Date: 4th November 2015 at 6:59pm
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Manager Lee Johnson’s Scunthorpe and Coventry reactions with another quick turnaround in fixtures.

Video – Coventry Highlights

Beginning with last night’s four three victory that almost saw a valiant comeback completed, Johnson told the Official Site of his frustration at our first half performance.

‘I thought, first half, they were brighter than us. Our back four showed a bit of fear in their play and conceded another poor goal after we got back into it. We rallied and, second half, we were the better side. The lads were playing for everyone, Coventry are a good side and we penned them in. We should have had another penalty and quite a few attempts at goal. Pearson, Scowen, Isgrove and Mawson were fantastic, they were excellent. We keep conceding goals from basic errors, it`s far too basic. It`s not the way the errors are coming it`s the timing of them. At 2-1 we are in the ascendency then we give another poor goal away. We`ve come away to a good side it was always going to be difficult and we`ve been clapped off. It won`t be long before we pick up results, I`m sure of it. A couple of players will be coming back and even that side today looked good enough to gets results.’

Johnson went on to say that one ‘weak’ element of the game though is that it’s pretty easy to play at three one down, but the attitude we showed at that point is what he wants to see from the squad in terms of freeness and desire when the scores are tied.

‘The one thing that I felt was weak, was that it is very easy to play at 3-1 down. What you must do is have the same attitude at the start of the game as we did the second half. We had some fear in our team which played into their hands, and their chances were from us giving it away. I bet if we saw the shot count there won`t be much in it. Their good chances were from poor errors.’

With back to back cup ties now up for Barnsley in terms of the FA Cup Altrincham game this weekend, before we host York in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy next midweek, he went on to say.

‘We`re short at the moment, we`ve got injuries. Our bench tonight was really young, maybe a bit too young. It`s really important that we get a win Saturday and then Tuesday. If we play like that we will. We will fully respect the opposition but it`s a big game for us now, the players can`t treat it like a first round tie it needs to be a cup final. We`ll take an abundance of fans I`m sure and I hope everyone enjoys their day.’

Video – Scunthorpe Highlights

As for the weekend’s two nil defeat to Scunthorpe, he explained after that game.

‘I thought, first half, we were very good. We asked the players to show that spirit of attack. Straight away we got a shot off after Ben Pearson made that driving run. People were bright and positive in our intent. Then we can’t legislate for that, it was a poor goal to concede. We kept going. I thought we were the better side in the first half. But we conceded another goal as we failed to stop the cross. We can’t get it over the line. Tangs (Nyatanga) had a good header and Smudge (Michael Smith) had a couple of good shots. That’s the way it’s going for us. You can’t keep conceding poor goals, particularly the first goal. The first goal in a match sets the tone. Then we get the penalty and miss that as well! Sometimes you think if the footballing gods are with you or not. At half time, we tried to rally them because we genuinely felt we could get back into the game. There have been far too many individual errors.’

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