Coventry City veteran defender
David Burrows has admitted that Saturday's defeat at West Ham United
was a poor reflection on everybody who played.
The Sky Blues were hammered by
five goals to nil and former Hammer Burrows won a surprise berth in
the centre of defence as Gordon Strachan opted for a wing-back
The 31-year-old was pleased to
be selected but felt that the team let themselves and the supporters
"Saturday's defeat was
nothing to do with formations.
"We played with
wing-backs to counter West Ham because that is what they do, and we
trained in that way all week.
"I have played in
defence in that system before, I know Gary Breen has and I am sure
Colin Hendry has.
"It is do with players
going out and giving it everything they have got and really
competing, and unfortunately on Saturday that didn't happen.
"I am not trying to say
that people didn't try - you cannot say that at this club because we
have got a good honest bunch of players.
"I just think it was
one of those days, it was a whole host of things and I think we
could go on for hours trying to find the answers."
However, the City star was
taking nothing away from a West Ham United side that he feels are
"I thought we made it
very easy for them but having said that they have got a good group
"You can't let them
have room and space like we did on Saturday because we the players
they have got they will score goals.
"We did talk about Di
Canio before the game but obviously he was left and he did wreak
devastation, he had a hand in everything they did."
The only bright spark in an
otherwise dismal afternoon at Upton Park was the first team debut of
teenager Robert Betts.
The 18-year-old, who is
grandson of Eire legend Maurice Setters, was introduced for the final
10 minutes of the match and won praise from City boss Gordon Strachan.
"I felt sorry for
Robert Betts because you should not have to come on in a game like
that for your debut.
"I asked him if he
wanted to go on and he said yes so I just thought ok, on you go.
has got mental strength and he will be fine."