Tony Mowbray’s appointment appeared to immediately lift Coventry City after they managed back-to-back victories in the league. A narrow 3-2 win over Chesterfield was followed by a comfortable 2-0 victory over Fleetwood Town.
The fact that both these victories came away from home gave the team a lot of confidence going into the home match against Doncaster Rovers. Another victory would have provided them with a great buffer over the relegation zone. As it is, a 3-1 defeat means that Coventry still sit on the edge of being relegated. Mowbray was left disappointed with the outcome of the match.
During the early part of the season, home form appeared to be the crucial reason if the club to stay in the League One. Between the star and September, the club managed four victories in front of their own fans. Since then, however, the club has managed only one victory at the Coventry stadium and it came towards the end of February. Rediscovering the home form will be very crucial if the club are to avoid relegation. For most of the second half, the club has been happy to play away from home. This is largely because of the opportunity to counter-attack, but the new tactics under Mowbray may limit the opportunities.
“Individual errors have cost us. It was the same in the Port Vale game where the same occurred. I’m trying to implement a system where players won’t become isolated so that can happen.We paid the price. Credit to Doncaster, they were a decent team and they’ve done well.I’ve said before let’s not get carried away, things can’t change overnight and we’ve had a reality check. I’m not making excuses and I don’t want to as there are none for that second half performance but a number of players are tired,” said Mowbray.