MAR 00] COVENTRY CITY FC NEWS
Just A Waste Of Time
Coventry City manager
Gordon Strachan blasted his side for wasting everybodys time after
another disappointing display on their travels.
It was the fifth time in succession that the Sky
Blues have fallen to defeat away from home and the City boss found little comfort after
Arsenal brushed his team aside with ease.
The score-line was only kept to 3-0 by the heroics of
veteran keeper Steve Ogrizovic, but fiery Scot Strachan rounded on the rest of his team.
"That was no good. It was no good for our fans, for me
as a manager and for the Arsenal fans either it was a non-event as far as Im
"They have turned up and seen three goals and gone
home again but they havent had any excitement and that is what the game is about.
"We had two shots in the first half and about the same
in the second. I just consider this to be a waste of a game and a waste of a weeks
However, Strachan was quick to praise Arsenal for their
display and admitted that his side were outclassed.
"We played a more intelligent, a quicker and a better
side than us and we got beaten. People ask me why our form has dipped since we beat
Everton and Bradford, well sometimes you come up against a better side.
"Having said that I expected the team I fielded to be
capable of getting something from the game, whether that be a win or a draw but as it
happens they didnt come close."
The only consolation the former Manchester United man could
draw from the game was the individual form of two or three players.
"John Eustace and Youssef Chippo did their job in the
centre of midfield and Cedric Roussel worked well up front, but they were offered little
"Obviously Steve Ogrizovic did himself proud. I had no
doubt that he was capable of that, you should see him in training, hes magnificent,
a great credit to himself.
"He is a great servant to this club and always has
been, he was as nervous as a schoolboy when he found out that he would be in but that just
shows his enthusiasm."
Strachan also warned City fans and players alike not to
expect Republic of Ireland international Robbie Keane to single-handedly banish their
blues on his expected return next week.
"Robbie is an exceptional player who is capable of
something special, but he cannot save us by himself, the whole team has to play