23rd Oct, 2017

Sky Blues boss Tony Mowbray left disappointed by Port Vale draw

Steve Carpenter 8th Feb, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

TONY Mowbray feels a change of tactics was needed after the Sky Blues ended a run of three straight defeats at Port Vale after being held to a 1-1 draw on Sunday.

Jacob Murphy opened the scoring for the visitors shortly before half-time after finishing off a neat team move involving James Maddison and Adam Armstrong.

But hopes of securing what would have been a third win in 12 league matches were ended when the impressive Reice Charles-Cook was beaten by a wondergoal six minutes from time as fellow play-off hopefuls Vale earned a point.

“It was going to take something pretty special to beat Reice so we’re disappointed with the draw,” said Mowbray.

“We changed tactics as we’ve been working on ways to win matches. We let them have the ball and play with us looking to create space in behind.

“If you think back to earlier in the season, we scored a lot of goals through breaking away and using our speed to get behind, and that’s what we looked to do on Sunday.

“I thought we did that ok at times and we probably should have scored a few more as we’ve had a few great chances and one cleared off the line at the end.”

“It’s important to collect points from games like this but we’ve got 16 games to go and we need to start winning games.”

Recent loan signings Baily Cargill and Jack Stephens both made their full debuts, while striker Darius Henderson was introduced as a second half substitute after moving to the Ricoh Arena until the end of the season.

“I’d have to say Baily was magnificent,” Mowbray added. “He was solid and he’s got a good left foot who can find a pass and is physical strong as well.

“We took Jack out of his more natural position today and I thought he did ok, broke up a lot of their play. He hasn’t played a lot of football this year and it showed at times but he’ll get better with more minutes.”

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