Mow­bray ‘frus­trated’ as sad Cov go bot­tom

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Lee Cor­den

COVEN­TRY City boss Tony Mow­bray ad­mits he’s at a loss as to why his team have made such a dis­as­trous start to the sea­son as they slumped to the bot­tom of League One.

Old­ham came within inches of pil­ing on the mis­ery with Lee Er­win rat­tling the cross­bar just be­fore the hour with a stun­ning vol­ley.

The Sky Blues failed to take their chances in the first half and that left the door open for Old­ham in the sec­ond pe­riod.

City full-back Jamie Sterry, who had been out­stand­ing in the open­ing half, was stretchered off af­ter a hor­ri­ble clash with Charles Dunne just af­ter the break and the vis­i­tors never looked back.

Paul Green and Ol­lie Banks both went close be­fore Er­win’s ef­fort, leav­ing Mow­bray be­mused at his team’s strug­gles.

He said: “That’s the most frus­trat­ing after­noon so far, prob­a­bly be­cause the ex­pec­ta­tion was there that this would be the game where we would go and get our first three points.

“We played Old­ham on the last day of last sea­son and we to­tally dom­i­nated the game, scored two goals and it could have been more and yet here we are ask­ing where that team has gone.

“They are dif­fer­ent play­ers – I know that – but we can­not slip that far in such a short space of time where we go from to­tal dom­i­na­tion of 90 min­utes to hang­ing on at times in the sec­ond half. It’s so frus­trat­ing and dis­ap­point­ing.”

Coven­try had plenty of the ball in Old­ham’s half but were afraid to shoot when they got into promis­ing po­si­tions and were of­ten guilty of over-play­ing in the fi­nal third.

Mar­cus Tudgay­had chances ei­ther side of the break to win it for the home team too but was off tar­get with the first and then crowded out with the sec­ond.

And in the end Old­ham boss Steve Robin­son thought a win would have been no more than his side de­served af­ter cre­at­ing the best chances in the match.

He said: “I think we to­tally dom­i­nated the game – es­pe­cially sec­ond half.

“We got play­ers on the ball, cre­ated chances, hit the cross­bar and I thought there was only one team in it.

“We were well or­gan­ised in the first half and then re­ally stepped it up in the sec­ond half. I can’t ask for any­thing more of the play­ers – they were ab­so­lutely ter­rific. We were cre­at­ing chances, get­ting into good po­si­tions and worked our socks off – we just needed a lit­tle bit of good for­tune.”

STAR MAN JAMIE STERRY Coven­try

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