23rd Oct, 2017

Sky Blues boss takes the blame for Preston defeat

Coventry Editorial 29th Sep, 2014 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

STEVEN Pressley says the buck likes with him after the Sky Blues slipped to their third successive defeat at home to Preston North End.

A dismal display in front of just over 10,000 home fans on Saturday afternoon led to a chorus of boos at the final whistle as Pressley’s side slipped to a disappointing 2-0 defeat.

Tom Clarke headed Preston in front just after the hour mark and Joe Garner scored from the spot five minutes later to wrap up all three points for the visitors.

It is the third time under Pressley that the Sky Blues have tasted three consecutive defeats and the manager is taking full responsibility for his out of form side.

“We were lacking in confidence in our performance,” said Pressley.

“We need to show more belief in ourselves and make more we do better in games.

“That stops with me. I’ve got to find out why that performance happened and get us playing the way we can play.

“We went seven games unbeaten but to lose three games in a row isn’t good enough for what we want to do this season.

“I accept that and we’ve got to turn this around. We’ve got to show some belief and some hunger to make sure that performance doesn’t happen again.

“We need to play better in front of our own fans and I will take responsibility for what they saw today.”

Pressley opted to partner Simeon Jackson with Marcus Tudgay in attack but the hosts failed to produce a single effort on target to the disapproval of the home support.

Preston, who moved up to sixth in the table following the win, dominated for large periods to the frustration of the Sky Blues who themselves slip down to 14th.

And Pressley is demanding his side begin to pick up points again in a bid to move back to within the promotion mix.

He added: “Preston showed they’re a very strong team and they were very physical. They didn’t let us settle and didn’t let us get it on the floor and play.

“We needed to get the ball into the strikers quicker and we actually changed immediately in the second half.

“It was our best period of the game and it was a poor time to concede because we were on top at that point.

“It needs to improve for Crawley next week and we need to run out of this run. Three straight defeats shouldn’t happen at this club and we’ll be determined to put this right.”

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