TONY Mowbray is confident his Sky Blues side will record their first league victory of the season this Saturday despite heading into the Northampton clash on the back of a 6-1 thumping by Norwich City in the League Cup.
James Maddison came back to haunt his childhood club as he produced an impressive performance on his full debut for Norwich City.
Sergi Canos bagged a brace and further goals from Kyle Lafferty, Jacob Murphy, Russell Martin and Ben Godfrey ended City’s run in the competition for another year at Carrow Road on Tuesday night.
Ruben Lameiras scored the only Sky Blues goal from the penalty spot and despite conceding six goals, Mowbray feels the heavy defeat was a one-off and is looking to put things right against Northampton.
“We tried to play and express ourselves but ultimately we paid the price,” said Mowbray. “As the game unfolded we went chasing it. We left ourselves open to the counter attack.
“I don’t want to come and play negative football. I want to come and test our young players and see how far they can go and they fell short, but its a good lesson for us all.
“This hasn’t been typical of us this season. We have had a couple of clean sheets.
“We haven’t picked up the rewards for our decent play. We have a big game on Saturday and generally in the league we have played fairly well.
“At some stage we have to turn that into points and I am sure at some stage we will. At this moment it feels tough but yet it will all be forgotten about quickly if we get a victory at the weekend. It will be a tough test for us, but we’ll try and rise to the challenge and get three points.”
The Sky Blues found themselves 2-0 down at the midway point on Tuesday night after Northern Ireland international Kyle Lafferty had fired the home side in front on 25 minutes and nine minutes before the break Sergi Canos scored his first with a curling shot.
Ruben Lameiras pulled one back from the penalty spot for the Sky Blues after Dion Kelly-Evans was bundled over inside the box but any hopes of a comeback were dashed as goals from Russell Martin and former City loan star Jacob Murphy settled the contest.
Norwich did not take their foot off the gas and added two further goals to the scoreline, with Canos beating Reice Charles-Cook again for his second and Ben Godfrey completed the rout.