21st Oct, 2017

'Unacceptable' Gillingham defeat angers Sky Blues boss Steven Pressley

Coventry Editorial 19th Jan, 2015 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

STEVEN Pressley admitted he felt ‘numb’ after watching the Sky Blues concede three times in the final ten minutes away at Gillingham on Saturday.

A third defeat in five league matches angered fans at the final whistle after the Sky Blues had looked on course to claim all three points thanks to Gary Madine’s first half penalty.

Danny Swanson, who was brought in to replace Jim O’Brien whose partner is expecting a baby, was brought down inside the area on 35 minutes and Madine slotted home his fourth goal since joining in October to put the visitors in front at the break.

But Gillingham dominated the second half and goals from John Marquis, a last minute penalty by former City striker Cody McDonald and a Jermaine McGlashan strike deep into added on time ended a run of four straight defeats for Gillingham.

“I’m extremely disappointed,” said Pressley. “I’m numb after that.

“In the first half we were so comfortable. For us to go from that to our second half performance was unacceptable.

“I talked before about making moments and we did that in the first half when Danny won his penalty and Gary put it away. But then it all changed after half time.

“We made some really poor decisions in the second half and we really now have to understand the predicament we are in and get ourselves out of it.

“The last 15 minutes was just unacceptable. We weren’t strong mentally, these are the type of games that we have to see out and we didn’t do it.

“We are sucked right into it now, into the danger area. We have to react quickly now.”

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