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MANAGER ON COVENTRY

12 August 2012

The thoughts of manager Mark McGhee after the game at the Mem

Manager Mark McGhee wasn't too happy with the three goals his side conceded at Ashton Gate last weekend but was more relaxed about the manner in which Coventry City scored twice yesterday in their 2-1 win at the Memorial Stadium.
"The second one was obviously disappointing, as it came from a bit of a double error ,but it's one we can discount a little bit as it's not a goal that I expect to lose very often.
"The first one was avoidable because one of our players allowed the ball to be played outside him and turned the wrong way. That gave their player the opportunity to get a cross in, so that's something we have mentioned and we will continue to emphasise the need to defend better in those wide areas."
While the side has made progression during the pre season schedule, a number of players are still missing.
"You have to consider what I imagine my team will be next Saturday, and in the weeks ahead. Matt Gill and Garry Kenneth weren't in the starting lineup against Coventry and there are other players we are still trying to bring in so we are a long way from being the team we want to go into the season.
"I'm  kind of relaxed about a lot of aspects of it. There were a number of good things to take from the game against Coventry. From a fitness point of view I thought we looked strong, and full of running at the end. We passed the ball well enough at times, and the pitch was good which was a huge bonus, so there were positive aspects.
With regard to the goalkeeping situation, the manager confirmed he would be speaking to Iain Turner after the game and again tomorrow.
He also confirmed that Fabian Broghammer had signed all the necessary paperwork on his contract, but that the club was still awaiting clearance for him to be able to play on Tuesday, at Ipswich, in the Capital One Cup.
"I also hope to have a couple of players in before next Saturday's game against Oxford.
"We are still trying to persuade Oxford to sell Jamie Constable to us and I think a decision will be taken, one way or another, this week. If they reject what we have offered now, then we will probably move on and bring in someone else."
There was good news to report on defender Garry Kenneth, who limped out of the Bristol City game with a hamstring injury.
"He's recovering remarkably well, and working very hard. He's done a tremendous amount of work in the gym and although he says he will be fit for next Saturday, I think it might be the following week before he's ready to play."

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