14th Dec, 2017

Tony Mowbray feels Sky Blues deserved more from Gillingham stalemate

Steve Carpenter 3rd Apr, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

TONY Mowbray feels his side deserved to take all three points away from Gillingham following Saturday’s goalless draw at Priestfield Stadium.

Once again Mowbray was left cursing a lack of goals after the Sky Blues failed to find a breakthrough with both Jacob Murphy and Marcus Tudgay hitting the crossbar.

It now means Mowbray’s side have scored just three times in their last eight league outings which has seen them drop to 11th in League One and they now sit nine points away from the play-offs.

“We had the best chances in the game and arguably should have won it,” said Mowbray.

“Marcus (Tudgay) had a shot at the very end. He has said the goalkeeper has got a touch so it’s a great save. Jacob (Murphy) also had another one which came off the bar so we’re frustrated really.

“The lack of goals is frustrating, it’s been our problem for the last two or three months actually and something we need to work on for the rest of the season.

“For most of it, it was a pretty poor quality football match but we had a game-plan which nearly came off for us.

“We were looking to keep solid and nick one on the break but in the end, we’ve come here and dominated most of the game and created the best chances, just couldn’t take them. It was almost the perfect away performance in that respect.”

Teenager Jodi Jones, 18, made his second full start after joining from Dagenham & Redbridge last month and impressed once again in a wide role for an hour before being taken off.

Full back Aaron Phillips also returned after spell away from the first team and Mowbray was full of praise for the young defender.

He added: “Aaron is a young player who went through a spell of making mistakes which was costing us so he needed to be taken out of it, but he’s done fabulously well today.

“We put him in because I feel as though Aaron is a better one-one-one defender than Martin Lorentzson and Gillingham have a lot of threats from wide areas but he coped really well.

“Jodi had a dead leg from the last game and it was touch and go whether he’d actually play. He was also being kicked about a bit so I thought it was important we took him off then.

“He was limping a bit and he’s an 18-year old boy who I can’t expect to keep going for 90 minutes having just come into the club. It was the same with Adam Armstrong as well because he’d played a lot of minutes for England so we had to protect him.”


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