The Dugout: First Team #21Date: 22 February 2018 at 16:29 by Liam Cook
Coventry United Assistant Manager Luke Morton and CUTV’s Liam Cook mull over a bitter week for the Red and Greens. On the agenda, the 3-0 defeat at Worcester City, Rich Morris’ surprise retirement and the upcoming trip to Rocester.
Liam - Not the result the Red and Greens hoped for last weekend, as United slipped to a 3-0 defeat at Worcester City. Was the scoreline a fair reflection of the performance?
Luke – It certainly wasn't the result we were hoping for. We went there with confidence and we certainly went for the win, but it didn't happen. Worcester fully deserved their win.
Liam - Due to the large gradient on the Victoria Ground pitch, a team’s best chance to score is arguably when attacking the bottom of the hill. When United failed to score at that end in the first half, was it a case of playing for a draw after the break?
Luke – A lot is made of the slope at Bromsgrove (Victoria Ground), but if I am honest, it doesn’t make much of a difference. So when we came in at half time at 0-0, we weren't bothered about going up the slope in the 2nd half, as we were confident we would score. Obviously that didn't happen.
Liam - A huge shock for the Red and Green Army came in the form of Rich Morris’s retirement this week. Were you as surprised as the supporters to hear of Mozza’s decision?
Luke - Mozza moving on came as a huge surprise to us, as he trained on the Thursday night, but then informed Terry on the Friday morning that he wouldn't be playing for us after Saturday's trip to Worcester.
Liam - Mozza has been involved in some amazing Red and Greens moments. What comes to mind when you think of the man our fans named England’s Number One?
Luke - Mozza is a top keeper and had several superb games for us. On many occasions he kept us in the game. The season we won promotion stands out obviously as during the final 11 games we conceded just 3 goals. Mozza played a big part in that, especially at the start of that run in. Another moment I will remember is Mozza’s reaction to when we got the late equaliser against Bromsgrove in the FA Vase this season. It just shows what football means to him, even at the grand old age of 86! His banter with the opposition fans always made me laugh also.
Liam - Can you update us on the goalkeeping situation for this weekend’s trip to Rocester? Who will be starting between the sticks?
Luke - We haven't decided who is going to go in goal yet. We have 4 options available to us, so we will decide the best option in the next couple of days. Whoever does come in has big boots to fill, as previous goalkeepers this season have found already. Replacing Mozza won't be easy. He’s been the best goalkeeper Coventry United has had.
Liam - Talking of the Rocester game, the previous meeting ended United’s 100% home record with a 2-2 draw, partly due to some questionable refereeing decisions. Can we go one better this time around?
Luke – We are hoping to go one further and take all 3 points on Saturday, but it won't be easy. Rocester are fighting for their lives, and going on their performance against Shepshed during the week, they aren’t going to go down without a fight. We lost there last season which is something we hope to not repeat.
Liam - Martyn Smith bagged both goals for Rocester that day. What will the defence have to do to ensure that doesn’t happen again?
Luke - No matter what strikers the defenders come up against, they know they are gonna be in for a tough game, so they have to be on top form to come out on top.