Coventry City manager Tony Mowbray feels that his team may have felt a bit relaxed after the recent successes in the league.
The manager was speaking after his club’s 3-1 defeat against Doncaster Rovers, which left them still with the possibility of relegation into the bottom tier of English league football. After having faced a lot of difficulties in recent years especially with finances, Coventry cannot afford to be relegated into the League Two. The prospects of avoiding relegation upgraded to look bright after back-to-back league victories against Chesterfield and Fleetwood.
Just when it seemed that Coventry could open a significant gap over the drop zone, a 3-1 defeat has put the club back in the mix of relegation dogfight. A number of teams like Scunthorpe United and Crawley Town are also in the mix. Coventry have been able to achieve recent successes away from home and they will be hoping for more of the same when they travel to Peterborough United in the next league match. For the moment, Mowbray is disappointed with the way his team failed to build on the recent success. A victory against Doncaster Rovers will have been the club’s third consecutive league victory. A win against promotion chasing Peterborough will be easier said than done.
“You feel helpless sitting on that bench trying to understand what’s going on. And if you were one of the 300-odd fans who went to Fleetwood you’ll be wondering ‘how can a team go from being so good to being so poor?’The most disappointing thing is that so many players were under-par and in the dressing room I said to them ‘somebody talk to me – somebody give me an explanation.’ For half an hour we looked good – they were struggling to cope with us and if we’d got the second goal it could have been a different match,” said Mowbray.