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Sky Blues boss Tony Mowbray remaining upbeat despite recent slump

Steve Carpenter 27th Mar, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

SKY Blues boss Tony Mowbray feels there are plenty of positives to take out of the season despite watching his side slide away from the League One play-offs in recent months.

A positive start to the 2015/16 campaign saw the Sky Blues sitting top of League One back in November, but a poor 2016 so far has seen Mowbray’s side pick up just 12 points out of a possible 42 on offer.

Another defeat came on Good Friday where despite creating no fewer than 22 chances on goal, the Sky Blues fell to a 3-1 defeat.

Just three wins from their last 14 matches has seen them drop down to ninth in the table and ahead of Tuesday’s home clash against Colchester they sat eight points away from the play-offs.

But Mowbray feels his side have come along away since he took over just over 12 months ago during a time when the club were struggling to survive in the third tier.

He said: “We are trying to improve, we have gone from a team surviving on the last day last season, to trying to get into the play-offs.

“We have got to take the positives and I thought they were a lot. We hit the post three or four times, the keeper also made some good saves. Earlier in the season these chances were going into the net.

“Second half of the season, our main problem has been we haven’t scored enough goals in football matches, despite a lot of domination tonight, a lot of chances and a lot of stuff round their box.

“The chances didn’t go in on Friday and we have to take them.  The players know that and they don’t need telling, you have to encourage them to keep same things. We are disappointed but we have to move onto the next game.”

Peterborough took a narrow 1-0 lead into half-time last Friday thanks to a Michael Bostwick header at the far post but the Sky Blues dominated the opening period and fans were scratching their heads wondering how their side found themselves behind.

Joe Cole had an effort on goal well saved by Ben Alnwick on nine minutes, as did Jacob Murphy before Marc-Antoine Fortune beat the Posh goalkeeper but his shot was cleared off the line.

After the break recent signing Jodi Jones was introduced and he looked lively down the left but Peterborough scored a second when substitute Lee Angol converted Marcus Maddison’s cut back past Reice Charles-Cook.

Joe Cole scored his second goal for the Sky Blues after some good work by Murphy down the right with 25 minutes to go but a mistake by Romain Vincelot allowed Harry Beutyman to make it 3-1.

Despite their best efforts the visitors failed to find a way back into the match and Mowbray admits his side must be more lethal in front of goal.

He added: “We didn’t take our chances and shot ourself in the foot a little bit, with the goals we have conceded.

“It should not have mattered with the opportunites we had. It’s a mystery how we went in at 1-0 down in the first half but that’s the harshness of football.

“We have to take it on the chin and understand we are doing a lot of things right. If we play like that most weeks, we will pick up points.

“Whether it will be enough, we’ll have to wait and see.”

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