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Reaction: Campbell on defeat to Sky Blues

15 February 2020

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Sol Campbell’s Blues once again put in a spirited display but came out second best as they fell to a 2-0 defeat to Coventry City this afternoon at Roots Hall.

After going in goalless at the break, two subs made the difference for the Sky Blues with Callum O’Hare opening the scoring just five minutes after being introduced.

Maxime Biamou then grabbed a second to seal the victory and after the full-time whistle had blown, Blues’ boss spoke to the press to give his thoughts on the defeat.

On the result…

We had a really good go of it. We started off really well, got in good positions and we frustrated them. Yes, they hit the bar a couple of times, but we had some really key moments where there was a lack of experience or awareness in the last third.

We kind of wanted to make it so perfect, but just take a shot. If one of them goes in [it’s a different game] or at the very least, we should have been troubling the goalkeeper.

Second half, the quality showed, and it adds a different level. We’ve got so many guys that are under 20 playing and they’re playing their socks off, they’re working really hard and I’m pleased for them. They stood up for the majority of the game, but in the end that lack of experience here and there and that’s what happens.

On Oxley’s injury and Callum Taylor deputising…

We’ll see how [Oxley is] by tomorrow or Monday but it could be a week, a few days, two to three weeks, I’m not sure. It was his thigh [that he injured].

That’s the situation we see ourselves in as a club, but we’ve just got to look at other scenarios. [With just Taylor available] maybe we could get an emergency loan – I don’t even know if we can. We’d have to find out if there are any offers out there, but I need to find out if we can do it because I don’t know if we can.

On mental strain that comes with a tough run…

Having so many injuries and the lack of players coming in, and with players leaving, of course, it’s natural that it’s going to draw a lot more energy from the players that are here.  

The games are thick and fast, and not everyone can recover from the Saturday to the Tuesday. Of course, it’s going to take its toll, but we’ve got to dust ourselves off, make sure we can train in the right way and recover in the right way and go again.

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