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Match Reaction : Coventry City

Town boss Russell Slade gave his reaction to the 2-0 defeat at the post match press conference. Firstly he spoke about the controversial opening goal.

12 August 2017

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Match report for Grimsby Town vs Coventry City on 12 Aug 17

12 August 2017

Town boss Russell Slade gave his reaction to the 2-0 defeat at the post match press conference. Firstly he spoke about the controversial opening goal.

The controversial opening goal.

He said: It was a tight game all afternoon and there wasn't too many chances for either side.  It was a war of attrition across the park to see who would get the upper hand. We received a free-kick, inside our half, Clarky [Nathan Clarke] is just giving it back to Macca to take the free-kick, but the referee - who hadn't blown his whistle - deemed that the ball was back in play.  Clearly from a professional or a fair play point of view, that's all he was doing, passing it back to our goalkeeper to take the free-kick.

"I'm not sure that he has to blow his whistle, but certainly there should be a bit of common sense or code of conduct ."

It's then a learning curve.

"From there on, the learning curve, we need to be better -in terms of getting back on the front foot in what was a very tight game.

"We've let the game go from not being strong enough at a set-play. We are well aware of their strengths and weaknesses from those situations.  We knew he would be making a run from the edge of the box, and we didn't deal with it."

In Summary

"I think we were up against a dogged side. Chances were going to be few and far between, as they were for the first 60 minutes really.

"It's in those that you have to stay in the game. If the game doesn't go to plan, all the time, you ensure that you get something out of the game.  We didn't do that today, but that's the learning bit."      


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