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Inexperience cost Sky Blues a win says Steven Pressley

Coventry Editorial 23rd Feb, 2015 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

SKY Blues boss Steven Pressley believes his side showed their ‘inexperience’ after throwing away a 2-0 lead against Sheffield United who had been down to ten men for most of the match.

A brace from loan striker Dominic Samuel had given the visitors a comfortable lead heading into the final 15 minutes of the match at Bramall Lane on Saturday.

Their task had been made all the more easier after Blades striker Jose Baxter was sent off for a two-footed lunge on Adam Barton.

But two goals in the space of minutes by former Sky Blues midfielder Michael Doyle and Jamie Murphy earned the home side a point.

“I’m disappointed as for 75 minutes, it was a brilliant away performance from ourselves,” said Pressley.

“Even in the early stages of the game before the sending off, we were dominating possession and looked the better of the two sides.

“We used the pitch brilliantly after the sending off and thoroughly deserved the two-goal lead. When you play against ten men in this environment, it can be very difficult.

“At 2-0 up, I’m thinking it is the perfect performance. When they scored, we didn’t show the composure and showed a little bit of inexperience. We need to show a better mentality in those moments.

“We had a lot of young players on the pitch and I think it told. The experience to see out a game wasn’t there. I feel for the players because they’re giving everything for the club at the moment.

“The irony is that a 2-2 result at Sheffield United is a very good result but after that performance, we’re disappointed we didn’t get the three points we deserved.”

Goalscorer Samuel said he was delighted to bag a brace which takes his tally for the Sky Blues to three goals in four appearances.

But the 20-year-old striker, on loan from Bolton, revealed it was a disappointing dressing room after the final whistle.

“It’s always good to score, but the main thing is to win,” Samuel said.

“Unfortunately we didn’t win and we’re all disappointed in the dressing room.

“It’s never the best mood when you don’t win, but we’re strong, we’ll talk it out and see how we can improve.

“We’re going to keep fighting for the points and to improve our position. The games are coming thick and fast, there is no time to waste.

“We’re a good squad and we will work tirelessly to get out of the bottom four.”

Up next for the Sky Blues is a home clash against high-flying MK Dons this Saturday as their fight for League One survival continues.

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