to make excuses but it was a stonewall penalty.
“Obviously I need to be careful with what I say, but watching the footage after the game there is not even an inch of doubt it’s a penalty, the reaction of their players says it all.
“I spoke to the referee on the pitch after the game and said I was disappointed, it was undoubtedly a penalty and a moment where we worked extremely hard in the game and the least we deserved.
“I have no complaints with the players, we can create more opportunities with our final pass and final moment, but we have to be ready to work hard again this week ahead of the Colchester game.”