19th Oct, 2017

Sky Blues boss Tony Mowbray wants to improve attacking options after Oxford stalemate

Steve Carpenter 3rd Aug, 2015 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

A LACK of goals during pre-season has highlighted the need to bring in more attacking options as Tony Mowbray prepares his side for the start of the 2015/16 campaign.

The Sky Blues kick-off the new season with a home clash against promotion contenders Wigan at the Ricoh Arena on Saturday.

But a disappointing pre-season has seen the Sky Blues fail to win any matches and Mowbray’s side have scored just two goals in six matches against lower league opposition.

Mowbray drafted in highly -rated Newcastle striker Adam Armstrong on a six-month loan last week but admits he is still in the market for another striker.

“I’ve made no secret that I want to bring in some more players,” said Mowbray. “I think we need to add to our forward line as we’re just lacking a bit.

“Adam Armstrong did well but he didn’t play the role like I’d like him to so we’re going to work with him over the next week as you can tell he’s got the quality.

“We might not get the deals over the line before the start of the season but that doesn’t concern me as we need to get the right players in for the entire season.”

The Sky Blues finished their pre-season programme with a disappointing 0-0 stalemate with Oxford United at Nuneaton Town’s Liberty Way stadium.

It was a game that was dominated by Oxford who perhaps should have won the match comfortably as Mowbray’s side failed to make any sort of impact.

James Maddison had the Sky Blues’ best chance of the match but he was unable to make the most of loan striker Armstrong’s cut back.

And former City midfielder Josh Ruffles struck the post late on in a match that saw the Sky Blues struggle against their League Two opposition.

“It was poor,” Mowbray added. “There’s no covering that up and it isn’t the way I’d like to see us play.

“We’ve played much better than that in this pre-season but we were dominated by Oxford which was disappointing.

“There’s a lot more work which needs to be done next week and in a way, we’ve been able to get that type of performance out of the system.

“I’ve had a pre-season where we’ve lost every game and been flying, and the exact opposite. We’ve just got to make sure we improve and work hard this week ahead of the opener.”


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