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Micky Mellon On Coventry Defeat

3 October 2015

Manager On Defeat At Ricoh Arena

“It’s always nice to get a game in and try to get yourselves going again,” said Micky.

“We’ll have a look at it in the next few days and try and do things properly ahead of the game. I’m not going to make excuses because that’s not the way we do things here.

"We’ll see how everybody recovers over the next 24 to 48 hours before deciding on any potential changes.”
The Town supremo welcomes a chance to get this afternoon’s defeat out of their system:

Town have a midweek trip to Micky’s former club Fleetwood in midweek for a JPT tie.

“It’s always hard to make changes but listen, we have played a very good side here today and it’s probably been the only game this season where we’ve not been in it," said Micky.

"But we didn’t half make it difficult for ourselves with some of the defending and some of our decision making. But we’ll comb over it and do what we always do, and that’s to work hard to get the boys back together and fight back.”

The manager said he always pondered long and hard over any changes that needed to be made and felt that some changes were necessary with Coventry’s pace and power likely to be a threat and so it proved.

Mellon made two changes to the side which lost 3-2 at Rochdale in midweek with Liam Lawrence and Jermaine Grandison both recalled.

"He’ll be disappointed that he’s lost six goals in two games but he’s had no chance with any of them Jayson (Leutwiler) has only trained for two days and as you’ve seen today I’ve had no problem sticking with Mark because he’s done well," said Micky.

Keeper Mark Halstead can be well pleased with his performance – despite conceding three goals, and Micky recognised his keeper’s contribution: “Oh he’s made some good saves in the first half and he’s done well since he came in there’s no doubt about that.

"I was miles away from it and so can’t say whether it was a penalty or not but he’s given it and suddenly it’s two-nil instead of one," said Micky.

"It’s irritating that we’ve conceded so many penalties, I think that’s six or seven now and it’s just not good enough.

"Players are diving in instead of showing a bit more composure and anticipating things so we can do a bit better so yeah, it’s disappointing.

"The team continued to fight as they always do and you can’t say that their effort levels weren’t good enough ‘cos they’ll always fight for you.

"But it just wasn’t to be today.”

Town conceded a killer second goal in first half injury time and the gaffer was asked on his views of the award: “It’s always a difficult time when you concede a goal right on half-time, because at one-nil you feel you can have a chat about things only being a goal down.

“It’s a really disappointing scoreline even though we’ve come up against a very good side,” said Micky.
“We made it difficult for ourselves even though we have to admit that they looked like one of the better sides we’ve played this season.

"When you’re playing against teams like this, you always know that a brief lapse in concentration or you’re not showing that bit of quality that you need defensively at certain moments, that you’re going to get punished.

"And with the quality they had up front they definitely did that today.”

City scored twice in the first half and added a third after the hour to make it back to back away defeats for Town.

Micky Mellon wore a disappointed look after the 3-0 defeat at Coventry City’s Ricoh Arena this afternoon.

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