The Dugout #5

Date: 06 October 2017 at 10:42 by Liam Cook

CUTV's Liam Cook and Coventry United Assistant Manager Luke Morton talk a mixed week for the Red and Greens, plus the trip to Rugby, in this week's edition of The Dugout


Liam - Individual errors cost United the 3 points against AFC Wulfrunians last weekend. How did the management feel after the game knowing the defeat simply due to silly mistakes?

Luke - We were very frustrated after Saturday's loss as we felt we created enough chances to win the game, but as you say, mistakes cost us and AFC Wulfrunians punished us. That's what sides do in this league.

Liam - Did you feel the performance alone would have deserved the win on Saturday?

Luke - We didn't deserve the win because we made silly individual errors, and if you do that you deserve to lose. All credit to Wulfrunians. They are a good side, they took their chances and they ran out deserved winners.

Liam - After reviewing the visual footage from the game, do you believe the referee was correct to award the penalty which resulted in Wulfrunians' 2nd goal?

Luke - Even looking at the footage it's hard to see if Mozza got the ball first but the ref gave it and we have to accept that.

Liam - The feeling amongst almost everyone connected with United after the full time whistle was disappointment. How did you go about picking yourselves and the team up before the midweek match?

Luke - There was anger and frustration in the changing rooms after the game and a few home truths were given out which the lads took on board.

Liam - A complete turnaround on Tuesday night at Long Eaton. A dominating performance and a comfortable victory. How do you explain such a radical difference in just 3 days?

Luke - Yeah, it was a decent performance on Tuesday, but still nowhere near the standards we expect. We felt we played some good football in the first half, and the Long Eaton keeper pulled off some good saves which frustrated us. But the lads were positive in the dressing room at half time. We knew it was only a matter of time before we broke the deadlock. It was still disappointing not to keep a clean sheet though!

Liam - A debut for winger Donnell Benjamin too. How was his debut received by the coaching staff?

Luke - Donnell made an excellent debut. His pace and trickery gave the Long Eaton defenders a good going over in the first half and he was unlucky not to score. He tired in the 2nd half but he showed us all what he can do. We're all delighted with getting him on board, and we must thank Darren Byfield at Redditch for helping us complete the signing so quickly.

Liam - Aaron Opoku and Dave Moli seemed like a natural partnership at Grange Park, with Aaron scoring twice and Dave also finding the net. Will Craig Reid and Mitch Piggon be able to earn their places back?

Luke - Dave and Aaron played together well on Tuesday night and showed they can link up well, but nobody is guaranteed a place in this squad, so they will have to keep on performing. They'll know that Craig and Mitch will want to be back in the team as soon as possible.

Liam - The win on Tuesday may be the kick start United need in their promotion push, but at the weekend it's Rugby Town away, one of the biggest game of the season. How important are the 3 points on Saturday?

Luke - Tuesday's win will obviously give us confidence going into Saturday's game, but Rugby are an excellent side and having turned us over at the BPA in the FA Cup earlier in the season, they go into the game with great confidence and are favourites for the win. But we will be going there aiming to take the 3 points home.

Liam - A sizeable crowd is expected at Butlin Road, a strong following from the Red and Green army. How can they play their part?

The red and green army are always exceptional in their support, and it's great to know they're always 100% behind the lads. It certainly gives the lads a boost when we hear them getting behind us. I would like to add that Terry and myself want to thank all the fans for their support, especially over the last few weeks, as we both know the performances have not been good enough. It's been a tough watch for the fans but their support has never wavered and we really appreciate it.

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