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McAllister Urges Away Improvement

Gary McAllister called on his Coventry City team-mates to end their desperate run of away form before they travel to Watford on the closing day of the season.

The Sky Blues skipper was speaking after the Sky Blues slumped to yet another away day defeat, losing 2-1 at Chelsea after he put them in front.

It was the veteran Scotsman's 11th goal of the season but the loss meant that City have just three games to go to pick up their first travelling triumph of the campaign.

McAllister said:

"We have to try and get an away win before the end of the season. We have three opportunities left to achieve that and no away match is easy so we will have to improve. We need to bury this record and to do it quickly.

"We don't want to be going into the last game of the season against Watford as the only team not to have won away but we don't have a lot of time to set that straight.

"We did better at Chelsea than we have done in recent games but the bottom line is that we have got no points again and that is why we are disappointed.

"Our goal was well made but the fact we lost totally takes the shine off it for me. Newcastle and West Ham are hard places to go but we have to get on with it and make sure we get a win. There is no other option."

Sky Blues boss Gordon Strachan is hoping that Cedric Roussel will be fit to be included in the squad after missing yesterday's trip with a knee injury sustained in the 2-0 defeat against Liverpool.

Strachan was happier with the performance at Stamford Bridge - a game played in appalling weather conditions - but still far from satisfied.

He said:

"We got six above average performance and five that did not reach the standard. Managers and coaches will take responsibility for tactics and the team that is picked and we have to own up to those factors if they go wrong but the more individuals that play well the easier it is.

"The system in the first half was good but it could have been better if the performance level had been higher. I thought we gave them trouble on the break in the first half and we were good when we got the ball back but I also thought we were too defensive at times."

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