AUG 01] COVENTRY CITY NEWS
Why We Didn't Keep The Wolves From The Door
Coventry City manager Gordon
Strachan says the Sky Blues wasted Lee Hughes’ ability in the
1-0 defeat against local rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers on
City resorted to hitting long
balls to the £5,000,001 man after they fell behind and Strachan
said that was never part of the plan.
“It would be unfair to judge
Lee Hughes from that game,” said the fuming Coventry boss.
“If he gets chances he will score goals, but the way we
played on Sunday wasn’t the way to play to Lee and was not
what we had worked on in training all week.
“It was just such a
disappointing performance, especially as we got off to such a
good start last week. We answered some questions with our
performance at Stockport, but there were different ones being
asked against Wolves that we could not answer.”
City were beaten by a seventh
minute strike from Welsh international Carl Robinson and looked
devoid of ideas to get themselves back into the game.
“We didn’t want to see Lee
and Jay having to chase balls from over the top,” said
Strachan. “I thought with our midfield four we would not
have to resort to that.
“I wanted more imagination
and bravery on the ball and expected more from the
midfielders, whether I am over-estimating them as players is
something I will have to look at.
“But I will have to look at
things as a whole. The big concern is that we were not
mentally brave enough and I need to look at why that manifests
itself in a game.”
The Sky Blues’ chance to put
things right comes this Friday when they take on Bradford at
Valley Parade. But the Bantams will prove to be City’s
stiffest opposition yet as they top the table just two games
into the season and are yet to concede a goal.